Getting Geared Up for Facelift! - Bingham Farms, MI

I am 54 years old and am feeling and looking very...

I am 54 years old and am feeling and looking very tired My neck and face have been asymmetrical my whole life. I have always had the turkey neck thing going on. My husband died two years ago, and I am extremely self concious now about going out, due to the neck issue. I have wanted this done for years, but how I am looking now (tired) helped me make the decision. I finally took the leap, and surgery is May 14, 2013.

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On my way to get my facelift! Excited and...

On my way to get my facelift! Excited and nervous at same time. ;)

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Glad the procedure is over, living with bags of...

Glad the procedure is over, living with bags of peas on my face and trying to follow instructions to a t!

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Ouch!

Day two post op. my face has a mask like quality due to swelling. My ears and staples behind ears are killing me. Ice is my best friend right now :). I am so glad I found this forum prior to having lift done, so I had a good realistic base of experiences to draw on for info. I do, however, want to smack the nurses at plastic surgeons office who sad " you won't even need the pain pill, it's really not painful". LIARS! LOL

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Well, you look amazing!
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Thinking of you! When you feel up to it, please let us know how you're doing.

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Posted pics fr today, post op day 1

Post op day three

Yesterday was the worst, today I am wandering around the house a bit. I know myself though, so I'm really trying to do nothing. Ill overdo it. I've switched from frozen peas to regular ice packs. For some reason smells are really bothering me.... Including the frozen pea bags. My ears continue to he painful and I am sleeping basically sitting up. Woke in middle if the night feeling like my skin was going to split by the suture line at ears. Was very swollen so got ice again and fell asleep that way. How often and for how long are you guys icing at the third day?

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keep your eye on the prize and you will sail threw your recovery
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So funny that you had the same reaction to smells as me. I just thought I was going nuts. I am at one month and still ice occasionally. I did read that it doesn't do much good after 72 hours. Just be sure to keep something between your face and the ice pack as you could cause frostbite (I put mine in a sock). You look great and I don't see any bruising which, at day 3, should have appeared. Keep on resting!
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Day four after FL

I feel pretty good today, swelling is down a bit, and Tylenol is managing the discomfort for the most. I am amazed at having almost no bruising! Ears are less painful, but still cant put phone to ear. I keep catching myself trying to do things and am REALLY trying to lay low. I go back to work on the 25th, so I need to maximize my rest and healing time. I'm a nurse, so I won't be able to do lighter duty, it's all or nothing. This really s a major procedure, I thought I was prepared for it, but unless you go through t, I don't think you can totally understand it. I am very pleased though with the outcome and my surgeon. I'm gonna look great. :))

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Thank you......now that I can see beyond the discomfort..... The prize is what I'm waiting for!

Post op day five....questions

Things change from day to day it seems. For the past two nights I find myself waking up laying on my side, chin down, etc. I start out nearly sitting up with two wedges, but it's so uncomfortable for me, that while sleeping I change positions. I'm freaked out its going to affect my outcome! I ate a hamburger yesterday and it was hard to chew yet I finished it. Lol. Worried that if I do anything other than sit or lay with my head elevated I'm going to ruin something. I am doing basically NOTHING, and I'm so bored and got weepy this morning. Scared I spent all this money and my life stopping for a total of ten days and maybe it won't be good results and not worth it. I think I felt so bad about how I looked that I'm putting too much on this procedure. Any encouragement or thoughts on doing activities is welcomed........

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Just wanted to add--do you have to have two wedges? Seems like it's not doing you much good. Also I was given a tip by the nurse to put a pillow on each side of you under the covers. It kind of fools your subconscious into thinking something is in the way and you don't roll over. YMMV.
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Gonna try that tip tonite..... And go down to one wedge. I won't be elevated nearly as much, but it's killing my back! I need a nice comfy recliner. :). Thanks for your kind words
Hey, we are the same age! I think that we all have suffered a little 'buyers remorse' about this time After all, we aren't sleeping well, we can't eat what we would like, we are pretty bored, we are uncomfortable if not in pain, plus, even though we are rational, intelligent women, we did this to look better and right now we look worse. It's emotional. Any day now, instead of glancing in the mirror and seeing flaws, you will see something good. And those times will get more frequent, I promise. (you may stall from time to time, but that is when you get to buy yourself something nice!) For what it's worth, I think you look really good at this point in the process.
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One week

As previously statd, I have had no bruising, minimal swelling.......up to yesterday. I am very swollen now, and can see some faint bruising on my cheek bones. I think I started doing too much. I live alone, so I have to do things on my own. I know over past three days I have been bending over too much. Yesterday I tripped and fell....I didn't hit my face...but I'm having pain now too. I go for suture/staple removal tomorrow, so ill see what's up. I doubt I'll be able to go back to work on Saturday as planned. Disgusted with myself for doing too much probably....but I can't call people over to wash dishes, etc. wish me luck tomorrow.

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Leval59, I'm sorry for the setback ...and glad you're ok from the fall! This is hard for a lot of us to be home doing nothing for this long a period. I'm busy nonstop so being this kind of couch potato is the worst! So don't be so hard on yourself. Have faith ... it might be that the new bruising will go away quicker than you think.
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Staples out!

Staples and sutures are out.....woohoo! There were a lot more than I thought. Warned about all of the internal sutures and possibility of them migrating to the surface. He said in in the normal range, but to watched the increased swelling on my left side. My ears are now like cauliflower and one is folded over at the bottom lobe section from being so swollen as well as edema behind the ear. PS has sent me to have a one hour facial massage to help with the lymphatic drainage......it both hurt, but was incredibly good at the same time :). Dr Sabbagh has all face lift patients get this done twice, and after three months a free microdermabrasion or fraxel or some other treatment. I was shown my before pics that he uses during surgery to help guide him, and I can't believe the difference now. Can't go back to work Saturday as planned, but he said I could try on Tuesday 28th....but no bending, etc. as a nurse, that's impossible.....not sure how this is gonna play out. I have to work, but my job isn't in an office. Somehow it'll work out. I hope you all are doing great today :)

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I'm so sorry about you falling, but you are not alone! I took a header in the bathroom on day 4 or so. And I also had a folded ear lobe which worried me a little--thought it was stitched wrong, but it's all good now. I hope you are able to take it easy.
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Are we related? Lol. I fell on day 4 too......and a cauliflower ear!
Glad to hear its a big difference. I'm in on the 30th with Dr. Sabbagh so I'm glad to read your updates.
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Day 9

Wondering if the swelling will ever go down around my ears. Woke up the morning with bleeding behind right ear at suture line. Seemed to be blood and fluid......not a lot though. There is no definition between face and ear still, and ears are still monstrously huge (in my mirror, anyway. Lol). Still a large amount of swelling on left jaw line, maybe went down a bit. Swelling on cheek bones has decreased a lot , still some fluid there My scar line will be beautiful. Suture line is inside the tragus, don't know how he does that! And staples and sutures are in the scalp so that there are non on my face beyond the ear scar. Doing it that way produces no scarring there, but increases pain, I believe. Released to drive short distances, so going to go into work and pick up my laptop and work phone. Nervous about going in there being in this state. Ah, what we do to ourselves to look better! Hope you all are doing great today.

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Makeup tryout before I go out into the world today ;)

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Your lookin great
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Thank you Doer. It's a process for sure!
You look fantastic! Your suture lines also look really great! Do you mind my asking what kind of makeup you used? I'm trying to figure out what to do with my glorious yellow color in my face. I know that lavender tinted coverup is supposed to neutralize that but I'm at a loss of what to do and where to go. I went out to the grocery store today and practically ran out after I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror in the notions aisle.. lol... I'm on a countdown to Tuesday and really need a cover up! Honestly, you should be so pleased. You look just fantastic!
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Post first outing

Wow, my face swelled up, fluid on cheek bones and soooo exhausted! While it was nice to put makeup on, it's a b@@@ch to take off. LOL. where does all this swelling come from with a simple short outing? I have to be ready for work on Tuesday, so I need to do a bit every day now to amp up. It WAS nice to be out though ;)

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Nice to see a great rating as Thursday is fast approaching
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I wish you the best of luck Thursday :). Keep the final result in your mind....cause if you are like the rest of use, you WILL look hideous for a time. LOL. If you do not have a recliner, go buy one before your surgery! I could not sleep in the bed while trying to stay elevated....I simply can't sleep that way, it was hard. I think that contributed to me getting weepy and being so tired and...cranky! I finally bought one yesterday, and I was able to sleep a whole night and took a nap. I feel like a new person, and swelling reduced some too. I'll be looking for your updates, or feel free to pm me if you have questions.
I am so glad I found your site. I had surgery on the 21st of May so I can read about what I might expect, I also feel less alone. Although I have felt very good, I sleep most of the time and the swelling has made me look alien. Day 4 for me. I wish you all the best for your return to work.
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Almost two weeks out now

So, I have been trying to get out a bit every day now so I don't go from sloth mode to full on run all day, with work on Tuesday. Today, I really overdid it (I felt so good after having my first whole night of sleep). Took a short walk, putzed in the garden, and of course had to go find a throw and pillows to spruce up my new recliner so it doesn't look so......recliner-ish. LOL. You know what shopping for two things leads to....home with am armful new finds. Made a salad, and I am soooo tired I could fall over, and some soreness in neck and by ears/jaw. I am getting zinging and pinging feelings in neck area since last night. I feel myself swelling up again. Wishing I could have another few days off to prepare for increased activity prior to Tuesday. Seems we are just released to drive and do short trips out, and it's time to go back to full time! I cannot believe the exhaustion from today. I'm sure it's normal though. I'll post two week pics tomorrow!

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Leval59, I feel the same way about Tuesday! The reality , in MHO is that this should be a 3 week recovery period. I'm seeing everyone on these posts say the exact same thing as you did that we feel really good , do a fraction of what we maybe did pre FL and then come up with exhaustion and swelling etc. That's the only thing I can come up with for me with my hematoma too. And I hardly did anything! Wouldn't the extra week be just perfect!? Well, like everyone else , it's Tuesday for me too. The guy I work with is going to love the fact I'm going to have to leave early to see my PS the first day I'm back. But maybe it's a good thing. I'll be able to just go home and collapse earlier. :) You don't have to do a lot of lifting Tuesday do you?
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So I see that even after 12 days we still need to take it easy. I have people coming to stay at my house from day 9 to day 14. Guess I will have to leave them to their own devices most of the time. I just read in your review that massage helps with swelling. I will ask my doctor about that when I get stitches out on Tuesday the 28th. take it easy till you go back to work it seems activity is causing increased swelling.
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I hope your guests will not expect you to do a lot for them. I am healing really quickly and I think a lot of that is due to the fact that I am retired and didn't have to return to work, and that I really did just tell people that I needed a rest, or a nap, and then I disappeared for a few hours every afternoon and did just that. Your body has lots of repairing to do even if it doesn't hurt.

Two weeks today

Wow, the changes are amazing in how I looked three days after surgery till today. I still have swelling on left side more than right.....not sure why, if he had more work there or not. I wish it was symmetrical though, cause now I just feel weird and crooked. I see it isnt as tight as it was on the neck, so wondering what will happen when all the swelling resolves. Get too loose? Or even out nicely? If it gets too loose I will have revision done....cause I didn't go through all of this to still have loose skin on my neck. I do look much better, though, than prior to surgery. The fluid in my cheeks is slowly resolving too. I think getting sleep finally is helping tremendously. Bless you recliner chair!!!! My advise to anyone getting this done...use it if you have one, go buy one if you don't. Wish I wouldn't have waited till two days ago to get it. Going to post pics of today, no makeup, and wake up hair! Sorry about that. LOL

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Leval59, your pictures look terrific. To me it looks like you've accomplished everything you needed. I know the whole symmetry thing and lopsided swelling is annoying; I have it too but on my right. I call it my chipmunk cheek. But as mellowchick said no one else is going to notice it. Really you look great!
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Leval59 Your new profile pic looks awesome. As we know it may take months to see the very best results it will be exciting to look better every week. I also have more issues on the left side with a bit of a lump sort of like a swollen gland there. People probably won't notice the swelling as we are constantly moving our faces when we speak it is not like looking into a mirror where we are looking for problems. Of course we are all able to find imperfections in ourselves.
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I avoided mirrors all the time prior to FL. Now, I'm constantly looking. It's a sickness LOL

Two weeks ago today

So I spent yesterday getting ready for work...which involves carrying my big nurse bag, lap top, charts, reviewing my patients charts, washing clothes, etc. last night I swelled back up pretty bad. When I got up this morning some new bruising, more swelling, pain again with my ears being plugged and ringing. . I am so not happy. I called work to arrange for these next four days off. If simply getting ready to go back to work did this, what's going to happen if I go see my patients today and have to bend over turn them, do dressings, iv,s etc?... I feel like a lazy a**, I usually go to work no matter what. This, though, is kicking my butt.

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Levql 59 Your job sounds more physically challenging than most. I can see why you need 4 more days more off. That will give you another week, 3 in total if I remember correctly. I saw my doctor ands had stitches out after 1 week. He said I should be very careful for another 3 weeks. No lawn mowing or strenuous sports. It seems they are not telling us enough about recovery from the beginning. By the way was told I am healing really well but I have been sleeping most of my day. I have headaches centered around the areas behind my ears but painkillers are working. I am doing daily photos on my cell phone.
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Mellowchick, what week are you on now? Glad to hear you are healing well. I totally agree that the healing and recovery is misstated. My thought like others is a 3 week layoff of everything and then a 'gentle' return to work/activities etc. But maybe no one would do this process if they knew they had to do a 3 week downtime. Bad for a multi billion dollar industry? lol Must be awful with continued headaches but I'm glad you've got it under control with the meds. Looking forward to seeing your before and after pictures!
I think you are healing really well. I can barely see the scar under your chin. And your swelling doesn't look excessive. I'm at 4 weeks today and my scar is still red and ugly, and my face is still lopsided although I think it's beginning to be less so. And your profile looks so good.
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Day 15

Arranged to have the rest of this week off of work. Called PS office, because I just didn't know if this was normal, or a potential problem brewing. They asked me to come in, and thankfully it is not a problem. I am holding fluid in the left side and the bruising increased there. Was very uncomfortable. He instructed me in light stroking movements on my neck and face from mid neck upwards and outwards to the ear area. Gentle with hardly any pressure.....to help with the fluid. Advised to start taking Motrin for inflammation. I performed that twice last night and once this morning, as well as took Motrin last night and this morning. It IS less swollen and not as uncomfortable. Today I switched from recliner to a different chair so I can
Look our the window at my flowers. Such is my life. LOL. He said he will evaluate in two months to see if i need a small revision on the left side, maybe taking up a bit of skin. I love that he looks for any possible problems and owns it, does not run and get all defensive. Any issues I have had have been on the left, so we'll see what the future plays out. If anything, I think it might just be a bit of looser skin....but maybe not! Question, are any of you GAINING weight? Sheesh, with no activity, and the soft foods that weren't my norm....and my emotional eating, I think I have gained 5 pounds!!!!! I still am amazed that I look so much better and rested even this early in the journey.

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Leval59, surprising for me, I have the opposite. I've lost about 5 lbs. hanging around the house doing nothing. I can't figure it out. Pre surgery I was focusing on eating smaller meals 6 x's a day. It seems to work with my metabolism. Post surgery, I kept up with that even though I was on liquids and soft foods for the immediate time after. So, I don't know .. maybe I'm just keeping my metabolism on an even momentum or something. Thanks for sharing the massage technique. I see my PS tomorrow and I'll check with him if it's too soon or not for me to do something like that. It sound good to me. I think it's wonderful that you and your doctor are formulating a backup plan if necessary to complete your new look. What I do know about surgery is that while it's a science it's not always exacting because there are just too many variables. How we heal, our health, subjective opinion etc... So if a slight revision is in order it's good to be honest about it. My doctor and I have only touched on the skin care and some additional fillers for the vertical lines around my mouth. I'm not sure how ready I am for anything more invasive at this point like laser or deep chemical peels...I just need to get through this FL first! :) Well it looks like the rain is clearing in the Northeast so I might just go look at my own flowers! Have a beautiful and restful day.
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Jealous!
I was told no heavy lifting or exercising (I swim) for 3-6 weeks after surgery. I had to travel a few days ago -- 4 weeks postop -- and when I lifted my suitcase I felt my neck muscles pulling, scary! Like how awful would it be to have my neck go back to it's old ugly state because I picked up a 30 lb suitcase. My advise is to be overly-cautious the first 6 weeks. That's been hard for me because I feel so good otherwise, but then I get a wake up call when I overdo it.

Two weeks and two days

I am Feeling better these past few days. Still have swelling on left and left side of neck. I do have to remember, though, that I previously had nerve damage on left, as well as past fracture to left jaw when I was a child. The hanging skin was always more on my left as well. Genetically, my father had this as well on his left side too Oh, the curses! Lol. PS did say I may need a revision on left side, will evaluate in a few months. I don't believe it's from anything he did, but more from my previous problems/ damage on that side of face. i still look 100 times better. the loose hanging skin on that side created almost no neck there at all. is what it is.
Lots of tingling, zinging, and pinging going on. Bruising is minimal on left side of neck. I saw my mother and brother yesterday, first time since the face lift, and they were amazed! My mothers reaction was " you don't have your dads problem now". YEA! I am still going to sleep in recliner for a while, I sleep better there and if I do turn my head to the side, it's more supported. I Have been using a travel neck pillow since day one to prevent my ears touching anything in case I happened to roll. I feel now ready to go back to work, and if I have to bend down, which I will have to, it won't be detrimental to my healing. I see so many posts, from yesterday, I'm going to be catching up tonite with them. I am so thankful to you all for your support, help, laughs, pictures and stories. Like Financegirl said, about not being a forum kind of person.....I am the same way, but this has been a blessing. Best of all, I truly believe my Daniel (late husband) would be very happy for me right now :). I feel more normal and confident. Ok, time to post pic with no makeup again except eyeliner. I would have NEVER done that before!

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You ladies are all so beautiful, supportive and inspirational! I am so glad I found this circle of amazing women as I go through the final consultation phases, make a choice of surgeons and schedule my facelift. I came here looking for positivity, reality and sisterhood...thanks so much for all of that! I feel so optimistic now!
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Love your screen name inlovewithlife !

Before pics

Found a couple of before pics, and these aren't the worst! But wanted to show the difference now.....WOW! I'm a size 8, and these facial pics make me look much larger. Ok, here goes......

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You look fantastic! I have a lot of the same issues that you HAD and now I feel better about my plan for October. Thank you so much and happy healing!
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Thank you Cindy81871. I tend to think I look good one day, and not so good the next. I keep waiting for it to fall. So, kind of apprehensive I suppose about being too pleased?! Does that make sense? Lol. When I look at the before, oh yes, there are changes for sure!
You look so incredibly good. If you have to have any kind of revision done, now you are prepared for it. FYI, I had a little loose skin on my neck afterward (almost like a stretched wrinkly look) but it has since evened out. Your chin scar looks so much better than mine! I agree, an extra week makes all the difference in how you feel and I'm sure that by monday you will be fine. Please let us know...
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Out all day today

And I'm tired, but so much better than last week, that's for sure. On my way; work on Monday ....... and so life resumes out of this safe little bubble. ;)

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Hi Leval59. How was your first day back? You have a quite physically demanding job....
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I'm glad you were able to get out yesterday and feeling better. I think that's going to be the way it is for a while. I totally get it when you say 'safe little bubble'! That's exactly how I feel. I find I'm anxious about work Monday. Are you having the same thoughts? I think I'm going to pop in for a while this afternoon just to get through the hundreds of emails I'll have after being out for 11 business days. :)
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First day back to work

WHEW!! It was kind of rough, increased discomfort and swelling, which is to be expected with my job. I'm home on the recliner having a cup of coffee.....still have charting to do tonite. Was scheduled to go to a kindergarten graduation tonite, but I think I better stay home! I'm on the road seeing patients all day, two who I ave ad or a long time said basically....WOW, YOU LOOK LESS TIRED! I ran into the home office for a while and my supervisor and another one came out see me right away....said you look so pretty today - while staring intently at my face. I think the cat got out of the bag somehow due to my return to work note. Cause this was not normal behavior. LOL. My first patient of the day had to be moved up in bed (bed bound), so there was no choice but to do it, couldn't let them stay in that position. Had anther one where I was sitting on the floor with a lantern and a mirror doing dressing work on their legs.....so i was contorted and neck bent down a lot. I don't feel I damaged anything, but just aggravated it with swelling. Not pain either, merely sore. All in all, it went fairly well. I'll evaluate how I look in the morning now ;). I just wish I would swell equally in both sides, rather than always the one side. I'd rather look like I just have a big head than being all weirdly lopsided. LOL.

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Ok, my left ear has been bothering me today....there is a suture that has worked it's way out. For those of you who had this happen, what did the PS do about it? Simply trim it down, or something else?
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Leval59, I think a good night's sleep is in order! Are you still sleeping upright in the recliner? It is very difficult in your career to 'take it easy' so I can imagine it's discouraging to have increased swelling. My desk job is a lot easier; mostly just mental stress that raises the blood pressure! lol.. Well I'm glad we both took the extra time. Rest easy tonight!
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Yes, in recliner. I tried the bed one night again, I barely slept. Grrr!

Thoughts....

Today I noticed that I was not contorting my head, or watching that i dont have ny chin down, etc. to hide my neck. Or placing my hands on chin to cover it. I'll be able to wear my hair back now, too, and not be afraid of my profile. I actually bought those things called Secret Neck Lift, it's tape things that you wear with a thin elastic that attaches to them to pull your neck tighter. They work good! But now.....wow, I am going to be free of so much worry about my appearance ;). It's rather liberating :). I LOVE my neck now. When all swelling leaves from cheeks and jaw I will be so happy

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Leval59 THAT is the best feeling! I'm so glad for you. This is what this whole thing has been about...rejuvenating ourselves. I mean truthfully it's so nice to be told we don't look our age, but it wasn't the number that bothered me it was how tired and sad I looked when I wasn't! I'm so happy for you. :) No more Secret Neck Lifts!!
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6 week review

So, I went to a party last night with people I haven't seen in over two months. Nobody knew I had surgery. I heard quite a few times "you're looking really good" and "have you been on vacation.....or...is your hair different?" I felt more confident, and less apprehensive about my profile and tired look. Today it was really hot and humid here, and I was able to pin my hair back for my walk. Normally, I would leave it down to try to hide my neck, but not today! I'm am finally able to sleep in bed, but I do still wake with swelling behind and in front of my ears. I also still have swelling on the left side neck and chin. that has been my stubborn side from the beginning......ear hurt more, that side of neck and chin hurt more, and always swelled up more. Scar behind the left ear aches now too...feels thicker than before. Going for facial, lymphatic massage on Wednesday, so I'll ask her about that. PS office recommended a good base moisturizer to use for now (allergen: Vivate'), as they don't want any other stronger products on my face. As for sunscreen, I purchased Smashbox CC cream that has SPF 30 in it, and it balances out uneven tone. Anything over SPF 35 is basically overkill and a waste....according to literature on that subject. 30 it is! Talked about an endoscopic brow lift, but I'm undecided on it, I'm so afraid of the surprised look! I haven't been blessed with nice high arched brows, so I understand that it would make improvements, but I'm still scared of it, more than I was of the facelift. I have heavy hooding on my eyes, so I'm kind of torn..... A simple upper eyelid lift, or the eye lift and endoscopic brow lift t same time. A slippery slope this PS is. LOL

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Level 59 I say do what ever it takes to make you feel better. I don't think its a slippery slope. We do so many things to fix the house the car and so on and we put our selfs on the back burner. I say enough of that lets put ourself first and not feel guilty
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True enough Doer! Hope you are doing well
You sure do look pretty! I think PS did a great job! Thank you for the info and your story. Im this Wednesday!
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Pre op and post op Pictures at 6 weeks

I think maybe we forget how we looked prior to facelift.....when we are picking apart our new face. I am dealing with lots of swelling from the fluids in lymph system not moving well, so have a few more lymphatic massages booked. The heat and humidity makes me swell a lot too. It's looking good though! Going to keep the old pics for reminder of the good work my PS did for me :)

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level 59, How are you doing?
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I'm doing very well Doer! Still battling with swelling.......remind me to never have a procedure in the warm months again. LOL. I think I need to increase my water intake. Other than that I'm just peachy. :). How are things on the other side of the bridge? Today is a food and drink kind of day, limited myself to one alcoholic drink.....otherwise ......well, I swell!
I'm slowly healing. I may have one concern with one jowl but I know I am still healing. I see PS on Aug 12 and we will see how it is at that time. The facelift was a success just that concern and it still maybe fluid or selling. Glad your doing well and this Canadian says Happy July 4th.

Swelling swelling swelling

Oh, how I am tired of the swelling! I am in and out in the heat all day with my job, and it seems most people don't turn on their air or use fans in their homes, so by time I am done with work I feel like a pumpkin head. LOL. Its not that noticeable to others most of the time, but I can feel it. My eyes even swell up, and no eye work was done. Heat always did affect me negatively, but wouldn't you know that this is the most humid it's been here in years....of course when I have had a FL! It's to the point that after working hours I just need To be inside to feel some relief behind my ears and sides of my neck. At times there is some fluid escaping behind ears as well, even though scars look good and are healed. arrrggghhh. Trying to really watch sodium intake, etc. to help battle this. This too shall pass :)

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Yikes Leval!  So sorry to hear how the heat is affecting you!  Hope you feel better after a good night in the air conditioning at home.
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The weather here is just awful! I always swell in the heat, but this is ridiculous. LOL
Hi again. I have been keeping up with you, regularly reading your check in posts. I can understand your over-focusing on the swelling and/or any "issues" of the day. It's natural. This has been the primary focus of every one of your days for months now. You know that time will pass and eventually, this procedure and all of it's niggly consequences will just be a part of your past and you will just be enjoying your beauty. Down the road, all of the symptoms will have dissipated and you won't be so conscious of all the pings and pains. You really, really look gorgeous! You have to know that your amazing results are keeping me inspired (and other women, too, I'm sure) for my upcoming procedures. Thanks are not enough for how much gratitude I have for your fortitude and honesty.
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Exactly 8 weeks tomorrow

I'm pleased. Especially when the swelling quits..... Especially my eyes....even though no work was done there. LOL

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Level 59 haven't heard about your recovery in a while. How is it going?
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It's going well! Still some left side swelling, but mostly back to normal. Going in the winter to have my eyes done, he may do a small revision on that side then. Said he wants 6 months to pass though to evaluate it. He said it would only be a small muscle tightening there. I had structural damage prior to FL on the left, so it was difficult procedure for him. I am still loving it, and if I weren't having my eyes done, I wouldn't bother with the small repair. My neck and jaw look very good to the world, I just notice the slight difference. How's it shaking for you?
Eyes too I'm thinking of that too. I still have some puffiness mostly on left side just a bit on right. He told me 6 months also and he said it should still go down. If there is still puffiness after that time, which I'm thinking there will be but I really don't know he said he would suction it out.

Three and a half months

New pics with old ones for comparison. Still some swelling on left, but much less. I'll need a small muscle tightening on the left, due to previous damage to my left side. If I wasn't getting my eyes done in the winter, I wouldn't bother. I'm so very pleased with it all. Feel like a new person. Next pics will be with my eyes done. Yea!

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Hey Level how are you doing?
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Hi Doer! Haven't been on here last while. Starting to scour the site again regarding upper and lower kids as well as brow lift. Coming up soon!
Hope your doing good. I got estimate for upper and lower only at 4700. I go on the 28th of this month for work on my jowls, he said he would suction it out. No charge. I will probably wait a little for the eyes as the canadian dollar has been sinking. If you could be so nice to a canadian and trade me money at par I will love the USA forever. lol

Eight months, revision scheduled

It's been 8 months since my facelift, hard to believe! I am still so thrilled. With my results, it's crazy good. I had the problem with the left side, I waited and it's still there. I'm going next month to have the muscle tightened under the chin. PS said the wight and amount of time I had the awful neck caused the muscle damage, and that he wished he would have taken more, but he went a bit more conservative because if the deep muscle damage I had. (Note: I had genetic problem with muscle, wasn't simply age related). Soooo, I went in for a consult for upper and lower lids and a brow lift, and he'll do the neck repair at that time.

My lids are laying on my lashes, and brows have fallen to below the brow bone....blah blah blah. LOL I'm very very scared to do the endoscopic brow lift, however, I saw another PS/opthomologist for a second opinion about it, and he said the exact same thing as mine. I'll post pics before I go in bor the next round of PS!!

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I'm day two post op. no pain. Took a shower. My husband is a saint. Eating lots of jello and ginger ale and soup.
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That's awesome crew mom!, Continued good healing thoughts sent your way :)
Thanks. Last night was rough. Feel like I look like a monster. Family very supportive. First post op visit tomorrow.

Revision plus eyes on February 6

I have a review on brow lift section for my eyes, but wanted to update here, as well. I'm nervously ready! As I've been through the facelift, I am much more prepared with supplies, etc this time. I got the standard precautions about possibility of permanent loss of sensation, etc. posting pics of area that needs revision, and my fallen eyes.

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Level good luck tmw the 6th. Keep us updated.
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Hi leval ...thank you so much for sharing all your updates. I am so happy to know you had good results. Be ready for all the men to ask you out! I am sorry for your loss. My fiancé lost his wife and thought he would never find love again ....well he did. I wish you all the love you desire. I had my smas facelift and Neck done 3 weeks ago. I also had my upper eyes done too. My ps gave me arnica Montana homeopathic pills to start 2 days before and use after for 2 weeks...you can see in my pics that my eyes had minimal bruising. Talk to your ps about it. I got the topical product too for my neck bruises and pain. Best wishes for a speedy and easy recovery. Barbara
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Barb Michelle, thank you SO MUCH! I think I needed to read something nice right now. :). So glad yours went well!

Revision, browlift and upper/lower lids DONE

It's been three days post procedure. I'm doing my very best to be very compliant with no cleaning, bending, lifting, etc. PS had to tighten muscle under neck again and also pulled some skin to the side, regarding my revision. That' was a piece of cake! The eyes are dry scratchy, swollen and bruised. Require lots of drops and icing. The browlift appears to be awesome, or so people are saying. I'll post a pic here, then as it goes along I'll post more. Showering after a browlift is challenging. LOL

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Leval how you doing?
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Doing great! I have eye lids again, and my brows are in a nice position. Happy happy days :). Tomorrow is one week, have to go and get staples and stitches out. He tightened the neck again and pulled some skin on the left. I realize I'll always be crooked, but that's my face, not the PS fault. Brow lift is not for the faint hearted, but the results are so good. How's your neck doing?
Dear Leval59, Good to hear you are doing well. Sending you good energy for a quick recovery! Ruz

Sutures and staples out

Today is one week since my neck revision, eye lift and brow lift. I simply can't believe the difference! I am so glad I had the facelift, and now the other area addressed. I suggest getting them all done at once. With that said I was too scared to take the huge plunge at once. LOL. updated pics so you can see the revision on left side.

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Before and after

Pics

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Oh and men!!!!
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You know I look at all of us and everything we go through --- we got some crazy ladies on the website!
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We are crazy, indeed, marathon mom! Crazy good, though. :)

Daily changes

Ok, must remind myself that my face will never be perfectly equal and symmetrical. The only way that is going to happen was if bone was removed. The loose skin is gone, but I still long for what other women have! I think it's important tht we revisit our before photos as we are picking our faces apart. I must remember how BAD it was! Loving the eyes though

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Looking good!!
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Thank you Marathon Mom!!
You look so great. I'm glad you are happy!
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Three weeks post finishing eye work

I am so pleased with the results. I feel he achieved my goals as I am not looking be thirty again, and to avoid the overly tight face or super high eyebrows. So glad I did this for myself!

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Hey Leval...those two photos side by side are very helpful. Any and show the remarkable difference from start to finish. But since some of us may be doing the process as you did ie facelift first and then eyes could you add a photo that takes us in sequence from b4photo to after facelift photo then to the final photo? I know that's a hassle and that somewhere in your reviews all of them are probably somewhere but just wondering if for the lazy among us posting all three is possible? Thanks, grace60
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Sure, will do. I had them on here, then removed after a while.

Pics as requested

Before facelift to after facelift, then a final with my eyes done. I waited 8 months between lower FL and the eye and brow work. Hope it helps :)

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Forgotten pics!

Sorry, I clicked too fast. LOL

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Wow! Now u look so young n pretty! Thank u for posting before n after procedure pictures with a very detailed info about ur facelift n neck surgery.
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Very nice! You look beautiful!! :)
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wow -- he did an excellent job on FL -- look at that beautiful smile --- now we can enjoy the whole journey. thanks for posting -- always amazing to see pre and post --
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Three weeks today

Having headaches today and lots of creepy crawly sensations. Guess the nerves are waking up! I slept more flat last night and my eyes are more swollen, and that probably plays a part in the headache. I am soo exhausted today, probably from real life setting in :). Here is week three photo ....with my kitten. LOL

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You look awesome!!
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I love your pics and the kitten too! Wow I just finished reading your whole journey to the new you....Mazol tov!
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Looking great!!
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Detroit Plastic Surgeon

The overall experience was good. He doesn't seem to do like a lot of other PS on here.......marking the face, or chin/head strap for weeks, etc. that had me a bit concerned, but I trusted his way and at this point I am pleased. I think he is a genius in terms of scars......I will have none showing. Even under the chin, it's very fine so it will be faded out quickly. I had two consultations prior to surgery, he was very professional, but I didn't get a warm fuzzy feeling. He did, just from looking at my face, tell me about nerve damage that I had since I was a child. he talked about involvement of nerves, and possible risks. I saw him to say Hello right before getting iv placed for surgery...and that was it. At my post op appointments, he was very nice, professional, answered all questions and didn't make me feel rushed. He again told me to call with any questions or concerns. I left both of these appointments feeling cared about. I also liked that at post op appointments he removed all bandaging, sutures, staples and care. I preferred him doing it rather than his staff/RN. He sends his facelift patients for two facial massages to help with swelling and lymphatic drainage....included in with the price. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr Sabbagh for facelift procedures. Who knows, maybe I'll get my eyes done in a few years from him!

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