Retired in 2011 and I wasn't happy about how my...
I researched Dr. Harley and his Biltmore Lift. So many positive results and expertise. With the encouragement from my husband, I made an appointment for February 18. Meeting Dr. Harley and Juanita was pleasant. I made my surgery schedule for April 28, just 13 day away!
Hope I don't drive my husband crazy. I keep him informed about others on this post...especially, Cemlaw. She's 2 weeks ahead of me. He asked me abouty pain tolerance...told him that I don't have one! Guess he will have to stock extra Jack Daniels and PINOT NOIR on the shelf!
One week to go!
Montana and vitamin C. I feel confident with Dr. Harley. He has done beautiful
work with his patients. Not really
wanting to post pictures of my
neck...mine looks much more severe
than others. However, viewing the
before and after pictures, genuinely
As far as emotions go, I am a bit concerned with the "What ifs". Not that I doubt my PS, I'm doubtful about my skin and structure fit.
By the way, are all the ladies out there who have had a Fl in perfect or near perfect body condition? I still need to lose a little weight...I would consider myself "a little fluffy". Dr. Harley said that I have a nice face and he could help improve it. He didn't say anything about weight.
( low sodium), ice cream, drinks.... Monday at 6:30 is my surgery!!! Only hours away! Any suggestions before, will be greatly appreciated!
Afternoon after surgery
Dt. Harley called
Shower and shampooed hair!
you a lengthy message about my
surgery. I was not awake at all. Felt no
pain. Took my meds as directed. I did get
nauseous. Remember pictures are plain
and simple. But you'll get the idea
about my progress. Don't forget, I'm 65.
Should have done this 10 years ago.
Ears and chin pictures
Thursday Day Four
On a sad note, I had to put my 13 1/2 year old Scottie named Lily down. My husband had to take her to the vet. She was very ill and it was best for her. Needless to say, crying doesn't help with stitches in your face. We loved our
" Lilygirl". She had a beautiful life living on a ranch and being the Princess of the house. Thanks for listening.
I will update for Saturday in a few hours. Can't wait to shampoo my hair again. We may go out!
Monday, May 5
conditioner. He was very pleased with
the results. Reiterated that if I needed to
call with concerns to not hesitate. I have
to sleep propped up and on my back.
Not much fun doing that. I'm to return in 2 months for checkup. My husband is happy with my results...he hates me
being grumpy! He has been my greatest
advocate. He says this is going to cost
him more because I'll be full of myself
and want to get new outfits to match the
new me and the new confidence! And as
usual, he's right!:-D
I bragged about Dr. Harley. My
dermatologist is Dr. Rudolf in Vero
Beach. He wants me to start a regiment
for sun damage spots in 4 more weeks.
He said I looked very natural. Went to
see my dental hygienist. She knew I was
having the surgery. She was excited for
me....said I look 20 years younger....I'll
take 5! Well, maybe 10:-). Happy day for
me. Went grocery shopping...then took
2 hours nap. I didn't sleep right..turned
on my right side. My earlobe was sore...
guess I need to continue sleeping on my
back and elevated. Pictures aren't the
Sunday Almost 3 Weeks
sensitive to touch. My ears are fine. Right
ear healed faster than the left. I think
my left jawline is swollen more than the
right. I'm still sleeping on my back and
on two/ three pillows. Sometimes I wake
and find myself on only one pillow...oh
well! Had some dear friends visit for the
weekend. They thought I looked
wonderful. I still need to rest. When I
start to yawn or get a tingling/ swelling
feeling, I need to rest. Hope the pictures
are good enough for you to see the jaw
and neck area. Have a great Sunday and
week! Thank you to all that post. For all
that are beginning their journey, this is
a great place to be.
Monday. 3 weeks
much...good for the horses though! I
wore a big floppy hat that my horses
weren't sure about. They had to sniff it
and check who was under it. All went
well...except for my dog. He decided to
roll in horse/peacock poop! He thought
he smelt great; it was nauseous! So, now
I had to bathe him. Sat on a stool so I
didn't have to lean forward. That worked
out ok. Of course, I was soaking wet.
After my shower, my husband said my
face was really red. It was swollen too. I
went to bed to rest and applied ice to my
face. It felt great. All is well now. A new
day and I'm ready to take it easy. Love
everyone's post! Lilygirl
angle. She worked on my shoulders and
the back of my neck. Arms, legs were
next. Then she took the 45° support
away and gave me a large pillow for my
head and a body pillow to support me on
my side. This way she massaged my
back. It felt wonderful! After sleeping on
my back for almost a month, I knew I
needed a massage.
Now for the funny part. When I see my
lawnman, I usually have on comfortable
stretch pants, rubber boots, hat, no
makeup and hair pulled back. Today I
walked out to say hello and he went silly
on me. He say, "Wow, what have you
done? You got a new haircut? You look
great!" I told him that he never sees me
with makeup on or "cleaned up". Of
course, I just smiled and couldn't wait to
tell my husband!
I still have swelling. The heat is no
friend. My left side is swollen more. I'm
still numb infront of the ear area. My
chin area is sensitive and swollen. That area will take longer. Sides of the neck
are swollen, too. Others may not notice
it. I still need to rest around 2 pm. I need
to drink more water with the heat.
I enjoy the post. I know there's a few ladies beginning their journey soon. Stay positive and focus on yourself. Remember this is for you. You're going to walk through a door and come out younger and more confident. I can't wait to see the beautiful you! During your healing process, make sure you are your first priority. That means rest, relax, enjoy the moment...no stress is allowed. Keep us posted!
weird type of sensation at the neck
location..tightness with a bit of burning
feeling periodically. Nothing warranting
meds for. I'm not taking anything for
pain or to sleep. Still trying to sleep on
my back. That's not working well. I use
the tube neck pillow to turn on my side and put my ear/cheek area in the center.
It has been hot here which contributes to swelling. I don't have the sculpture look under my chin like Cemlaw and Renaissancelady have...:-( Hoping that changes with time. I still look better than
before! Best wishes to all on Memoral Day!
Five Weeks on Monday
Juanita asked me to send pictures so he
could view them. Dr. Harley called me
back after viewing the photos. He didn't
seem concerned about it. He told me
when I had my stitches out, I looked
fine. Also, he mentioned how much fat
was removed and he really tighten the
neck muscle. Furthermore, we all heal
differently. He told me not to hesitant to call him if needed. He is such a compassionate doctor. It didn't help
driving the day before and turning my
neck so much getting out of parking
spaces. The humidity in Florida is
relentless. I need to give at least 2 horses
a bath this morning. They look like they
don't have a mama...so dirty. They love
Thanks to all for your posts. I feel like I
have new friends all over the world! Lilygirl14
Seven weeks post and I still have some swelling and tightness. I can sleep on my right side comfortably. Sleeping on my left side continues to be a little bothersome. I will send pictures of my scars without makeup on them. The other pictures are just side and front views with my hair pulled back. I hope the pictures will help others. Please keepin mind I am 65.6 years old. TTherefore, wrinkles are expected. Thanks to all the posts. They're extremely helpful. I still have swelling and under my chin area it's still tight.
Over Doing It!
wanted me to hold her most of the time.
I truly did too much and didn't rest enough. My neck was sore and face seemed tighter. I did love seeing everyone and they seemed pleased with my results. I give up trying to make paragraphs when posting. I put on a tank top yesterday. Something I would never do in years. Oh my, I have a long neck again! I may put on a pretty necklace and show them off...the neck and necklace. By the way, I have a vitamin deficiency which caused my eyelashes and eyebrows to fall out. They are growing back. I lacked Frolic Acid and I was borderline on B vitamins. Blood test revealed this. That's why in my before with no makeup pictures I look sooo blah. Another positive note, my husband says I'm not making little noises and snoring anymore. I had mentioned that I felt as if I was sleeping with a small beanbag on my neck before surgery. :-D
To all the ladies that are having issues with family and friends not being supportive, this to shall pass. It's surprising what a few day and weeks makes. You have not changed inside but watch out for the outside. You will have more confidence and you've set an example for others, at home and around the world. This site has united us in a cause to better ourselves. I do not feel guilty about spending money on myself. My daughters are proud of me. They don't have to beg me to take photos with their children...making memories. "Cheers" to all of us. Remember, if you've had the nerve to go through this, you don't owe anyone an explanation. We've worked hard so we play hard! Lilygirl
Checkup at Ten Weeks
was so small. Dr. Harley said he didn't
recognize me until I turned sideways. He
thought I looked 15-20 years younger. ( I
will let you be the judge of that...10 years
maybe). About the swelling, he said that
diet and rest play important roles in the
healing process. Also, it takes time. I
asked about antibiotics after the surgery.
He said he prescribes them to help with
healing. He mentioned that I may want
to consider Botox in the frown wrinkles
between my eyebrows and filler for my
smile lines. Neither needing to be done
in a year or so.
Massaging my chin scar was
recommended by Kelly. My infront and
behind my ears scars look great. I need
to rest, drink more water, and monitor
salt intake. Dr. Harley seemed
exceedingly pleased with his results. I am
too. Posting some photos on the way
home from the office. Cannot thank
everyone enough for posting and
sharing their journey on RS. I hope my
information has helped as well. Lilygirl
Before and After Pictures
Almost Four Months
Just want to drop in to let you know what's happening. My neck area under my chin seems to still be a bit swollen. That area continues to be tight. Took a couple of pictures. Don't forget when you zoom in that I'm 65.8 yrs. old. I've earned a few wrinkles! I colored my hair back to it's natural color. The highlighting was great but really drying my hair out. Hope all are doing well. Love hearing that it takes almost a year or more to heal. I don't feel so isolated with my healing process. Take care, Lilygirl
Sending a picture of my naturally dark hair. Check out my neck. You maybe able to see the swelling I've been talking about. When I was young, I couldn't get enough sun as you can tell by my chest area. I'm sending a picture of my sweetheart husband and me, too. Have a great week. Thanks for all the informative information on this site. Lilygirl
Starting on Month Five
I'm still hanging in there. Just to update so you know my beginning on 5th month. I still feel swelling... same as before, neck area. Numbness still infront of my ears. Can't figure out why my neck continues to have swollen places. Wish I didn't still have the wrinkles but have to
consider my age too. When I think I should look better, I look at my before
pictures. I took down the before pictures
the doctor took. I would take the ones I
took but I know how others "before"
helped me. So guess you have to look at
my turkey neck. Did my hair back brown. The pictures I'm posting I took..except for one. My husband took it. Thanks for all the wealth of information. Truly helps with our journey. Have a great Labor Day.weekend! Lilygirl
Dr. Harley is truly an artist when it comes to plastic surgery. He was adamant about keeping in contact before and after my surgery. I felt no pain during the surgery. His nurse, Kelly is extremely compassionate. Juanita, at the front desk, has great PR skills. Before the surgery, I'm sure I called twice a week with questions. She always took time to answer them. If I need anything else done, I would return to Dr. Harley. I am extremely satisfied with my results.