Praying for Good Results

Hi everyone, I am so happy to be reading about...

Hi everyone, I am so happy to be reading about your experiences. I wanted to peel back about 10-15 years to match my lifestyle and decided to do it fully and all at once. This was my 65th birthday present, (April 2) Always loved myself in photographs, even up to several weeks ago. I am at day 11, having had the surgery April 26th. The eye surgery was easy, already healing very naturally, as well as the manuvering under the check to be higher and fuller. The lower neck jaw line however, is similar to what others have described, very tight, tender, (but becoming less tender), swollen! Cannot move yet from side to side easilyand ugly as sin to me. Some stictches and the staples in head are still still in. I will see my PS tomorrow to have more stitches removed. My lower numb face, jaw line is attachment to half numb ears, it's scary. I am watching the changes each 12 hours, bruising changing colors to yellow, some of it disappearing, but the lower face, oh my goodness, I hope it does not take 12 weeks to look normal, but I just evenutally want to look normal. I do understand it might feel numb but that is acceptable.

I have been lucky in that I am uncomfortable at times but no pain. I took 2 oxycodine every 6 hrs then after about 7 days I started taking 1 every 4-6 hours. Now I can go way beyond 6 hours to take one. I feel like "the fly" head for those old enough to remember that movie. And how about Bride of Frankenstein. Well, I took a perfectly lovely face with some age appropriate wrinkles and went under the knife (7 hour surgery) and I just hope that all goes well and that I have not distroyed a perfectly lovely life.

I will not stop being on my game and doing everything I should until the swelling goes down. I was eating very little and lost a few pounds that made me happy. I am in the best health I have ever been in. I play tennis and ski and work with weights, (but not again for another month) I feel great, I just want to heal correctly without complications for deformity. Lots of continued success to all of you. We just need to hang in there and question something that doesn't seem right!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to document your story so far! It sounds like you did a lot of research and are in the thick of the difficult part of recovery. Healing from a facelift can definitely take a while. I hope you'll continue to keep us posted as your results evolve.

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Sounds good to me.
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Sounds like you are right on track. Hang in there and keep us posted.....
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Hi everyone, Today is day 17! I visit with...

Hi everyone,
Today is day 17! I visit with the PS each week and this past Monday he remove the last of 2 stitches. He aspirated my right cheek again, but the brusing is disappearing. I will make an effort to post photos, honestly I will try. Today is the first day I did not take an oxycodine. I took 3 tylenols. My mouth opens more. My neck is less stiff. I feel like I look like a freak, especially without make-up. I am a make-up person. Eyes came out beautiful but I look forward to not seeing the scars. I think it was a bit much to do the entire face at one time. Just having the eyes done would have been very easy. I cannot say how I feel yet, as I hate the discoloration and swelling, kind of bumpy skin and numb, still feels like a plastic face. Not happy right now.

I went out for dinner and the movies Saturday night, saw Gatsby, entertaining but long. Nice and dark in the movie theatre for me to hide. Not shy about seeing friends, I want to share the process with them, and you. I must say I did not experience pain, just feeling uncomfortable. At one point last week when the PS put a new bandage around my head I did not realize it until I got home and my friend left that I felt like I was choking and almost panicked. Got another friend to drive me right back and the nurse cut some of the gauze and then I was fine. Just a little too much too tight.
I will post some regular photos of me so you will see why I didn't think I should do anything. but then you look closely in person and it's a whole new wrinkly world, LOL...that I said, you gots to go, now! I will work on those photos!!
I was also happy to lose a few pounds from 131 to 126 but seems to be creeping up again, but that's fine, I like to lose weight cause I love to eat!
Love my PS so far. Still Praying for Good Results.

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I hope these photos help in some way.

I hope these photos help in some way.

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Thank you for the updates. I think you look beautiful! Are you happy so far?

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HI there, Well so far I am enjoying what I see but I am very concerned about the discoloration on my face in front of my ears and hope "the body will absorb it" as I am being told. I am concerned about raised scars behind ears, being numb, a bald spot I now have, and I was bleeding behind my ear yesterday, 5 weeks later! So, in time I hope to say everything is great, and then I will be happy and relaxed. I must say that for the first time in my life I looked in the mirror a couple of days ago and actually thought that I looked pretty, even beautiful and cried. I never see myself as pretty, not really. I see great photographs at times, but I was really pleased with what I saw the other day in the mirror. I see the PS this week for another follow-up.
Hi Nonster....you are looking terrific. Hang in there, it takes a while to get used to all the wierd things that seem to go on after your surgery. I am at three months now and still recovering. We seem to get used to the numbness/tightness, etc., and the scars will slowly calm down and be less and less noticeable. At only 5 weeks, you are still in the very early stage of recovery. I thought the same as you at 5 weeks but it just takes a lot longer than we anticipated. I still have wierd sensations and tightness and a few lumps and bumps that are slowly getting better. It is very annoying and being patient waiting to feel "normal" again is the most difficult part of recovery for me. But the day will hopefully come that we can honestly say everything is great!
New York Plastic Surgeon

I read a lot and did my homework and the results are yet to be accessed. I am hoping for the best, The doctor is terrific and available. His report everything looks good , I'm healing very well. I would expect him to say that. Will keep you informed!!

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