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Day 1 Post Op - Manchester, GB

Just been discharged from hospital following lower...

Just been discharged from hospital following lower face lift and liposuction to jowls and chin. Can't believe that I have no pain whatsoever, minimal bruising and some swelling. Mr Mahdi (Transform Manchester UK) is the top guy for this procedure and I thank my lucky stars I found him. I had read a couple of horror stories on-line about what I might face in the first couple of days post-operatively and had almost decided I wouldn't go ahead. However, as a nurse academic I needed to complete my own extensive research to find the right surgeon, technique and time to address my problem; jowls, double chin, and cheekbones which had long since disappeared! The procedure was straight forward and I am genuinely delighted so far with the results. I am fully aware that what I see in the mirror today is not the final result and that my face will take time to heal, just like everyone else, however I can not speak highly enough of Mr Mahdi. Kind, compassionate, approachable, knowledgeable and above all competent. When the nurses all say that they go to him for their own procedures, it speaks volumes.

24 hours post op. Oh dear!

24 hours post op. Delighted to get the head compress off. Such a good feeling :)

Pre op drawings

Day 4 swelling and bruising but I'm happy

Day five

Today I am aware that the swelling is starting to subside. My jaw and lower cheek area still feel stretched but things are generally more comfortable today.

Day 10..Merry Christmas everyone!

Well I'm now 10 days into my journey and I'm feeling good. I knew that I would have some facial tightness for a while, but am pleased to say that with every day it eases somewhat. Was so happy to have sutures removed on day 8...that helped to resolve some of the discomfort. It's Christmas Day today and I am going to visit my mother and sister. Will let you know if they can see a difference. Hopefully it will be a positive one!!! Merry Christmas everybody xx

Yes! They simply thought I look well!!!

Christmas Day family gathering. 10 days post op and everyone saying how 'well' I look!!!

Roll on New Year's Eve!!

Day 12

Thanks to all who have commented and sent best wishes. I will reply to each of you. Hardly any swelling or bruising now, some toughness but full range of facial movements. I feel I've been given a new lease of life. My advice? For what it's worth is to eat well, stay hydrated, sleep when your body tells you to, get out in the fresh air, be realistic (after all this is major surgery and our body needs time to deal with the 'insult') and trust your body to heal itself.

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Tightness, not toughness. Lol x
Dr Mahdi Transform Manchester UK

Mr Mahdi has the most calming and wonderful bedside manner. He takes time to answer any questions you may have. He is very experienced and does not try to suggest surgery which is not necessary. I have jowls, a double chin and a general look of 'sadness' about me. Mr Mahdi suggested a lower face lift and liposuction to the chin. He did not feel I needed eye surgery at this time. He is realistic about outcomes and strives for improvement on a natural scale. Felt so at ease with this surgeon. Had looked at a number of others.

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 tmes
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Looking good and nice to find another brit on here. That said if there were lots of British people on this site I would be reluctant to post my review, especially the photos. How are you doing now?
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Dani you look great! Happy New Year!
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Thank you so much! So do you!!! I can really relate to your story as I see a slightly different face in the mirror every day. Happy new year to you too! X
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Thank you so much for answering all my questions in one go. I am considering a full face lift but my husband is very much against it. You look just great and it has made my mind up to at least go for a consultation. Thanks very much. I can't tell you how much this has helped.
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Thank you so much for this Bobbly45. It is a big decision isn't it! I honestly am happy I decided to go ahead but I would certainly consult a couple of surgeons to discuss what you are hoping to achieve. I think you will simply 'click' with the right surgeon. The decision to have surgery is so personal and I feel for you that you do not have the support of your husband at this time. My own husband passed away but knew of my surgery plans and was happy for me to go ahead. He was a medical doctor too. Perhaps your husband will 'soften' to your thinking and may be reassured to know that most plastic surgeons these days aim for a natural, fresher you. Sorry for going on ... that's the nurse in me!!! Please keep me posted about your decision. Very best wishes Dani xx
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Very natural look. You look very pretty, Awesome job thank u for sharing(^_^)!Happy new year!
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Really looks like you have got a great result their and you look so much younger at least 15 years younger , thank you for posting your experience Happy New Year
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Hi S1977 Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. You are very kind. I hope you too are happy with your procedure. You look great. Happy new year to you too xx
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On Dec 19, I had a face lift, brow lift, and lipo under the chin with a light laser under my eyes and upper eyelid surgery. I will be 58 years young in February. The post op pain the first 36 hrs was more painful than I expected. When I saw my bruised, and swollen face and neck, i thought "what the heck did I do?" It is day 6 and the swelling is starting to go down. My stitches and staples are going to be removed tomorrow and hopefully and can sleep in my own bed and leave the recliner behind. It is too early to comment on the results, a nerve that raises my right eyebrow was damaged, but have been told that will heal in time, I can still manage my mean look if I get mad. I totally trust my surgeon and have seen his work. My biggest concern is looking normal when I return to work on Jan 2. It will have been exactly two weeks. Like dani765 I need to learn the virtue of patience. Merry Christmas
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Hi KC in AZ Thank you for your post. I do hope that with every passing day you are recovering well. I certainly felt some relief once the sutures and clips were removed. I hope that you are managing the ability to strike the balance between rest and activity. I find it hard to keep still and am itching to get back to the gym but am being sensible and following the doctors orders! Please keep us posted on your progress. Happy new year and all the best for your return to work xx
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You look very natural, like u didn't have any plastic surgery. Just because u showed the scar, otherwise I wouldn't believe u had surgery wow! Amazing! I didn't see before pictures but u look like u r on ur 30s very refreshed young n pretty! Thank u for sharing ur experience with surgery(^_^)
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Thank you Mely. Lovely comments which help confirm I am on my way to the natural lifted look I was hoping for. Still me, just fresher and a whole lot happier! Happy New year to you xx
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Hi! You look great! Just wondering, did your marionette lines went away? I had my pre op appointment today, came home with a nice binder full of instructions and a bag with lots of goodies LOL! keep posting pictures please
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Hi Laly. Sorry for the delay responding to your post. Thank you for the lovely comment. My surgeon was very realistic and told me that the lower lift would not address the lines but that I could opt for fillers a month or so after surgery. There has been some improvement but that may due to the residual swelling. I want to wish you lots of luck for your op. It's a big decision, I know, but one that I'm sure you will be happy with in the long run. Please keep me posted xx
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My Doctor said the same to me, I just wanted to be sure. Keep enjoying your beauty and thank you for responding my question
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Welcome to this wonderful community! I'm so glad you started your story and have made it through surgery with flying colors. I hope you'll use this space to keep us updated as you continue to recover. What have the first 24 hours post op been like for you?

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Thank you. The first 24 hours were just fine and I was waited on hand and foot by the fabulous nursing team. Days 3 and 4 have been ok. Some swelling to the cheeks and neck and bruising around neck too. Happy with this tho as my body is behaving exactly as it should after this type of intervention. Must say that I am looking forward to resolution of the major areas of swelling, just to lose the chipmunk features I've gained! Back to see my surgeon tomorrow. :) Hope everyone else on here is making good progress x
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Thanks for posting photos......what are the incisions like behind your ears? Its good to see the clinics can produce good results. Please keep posting pics of your progress......a picture is worth a thousand words! Hope everything continues to progress well for you......
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Thank you Lisbeth. The scars behind my ears are completely fine. No pain at all. Will try to post a pic but difficult to get a selfie from that angle! I have realised, like many people on here, that patience is not one of my strong points!!! Have u had work done or are u considering it?
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Hello!!! Thank you for sharing your experience. Yes it is so important to do your research to make sure you are choosing right doctor. The best verificiation is the doctor´s assisting medical team. If they are willing to undergo surgery with their head plastic surgeon then that can be the best recommendation. Enjoy the new you!!!
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Thank you. It's now day 4 and I'm making really good progress. Will be pleased to have the clips removed in a few days tho!! The swelling seemed to peak yesterday but was less than I had feared. I'm resting and enjoying having some 'me time' post op, but I'm also looking forward to getting back to the gym in due course. Just wondering if anyone else has had this surgery this week? Anyway thanks for reading this and best wishes to you all xx
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Hi Dani! I had my surgery in October- I am now 8 weeks out and so happy! Am wearing my winter turtlenecks for the first time in I don't KNOW how many years! Enjoy your "me time"- exactly what I did and enjoyed it! Kathy
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Hi Kathy. Thank you so much for your reply. I'm so happy to hear that you are happy and enjoying wearing clothes you haven't been able to in a long time. I've read some really scary things on here and my heart goes out to each of them. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Dani x
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Hello!! Just have patience and follow the post surgery recommendations. It is best to wait one month post surgery to start going back to the gym. This is what I recommend to my patients. It is important to ask your doctor when he recommends you go back to the gym. Rest and relaxation is very important at this stage. Please keep us posted on your recovery!!! Happy Holidays
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Thank you. Yes, patience is a virtue and one which I must learn! Happy holidays to you too...or as we in the UK say.. 'Happy Christmas'!!
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