Upcoming 65th Birthday, Upcoming Facelift... -New York, NY

I always knew that I would have cosmetic surgery...

I always knew that I would have cosmetic surgery one day, and that day is finally here. I've held up pretty well so far, but my jowls and neck need some attention. I'll be getting an upper and lower blepharospasm in a few months too. I am comfortable with myself and don't want to look different. I want to be natural and look better! I am kind of anxious about the whole procedure but I guess it's time! I'll try to do updates and keep posting.
You are going to do GREAT!!!!
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3 more days...

The clock is ticking...Thursday I'm going in! I would like to get it done right this very second because waiting is not fun. I just want it to be over with and be on the rocky road to recovery! One of my greatest fears is this - since I'm having the FL done at a surgery center and not a hospital I have to stay at a nearby hotel overnight. How am I going to walk into a hotel on the upper east side? I've seen pictures and its not pretty! What if there are kids in the lobby - I'll scar them for life! Anyway, I'll keep you all posted. It's time to read a few more PS stories!
Don't you have someone to help you post op?
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Yes Lindanj2, I do. But the PS's policy is that for FL's, if you have it at the surgery center, rather than a hospital, you have to stay in a hotel close by so the doctor can come by and see you the next morning. You also have an overnight nurse for 12 hours.
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I did the same thing 10 days ago. Got a hotel 20 minutes from Park Ave and walked right through the front door. People could care less. In a metropolitan area I assume this is done regularly. GOOD LUCK!
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Tomorrow...

Can't wait until it's over and lim on the road to recovery!
That makes sense. Good luck. I grew up in Brooklyn.
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Update - 9 days

Here I am 9 days after surgery and coming along pretty well for the most part. Time to catch up on my posts! Surgery on 8/15 went well, local with twilight,(propophol), felt nothing. Face and neck lift took 6 hours or so, which is why my PS didn't want to do the upper and lower bleph at the same time, (since I have high blood pressure), but it would have been great to have it all over with at one time. Whatever, better safe than sorry! After surgery went to nearby hotel to recover where I had an RN with me who monitored me, gave me my meds, made sure I was always safe and kept in contact with the doctor. PS came by the next day, removed bandages and drain and I went home. Although I looked kind of freakish you could definitely see improvements in neck area already.
Felt great to be home, although everyday was another surprise. I started bruising and swelling in different places and although some areas looked better, others looked worse. I was not in that much pain but took my meds the first few days; mostly I felt uncomfortable.
I went to the PS on 8/21, six days post op. He removed a lot of stitches and thought I was healing well. I was feeling much better and asked about makeup, going out, etc., he told me to continue to take it easy, not move around to much yet and no driving - nothing to cause tugging or pulling. So I am kind of (!) bored here, although I've gone out for a ride or two and I plan to walk a bit once the sun goes down.
Overall I'd have to say that I'm impatient, although I'm sure we all are. I've had my moments but for the most part I'm fine. The bruising has improved a lot, but I still see some swelling that causes me to feel that I look kind of weird. Still have numbness and getting some tingling but I'm dealing with it.
I have some pics I'm going to try to upload to this post from my iPhone, if not I'll add a separate update. My next doctors appt is on Monday, hoping to get the rest of my stitches out and hope all continues to go well!

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Bklyngrrl! How you doing now???? Kathy
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You still looked good for 65. I am the same age so I know how we see ourselves is not the same as what the mirror is saying. I am now 3 months out and see little things that were never a problem for me before surgery but now I can see those because the bigger issues have been addressed. I know that when everything is healed you will be happy and will then be seeing those little things also.   Good luck!
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could you give us the name of your dr? I'm thinking of using Dr LaTrenta and thought that might be who you used Thanks
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11 day update...

Looking good!
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11 day update...

Went to the PS yesterday and the rest of the stitches were removed; now I can wear some makeup. I feel that I'm still me with the neck and jowls gone, very happy about that. We talked about setting a date for my eyes but I'm going to wait for my next visit to set a date. Birthday is coming up in October so it will be after that. Still have some swelling, primarily under my chin, also on my cheeks, (I'm chipmunk-ish), but it's improved a lot. Bruising is minimal at this point. I sort of feel that everyday is an adventure because I'm never quite sure what I will see in the morning when I wake up! Looking forward to having everything being more stable everyday. I know it will take time; surgery takes time. Enjoy your evening everyone!

How are you doing now? Would love an update!

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Hi Angie - I am doing really well. My face is settling in and looks very natural, which is just what I wanted. I would like to put a new photo up but kind of forgot how to do it! I also had an upper and lower bleph (with laser under my eyes) at the end of October; they look alright but there is a little droop an the outside edge, especially the right eye. I may need a little tweaking but right now it's wait and see.
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Wow Bklyngrrl - you look great! I am considering having a FL done in NYC and just starting to do research. Can you share the name of your surgeon? Thanks in advance!
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4 months out...

Just a quick update! I wanted to put a more recent pic up; I hope this works! I had an upper and lower bleph at the end of October; I may need a little tweaking for some overhanging skin near the outer corner of my eyes, but I'm fine with it. I'd like to change my profile pic but haven't been successful. Any suggestions? Thanks...

Quick update...

Figured out to change profile pic. That was easy :)
Yes, you look wonderful.
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Thanks :)
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65? You look much younger than that! ☺
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