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Unbelievabley HAPPY W/ the Results - Bethesda, MD

I am 67 yrs old, VAIN & had a 50th high school...

I am 67 yrs old, VAIN & had a 50th high school coming up, so late this summer, I decided to do something about my face and neck

About 10 years ago, I had a Lifestyle Lift by another doctor
and it did a great job of removing the waddle under the chin but
nothing for face or neck wrinkles. So ten years later waddle was back along w/ 2 bands that ran down near the middle of my neck that really aged me plus wrinkles on neck and face.

I interviewed 6 plastic surgeons, including the one who had
originally done the Lifestyle Lift.. What I discovered was that each one only recommended doing what he had equipment for and expertise in which was not always the same as what I wanted. For example, one who advertises all the time
in magazines completely ignored what I wanted and suggested fat injections all over my face and my lips enlarged permanently. Nothing about fixing the bands and wrinkles on the neck which really give an "old lady" appearance. When he left the room, even his assistant expressed her surprise that he had been so
nonresponsive to my areas of concern. Another just wanted to do the Lifestyle (mini facelift) Lift and ignore the neck and the lips and wrinkles around the eyes. Then another wanted to do a whole facelift and so on. Noone seemed to be listening to what areas I wanted fixed and offering me alternatives. I was really feeling like I was getting nowhere and my 50th high school reunion was a month away!

Then I met Dr. Franklin Richards. He actually listened to what was bothering me and laid out a plan to address all my concerns: laser around mouth and eyes, mini face lift for the waddle, small incision under my chin to get rid of the cords and tighten my neck & juvaderm for my upper lip. He went over pictures w/ me showing me exactly what the result would be around my neck and face. Lots of plastic surgeons leave albums in thier waiting room of before and after photos, but none had ever taken the time to show me which ones applied to what I wanted to have done.

He did it all in his office and there was minimal pain & minimal downtime-- I am serious minimal - I dont even think I took more than 2 pain pills after and know i was working at home the next day.. The laser makes you look bad cause it starts out swollen for a couple days and the skin gets crusty but it doesnt hurt. The cutting was nothing. And the results were unbelievable - esp the neck!! -- everything added to the whole new me..

After surgery, Dr. Richards was available to me night and day, When I had a question about how I was healing, he gave me his cell phone number, we talked, we emailed, I sent pics of what I was looking like and he responded back reassuring me that all was normal. His office staff were an added bonus -- Each
visit I would meet w/ them after seeing Dr. Richards and they gave me, at no extra charge, fabulous skin care products right after the surgery and a new set of other skin care products after the post surgery appt. AND, they told me about Care Credit, a credit card I could charge everything on, take 18 months to pay at NO interest!

Friends who had been concerned that I wouldn't look like me anymore, all expressed their relief, that he didn't make me look like some windblown frozen face. I look the same, just a lot younger.

I went to that reunion and received so many compliments --guys actually told me I looked 23 - admittedly not under BRIGHT lights --but I looked a lot younger than my classmates. My husband didnt go and I danced EVERY dance w/ a
different guy. My husband is happy w/ the new me and I am thrilled -- noone suspects that I had anything done because it is so natural looking . Even people I work w/ every
day have no idea. But they all say I look great If they knew my age, they would be flabbergasted
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon

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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Comments (2)

You sound so happy! And I'm happy FOR you. So was your second procedure officially a "Lifestyle Lift", or just a combo of other procedures?

Glad you had fun at your reunion. That will be a great memory for years to come!

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So glad you are happy with your procedure, but wow, you cut it real close to that reunion date! lol It's been 17 days since my procedures & my face is still a bit pink. But after 30 days, I will be able to use some foundation makeup which I feel will make me look even better.
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