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.

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!

Tomorrow...

Can't wait until it's over and lim on the road to recovery!

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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11 day update...

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!

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 :)
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