Finally decided. To go ahead with lower facelift...
Finally decided. To go ahead with lower facelift and neck lift with lipo. I've read so many reviews on here I wanted to contribute too.
I spent a long time trying to find the right surgeon and procedure. Eventually decided on a surgeon just because I had a good feeling about him.
Not much research on facelifts as he mainly performs breast surgery but his resume says he has performed about 100 but that was a few years ago so I presume many more. He was very nice and has seen me 3 times so far. Each time I came away feeling confident but when I sit at home on my ipad I start to get worried that he is not a "facial expert".
Anyway it's too late now so here are the before photos..
My anxiety is a) scarring, b) looking lopsided c) looking unnatural.
I have fixed earlobes and I can't imagine what the scar will look like. I only seem to find images of people with dangly earlobes!
1 day post op
Yesterday not too much swelling, today same but more pain! All good except I have aw only mouth. Obviously I am worried about this but my surgeon has seen me twice and both times says he is not worried and it will get better. Non of the nurses seem worried either but the sceptical side of me thinks this is just them pretending so I don't get worried! I am resisting the rude to google it.....yet!
2day post op less painful, haematoma drained
Had my haematoma drained late last night by a very kind surgeon and a anaesthetic team who stayed after their patient list was finished. Dr angelo allerusso. He looked tired but very instant that it needed to be done!
Recovery was brilliant. I have to say thatI have had the best recovery in this hospital (Despite lots of negative reviews on English forums btw)
I am now feeling a lot better. Pain is minimal, just two tramadol since last night.
And I had some food.
Day3 post op
Hair washeed, first view with no chin strap, look wide!! But I have seen enough pics on here to know this Normal. Haematoma gone, feel ok. Still wonky mouth though. Feeling pretty much pain free at mo, discharge in an hour.
I will be wrting that the service in this hospital as been second to non.
4 days post op and feeling anxious and stressed
I came home yesterday having had a 3 night stay in hospital. The bruising on my neck is tight and sore. I am anxious because I am worried about the possibility of another haematoma. I am taking as little pain relief as so because of the constipation effects.
I am worried about the stitches around my hairline and my droopy mouth. I did expect to feel like this though!
5days post op
Feeling a little better today, tried to get up and about but really tired so gave up after a while. I am really lucky that it's beautiful weather here and my kids are all busy with friends playing and hubby is a teacher on holiday so is looking after me really well. My cheeks rally ache today and my ears throb. My neck is very tight and sore but all as expected. Here's some pics with chinstrap on. Can't face taking it off!
A facelift is a really expensive way to find out you need an eyebrow reshape!
Boy my eyebrows look rubbish. I will take this opportunity to grow them out fully and start again!
Day 6 post op
Woke up feeling extremely tired this morning. Alarmed by how tight my neck felt so had a look and was shocked by how much bruising there was and how far forward the stitches were (and how lumpy they are). All this combined with my still crooked smile made me feel down. I contacted the clinic for advise about arnica gel and how long to keep chin strap on. They were adamant I needed the chin strap on 24/7 for now and arnica was ok but not on the sutures.
Couldn't get motivated today but couldn't sleep either. I feel such an idiot for ding this to myself!
Had a shower later on, a couple of paracetamol and I feel better now. So I took off the chinstrap for a good look. Mickey rouke comes to mind! My face is soooo wide! However I did catch my side profile and I was pleasantly surprised. So fingers crossed I will feel more positive tomorrow.
7days post op still feeling rough
For all those who are thinking about this, just remember it is a major surgery. Unless you are very lucky or resistant, there will be a lot of down time. I am struggling with this !
I am bored and still in pain. My face is still really swollen and my ears still hurt. Now my stitches are itching and I have a really bad cough and a sore throat. I also feel really unwell and absolutely shattered. But I am a bit of a wuss.
Off to the nurse tomorrow to get stitches checked.
Felling much better today, still tired, still cough, still sore throat but definately better. I had a shower today and was able to massage conditioner into my sclap without cringing! It's all very numba and swollen around the back of my ears and my face is very wide but I am starting to feel a bit more back to normal now.
Day 10 feeling better
It's day 10 and I have decided to clip my hair back to try to tke photos of the grimness beneath...eurghhh
12 days post op
I am feeling so much better now, apart from itchy stitches and some soreness around throat.
Still got a swollen face and a lumpy neck and my mouth is still wonky but getting better everyday, I hope that is helpful for others to know
2weeks post op
Finally made it to toe weeks, staples out tomorrow!
Very sore and swollen still. Now starting to see lumps and bumps on neck as the swelling goes down. Still very swollen and hard cheeks though.
3 1/2 weeks post op
I am on holiday at the moment, staying out of the sun and trying to rest. Today I am feeling much better. I still have lots of pian around my neck and ears and the lumps on my neck are quite big.vyou can see it clearly on the photos.
I am still wearing my chinstrap from some of the day and at night. Feeling happy with profiles still got a big neck but I have an angle and it looks much better from the front. My face is still very wide though as I am swollen around my ears still.
Scabby as a scabby dog behind the ears and dying to pick!