Pictures of my Procedure on June 10th, 2013 to Date. - Denver, CO

I had to be at the center at 5:00 the day of the...

I had to be at the center at 5:00 the day of the procedure at which time the assistant met my husband and me at the door. My procedure went very smooth. I was awake the whole time and could hear everything the Dr. and assistant were saying. I did not have any pain during the procedure. I took one pain pill after the procedure and got sick so after that I took Extra Strength Tylenol and that is all I needed. I have a low tolerance to pain medication so I was real glad that the procedure was not very painful.

10 weeks post op

Needles and pins

Was wondering if anyone else have had the feeling of needles and pins in the numbness area and behind the ears. I assume it is just the healing process but wanted to know if you have had that sensation.
Denver Plastic Surgeon

I do not want to give a review until I am 3 moths postop.

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Does anyone else feel that their cheeks are much too big now? As if you've had cheek implants? I understand some women like that plumper more youthful look but I've struggled with my weight all my life and I'm not liking these big cheeks. Especially since the lower half of my face is now smaller. They really look odd on my short face.
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I am six days post op. I had chin lipo and loose skin removed. One side of my face looks great Just swollen as expected but the other side is horriffic looking. It's much bigger and lumpier. I look like a monster. Someone please tell me this will change. If not I'm ruined.
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You will be fine. Swelling is almost always a little asymetrical and if you had something salty and slept with one side of your face down, the fluid shift. WEAR YOUR COMPRESSION BANDAGE 24/7 FOR BEST RESULT--IT WAS THE BEST THING I DID AND ICE ICE BABY!!
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I have slept in my recliner with pillows on both sides of my head looking straight ahead. i haven't laid on one side at all. My right side has just been much bigger from day one. I also have an indention on my right cheek. As if you stick your pinky into a piece of memory foam. With the bottom half of my face being smaller these enormous cheeks are so bizarre looking. As if I had huge cheek implants put in. ????
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How do I add pics?
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It's just swelling, some people swell more than others. Your doctor might give you a diuretic (Lasix? Triamterine?) if it's really bad. Don't eat anything with salt--NOTHING--it will help more than you think and push fluids to help flush out retained fluid. Wear your compression bandage 24/7 as it helps support the internal sutures. The swelling can take up to 6 months to fully resolve, but you will be OK. Call your doctor and have him check to make sure it's not a hematoma (unlikely) and ice ice ice!! I know I sound like a broken record but post surgical instructions are tried and true and for a reason. The indentation is probably also swelling, try not to worry about it. It's going to be OK. My first week I looked like a bashed melon!!
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Thank you so much! I appreciate you taking the time to help calm my fears. I tried to add pics but couldn't figure out how.
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Relax, you're going to be fine. Click on your profile and then you can add pictures. I'm getting ready to add pictures as my LSL is 11 months old and I couldn't be happier, but the first 7-10 days are BRUTAL and scary but you'll be OK and at about 2 weeks you will be much better. LSL does tend to understate the actual recovery time. In 2 weeks you can go out and while you will still have some swelling, only you will know. The best advice is still WEAR that compression bandage at all times while you are in the house and even when you go out. Get a long scarf, fold it in half longways, and center it on the top of your head. Bring the ends down and cross them under your chin, covering the compression bandage then pull them to the back of your neck and cross them again at the back of your neck, then bring the ends forward and tuck them under the bottom of the scarf and put on a big pair of dark sunglasses and you're all covered up with some Jackie O-type panache. I wore my scarf for a month to cover that compression bandage and it was worth it because my scars are literally invisible. The bandage supports the sutures, promotes healing and really helps the swelling--and keep using that ice belt--it's great for tender ears! My ears were SO SORE for a month, then they were tender for a couple of weeks, then just sensitive for a month and now they're fine. In retrospect, the sore ears were the worst part other than the evening I wolfed down two bowls of salty soup causing miserable swelling that took 16 hours of pushing fluids to resolve. Stay away from salt--it will exacerbate the swelling massively and if you eat something salty. I snacked on Honeycrisp apple slices which were salt-free and asked restaurants to prepare my food without salt. You're welcome to contact me directly, my email is the same as my name here with aol dot com on the end. Don't worry, it's going to be fine. DO call and check with your doctor about the swelling because he might want to see you and/or give you some meds for it.
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I can't tell you how much I appreciate you sharing all this with me. Especially about the compression bandage. My nurse told me to wear it night and day for five days then just nights for five more. I knew that wasn't enough. And what is an ice belt? I'm laying here with Ziploc bags of ice leaking all over me. It's impossible to ice myself like this with the compression bandage on so I haven't been wearing it enough. I'll really watch the salt. I didn't know how important that was.
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NO NO NO!!!! Wear it for 30 days at night and as much as possible during the day--cover it with a scarf--and wear it as snug as you can. It compresses the tissue an keep serous fluid from forming and helps to prevent scar tissue. It is the single MOST important thing you can do. My ice belt (that was given to me by the LSL people is a stretchy velcro belt that has two pockets--one on each side--where a freezer gel pack fits beautifully. Put a second ziploc over the first one and the leaking should be better--or get two bags of frozen peas that you can keep refreezing. The salt thing is huge--trust me on this. Push fluids--the more you drink the more it will help the swelling--I know it sounds wrong but it's true. You call me if you need to xxx.xxx.xxxx
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You are so kind. Did you get my other questions about exercise and cheeks? I'm going to email you pics of me because on my android phone you can't post them on realself.
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You look very beautiful! Good job with the procedure :D
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I'm still experiencing itchy sessions where I scratch gently. As a former medical person, the reason is the nerves regenerating. I'm 4 month post op and almost all of the feeling has returned to my face but my neck remains numb and has no sensations, so I doubt I will have the type of regeneration there. However, I look GREAT, a well-cared for 45-ish instead of 55 and expect to look this way until I am 65 and then I may have another one if my surgeon hasn't retired!!!
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I had my surgery 10/11/13 and still have itching and ripples in both side of my chin. No one seems to noticed them as much as me though. Still waiting since I had lipo done also.
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You look beautiful. People seem to forget that a plastic surgeon is not God and that even God leaves scars. I'm having my LSL in 21 days and I am excited. I don't car about looking younger, I just want to look BETTER. Most women wait until it is much too late, the key is to start around 50-55 before you think you really NEED it. I've had a lot of plastic/reconstructive work on my body and it always looked BETTER. I know I will never look 19 again and I will be happy with my nasolabial folds gone and my neck tightened subtly. I expect to look a well cared for 40-something instead of 55. My surgeon is James Scheu in St Louis and he is double board certified in Plastic and General surgery and a certified member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, so I am confident in my choice. I will keep you updated.
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Char2013--- you look amazing!! I just scheduled by LSL for December 6. Reading some of these reviews scare me, but I really want to get this done. I am 58 years old and my husband says I don't need this, but I told him I don't want to wait until I really, really do need it. I'm also going to get my upper lids done while I'm at it.... kind of nervous about that as well. I'm excited and nervous at the same time.....
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Dr. Ben Lee just did my procedure yesterday. It went very well. Bandages were changed today and the results from the procedure look very nice. I am extremely happy with the results thus far.
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So happy for you, please post pictures as you go along and good luck on the healing. I am coming along with my healing but it is not an overnight process it takes longer than you think.
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Hi Char2013. Started taking photos yesterday and will post after two weeks. Still no brushing and minimum swelling. I understand this will occur within the next few days. Will keep you posted as changes occur with photos shortly thereafter. Hope all is well. Ken
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Hi Imzadiken, glad all went well with your procedure. Look forward to seeing your pic's soon. All the best.
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I never thought of it as needles and pins but now that you describe it that way I can say I have that effect with certain movements or facial expressions. I just thought it was part OD the healing process
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I think you look fantastic...I see a big difference
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Hi Char2013, on the needles question?...yes I still have that 12 weeks post op, I also tend to have a feeling of tightness later in the day around the incision lines. I was thinking just today how much longer this feeling will last. I had to postpone my follow up laser scar correction from the 15th to the 22nd, I will check with my doc about this too and let you know what I find out. All the best.
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Thank you, I will wait to hear what your doctor said. I also have these 2 white hard pimple like things on my neck that I hope go away.
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Yes. I was asking your doctor was. Thank you.
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