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I have recently divorced after a very bad...

I have recently divorced after a very bad twenty-year marriage. Life now is wonderful and i am looking forward to many happy years. But was it the stress of the marriage, or just that I had turned 55? It seemed that suddenly I was looking much older, my jawline had crumbled, my neck was sagging, my mouth lines made me look angry. I thought how nice it would be to get a facelift. I had lost twenty years and i wanted some of it back! I did my research, saw the doctor, and scheduled the procedure for two weeks later.

That took place just nine days ago. (3/15)
My goal was just to look a little younger. Also, the doctor suggested that I have my chin reduced. I was thrilled about that suggestion because my chin was too long and I'd always disliked it.


While I waited for surgery, I took arnica Montana and large doses of vitamin C. My doctor was an older man, well established, who had been listed as a super doctor in Texas Monthly.


The surgery was on a friday. It didn't hurt much, except for that first day when I woke up. I got my bandage taken off the next day and I had almost no bruising thanks to the arnica, which I was taking in pill form and also applying to my face. The doctor told me that the surgery had gone very well and that I would be pleased. I had had face and neck lift with fat injections and chin reduction.


The very next day I felt well enough to go see my son perform fiddle for saint Patrick's day. I'm sure I looked terrible! By the third day, the swelling kicked in. Third and forth days were hard, I looked like an Eskimo, my face was broad and swollen. I was focusing only on recovery. Sleeping, taking medicine, taking arnica, Bromelain and enormous doses of vitamin C. By the fifth day the swelling reversed. My only problem is the lump on my right side below my ear, which my doctor said was my lymph gland fluid. He said it would resolve. With each day, I get better. The swelling goes down a little more, the last of the bruising clears up. Now it is Sunday night, the ninth day, and I look almost normal. My energy increases everyday. I still have some swelling around my jawline and under my chin. I am sure my appearance will continue to improve. I could go back to work early tomorrow, but I'd rather take it easy and continue focusing on recovery.


I'm thinking of calling my Chinese doctor and asking him if acupuncture would help me with my lymph drainage.
I am supposed to go back to work on Thursday. (In four days) I have a very gossipy office, and I'm hoping to slip back into my cubicle without creating a stir.
What do I wish I had known? Only that vitamin K is also recommended and I never got around to getting it. Or if there had been any way to prevent this lymph-related lump, I would've like to have done it.
It is too early to say if it will change my life. However it is already abundantly clear that I am going to look much prettier.

Well, it's day eleven, everything is fine except a...

Well, it's day eleven, everything is fine except a funny ridge on my right side, below my ear and along my jaw. Several people have posted about it, so I know it is common. My doctor said it was the lymphatic fluids that couldn't drain because my neck was so tight. He told me to keep my head up and massage it.
Yesterday I went to see my Chinese doctor and asked him to help with general healing, nerve regeneration, lymphatic drainage, and swelling. These are things that would fit well with acupuncture. He put in the needles and an odd sensation started. It felt like electrical currents were gently streaming from the outer corners of my eyes down the sides of my face. It felt very relieving, like the fluids in my outer face and under my jaw were draining away. When the hour was over, I was disappointed to reach up and feel that I wasn't magically completely healed. But, the secondary ridge below the first one in my right side was gone and everything was softer, not so rock hard a stiff. The doctor sent me home with some herbal medication. Every time I drink the medicinal tea, the sensation of energy flowing down my face restarts. The swelling above my jaw on my face is now gone. I am softer below the jaw, but the ridge remains. I hope the rest of it resolves soon!

Well day eleven I had a bit of a relapse. I was...

Well day eleven I had a bit of a relapse. I was feeling so good I decided to go to the mall to buy a hat. I walked from the parking lot and through the mall for about an hour. The mall was a downer. In the bright lights of Nordstroms, I didnt look so great. They had some nice hats - for $200.00! By the time I got home I realized that I didn't feel well. Sickly tired. I forced myself to nap. But bored and stir crazy, I went out again. Found two nice hats at Backwoods. Then feeling optimistic, I went to renew my gym membership. I noticed a few people looking at me as I walked out. When I got home I saw that a large bruise had blossomed on my face. Sweeping across my cheek bone. Looked like I'd been whacked by my abusive boyfriend. I was planning on going back to work tomorrow, but I don't think I am ready. I did not expect for bruises to reappear! I researched it a bit and people said it had happened to them, too, when they started moving too much too soon.

Day thirteen, all this very unprecedented scrutiny...

Day thirteen, all this very unprecedented scrutiny of my face has caused me to realize that a little make up would be a good thing. My eyes are very dark, and I have a red nose and uneven skin. I've got an appointment today for a consultation.
I've also discovered the yoga face exercises, which I started last night. It looks like with in a few weeks I can pull up my heavily hooded lids. I posted a pre surgery picture along with today's to monitor the progress.

Day thirteen, all this very unprecedented scrutiny...

Day thirteen, all this very unprecedented scrutiny of my face has caused me to realize that a little make up would be a good thing. My eyes are very dark, and I have a red nose and uneven skin. I've got an appointment today for a consultation.
I've also discovered the yoga face exercises, which I started last night. It looks like with in a few weeks I can pull up my heavily hooded lids. I posted a pre surgery picture along with today's to monitor the progress.
Finally, on day ten I started doing acupuncture and Chinese herbs to reduce swelling. I notice in my pictures that my swelling has gone down a lot since then. Perhaps the bruising is not that I moved too much, but rather that with the fleshy swelling gone, the bruising is more visible.

Day thirteen. Ended up ditching the makeup for...

Day thirteen. Ended up ditching the makeup for skin treatment products. As the lady said why cover it up when you can fix it?

Day fifteen. Everything going fine. Energy level...

Day fifteen. Everything going fine. Energy level pretty much back to normal. Ready to start socializing again. Still drinking my Chinese tea and the swelling is going down in my neck, but very slowly. Still an unsightly lump under my right jaw.

Yesterday was the introduction of my new look in the greater world. Went out last night to a house concert and there was a man there that I had had one date with three weeks ago. He did not recognize me. After a minute he realized who I was and said I looked totally different. I just teased him for not remembering what I looked like. He obviously liked the new look. I figure for $10,000 and two weeks of vacation spent in recovery, I would hope to look measurably different.

Day 16. My face has a mask-like quality to it that...

Day 16. My face has a mask-like quality to it that not flattering. I am hoping that this distortion is due to the fact that I am still swollen around the edges and under the jaw. Also my chin still seems too long.

Day 17. Went out again last night to see friends...

Day 17. Went out again last night to see friends play Irish music at a large outdoor beer garden. Everything fine, energy normal. Cooking Easter dinner today with the kids. Swelling continues to slowly go down. I can see in the photos that under my chin is a lot smaller. Spending a lot of time messing around with various lotions, aloe Vera, skin treatments, cocoa oil, and face yoga. Guess I'm having a burst of narcissism, which is probably a good thing! So far, I've seen the greatest improvement in skin quality from the peel pads. Which I am happy about.

Ten weeks

At six weeks my face became weirdly lumpy, but it only lasted a few days. Now I am happy with way I look. My face looks close to how it looked when I was younger. I still have some swelling around the cuts at my temple and under my ears. My feeling is about 50% back. My only complaint is that there are two spots where I think the fat grafts died. Two sunken spots. But overall I look way better than I did. I will post a ten week picture.

Ten week photo

Here I am at ten weeks

Trying again

Ten weeks

Ten months

Still waiting to get minor problems fixed. Can't take the time off from work. Here I am at ten months.

One year later. Revision done.

Right after the first surgery, I noticed little problem areas. I waited a year to see if they would resolve. But they never did. A funny lump under my ear, two sunken areas on the right side. The scar on the right side was large and visible. The scar under my chin had moved over and a bit of skin sagged down on one side. Dr. Clement was very kind and happy to do the fixes whenever I was ready. I just went in a week ago. He fixed my complaints as best he could, and I think I look better.
Austin Plastic Surgeon

Internet which led to further research in local and regional publications.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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I love the fact you wanted to regain your lost years. I also had an unhappy first marriage for 18 years. Good for you!, so glad you feeling happy & looking lovely.
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Thank you! Best wishes to you, too!
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Delighted that everything has now been resolved and you are happy.
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Glad you are happy with the revision results! Did your doc charge for that?
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He only charged for the new procedure I requested, and The office manager mentioned that he had given me a discount when she took my check. He did not charge for the scar revision under my chin or on my temple. And he didn't charge for adding quite a bit of new fat to my face and around my lips. He also tightened the skin under my chin, so there were new cuts under my chin and behind my ear. And, he also did liposuction where the lump was under my jaw line. It all looks a lot better. I'm much more symmetrical and less lumpy. The diamond procedure ( lip corner lift) looks great! I have always had what people call "resting bitchy face". I'm happy to have my permanent frown lightened up.
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That's great! Would love to see new pix when you are ready.
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Congratulations on feeling and looking good! I'm 6 weeks post op, and it these weeks have been very hard as my eyes look weird and the fat transfer to my face is very prominent, which makes me look distorted. My PS tells me to wait 3 months for the swelling to subside, and the responses from the other surgeons on RealSelf say that it takes 3-6 months to start seeing results. Did you find marked improvement in your swelling at 3 months? How was that different from when you hit the 6 month mark. It seems like an eternity to have to wait that long, but I understand the healing takes time. Ruz
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I'm sorry, I am just now seeing this note. How are you feeling about things, now?
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Hi Sgwtexas, I recently made my 4 month mark, and I'm finally beginning to feel better about the outcome although still not satisfied. For now, I'm attributing it to the swelling still present and the fat transfer to the cheeks. At 4 months, did you find you still had swelling in the cheek area? Did you also have swelling in the lower jaw area? My face looks wide and heavy--and a bit masculine. I remain hopeful that the continued improvement will lead to a more feminine and more attractive face as I've been told by both surgeons and the women who've gone through these types of procedures. I didn't expect for the healing to take this long. Thanks, Ruz
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I cant say that I had a lot of swelling left at four months. I looked a little strange for about a month. Then for a while I looked really good because of, i think, a type of underlayer swelling that made me look younger. Then on my son's birthday, which was six weeks out, suddenly the underswelling started to collapse, then I looked really lumpy and weird. From that point on, many small problems were apparent that never resolved. Including looking gaunt on one side. I do not know why you would look heavier and more masculine. Did the doctor build up your cheekbones? Mine did. Have you gained weight while in recovery? I'll see if you have any pictures posted.
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You are still looking great! I'm going for a minor revision to my neck......I understand about saving time at work to take care of these things!
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You look just great!!! So happy for you. BTW what are the minor peoblems?
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Beautiful! Thank you for the updates.

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Your neck and jawline look amazing, you look great!
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Thank you!
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Beautiful profile!!! I hope when mine settles down it will look as nice as yours :)
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Thank you!
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You are looking just beautiful! You must be so pleased. I'm kind of glad to see where you are at the 10 week mark. Since I'm only at 2 weeks out, I'm anticipating some additional changes to my own lift. I don't like the hard numbness in front of the ears either but it's good to know that you're "50% better" is a marker I can look for. Thanks for sharing the photo and your beautiful new face!
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Thanks! Yes, it all settles down nicely.
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I am looking for a surgeon in the Austin area to perform a facelift. This doctor seems to offer a great price. Why did you choose this doctor? Thanks
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Hi, I chose him because he works in my neighborhood (Westlake) so I thought he would be more responsive, since word of mouth is important. Plus he was featured in austin magazine and chosen as a super doctor by his peers for Texas monthly Plus he had good reviews online. I did not Che k to see if he was being sued. I was happy with him although I have not yet gone to my post sur follow up. I'd like some fat grafts redone and I do not know how he will respond to that.
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Oh also, I intended to use the westlake skin care place on beecaves, but almost all their reviews were terrible.
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Thank you very much for the reply. I will consult with him as well as the others I have chosen. Thanks.
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Returned to work on day 17. Most everybody either said nothing or didn't notice. Except the lady next to me, who right off the bat said, wow! You look different! Thinner in the face, neck, different. I just told everybody that I had had nasal surgery and was really swollen. I said the fluids were moving to my neck. Everyone has apparently accepted this as an explanation for why I look different. I think the fact that I have no visible cut marks would make people doubt that I'd had work as well. On day 18, plastic surgery came up in an office chat and my dear boss exclaimed he would never do that! We joked about it for a while. Clearly, he had no idea that I had just done it and I didn't spill the beans. On the the evening of the 18th day, I went contra dancing and danced for two and a half hours straight. My energy and stamina are back to normal. Today, the 19th day, my neck is swollen. I don't know if it is because of the dancing or because of the increased salt intake from being back at work and eating lunches out. I still have bruising under one cheekbone and the lump under my right jaw appears unchanged. I've resumed the arnica and Bromelain because the swelling improves after I take it.
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...and life goes on! Good for you I loved following your story. I will post mine as I go song and hope it sours like yours at day 18. Really that is not so long at all:)
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