Expected a Full Lift and Doctor Did Mini - Oklahoma City, OK

Within two weeks of my facelift the swelling...

Within two weeks of my facelift the swelling started reducing and the original characteristics returned. By three months post-op the pre-post photos are the same. I had an excellent surgeon who says this seldom happens. Could it have been the absorbent sutures he used? I feel like as the sutures were absorbed the swelling which held the lift in place resolved and the original neck/jaw/jowls returned to their original position. Should the sutures have been non-absorbent?

I am 57 years old, 112 lbs, 5'3", nothing unusual. Now, at three months my surgeon agreed there is no difference from pre-surgery in my neck and jaw but says he doesn't know why I had a poor outcome. I don't know how unusual this is. I still have numbness and feel depressed,but I will redo the surgery with a less conservative approach.

Mine was a full facelift-SMAS with a reputable surgeon. I don't think he made any errors, just the outcome was disappointing.

Updated on 9 Jan 2011:
Did Dr Kamran Khoobehi say I should pay the surgeon to redo my face as well as the anesthesia and hospital fees? I understand repaying the surgical fees, but pay the doctor again to redo his work? My skin is elastic. I'm a non-smoker. Should he try a different approach or use non-absorbable sutures?

I am redoing the face lift in 2 days. My plastic...

I am redoing the face lift in 2 days. My plastic surgeon said this time he will undermine the lower face and neck. It's true. When we are under anesthesia we don't know what they are doing. I thought he was doing this undermining with the original lift.....

My ps said he was going to do extensive neck...

My ps said he was going to do extensive neck "work" but I ended up with a mini lift that failed as the swelling resolved. Jowls and neck were as pre-lift except where he pulled up under my chin. It was horrible and very uncomfortable recovery.

By the end of month 4 I was so miserable I had a "redo". This time he properly undermined my neck and jaw and the recovery has been much easier and less painful because the tissue was properly supported. The incision is only 1 inch more along the hairline behind my ear.

I didn't know what question to ask the first time. I was told he did a face lift every week for years but now realize he has done very few full lifts. How much of the SMAS is dissected and anchored is the issue to focus on when you question the surgeon.

It's been a year since my original face lift and...

It's been a year since my original face lift and 11 months since my "redo". My neck is tight and sore with banding and the sides of my face are sore also. This entire face/neck lift business is all marketing. I can look "fabulous" in the right lighting and downright "creepy" in other light. I keep wondering if my face and neck will ever feel normal again. I had no idea that people felt this odd after a lift until I read so many similar posts on RealSelf. Maybe if the doctors had the procedures performed on themselves first they would improve their technique. I can't post my doctor's name because of a non-disclosure agreement. That means no one can post anything bad about him, but he can post as much good stuff as he can find!!!! Watch out for doctors with only positive reviews!
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SMAS did not work although the surgeon is highly rated and I don't doubt his skill. I think the suture type may be to blame.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
2 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
2 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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