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Dr. Angela Sturm O'Brien - Fantastic Facial Plastic Surgeon - Houston, TX

Look to the ears, ladies...and gentlemen! I read...

Look to the ears, ladies...and gentlemen!

I read somewhere to judge the skills of a facial plastic surgeon by how your ears look after surgery. My incisions were virtually undetectable after surgery and by 2 weeks out I could wear a ponytail. No one in my family knows that I had the facelift...just that I look relaxed and refreshed.

I've lost quite a bit of weight in the past few years, so people think my face shrunk from that, but I was very aware of my turkey neck and wore my hair forward to cover it. Three weeks after the surgery, I met with people I knew, and no one notices.

As a patient who has worked in a hospital setting, I really wanted a surgeon who had an ENT background. Dr. Sturm O'Brien had that, plus she completed an extra year of specialized facial plastic surgery training. I was traveling to Houston for body contouring surgery and researched different facial plastic surgeons in the area.

I wanted someone who would be with me over the years if I decided to go back in 10-15 years. I kept returning back to Dr. Sturm O'Brien. She was young, highly intelligent, skilled and there was something about her that I trusted. I'm a very good judge of character, and after meeting her, was confident in my decision to move forward. Also, professionals that I interacted with...other surgeons, nurses and ophthalmologists...had only positive things to say about her.

After consultation with her, I made the decision to go forward with a complete facelift, endoscopic brow lift and lower bleph. Each person's consult is individualized...that's why I didn't put pricing info up above...it would also depend on the number of OR hours you would need plus anesthesiologist hours.

I am adding some photos, but I'm a private person; I hope they help others. All of the photos are right after a shower (some soap suds if you look carefully) and with no makeup. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

I also must add that the staff was great, especially Lisa, the nurse I saw most often and Linda, the fantastic patient coordinator.

Things that were helpful...

To reduce swelling after the surgery, I slept for the first 2 weeks in a recliner, to keep my head elevated. I made sure to eat very low sodium, high quality foods, with a bit more protein for healing. One other thing that I think was helpful is that I drank a lot of water with either fresh lime or lemon juice.

I did initially have more swelling on my left side, but that dissipated after the first week. I had very little bruising and I think that Dr. Sturm O'Brien has a gentle touch; for sure during followup appointments, of which there were many the first 2 weeks.
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

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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Tomorrow will be 2 weeks for me! My incisions are not noticeable either! I am still sleeping in the recliner and as you low sodium food, protein and lots of water with fresh lemons, seems that we went to the same Doctor LOL! I had endoscopy brow lift too, can you please tell me if your forehead was still numb at 2 weeks? Congratulations, your incisions look great!
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Hi there, I'm glad things are going well for you! I didn't have the forehead numbness at 2 weeks, but I am now just over 3 months post op and I can feel slight numbness in front of my ears down to the back of my jaw. I don't usually notice it unless I'm thinking about it...if that makes sense :) Yes, the recliner was my best friend. I read your story. It's amazing that they fit the chin implant in that small cut. I hope your husband is now feeling better. Take care!
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Wonderful incisions, I am very impressed, you look great!
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Thank you so much for telling me that! I am really happy with the results my surgeon was able to achieve. She is meticulous.
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Congrats on Everything.... More photos???
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Thank you...I'm happy. I really am having a hard time digging up an old photo. I'm either blocking my face well with my hair or am obscured. I was always so aware of my neck in photos. I'll see if I can find one on my husband's computer later.
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Gah...I can't find any pics to post. I always deleted ones I hated...and kept the ones that had hair covering the area or blocked by others. Sorry.
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Congrats on weight loss. You look very young. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Any before pics? Before facelift? Before weight loss?
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Thank you for your comments! I'm currently 51 yo. I'll see of I can dig up any before pics later. I tended to avoid the camera always.
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Wow. I seriously would have put you as 30-something, tops...
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Great seamstress lol, thanks for posting, great jawline too, glad you are happy.
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I just clicked through all your photos. You're incisions do look amazing!
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience on RealSelf! Were there any supplies you found especially helpful as you recovered?
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