53 Years Old, Sagging Jowls, Chin Implant, Neck Lift - Boca Raton, FL

Beginning my journey. So very exciting. Looking...

Beginning my journey. So very exciting.
Looking forward to a nice tight neck and lower face.
My chin has always been a troublesome area. As I've aged unfortunately my chin, neck and jowls have started sagging. I'm very optimistic that afterwards my face will be so much more uniform. I feel that this is the right thing to do.
Upcoming Lower Lift, Neck Lift and Chin Implant


Been getting lots of fillers for my chin and jowls for the last 10 years. Tired of the money and pain for short term solutions. I'm 53 and have always had a receding small chin. Although I really wish that I didn't need this surgery so young, I'm at the better do it now and stop wasting money.
Will be getting some fat Transfer as well.
Very much looking forward to this. I've picked a doctor who comes highly recommended, I like his no nonsense approach. My goal is to tighten and tone while enhancing my chin and jowls.

Before

Ok, here are my before pics. I'm thinking of hiding in my house till D day after seeing these. Mind you this is is the brightest of daylight and all my filler is gone.

Another before, not too long ago with my fillers

So excited, but still nervous. I'm not the best healer ....
Trying to keep strong and healthy.

Pre opt with my ps

So exciting, had my pre opt today to discuss the big day.
Got all my scripts and instructions. Tomorrow is bloodwork and EKG.
Two weeks to go, I wish it was tomorrow!

Pre surgical facial

Nice surprise today. My surgery package includes two pre-surgical facials with their skin specialist. Was wonderful! Next Monday is another one and I'll be getting dermabrasion. Nice touch Dr. Handal!!

Yay, I'm done!

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and support. xoxo's
I'm actually feeling pretty dam good. Was overnight with a nurse and hubby picked me up this morning.got my beautiful new chin, face/neck and fat. Doing good with extra strength Tylenol and started a steroid pack this morning amongst antibotics.
Now I'm wide awake happy as a clam....
Have a tube for drainage which runs in my neck,looks creepy but feels fine. Here are some before and afters.

First night

Helmet head

48 hours

Feeling good, I love my chin and neck. Still have a drain that runs across my neck, comes out Monday. Swelling is really not to bad. I think the steroid pack is doing a good job.

Day 3

Anothrt day of rest. Swelling is going down little by little.
Been using arnica every couple of hours. Fresh pineapple and green smoothies.
Slowing down on the Tylenol, took 2 today. Have a rx for tramadol tha I've been taking a night along with sleepy time tea. Only sleep for a couple hours at a time though. Drinking tons of water as well. My dr called yesterday and today to see how I'm doing. I totally love my ps.

Day 4

Went to my doc this morning, tube was removed and incisions cleaned. Said I need to do a little better keeping the incisions clean. Otherwise all is good!

1 week

Boy I am ready to be done with this surgery!!!
Actually went to walmart yesterday out of sheer desperation to get out of the house....
Tomorrow stitches will come out, I'd like to get to the point where my hair can be worn down so I can go out without scaring anyone.
Still pretty swollen on the left side, and under chin.
Middle of my face is coming down, notiticed some of my old wrinkles around the mouth and where the cheeks meet the face when similng. Not sure if I expected to see that, was a bit disappointed. I guess fillers will always be needed.

Stitches out

Had most of my stitches out today. Doc left the stitches behind ears till next week. Was pretty easy thak goodness!
I did have fluid built up under my chin, doc removed with a needle; I guess I'm so numb there didn't even feel when he did it. That definety relieved some of the tightness I've been feeling for the past few days.
Had a wonderful day meeting a super sweet and totally gorgeous Joanne*.
Went for a little shopping spree and had a great time!

Two weeks tomorrow and final stitches out today

Doc said I'm healing beautiful!
This is no makeup and still plenty of bruising and some swelling.
I feel great though.

Before and afters

Is cool to see side by side the changes

Dolled up

My husband who is a hobby photographer took this picture of me yesterday.
I put makeup on and holy mackerel what a difference!!!

Completed my first week back to work

Was still bruised and a little swollen, everyone knew I was getting a chin implant so that pretty much made the transition easy. The black eyes were a bit trickier LOLs. I told them that they recommended a fat tranfer to help fill chin area and I figured "what the heck... Spread it around!
It became an office joke that I'd been doing female wrestling who while off.
All was good.
I did find that my implant area got sore and I can now actually feel the edge on one side. I'm going to talked to doc to see if maybe I need a little filler there to cushion it. Not sure if the other side is still swollen and that's why I can't feel the edge there. Time will tell.
I'm on the phone talking all day, practically every minute as is a busy work environment. That prolly irritated it. I also noticed under my chin area is puffer.
My recommendations to anyone having this surgery would be to take a minimun of 3 weeks. 2 is doable but a little tough.
Had some more pics with make up last night, I still cannot believe what a beautiful difference this surgery has made for me.

Previous neck injuries and face/neck lifts

Here is something to consider before having face/neck lifts.
I have old injuries to my neck which sometimes cause quite a bit of pain.
To manage I've learned how to stretch and maneuver my neck and shoulders to try to keep loose. On occasion when it locks up I've gotten cervical epidural's.
After my procedures I can no longer move or flex to break up the tension or try to realign.
So far I've been ok, but definety is scary for me.

Normal swelling?

Curious what others have experienced
I'm noticing some puffy areas under my chin that make it look like I have a double chin when I tuck my face Downward?
Also experiencing some scrunching of the chin area muscels that I think will need fillers or botox. Disappointed .

Swelling follow up

Called doc and asked if a chin strap might help. They wanted me to stop in so he could examine. The swelling was not too bad according to my dr. He did inject a medicine on the left side to help with the swelling.
Said the chin strap prolly wouldn't make a difference.
We talked about the scrunchie wrinkles that I have, bottom line is to wait for min 6 months to a year before making any decisions on whether I'll need fat transfer or filler. Hoping the swelling goes away soon.

New pics

Got dressed up and wanted to put some current pics up. Goin to doc this week for check up.

Pix

The makeup ones are not the best quality but hopefully an idea.
Some pure day lights with no makeup too. Not the prettiest but I want you guys to see the truth of what to expect
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Handal is 100% about making sure my results were natural and youthful. I am so very lucky to have had him perform my surgery!

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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You look beautiful Very impressed. Wow
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Thank you brooke
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You look absolutely gorgeous!! Did you have any problems with your smile or mouth with the chin implant?
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Thank you1tennis. I have not had any problems with the implant or my mouth. I'll probably require some kind of filler in the marionette lines Down the road. I'm still swollen and final results are a few months away.
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Well you simply put look AMAZING, you must be so pleased with your results :-)
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Thank you Shazza! I'm coming along, kinda like a a cake in the oven. A little lumpy!! Your looking gorgeous yourself!!
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Definitely a time game for sure :-)
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Its a ride & a half aint it? lol I am coming up to 15 weeks & I know in myself I still got a ways to go. Numb, swollen, in parts, still got the ants running all over my face & head sensation :-) so yep hang in there xx
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I don't see a lump on your neck anymore :)
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Hey Joanne, Is much better. Doc said all looks normal. I got a little botox around the eyes. Go back in two months. We talked about the possibility of a little more fat in the chin area. Will see what happens. For now I'm enjoying. How are you doing? This working stuff is crimping our styles!!
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I'm going for botox in forehead, 11's and the eyes next Friday. I went to a dermatologist last week and she gave me something for the redness and it seems to be working....I'm so happy! I'm thinking about more fat or something else in the lips. I really can't afford it right now but I really enjoyed having a top lip.....lol. Work is crimping our style big time :) I'm thinking of joining Orangetheory, have you heard of it, if you have, what do you think of it for a beginner?
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I've heard of the orange theory. Never did it, but looks fun. I love my gym here where I go, it's become like a second family. The am crowd is consistent and we support each other while having fun too! Where are you going for the botox? Same ps...
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They're opening a new orange theory on the corner of glades and lyons, might try it. Yes going to Dr. Westine, he did a good job last time.
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Good for you. Looks like a great workout. I got some botox on crows feet, is freaken expensive!
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It does look like a good workout, just hope I can keep up....lol. my doc said it would be $375.....I really hate to spend any more money but I want to maintain the look on the forehead.
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Your in great shape, bet you'll do awesome. How is your foot feeling? Price you got is better than my docs.
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I'm not in great shape, laying around doing nothing for 2 months turned my body in mush. Foot is a lot better but not 100% yet, still no heels :(
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I know I lost some muscle too. Been doing light resistance and aerobic stuff. This week I've started weight training again. I'm sore as hell now. Can barely move my arms. Is good though, the sagging skin affects more than just our faces!
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Hi. Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures. First of all, you look gorgeous! About the under chin... I had facelift done by dr. Hendel 15 years ago. I was 45. The only reason I decided to go for it, was my tini turkey neck, that at that time, I just started developing. So, I had time and money, and I did it! The whole thing! The brow lift as well.. All looks great, except the one thing I really went for a surgery for. He did very bad job on under my chin area. I could see very shortly that it is not right. The injection he did later did not fix a thing. So, 15 years later, I am thinking to go back for correction... Will not go back to him, though... Based on my experience, and what you described here, dr hendel has hard time with making under chin look right.
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Thanks for the compliments. I'm sorry your area under the chin was a problem. Mine seems to be getting better each week. I'm not quite at the 3 month mark so hopefully is still healing. Do you have any pictures of your chin area? Would like to see what you mean. 15 years is pretty good for a facelift to last, you must be happy about the rest of it. That's good news for me! :-)
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I am sorry, I don't have picture to post... Maybe will get to it in about a month, when I get back to USA.. I think he did very good job on my face, but not the neck.. Hope yours will heal to perfection! I found new PS, in boca, dr Steiger, I think he is amazing. He works only on face and neck. I will go for correction to him, for sure, but maybe in a year or so... I am planning to have Breast reduction (at 60) yes, I am crazy! :-), but I have made up my mind. My neck is next :-) as I said, you look fantastic! Good luck! Galina
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Galochka, what procedure will Dr Steiger do? He does a deep plane lift and what you had is a SMAS. Just wondering. grace
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I've heard excellent comments with dr Steiger. Please let me know how you make out. I had my check up yesterday. I'm still only 2-1/2 months. Still bumpy and swollen. Under the chin has gone down and I think it will be perfect thank goodness!
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I had a consult with Dr. Steiger before my consult with Dr. Westine. Grace is correct, he only does deep plane face lifts.
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Anon i wanted to ask you if you know of a good camouflage make-up? I am going to ask Joanne as well,i think she named the brand in her reviews. Thank You.
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