Complete Face Lift - Delray Beach, FL

I always knew that when the time came I'd have a...

I always knew that when the time came I'd have a face lift. Well.....the time has come :) I'm almost 58 and always looked younger than my age but last year I noticed I was getting jowls and my lids were getting heavy. My first thought was Mexico, it's so much cheaper there but what if there were complications??? I started my search right here where I live in Palm Beach County. The 1st was a PS and he suggested a lower SMAS and upper bleph. The 2nd was a Facial PS and suggested a lower deep plane lift and a coronal brow lift. The 3rd was also a Facial PS with no bedside manner and said I needed a lower FL and upper bleph. I was so confused!!! I went to another Double Board Certified Facial PS and we went over all the options. I felt very comfortable with him and decided to have him do my surgery. I discussed all the options with my husband and we decided that I might as well do it all because I don't plan on ever doing this again. I must admit that I couldn't shake the feeling that I was being very vain but the last 2 years I've been saving my money to have this done. I'm going to have an upper and lower bleph, browlift, facelift, fat transfer, lipo, platysmaplasty a active FX laser.
Of course I'm nervous but I'm also excited. I'll post pic's soon.

Here's my "before photo"

day 5

Today's the 1st day my eyes felt good enough to go on the computer. As I had stated I had a face lift, neck lift, upper and lower eyes, coronal brow lift, fat transfers and an active FX laser done. I honestly didn't have any pain, only discomfort. I'm still really swollen and look like a burn victim, good thing I don't go back to work for 3 more weeks. I'm trying to download pic's from my cell to my laptop but for some reason it's not working.

home after surgery

day 2

day 3

day 5

although I have a long way to go I'm very confident in my surgeons skills, look at the stitches by my ears.

day 6

had stitches from eyes removed and half of the staples in head removed today. They also cleaned my face really well to remove all the dead skin from the FX laser, it all hurt, went home, took 2 pain killers and laid down.

day 7

I still don't look like me, praying every day that I'll wake up and see "me" again.

day 8 belly

Fat was grafted from my belly and injected in to my face. This is what it looks like and yes, it's tender.

Question.....

why do always say 2 weeks??? No way!!! That's not enough time.

day 10

my intention was to take a pic of my mouth area so you could see how raw my mouth area is from having the FX Laser passed over 2 x. After taking the pic I looked at my lips and thought I better take a profile pic of them. Geez....they're worse than duck lips....Newmeaug13 may I borrow your mustache please?????

Greasy face

because of the laser I have to keep my face slathered in Aquafor which is like Vasoline. Hate it, gets in my hair, have to wash it daily and still doesn't feel clean.

Yay....almost

Today for the first time I saw "me", it was just the right side of my face and didn't include the mouth area but it was me!!!! I figured I'd post a pic this evening. Took a shower, washed my hair, made hummus, cleaned up the mess, made pasta, cleaned up the mess.....bet you can guess what I'm going to say. My face swelled.... "me" wasn't there anymore. Oh well, tomorrow after getting my staples and stitches out I'll take a pic and post it if I look like "me".

Stitches out!!!

Had my stitches and staples removed this morning! Was afraid that removing the staples from my head would hurt so I took 1 pain pill before leaving the house. Out of the 30 something staples only 1 hurt. They gave me camouflage mineral make-up to cover the bright pink skin around the mouth area from the laser. So the doc says I'm at 50% healed right now and although I might want to start doing more I shouldn't. He said taking a walk is fine but that's about it. My husband asked him when my face is going to stop looking like a fat Chinese lady.....lol. The doc said my swelling, lip included is at 50%, so in other words I should look more like myself in a couple of weeks.

pic's of scars

here's what the scars look like after having the stitches removed. Sorry but I can't figure out how to take pic's behind the ears.

day 15

I'm starting to see "me" again. I actually recognized the person in the mirror today. I'm still a little swollen but nothing compared to the way I was. When I try to smile it looks weird, the area above my lip is swollen from the laser.....notice all the red still around the mouth area. All in all I'm happier today than I've been in a while.

day 26

Saw my ps today and would like to post the before and after pic's but can't figure out how. They emailed them to me as an attachment. If there's anyone who can tell me how I'd appreciate it.

day 26 post op

here are the before and after pic's my doctor took. I was wearing concealer to cover the redness around the mouth from the laser. I can't believe how old and wrinkled I looked!!!!

1st day back to work

I took a selfie to see if I concealed the red around my mouth.... feeling self conscience

just a thought

if you're going to get multiple procedures done at the same time don't think that 2 weeks is enough, depending on what you have done plan on at least 1 month but most likely two.

Almost 12 weeks post op

Saw my ps today and he says that I'm doing great. He said the redness caused by the laser will be around for a few more months. i have to admit that I'm very pleased, my eyes look great, jowls are gone and neck is tight.
Delray Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon

It would not be possible for me to say how thrilled I am to have had Dr.Westine as my surgeon. I cannot imagine a doctor with better bedside manner and who is so attentive, warm and caring. He has never made me feel rushed or hurried and answers all of my questions. When I decided to book the surgery he gave me his cell phone # and encouraged me to call if I had any questions or concerns. I felt I was in really good hands. A few weeks ago on a Sunday evening which happened to be Labor Day week-end, I had a question and texted him, he replied right away. The results of my surgery are dramatic and stunning. I could not be happier, I still look like me but... younger and much better. I have to add that Dr. Westine has a great staff working with him. They took care of everything, followed up with me, and made it all so easy for me...cannot thank them enough! You can take your chances with somone or you can go to the best. My philosophy is that you don't go bargain shopping when looking for a surgeon. Dr.Westine is not more expensive than other surgeons - he's just better. He's a perfectionist and this is key when looking for a surgeon - this is your face. You HAVE to get it right the first time! Thank you so much Dr. Westine

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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Joanne. You look beautiful!!
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thank you so much!!!!
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Joanne, How long after your consult with Dr Westine did you wait to schedule your surgery? I know you had a couple of other consults in the area. Wondering how booked up he usually is.....grace
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I needed it to be approximately 1 week after my foot surgery which was 3 months after my consult. He didn't have any openings, so he did it on a Saturday. On Sunday he came to the office to change my dressing.
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Your pictures are amazing you look great!! Thank you for keeping me grounded about the patience thing. I needed that. Its only been 5 weeks for me but I feel like it should be over with now. Glad its not or I would really be disappointed :) Thanks again for you kind post and sound advice!!
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Beautiful - I love the shape of your cheeks and eyes!
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Thank you so much Wex
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Any more updates Joanna? It's been about 2 weeks or more since your last one
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Hi Joanne I wanted to ask if you know a great brand of camouflage make-up? I remember you saying it but my eyes are deceiving me. Thanks
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Hi Bella, My ps gave me Jane Iredale loose mineral powder and it worked but I don't like the look or feel of powder. I still have some redness from the laser and I'm using Make Up For Ever full cover camouflage, think it's from Sefora .
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WOW!! Really,i use her line. This is too funny that make-up forever has been out forever!! I used that when i was in my 30's and still use the pan cake one that glides up like a deodorant Too Funny! Since i already use theses,i'll just continue. thanks :) Happy Monday!
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I agree about powder of any sort for anyone, any age. Sefora products I am familiar with are great.
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How are you doing today tantoes? Have you heard from your surgeon?
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You look so beautiful!!! All worth it yes??
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thank you Newme, there are a few things I'm a bit concerned about but if they don't correct themselves the doc will take care of them. All in all, yes it was all worth it :)
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Your 'before' photo was great so of course the 'afters' are. Thanks for sharing. I am on the other coast of FL from you and am in too deep to back out of the Sept. 10 date I have. I am sure my bill will end up at $20k after this and that after the main procedure.
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Stunning! You look wonderful and your review was so helpful - I am taking a month off for my midface and neck lift win upper eyelids. Now I am soooo glad I decided to take the extra time. You are lovely!
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I'm so happy that my review was helpful....the more time you can take off the better it;ll be thank you so much!!!!!
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You have been so kind to stay in touch with me despite my inability to post for a week and my whining misery in both posts. Thank you for your patience. I decided I needed to see your post-- oh my goodness -- you had such a long recovery from the Laser tx -- but WOW! You truly look in your mid twenties now. If ever there were a post to help me cope, yours is it. You did it ALL without whining and now I feel such a baby compared to you. That's okay -- I am not being hard on myself bc I truly had no clue how awful I would feel when I no longer looked like myself. No point in not sharing how one's really feeling. Anyway, thank you again for giving us all the details....that must have been rough but what an incredible appearance and only 3 months post!!! I have such hope now due to your honesty and sharing. xoxo
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MVPT, I did my share of whining and second guessed my decision to have elective surgery, trust me. I'm still recovering from the laser, the doc said it's going to take 3 MORE months till the redness and puffiness subsides. Hang in there, it takes longer than they tell us. xoxo
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Fantastic result Joanne....you look gorgeous.
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Thank you Kerry :)
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You look great! So happy everything turned out so well for you!
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Thank you desertprincess :)
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I am so happy for you - You look great! Remember when I wrote the following.. cme June 5, 2014 Wishing you good luck! You will be happy with your results. And your reply was.... joanneinflorida June 5, 2014 Thank you so much cme, from your lips to God's ears :) Well I think he listened! Yeah!!!!!
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