Nervous -Biloxi, MS

I'm 45 and I'm having "jowling" and my lips are...

I'm 45 and I'm having "jowling" and my lips are wrinkled. I've considered doing this for about 2 years now. I want my jowls lifted and my lips smoother..I like the shape of my lips; not the wrinkles. I am feeling very nervous and will be glad to have this behind me.
I am having a facelift. The dr is suppose to also lift my neck a little..My neck doesn't look bad. He will do fat transfers to my cheek area and areas that I've lost volume and SMAS in my lips to make the smoother, not bigger.
From reading all of the reviews here I am and trying to psyche myself up and realize that I'm going to have bad days ahead of me...but it appears many people like their results after a full month.


Good luck tomorrow! We'll be thinking of you. When you feel up to it, please come back and let us know how you're feeling.

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My best to you tomorrow! And every day after... Looking forward to your reports as you heal.
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I know how you feel! I am excited/nervous for my surgery on Wednesday. I will be send good thoughts your way tomorrow. When you feel well enough to post let us know how it goes. I'll do same. Susan

Yesterday I had my surgery. Arrived at 8:40 am...

Yesterday I had my surgery. Arrived at 8:40 am and the dr was ahead of schedule so they prepped me and started my the surgery early. The surgery took three and a half hour.

We got home at 4;pm. We lived about a hour away from Biloxi.

Biggest complaint as of now is my ears heart. But nothing that the pain pills cannot take care of. I have two drains that will be removed this morning, my lips are swollen and I have some bruising where he put the fat in.

My had is wrapped and I look like at a Eskimo.

Glad it's over with

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Just got back from seeing Dr. Diaz. They took off...

Just got back from seeing Dr. Diaz. They took off my bandages and removed the drains. I was astonished to see how much different I look. He told me that I could shower and my husband could use some cotton swabs to clean my ears. He said," now let me warn you. You are going to start Swelling for the next 3 days so don't get alarmed." I can handle things if I know ahead of time so I really appreciated his comment.
I left with a band around my head and I feel pretty good. I think the pain I experience last night was from the drains. He told me to shower, not bathe, no lifting, walk around the house or yard every 2 hours and sleep uptight for the next 3 days.
So far so good.


Good luck! It sounds like you are off to a great start. keep us posted on how it's going! Yes, swelling, bruising, all of that is to be expected. Take your pain meds and be easy on yourself!
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Read your story and wanted to comment. Glad your feeling good after your surgery. I am 20 days out from a lower blepharoplasty and lower facelift and neck lift. I went back to work this week and am doing pretty good. Still swollen lower face area and around ears. It has gone down a lot, but still feels a little tight. Under chin lumpy bumpy due to neck work You will have that tightness for a while, more intense the first two weeks though. My experience so far is try to stay sleeping on a couple of pillows for awhile. It helps with the swelling. You will have good days and bad days the first couple of weeks, but it will get better. My PS said that I would be ready to go back out in public in 14 days...true, but what I didn't realize from this forum and people that have had this done it can take around 3 months to resolve the lumpy bumpies and 6 months to year to see FINAL results. But have faith because everyday gets a little better! Relax and take care of yourself :)
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Thank you. But you don't regret doing it do you? I had my lower lids done years ago and I loved it.

Day #3 spirits still up. The only immediate...

Day #3 spirits still up. The only immediate concern I have is that I have a tiny spot of blood that bled through my head wrap. I don't think it's a big deal but will probably call my PS later this am.

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Okay. My ears hurt and I'm having some bad side...

Okay. My ears hurt and I'm having some bad side effects from the lortab. When should I expect to get some relief.


Hi Devriesnms. I had a reaction to the Vicodin I was taking and couldn't deal with it anymore. After day 3 I went off it and just started taking regular Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours for a couple of days. It seemed to take the edge off of the discomfort. I was pretty much down to taking it just at night at 2 weeks. Definitely take stool softener until you get regular again.
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Reading your updates with interest here, too. Keep them coming. What are you experiencing with the Lortab?

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I'm sleeping better but still having to take a...

I'm sleeping better but still having to take a pain pill for my ears. This morning's picture looks a little more like "me" but the sides of my face are so big. And my lower lip is still too big as well. Trying to be patient. It's only been 5 days right??

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Okay just took a shower and fixed my hair. My PS...

Okay just took a shower and fixed my hair. My PS told me that I could shower the next day. I find a warm shower and the warmth from my hair dryer feels good to my incision. I like my progress. No regrets


Okay I keep trying to post in the march April may facelift forum and it kicks me out so ill just post here. I he's my surgery 6 days ago. Minimal bruising and a good bit of swelling. My biggest complaint is that my ears hurt. Can decide I'd it's the stitches and when I wear the head strap it that aggravates them or nerve pain. Any comments or suggestions? How long did you ladies have to wear the strap? I have to wear it night and day for 7 days and then only at night for 7 days.
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Like Red, I will be following you closely as my surgery is Monday! I have had all my percriptions filled and when the PS office called I wanted to say that I changed my mind...but I just confirmed the appointment which is at 8am. My husband has been away this week and leaving me alone with all this to think about has created some significant anxiety resulting in difficulty sleeping. I am encouraged by those of you who have and continue to go through the process. I do think I have a better understanding of what I might be in for through all of your descriptions. I will keep you all posted once I am home on Monday or perhaps luck to our trio all joining the PS club this week...
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You sound exactly like me...I cannot tell you how many times I asked my husband, "should I actually do this?" I've had lower lids and facial resurfacing done years ago and about a week out you do experience "buyer's remorse" as someone put it. Because you do look worse right after the surgery than when you went in. But each day you'll look a little better...And feel better too. I still don't look like me yet...but I know I will eventually. Good luck and try to keep busy this weekend. Last weekend was Easter; so I was a little pre-occupied with that. I didn't dwell on my surgery too much...

Day 7 you can see a little bruising on my neck....

Day 7 you can see a little bruising on my neck. Face still swollen a good bit

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One week out. Feeling good. Ears still hurt when...

One week out. Feeling good. Ears still hurt when anything touches them. I've stopped weary chin strap. I'll see the ps on Wednesday to remove stitches. Red, patty0 and suz....go for it.


I called the PS office today and complained about my ear pain. The nurse said that it was hyper sensitive nerve regeneration. Totally normal. I asked her if I HAD to wear the strap. I wore is 24/7 for the first 6 days...then at night, then I tried to at night and would end up taking it off. She suggested wearing as much as I could during the day and at night. SO today I've worn it about 5 hours...seems like the ear pain starts at night...Anyway, I feel really good again today. I thought I had over done it yesterday but woke up feeling good. I'll be in touch. Have a great week everybody and I'll be thinking about PattyO, Red2680 and Suz!!!
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Nine days out. Feeling great posting two pic....

Nine days out. Feeling great posting two pic. Wish I had gotten my hair cut and colored before surgery.


You look awsome in your last pics. Thumbs up definately.
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you look great! congrats!
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Good for you! You look great! I'm having a lower facelift, upper eyelid AND breast augmentation on May 13th. Your pics reaffirm I made the right decision! Keep posting pics! *hugs* on your healing
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Just got back from the PS to have a few stitches...

Just got back from the PS to have a few stitches removed. He was impressed that I had healed so well. No bruising except two places on my neck. I go back in a week for a check up. He told me that I could bend over now but he still didn't want me to exercise and get my heart rate up for another few weeks... FINE BY ME! LOL


My friends told me do not eat seafood for 6 months after surgery because according to her, there is something in seafood makes the scars raised. I haven't ate shimps and lobsters since my surgery 4 months ago and my scars are not raised. I also put Mederma on the scars. You look very good.
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I have not heard that...My PS has not put any restrictions on me since the surgery. I did drink plenty of water though...and didn't eat a lot of salt either.
Whew...glad for all your posts. I am going in on April16th for lower face and neck. Thinking I will put a post up because there was NO info on my doctor. Wishing I knew someone who had work with him. He is properly accredited and specializes in face. I hope I don't regret this.
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12 days out. Probably wont post for a while. But...

12 days out. Probably wont post for a while. But wish everybody the best. Happy healing


now you look 45 great results
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Just saw your wonderful pictures. Looking at all of these before and after photos is so fun. The person I see with the jowls and sagging chin looks like a nice person...then, when the facelift is done, I think, "That's what she must have looked like when she was young!" In your case, I think, "You must have been a beautiful baby!" You have great bone structure. Very nice results...know you have to be happy.
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Thank you so much..that's an awesome compliment. I had acne at a teen and surely wasn't a beauty queen in jr. and high school lol My PS said the same thing about my bone structure. Thanks again! you are too kind!
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Dr. Diaz was my 2nd PS to see. He explained in detail how PS has evolved over the years from stretching/pulling/cutting to what he does now. He will remove excess skin but will harvest my own fat to replace some of the volume that I have lost in my face due to aging. He will use SMAS in my lips. He was so much more positive that the 1st PS I saw. The 1st PS told me that he could make improvements but I had a heavy face and not to expect much. Dr. Diaz was the total opposite. He came across as excited to do the surgery and he assured me that he wouldn't make my lips bigger and that I would be happy. Wish me luck!

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