Only a Week After Surgery, but Already LOVE the Face Lift - Lakeland, FL
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My courage came from many of the people that...
- 5 Apr 2010
My courage came from many of the people that shared their stories here, and from many of the wonderful MD's that gave their opinions and shared their expertise with us. THANK YOU to each and every one of you. I am in my mid 50's.
I am a week and a half post op on my face lift, neck, Bleph and ptosis. Although I still have a lot of bruising and some swelling, I am very happy with the results. I know, from all the research I have done, that swelling can take up to 3 or more months to totally subside, so I do have realistic expectations.
It's also good if you can get the procedure done away from home so you can recouperate in a nice atmosphere. I had my surgery done in Lakeland, FL
When it comes to surgery, I am the biggest chicken, but I was totally knocked out and don't remember ANYTHING, so I was so proud of myself after the procedure. I had pain for about 2 days, but after 2 days, the pain was tolerable. I sleep at an approx 45 degree angle, and I put cold compresses on the operative sites frequently throughout the day.
At night, I wear a support which goes around my chin, cheeks and holds in place at the top of my head. This will be worn for 2 weeks. The 2nd week just at night. I do wear the support occasionally in the day time as it helps with the uncomfortable feeling I still have around the ears and upper neck area.
For me personally, I would not venture out in public unless I had my sunglasses and head/neck covering on. If I'm covered up, you cannot see the bruising which is on the way to subsiding right now, but without a scarf, you would see red/blue/black around my neck jowels, eyes and ears.
I did my research of the surgeon I used, and am VERY HAPPY with his qualifications, his personality, and most importantly, the before and after pictures of his patients, and talking to his patients, so I had full confidence in my doctor. That is very important. I'm on the road to recovery now, and really looking forward to the subsidence of all the swelling.
Before you do any cosmetic procedure, do your homework and don't rush into anything. Also, it is very important to have REASONABLE expectations post op, so if you have issues, discuss them with your doctor, but wait at least six months before you make final judgement.
Almost 3 weeks post op and I'm starting to...
- 9 Apr 2010
Almost 3 weeks post op and I'm starting to heal well, and bruises are ALMOST gone. Just very faint at present. I am DILIGENTLY using Witch Hazel soaked compresses which is bringing out the bruising and aids with the healing.
The ridges on the sides of my cheek are almost gone. The hardness on my cheeks, neck and back of my ears is softening up. Scarring is healing up really nicely. I am slowly starting to see some really nice results, even in the 3 weeks since the surgery.
I also had an eyebrow lift, and that area is still somewhat numb, but the feeling is all coming back gradually. The feeling in my ears is almost complete. Just the lobes have no feeling, but I can feel the feeling slowly coming back there.
One thing I have noticed is that my taste buds are really explosive. It's kind of neat. Anything I eat, my taste buds immediately spark fireworks LOL. It's kind of funny.
So far, I'm VERY HAPPY with the results and the healing process.
I'll give another update in a couple of weeks.
3 weeks and two days after surgery. All the...
- 15 Apr 2010
3 weeks and two days after surgery. All the bruising is gone. I still have some hardness on the side of my cheeks, neck, upper eye lids. I can feel everything slowly softening up, and I really like what I see. My ears are still tingly and a bit numb on the ear lobes now. Right after surgery, I could not feel my ears at all.
The scaring around the front and back of my ears has healed up nicely and is not visible at all.
The ridges originally appearing on the side of my cheeks are disappearing and moving down towards the chin line which is still a bit hard and numb.
Scaring on my upper eye lids is still visible when I close my eyes. If my eyes are open, you can barely see the scars.
The scar on under my chin is visible, but fading.
I am still wearing the chin strap at night, and it feels really good to wear it. I am still sleeping in an upright position, but I think it would be ok to sleep on my back.
I see the doctor again at the end of the month and I'll post another update then.
Almost 4 weeks post op and ALL bruising is totally...
- 23 Apr 2010
Almost 4 weeks post op and ALL bruising is totally gone. I still have SLIGHT hardness and numbness from the surgery in front of, and behind the ears, chin and upper eyelids, but I can definately feel that slowly disappearing, as well as the swelling which is almost nonexistent, but not totally gone.
I still have slight visible scarring on the upper eyelids, and the under the chin. The scars in front of, and behind the ears have healed very well.
I still see a few bumps on the side of my cheeks, but those bumps and lumps seem to move around from day to day, but they are disappearing more and more.
I go for another post op check up with my surgeon on Monday April 26, which will be 4 weeks post op.
Three and a half month update - Under my chin is...
- 13 Jun 2010
3 month update: I'm 3 months and STILL have...
- 27 Jun 2010
Believe it or not, I'm post op 7 months and...
- 29 Oct 2010
In front of my ears on the sides of my cheeks are still a tiny bit hard and healing, as well as behind the ears and under the chin.
I may have to go back for surgery for a tiny correction on the neck but we shall see what happens when I go for my Dec 2 appointment.
Dec 5 2010 - Had a visit with my MD on 12/3/10....
- 5 Dec 2010
I was hoping the problem would correct, but in just over 8 months post op, the problem did not correct.
I'll be doing the correction under general anesthesia on 12/28/10 SIGH.
Keep your fingers crossed that everything turns out good.
Just corrected an error
- 6 Dec 2010