In February 2011 I had a lower fact lift and neck lift performed by Dr. George Yang. It is almost three years later, and I could not be more pleased. At 43, my fair skin had seen far too much sun and cigarettes. In addition, I had lost and gained weight over the years, and my recent 50 pound loss had left a visible “turkey neck” and sagging jowls. I do not consider myself a vain woman, but seeing the wattle and sagging jowls in the mirror was deeply upsetting. My first visit to Dr. Yang was for lip augmentation and Botox. Of course you know how important your provider is with these smaller but impactful procedures. We have all seen too many far too poufy lips and frozen foreheads. Dr. Yang proceeds with such thorough caution, involves you with every step, and the results are subtle and elegant.
While the lips and forehead were fabulous, I was so unhappy with my lower face and neck. I will confess for all to read… I bought surgical tape and I taped my neck back. Yes, one long piece of tape behind each ear. Every day. Removing it every night was an experience in sadism, and it really didn’t help. I made the decision to have a lower face lift. When I began talking with Dr. Yang, he actually said no. He didn’t feel the issues were significant enough for surgery. Easy for him to say.
The short version: I was wheeled into the operating room at 10:00 a.m. and by 5:00 p.m. I was home on the couch. My sister picked me up and while I was heavily bandaged and a little groggy, I was quite comfortable in the car. The next few days were not without their unpleasant moments… the compression bandage, trying to sleep comfortably, the stitches, constant icing, the desperate desire to wash your hair…. no fun. However, any fear I had was completely unfounded. Uncomfortable, swelling, a little weepy, a little nervous, yes. Pain, absolutely not. Nine days later I went to dinner with my husband and friends. Not a soul could tell I had stitches behind my ears, I had no bandages, and 90% of the swelling was gone (the slight residue swelling was actually quite welcome… puffs out those pesky wrinkles). I had to dodge a few hugs and we went home early, but both of us were amazed.