So Far Happy and Love my New Profile - Overland Park, KS

I had the Lifestyle lift + Chin implant + Laser. ...

I had the Lifestyle lift + Chin implant + Laser. I did a lot of research to determine what I wanted to have done and read many reviews here about the procedures and different doctors. In the end I decided my desire to change my chin area outweighed my fear of the risk. I am not sold on the salesy approach of Lifestyle lift, but I did like some of the people and the doctor's demeanor so moved forward. It is 15 days post procedure and I am happy so far. I am numb, swollen, bruised and stiff but I can tell if everything continues to heal well I will like my new profile.
Hi Jennifer2000, looks like really nice work. I agree with the salesy approach you mentioned but if the Dr is good, mine was too, than that's ultimately what matters. My staff was also very nice. Walked in the office today as I had questions without an appointment I might add and Doc took time out of his busy day to see me...so far I am impressed. Nice to have you post some positive feedback. All the best....and please keep us posted.
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Thank you for sharing on RealSelf. Your chin implant + your LSL certainly give your profile much more definition! What was the recovery from this procedure like for you?

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From a recovery standpoint: the laser recovery was just as they said: put Vaseline on my face for the first 3 days while the gooey scabbish stuff sloughed off: then went to cleansing with Cetaphil. The new skin texture is wonderful, and very pleased with this result. As far as the lift and chin plant, I am at 18 days, I am still swollen, bruised, and of course numb. I did go to the grocery store after 1 week and back to work after 1 week- but I telecommute and have not turned my web cam back on yet. If I had to go into the office - I would have been fine with going in at 2 weeks post recovery. The chin implant is what is taking the longest and although I followed instructions to the letter I had a lot of bruising. My stitches have not yet absorbed (at the Overland Park office they leave them in until they fall off although they will clip them if you want them to) so I still have them behind my ears and that is not very comfortable. The scar in the front part of my ears is not at all noticeable as the cut is behind that little flap of skin in your ear. As long as the swelling heals in a non-lumpy way I believe that the recovery will be worth it. Right now I have some weird lumpiness going on.
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Closer view of side before and after

Added 1 week before/after sorry for the bad quality but want to have the progression here

Thanks for the update! I hope your lumpiness resolves soon. Keep us posted!

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Week 3 Age 54

Week 3: I am still numb and swollen in my chin and neck, but I believe that is mostly due to the chin implant resolving itself. I have some weird lumpiness on the left side of my chin and neck that I don't like but am still hopeful it will continue to smooth out. My skin texture is actually kind of wonderful but I have one pigment spot that did not lighten as much as I would have liked. I posted a silly muscle pose on Facebook and got a lot of compliments, my 31 year old daughter said I looked more like her sister than her mother- I posted it here for your amusement. I wished the healing process was shorter but you know I had a lot done. If the lumpiness doesn't go down- I may need to ask for a revision of some type- but will still wait and see.
Do not know how old you are, but, you look 35 or 40 at the MOST in that muscle pic. You definitely look wonderful and fit. Good for you. Good luck in the future. I "guess" you had the eyes done too, for that price. I chickened out on eye lids.
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Thanks for the comment, 9136. I am 54. I had the LSL, a chin implant, & Laser...hence the price. No eyes though, but the laser treatment really opened them up. :-)
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INTERESTING. NEVER HEARD THAT LASER WOULD "OPEN UP" EYE-LIDS. I DID HAVE THE FULL FACE LASER, AND, WHEN THE RED DISAPPEARS, I AM SURE I WILL BE VERY HAPPY WITH THE RESULTS, BUT, EYE-LIDS LOOK THE SAME. "IMPLANT" MAKES IT SOUND AS THOUGH FAT WAS TAKEN FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE AND PUT INTO YOUR CHIN. MY CHIN WAS TIGHTENED A LOT AND GIVES ME A GOOD PROFILE, BUT NO IMPLANT I FEEL CERTAIN. YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL. I WILL STUDY HOW TO INCLUDE PHOTOS.
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Day 32: Still happy but wish this bruising and lump would go away

This is day 32, and I need to be patient. In addition to the LSL, I got a chin implant and laser on my whole face. I still have bruising and swelling especially on my left side chin and neck. I have a picture. Since it is obviously still healing I need to be more patient and continue with the massaging etc. It is hard to be patient. I have also added a new before and after: which cracks me up. I really tried to get the same angle etc. This before shot really put me over the edge to get this done. I visited my regular doctor yesterday for something else, and she thought my plastic surgeon had done an excellent job and said I look great. Hey, another vote in the positive category.
Thanks for message. I wonder if anyone besides Jennifer had eyes "open" after just the laser???? I did not know that might be a plus with it, but, I do not think my eyes opened at all, so, am wondering if I want to go for the eye lid treatment I HATE scheduling for the down-time. Or-I should say--I don't know "when" I might find another 2 weeks to stay put.
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9136, about the laser for the eyes: I was thinking about getting my eyes lifted, but my Dr. thought it was overkill and that the laser would plump up my lids and brow. He put the laser shields in my eyes and did the work. I am happy with it- you can kind of tell in the before and after images especially from the front - the images with the blue background. I wish you the best.
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Hmph- I see I didn't post the front facing before/after in the blue- I will see if I can do this and show it.
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I forgot to show my before/after front view @ 1 week

For 9136: If you look at these front views you can tell the opening of the eyes (especially my right eye) from the laser. I know the difference is just slight- but it is enough for me and very complimentary to the other work I had done- now that I can move my face more naturally. I hope this helps.
I know what you mean about being patient. I feel the same way, especially with my burn. I think you may be making faster progress overall than I. That may just be my perception. Good luck with great results.
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Hi Jennifer, love your June 7 pic's 32 days after...love your before too...you did what I did taking the pics at the same angle to show the real deal...and you are right...if that doesn't convince nothing will. I am now 36 day's post op and pretty much healed except still have my left eye and the left side above the ear incision that is still healing up. I also posted pics and questions on the doc forum and everyone says what my doc says...it will go away but can take up to 3 to 6 months etc....yes being patient is hard. I want it all done and healed up now...but oh well guess I'll just have to wait. You look fantastic...!!!!!!
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Thanks, Funnyface50- although you should change that to FantasticFace. :-)
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Day 42 Ultra sound on my lumpiness and more mug shots

I went to the Dr. yesterday for my 6 week follow up and showed the technician the lumpiness on my left side. She checked with the Dr. and did 10 minutes of ultra sound on my lumpiness. It is supposed to agitate the area and cause it to remember/and re-jump start the healing process in that area again. So far it looks like it is working, the lumps are less hard and I can feel a little warmness and irritation in there. They also reminded me that I am still healing, I look good and making great progress, and that the women in the video were 1 year post surgery. Also, if my lumpiness doesn't subside to my satisfaction in 2-4 weeks to come back for more ultra sound. Anyway, will keep you updated.
I agree with the lady who said you look 35 or maybe less! Certainly nowhere near 40 though. Keeping yourself trim counts for a lot I've noticed. Extra weight really ages a person. When I went for my granddaughter's graduation my daughter remarked that I looked like a teenager! I was dressed the way I am in the latest photos on my story- I don't think I look that young but is good to hear. Am 6 weeks post re-do and holding up so far. You are beautiful and have an amazing figure!! Please keep us posted as you progress-
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Thank you ladynthedesert - I am 54. :-) I am so happy your re-do is holding. You look great and also have a great build! Of course, keep posting!
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Taking my look for a test drive next week

I am going to go visit family and friends all week next week. To this point, regarding people that really matter to me I have only had my husband and 1 daughter see me in person. Yes I lead a sheltered life (lol) - I telecommute. I am a bit apprehensive as many were very concerned I was going to have anything done to my face. Although I mostly care what "I" think and feel, I am still a little bit nervous. I am hopeful they will think it looks as good as I think it does, but will let you know how it goes.

Day 45

Here is an updated photo
Would love to hear the reactions you get, that is always really interesting, sometimes funny and usually a few jealous types show themselves...wishing you a great and safe trip!
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You look great?  What kind of laser did you have done?  I was considering an ebrium laser.  Do you know anything about that?  Is a lifestyle lift the same as a mid face lift?
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When I do something along these lines I do it for myself. I discuss it with my husband but he always says I should do what is best for me. I think everyone will love the updates you did. Enjoy your week with friends and fsmil. Travel safe.
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Result of my Test Drive

As you may recall, last week I visited family members and friends for the first time since my lower face re-do (I had the LSL, chin implant and full face laser). My family knew but didn't support my decision to get the work done on my face. Most my friends did not know, some knew I had something done but they didn't know what because I had alluded to something on Facebook. All my family members thought I look very youthful, that my personality seem to be even more uplifting (I am kind of a positive person anyway but they thought I was beaming), my family members are very strong supporters now of the work I had done. Although they stick to their guns about saying beforehand I didn't need to have any work done. Lol, I just think they didn't see what I did about my own face. My friends at the convention, most I have know for 30 years, basically couldn't believe it. I had many people that just kept looking at me as they couldn't figure out how I am staying so fit and young. I had some people ask me of course but others said something like " I think you look better than you did when we first met, you are definitely aging well. " I even had one guy tell me that he would hate to be my husband because he would look like a cradle robber. I don't know how I feel about that, but definitely feel like the work that I had done is worthwhile and I feel very much like I have a refreshed look. One guy at the convention took the photo I added in the sunlight while I have no makeup on- I don't think I would have posted the same scenario before having this work done for the world to see. BTW, I am still healing and massaging my neck area: also I wear less makeup than I did prior to the surgery.
You are making me want to get some work done!
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Hi Jennifer, I am a little late to comment on your July test drive comments...you look fantastic....really, really good work!
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Thanks, FunnyFace. I was sorry to hear you might need a revision. I am looking forward to the outcome on yours. We are so close in our dates since surgery I always look closely at your posts.
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Almost 3 months now

I am updating photos - next Monday will be 12 weeks. I wanted to show the spot to amelia girl on my face that the laser did not totally remove but it is lighter. However, I am still satisfied.
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What is LSL, Karen?  Can you explain your comment a little more.  I am unsure what you mean? Thank you. Amelia Girl
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I can answer for Karen: LSL stand for Life Style lift. However, I would ask that you continue this thread somewhere else, as I, at this point, have not had a negative experience. I appreciate it. Feel free to link to your new thread from here. Thank you!
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Ok, It has been 3 months...

It now has been 3 months and I am still happy with my result although I have a bit under my left part of my chin I am not totally happy with, but all-in-all I feel more attractive than I did prior to the LSL, Chin implant and laser treatment. My husband said it was the best investment of last year, not because he thought I needed anything but because it turned out well and I seem to be more myself. Funny how that works out seems counter intuitive. However, I had felt that last 3 years I had aged 10 years. I feel I look young for my age at 54 (I feel like I look like I did when I was in my 40's) but I don't have the desire to look any younger. At this point, as long as everything holds, I feel pretty good about my appearance. As far as doctors, the only thing I might consider is botox in the forehead for a while and possibly laser again in a few years. I will report back if anything of significance happens. I do plan on more ultra sound to see if I can get the one place remaining on the left part of my chin to look better but the Dr. says that will eventually go away.
Jennifer2000, I have just found you on realself and have been reading your posts. Your result is nothing less than amazing. We had some similar procedures done. I also has the facial laser and think that is something I will probably have done again down the road in a few years. I have not talked to my Dr. about maintenance yet. I'm just 2 weeks out. I had some Juvederm fillers and will probably have those again. I'm hoping I can maintain things without the invasivness of a FL. Thanks for posting.
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Thank you, TinyLady. I wish you the best during your healing process! Already you are looking great. :-)
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You look beautiful.
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4 months Still happy with results but not perfect

I am still very happy with my results but I had more than the LSL- I also had the chin implant and laser done. My left side jawline still sticks out a bit in a way that I don't like and underneath my chin it is not very smooth, however I am happy with the overall effect. Having said this, I recommend that you think long and hard about having plastic surgery. I would not do it if I was happy with my looks and just want a tweak here and there. To me, it would be a lot of pain and risk for that. I was VERY unhappy with my appearance and aging and I am happy with my results but I would not do a full procedure like this again. On this site, I have read of many unhappy people with unsatisfactory results and I would hate for my review to prompt anyone to get PS unless they were as unhappy with their appearance as I was. Anyway, I do love my new face. I enjoy some silliness with it, I went to a convention and wore a wig and many of my close friends did not recognize me. I posted a photo for you to have a laugh.
You're gorgeous!
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Thank you, True Fish.
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I think each of us could find something that is not perfect in life, our body, or our surgery. I am very happy with the results I have but I would have liked the upper lip to be a little more line free.
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Well it has been 6 months

Six months and I am still happy with my result. I still have numbness around my ears and under my chin although I have a lot of feeling that is coming back. I still have mottled skin especially around my neck but nothing too bad. I use Bio oil on my face/neck twice a day and this seems to work pretty well for my dry skin. All-in-all still very satisfied. Here is a photo of my current look
Remarkable! You are transformed and beautiful!!!. I would put you in the low 30's for age. Congratulations to you:-)
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GREAT RESULTS!!!!!! BRAVO
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I love your results and your courage! All the photos show improvement as you heal but the best picture I think is the one with the wig while being silly!! You would look great with that hairstyle and your new look! Congrats!! May think about it myself.....56 and aging probably too fast....hate to admit it but I have been a sun worshiper ALL my life. There is a facility just a couple of hours from where I live so I'm going to give it some thought! I have had some surgery done before with pain so I can live with that....it's the local anesthesia that worries me. I have anxiety so I don't know how that would affect me. Thanks!
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1 year, and still so glad I did this

As a reminder, I got the lifestyle lift, a chin implant, and laser on my face. After a year, numbness from the chin implant almost gone but still a bit under my chin and around my ears. A little pain still in the implant if I press on it but not uncomfortable. Neck skin redness almost gone. My skin on my face still looks tighter than before, the texture of my skin is still good. I don't see any sagging yet. I know I look significantly better than I would have had I not gotten the surgery.
You look radiant, a ray of sunshine! I'm so inspired by your great results. I would love to have my neck tightened, as well as a chin implant, but I'm concerned about having anesthesia. Did you have IV sedation for the chin implant or was that done with a local?
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Beautiful :) Thank you for sharing your experience!
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Looking beautiful! Thank you so much for coming back and updating your review!!
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A year and a half later still happy

a year and a half later
A quick update video, thought I would try this out although I have always looked funny when I speak, my mom would always tell me to "Move your upper lip" but it never took. :) anyway- maybe I will win an iphone 6. lol
Jennifer, thank you for your post. I loved your video. You look beautiful in both pictures/video! Lilygirl
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Thank you, lilygirl!
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I to am still happy with LSL. U r looking good.
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