Exceeded Expectations! I Look and Feel 15-Years Younger! Incredible Facial Rejuvenation by Dr. Catherine Winslow, Carmel, IN.
2013 was a year of transformation for me. I had...
Massive weight loss had left my face and body with sagging skin that aged me. Following my tummy tuck, I had my stage 2 body contouring on 10-10-13. That took care of everything below the neck. Then on 12-12-13 I took care of everything above the neck with facial rejuvenation by Dr. Winslow.
On my birthday in March of 2013 I was a size 14 and looked the 49 years that I had turned. But after my plastics I am a size 4 and look like I am in my 30s from head-to-toe. I am so very glad that I did this. I feel wonderful.
Dr. Winslow did incredible work. No one even comes close, and especially not for this kind of money. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found two plastic surgeons who are each at the very top of their field (one for faces and one for bodies) and who do not charge people outrageous prices.
I never though that I would have a face and body like this at age 49! It is amazing what a highly skilled and talented plastic surgeon can achieve. I love my face and my body now. I am thrilled!!!
I know that you probably want to see photos, but I do not post photos of my face on the web. Not in any way that I would be recognizable anyway. You can see my body pix on my other reviews on RealSelf by visiting my profile.
OK, I have gathered my courage to post a few photos
Face by Dr. Catherine Winslow, Body by Dr. Joseph F. Capella
You may visit my profile to see my other reviews and my "before" photos. I have lost: 15 years of aging on my face, 37 pounds of excess flesh and fat on my body, and 43 inches on my bust, chest, waist, abdo, thighs, knees, and arms. I have gone from a size 14/16 before body contouring plastic surgery to a size 4.
I still cannot believe what a dramatic transformation this has been. I am so blessed.
A Delightful Post-op with Dr. Winslow Today
When I arrived at her office this morning, all of the lovely women on her staff were excited to see my new face! They are always so welcoming and happy -- so much positive energy -- every time I go there. In the waiting area I met another patient. She was older than me, and looked absolutely stunning and elegant. I asked her if she had face work done with Dr. Winslow and she said yes. She was perfect -- Dr. Winslow did not do anything crazy like I have seen some plastic surgeon's do to mature women's faces. Wow, Dr. Winslow's work just completely blows me away. She does the best I have ever seen!
First I met with Heather, whom is my aesthetician at Heather Brown Studios, and who is the darling woman that referred me to Dr. Winslow. Heather had not seen me since my surgery. When I showed her my areas of concern, she had me feel under her chin and the two areas on the sides of her face that I had concerns about. Long story short, I was not used to feeling the bones on the sides of my face or the tightness under my chin that is NORMAL because I had so much excess skin on my face for so long (owing sagging from massive weight loss). How hilarious is that?!?! I keep discovering all these things about my body, like bones I have not felt since I was a teenager/early 20s.
Dr. Winslow and Triste the nurse came in next and Dr. Winslow greeted me with a big hug and smile. She is awesome -- always makes me feel so very welcomed to be there in her practice and always makes sure she has answered all my questions before I leave. So the four of us had some girl talk about my new body and face and it was fun! I shared with them some of my "before" photos of my body. They have only seen me as a size 4, but back in April of 2013 when I began my body contouring journey I was a size 14. I told them a few entertaining stories about reactions I have gotten from men and we all had a great laugh.
Dr. Winslow told me to lightly massage my face as the vigorous massage I had been doing may be causing inflammation. The right side of my face is still swollen more than the left (you might notice that in the pix I posted on Feb 5th). I was VERY happy when she told me that the right side will look like the left side once I am a little further out from my surgery.
It just so happened that I met with both of my plastic surgeons this week, each one a leader in their respective fields (facial plastic surgery, body contouring after weight loss). I shared photos with both of them of my body and face. Each surgeon found the other surgeon's work to be excellent. I am so stinking lucky to have found them... really, I am overjoyed... this sort of wonderful thing just doesn't happen to me... but it did!!!
I tell people all the time: You are not buying a procedure. You are buying a plastic surgeon. There are very few surgeons (if any) who could have delivered the results that Dr. Winslow delivered to me. She is amazingly talented and has a lovely bedside manner. I am so thrilled that I found her!
Finding the real me
It is hard to look at old photos and reflect back on how I abused my body for so long. But it is a wonderful dose of reality to see how far I have come and reminder that I must now and forever take excellent care of my body. If you click thru to my profile, you may read about the other surgeries I have had and see before and after photographs of my results.
I once weighed 285 pounds and was on 10 prescription medications for obesity related diseases. I did a total,body transformation in 2013. Everything on my wish list has been completed except the breast augmentation, which I plan to get in June of 2014.
I have been free of obesity and my obesity related illnesses for more than a decade. The plastic surgery was the completion of erasing the sins of my past, getting rid of the telltale skin that was a constant reminder that I was a failure with regard to respecting my body for so long.
Never could I have done this without my gastric bypass and body contouring. But they aren't the easy way out. It took dedication to change the behaviors that led me to be morbidly obese in the first place. I eat very healthy - no processed foods, no grains (that includes corn), no red meat, no sugar sweetened beverages, no "diet" beverages or foods, no artificial sweeteners, no potatoes. I eat everything fresh, and organic as much as possible.
I workout. I love planks and squats and HIIT and lifting weights and sprints with my dog blue and BodyCombat class. I hate yoga and BodyJam class and cycling and Burpees and just about any cardio machine.
I am grateful that I persisted in doing that. I am thankful that I had insurance coverage for my weight loss surgery. I am blessed to have had the money for body contouring. I am deeply endeared to my two very talented and relatively affordably plastic surgeons - Dr. Catherine Winslow and Dr. Joseph F. Capella. Most of all, I am so very happy to be the person I am today.
Not only did it shame me to look at my naked body in the mirror, but also it kept me from fully being present to living a life I love. I am so stinking happy nowadays. Today I'm a size small and living larger than ever!
Whoever you are reading this, know that you have within you what it takes to succeed. My wish for you is that you live a life you love and love the life you live.
A funny thing happened at the BMV
Needless to say it was the best ever experience I have had at the Bureau of Motor Vehicle. hahahaha I am so enjoying having fun with my transformation.
The Big Reveal - What Procedures Dr. Winslow Did on My Face
Here are the facial procedures I had done with Dr. Winslow:
SMAS to tear troughs
Upper eye lid lift
Filler to lips, marionette lines, and nasal folds
I have one surgery left for breast augmentation and body contouring revisions with Dr. Capella on May 29th. You may follow my journey here http://www.realself.com/review/ramsey-nj-stage-breast-augmentation-dr-joseph-capella-ramsey-nj-super-excited#/
My Photo Shoot in NYC
Feeling like I Just Celebrated My 30th Birthday, Not My 50th
Getting Back My High School Face
You May Look Inhuman after Plastic Surgery
Here are a few early post op photos so you can see what I mean.
Dr. Catherine Winslow is amazing!
I emailed her today and she got back to me immediately -- just as she has always done. As a business professional I use a lot of email to communicate, and I have never in all my career seen anyone as quick to respond as Dr. Winslow. That's a a fact -- and it make me feel respected and valued as her patient.
What's more, before I even completed my second email to her, Dr. Winslow's practice was calling me on the phone to schedule an appointment. I truly appreciate and admire that level of professionalism.
I have been in the cosmetic plastic surgery field for more than a year now and I have seen a whole lot of mediocre work and sub-par patient care from other surgeons. But Dr. Winslow hits the high note - the highest note - in terms of the quality of her work and the care she provides before, during, and after surgery. Dr. Winslow is amazing and as I have said many times now, I am so happy that I found her.
My Bariatric Life "before" and "after" plastic surgery - yes, this really is me!
Just a little more than a year ago, the "before" photo above was taken at Easter. Yes, hard to believe that the person in both images is one and the same. The "after" photo was taken this past March, just 3-mos after my facial plastics with Dr. Winslow and 5-mos after my stage 2 body contouring with Dr. Capella.
I now have the body that weight loss surgery could not give me. It has been decades since I looked this good. Dr. Winslow must have taken 15-years off my face! She gave me a mature version of the pretty face I had in high school. I am going to my high school class reunion this year and I will be very proud to show everyone that I look nearly the same as I did the last time they saw me (32 years ago).
As of this writing, I have lost 50-inches and 40-pounds. I went from a size 14 jeans being tight to size 2 jeans in less than a year since my tummy tuck (my first plastic surgery). Never did I imagine that a simple tummy tuck would lead to this.
If it can happen to me, then it can happen to you. And it's a whole lot more possible than your chances of winning the lottery! It really can and does happen. Just checkout the ~thousand photos on Dr. Capella's website. As for Dr. Winslow, if you think her website gallery is impressive, just wait until you see the before and after photos in her practice.
I hit the lottery alright!
Dr. Winslow Gave Me Back the Pretty Face I had in High School
The before and after photos show my face at the time of high school graduation in 1982, then my executive portrait taken in 2012, and finally my face at 50-yrs old taken in 2014. I don't think it gets any better than this.
I am convinced that very few facial plastic surgeons can do what Dr. Winslow has done for me.
Outdoor photo shoot - 6-mos post facial plastic surgery
My Bariatric Life 6-mos Post FaceLift etc with Catherine Winslow MD (Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery)
Everything is healing nicely. This truly was an easy surgery and recovery -- and compared to my body contouring plastic surgeries, it was a breeze! The one thing I will say that helped tremendously is a fellow patient prepared me well in advance that my face would look almost inhuman for a while. I looked pretty bad for the first two-months (see earlier post with photos). Later, my husband would say I looked good but I did not look like me. But Dr. Winslow assured me that I would look like me, only better. She was right. At 3-mos post op I had a matured version of the face I had in high school. By 6-mod post op my face looked even "smoother" -- is the best way I can put it.
During my exam, Triste said that she doesn't like the way my body is absorbing Juvaderm and will try Restylane next time for my filler. We discussed the hollows under my eyes that are now more noticeable since my swelling from surgery has gone down. Triste, who is simply AMAZING with injecting filler, said we will try Voluma to even out the surface. Filler is nothing short of amazing in reducing facial creases and making me look instantly younger -- see my Juvaderm review if interested. Here's an analogy: Think of how dramatic hair dye is in making you look younger by covering your grey hair. That is how dramatic filler can be to making your face look younger.
After my exam, I spoke a bit with Dr. Winslow as to why she became a plastic surgeon. She began doing facial reconstruction on children in the Oklahoma bombing and when she put a little boy's face back together whom had been shot at point bank range in the jaw, she knew she had found her calling. She went on to work at Walter Reed Medical Center during the years when so many soldiers were coming back from the Middle East "in pieces." I am sure she put many faces and many lives back together, whole and complete again. That is a very powerful thing to be able to do for someone. I am in awe, quite frankly.
Dr. Winslow has done over 1000 facelifts. I asked her what is more powerful/rewarding for her, the facial reconstruction work she does, saving her patient's lives whom have melanoma, or cosmetic surgery? Dr. Winslow said it is all very rewarding. She went on to explain how wonderful it is to perform facial rejuvenation on a patient who then goes on to live life fully and joyfully -- feeling wonderful inside and out (my words not Dr. Winslow's).
Yeah, I know exactly what she is talking about. I am about the happiest I have ever been in my life. Even though I was a confident woman before weight loss and plastic surgery, I was not confident about my looks. I did not realize just how much that was holding me back. Now I have confidence in my appearance and thus I am doing things I never would have done before. It really is hard to explain, but my constraints have been lifted and nothing is holding me back from doing anything I want to do.
Life is beautiful. Thank you, Dr. Winslow, Triste, and Erin (my nurses)!
A plastic surgeon's training, experience, credentials, and body of work are what matter
What really matters is a plastic surgeon's training, experience, credentials, and body of work. When I walk into Dr. Winslow's practice I feel like I have walked into a doctor's office not a spa. That is what I want. This is a big surgery, serious stuff that I had done. I am not coming for a hot stone pedicure. I am not looking for fountains and lemon-mint water and plush robes. I once fell prey to a plastic surgeon who ran his practice like that -- big BIG mistake!
I looked at Dr. Winslow's training and her experience doing facial reconstruction, putting children's faces back together after the Oklahoma bombing. I looked at her service at Walter Reed putting soldiers' faces back together after Afghanastan. I look at her training and credentials, having done more than 1000 facelifts. I looked at her extremely impressive before and after photos of cosmetic surgery procedures. I asked Dr. Winslow all the tough questions about infection rates and how she would handle me in an emergency. Her replies made me feel safe and secure in her care.
I liked that she was able to offer solutions, sometimes multiple solutions, for all my areas of concern. I never felt that she pushed a procedure on me or recommended something I did not need. In fact, when I told her that I was not ready to give up tanning, she told me not to do the chemical peel during my surgery. I respect that she was more interested in my satisfaction than her profit margin. There is a lot of upsetting that goes on in this industry. Watch out for the snack oil salesmen.
As for Dr. Winslow, I am so very happy to recommend her for facial plastic surgery, and Triste her nurse for filler. If you like what Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery did for me (and the price I paid) then you may want to explore what she can do for you.
I am so happy that I found Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery and went through with ALL of the procedures that I had done. Never did I dream I could look and feel so good at 50yo!
Living the dream...
I am seizing the moment, doing things I never would have done with my fat body and sagging face. Most importantly I am enjoying life to the fullest.
So far I have:
Run a 3k with my daughter and granddaughter
Signed up for a 5k
Got a body piercing (you'd be surprised where)
Danced like no one was watching in the middle of the boardwalk with my granddaughter
Did same in front of a huge crowd at the fair
Wore a bikini
Went topless on a nude beach
Own lots and lots of thongs,which I was never able to wear before
Wear mini skirts (sometimes with thongs)
Signed up for crew
Signed up for several ropes course and zip lining
Done not one but two professional photo shoots
What it is all about is having fun. Living life fully without letting inhibitions and fear prevent me from doing what it is I want to do. I love my life!
And just between us girls, I enjoy the effect I have on men. I don't want to sound like a biotch. It is just that it has been quite a while since I could make a man's knees quiver. And it feels nice. We usually laugh about my experiences at Dr. Winslow's office. I'm talking about genuine innocent expressions from men, not crude gestures. Here are a few that make my heart smile:
- I looked up from my purse just in time to see a man walking towards me mouth the word "Wow" to himself. Then he gave me a huge smile.
- a man walked into the co-ed dressing room at Banana Republic and literally tripped over himself when he saw me.
- as I got out of the car I looked a young man in the face and he said, oh wow, I must have died and gone to heaven because you look like an angel. (I know that is cheesy but he was just this kind of dumb cute kid and so it was a little sweet)
- a jeweler in Carmel CA caught me walking across the street in a mini dress and said, "you and your legs just made my day."
- on a business trip I sat in one of the only available seats at a beachfront bars and a conversation ensued with the man sitting next to me. At one point he said he was 50 something and asked if I was obscenely younger than him.
At first my husband was a little insecure about my new look. But now he seems to find amusing the way that men react to me. For example, my husband and I were at an equestrian event and this rich old man was totally charming to me and made me a drink while completely ignoring my husband, whom it was obvious I was with. My husband and I thought it was very funny. Hmmm, perhaps we missed our opportunity at an "indecent proposal" - that's a movie reference in a ease you haven't seen it.
Black tie affair selfie
I never anticipated plastic surgery would make me feel so differently about who I am. I've always had confidence but now it goes deeper, to my very core, and pours out of every pore. I am not talking about arrogance. I am referring to truly knowing who I am and being very confident in that, so much so that I have nothing to hide or am too timid to share. I guess it comes down to this: I love myself now. And that is wonderful, because we cannot truly and fully love others unless we love ourselves.
I'll try to post the formals shots that were taken at the event at some point in the future. For now, I have posted a selfie taken just prior to leaving the Marquis on Times Square. It takes a lot of confidence to pull off a red dress at a black tie event. I think I carried it well. I sure felt like I did, and that is what matters.
Love to all.
My Bariatric Life AMAZING Transformation
I had my facial rejuvenation on 12-10-13 with Dr. Catherine Winslow because her facial rejuvenation results simply blew me away, while no other plastic surgeon's work even came close to getting me enthused. I have searched for a long time for a plastic surgeon whose face lift work impressed me. I could find no one. The before and afters photos always looked the same to me. Then my aesthetician told me about Dr. Winslow, that she is simply the best there is. I had very high standards going into Dr. Winslow for a consult. Meeting with Dr. Winslow was thrilling. I had so many areas of concern for my face. And she told me how she could address every one of them! Then I asked her if there was anything else that she would want to address because I did not want to look "refreshed," I told her that I wanted to look young! So she suggested some other procedures. For each procedure that I was considering, she showed me before and after photos on her wide screen monitor. I was smitten! There was no doubt in my mind: I knew there was no other surgeon who could deliver such dramatic results so consistently. Dr. Winslow is absolutely amazing at what she does, and she has a lovely bedside manner. Dr. Winslow is prompt to return emails and she definitely brings a woman's touch to the experience. She phoned me the night of my surgery to see how I was and the next day I received a lovely gift basket in the mail. Dr. Winslow also gave me many free products that other surgeons normally charge for. I just adore her and her staff and I absolutely love love love my results. And before I booked my surgery, I asked Dr. Winslow all the tough questions. She always had impressive stats to share with me and was always polite in answering some very pointed questions. What is more, Dr. Winslow gave me an excellent price on my procedures. This was a very good price that I paid for such a highly qualified surgeon to do all 7 procedures and deliver such spectacular results. Dr. Winslow stands head and shoulders above other facial plastic surgeons for: results, price, and care. My friends tell me I am gorgeous, beautiful, that I look like a model, that I look in my 20s or 30s (I am 49). I give Dr. Winslow my highest recommendation to anyone considering facial rejuvenation. Wow! Wow! Wow!