This is what a facelift means. It is not some little, arthroscopic procedure that you can do under conscious sedation. This is a full on assault of the face that is invasive, semi permanent and has a long recovery associated with it.
Still reading? Having said all that, I am 12 days post and in the midst of the healing process and can honestly say that I would do it again in a heartbeat. I researched for 2 years before deciding to finally pull the trigger. I looked at all my local PS's with the best recommendations that ONLY do faces. I come from medical so have access to the good, the bad, the ugly and the unpublished information. No one surgeon will have all glowing reviews. No two surgeons will give you the same quote or procedures. PS is an art form. It's not like fixing an orthopedic problem where there may be two approaches that will work and achieve the same result. PS is a very personal decision between you and whomever you finally trust to completely mess with your face. DO NOT discount shop. You will get what you pay for. Do your homework, know what to expect in your recovery. Follow directions. Unless you have an MD and have done a fellowship in PS, you are NOT qualified to change your post op instructions.
At 12 days, I have some strange puckering around some of the internal suture lines, swelling around one ear and overall discoloration that makes me look like I got the crap kicked out of me. I've been telling people "airbag to face". That seems to shut them up. I am hoping that within the week the weird puckering will resolve and I might be able to use some of the camo makeup successfully. I'm not a big make up person and my recent experience is akin to a jJr. mortician practicing on a week old corpse.
I think I have maintained an honest approach to this and am so far pleased with what I know will be the end result. Eye brows are back where they were 10 years ago, better jaw line than I had 10 years ago and overall a refreshed, smooth (not plastic) result. I would add photo's but I'm way too vain for that. Surely, I'd be recognized:))).
My PS is awesome and conservative in his approach to cosmetic surgery. He has an incredible local, regional following and is very responsive post op. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone considering a cosmetic or structural repair. Get consults from multiple docs and then decide.