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I Know It is Going to Be Worth It All! - Reno, NV

I was motivated to get my eyelids done and when I...

I was motivated to get my eyelids done and when I went to a consultation I was told that I basically needed a browlift. I was becoming very unhappy with the way my lower face and chin were starting to sag, and my neck was becoming very crepey. I decided that if I were going to do the brow lift that I should just do the whole thing. This will be a one time thing for me. I consulted the best plastic surgeon in Reno, Nv. It would be expensive, however, I was assured that it would look very natural and not fake, which was important to me. I did not want to appear stretched or surprised looking. I am a very active 58 yr. old who stays in good shape, has a big place to care for, a wonderful husband, 2 horses, dog, cat, big garden, I eat super healthy, and I am on the Wiley Protocol hormone replacement therapy. I just did not like what I saw in the mirror, as it did not reflect how I really felt.

My procedure was done on June 11, 2013, just 16 days ago. I am already very happy with my results and I know that I am only partly healed.

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in Reno while I had my surgery and then went back the following morning to my Dr.'s office. It was rough the 1st night, as I had a lot of nausea from the anesthetic. My poor husband, was up all night with me, bringing me ice, water, and giving me my pills. I don't believe that either one of us thought it would be that hard. After we got home, there was not a lot of pain. I didn't take the percocet that I was given after 2 days, only Tylenol. I also used arnica topically and in the pill form and Vitamin K cream. I iced religiously for about 5 days, and slept almost sitting up on several pillows. I was tired, but that went away after a week and a half. My ears are all healed up in front and I am now using a scar cream called "Corneum." Tomorrow I go back to see my Dr.

things are healing so nicely

My husband just got home after 10 days away with his brother. The last time I saw him I was a swollen mess and now I am much better.

I am healing super well, starting to use my scar cream "Biocorneum"

I went to see my Dr. yesterday and we were both so excited! He is the best Dr. with such a great personality, bedside manner, and very funny. My husband came home yesterday and was "WOW" Very happy and thrilled.

3 weeks after Browlift, facelict, necklift and lower eyelids

Everything almost healed. My brow lift has been the biggest deal for me. The front part of my head is very numb, my forehead is itchy, but gaining feeling back. The scariest part is that my hair is shedding. My doctor said that it is due to the shock of the surgery and the anesthesia. It doesn't happen to everyone, but it happening to me. I am now taking extra hair supplements, Biotin and Zinc. I am trying to not comb and brush much. I believe this may go on for at least 3 mos. I am a "hat girl" so it is not unusual to see with a hat anyway. Going to actually go for a walk with my husband today and a Farmers Market in another small town. Party on Sunday...I think I'm ready!!!

It's been a little over 4 weeks and I'm getting back to my "real life"!

I am now out in the public. I've gone horseback riding twice this week, and to two parties last weekend. My ears have healed up really well and I am now putting the Biocorneum Scar Cream on them. I had wrapped under my chin a bit too tight and had made some abrasions which are healing nicely, but are still a bit red. You really can't notice my husband says, although of course I am sensitive about it. MY HAIR HAS QUIT FALLING OUT YAY!!!!! That was a toughie to see my hair coming out in wads. It mostly came out underneath on the sides and is very thin there, but I can see lots of new hairs on my scalp line coming out, so I'm sure that it will grow back in nicely. I am taking Biotin and Zinc for extra hair nutrients. I had to cut my hair about 3 inches, but that's ok. Next week I will take a "real" photo with my hair showing. My head is gaining a lot of it's feeling back, and of course is very itchy. My forehead was totally numb, but not anymore. I love my new face!

On Tuesday it will be 6 weeks from surgery

I am back to "real life", my upper head is still quite numb (and itchy!!!), my hair quit falling out after 3 weeks, BIG relief. I haven't colored my hair yet, but I am looking forward to that. I am super happy with the results. I went to a BBQ last weekend with people who have known me for over 10 years and all I got was "You look great!". I am going down to see my daughters on Monday and grandsons and I know they are going to say Wow.

My swelling is going away around my lower cheeks. The area where the endotines are in my upper forehead are quite tender, but I see lots of new hairs growing in there and I know that all the nerve endings are knitting back together, thus all the itchiness!!

3 months later today!

Well, I love my results. The numbness is now completely gone on my scalp and shoot is has been itching like crazy for about 3 weeks. I'm thinking that the more that I scratch the worse that I will make it. My hair is totally growing back in now and no more bald spots showing. That added insult to injury! So happy with the results, just can't wait for the itching to be gone... Any experience with this?

12 weeks into it

I just had Lasik so am not really wearing eye makeup. Appt to get brows and hair done next week. Lipstick tho! can't live without that! Anyway, face is all settling in and puffiness gone. Scars barely noticeable. Hoping these endotines in my scalp dissolve? They are sensitive. Very happy with results, don't look so crabby. However, I have never been photogenic so if I don't smile it's a disaster.
Reno Plastic Surgeon

He is amazing. I read all of the reviews on him and really could only find good things written about him. His office staff are very professional and helpful. I believe that he is an artist, and really cares. He is also very friendly and funny. He was voted "Best Plastic Surgeon" by Reno magazine.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Nice to hear your scalp numbness is gone. You're about 5 weeks ahead of me in this process, so I always enjoying thinking I might be where you are shortly. Like you, I've been getting a lot of itchiness up there. Maybe it's just part of getting 'back to normal.' Many thanks for the update. Glad to hear everyone at the BBQ loved your look. What did your daughters and grandsons say?
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Well let's see. My kids think I look great, 10 years younger (my oldest said 15), however, now I am getting used to it..swelling is pretty much gone and I think that I just look a lot fresher. Not pulled or anything like that. I really love it and will try to get my husband to take some photos for me to post. I'll tell you the best part is that my hair has grown like crazy back in the bald areas on both sides of my head. (THAT was scary) It's only about 2 inches long, but there aren't obvious real thinned hair there anymore. Biotin and Zinc do the trick for better hair growth.
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This is all so inspiring, mlouise! Seeing your pictures and the wonderful progress you've made has given me hope. Nice to know your hair is coming back in, too. I know that'd been a big worry of mine. My brow lift didn't affect the feeling in my forehead, but the top of my head is completely numb. Ugh. Good to hear that that might go away soon. Many thanks!
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mlouise, you look great! Thanks for posting your progress - I'm inspired!
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I am very hair challenged right now, and really hoping that it will be back to normal one of these months. It will take time. I will keep posts on that as that is something that I couldn't find much info about. My hair is so thin now that I feel better with a scarf or bandanna on.
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Mlouise, I wanted to let you know on the hair loss I understand your fear. Last Summer I was put on a new med and it caused my hair to fall out in massive amounts, so bad I didn't want to wash it! I started taking 5000 of Biotin a day and within a week the huge losses stopped, and today 1 year later my hair looks better than ever. You look amazing!
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Thank you for your comment! I am now taking Biotin and I think that I can see little hairs replacing the ones that either got confused or something! Yes, very scary. My face looked good, but now my hair looked awful. It will all take time and patience. It's for sure not an instant gratification thing!
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Today I bought Biotin and started taking them this evening. I will take 2000 in morning and 2000 in evening. I hope that helps with the hair I lost.
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I was taking Biotin before my surgery, but surgeon wanted me off all supplements for two weeks before surgery. I am going to start taking it again as I have had good results with it in the past. I seem to go through periods of hair loss being greater at times since menopause, so I started taking Biotin. It does help.
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Back to normal!  It's a beautiful thing post FL!  :)
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You look so beautiful. You just glow. My day is coming soon and hope for a great result like yours.
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So glad to hear that your healing , and hair growth , is on the right track!  I get what you say about an itchy scalp!  I am feeling the same way.  :) But you look just great!
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Sorry I haven't been on this site for quite a while. How is your scalp doing now that quite a bit of time has gone by. Has your itching slowed down. Don't you think that scratching it makes it worse? Would like your input.
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Can hardly wait for your "real" pictures. You look great!
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Sorry about the shedding! I hope it subsides soon. You look lovely!

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Hats are good, we love to see people in hats. When I was young most of the ladies wore hats and gloves to church, weddings, funerals, and other occasions. You have great results. Continued good news.
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I was wondering if anyone else has had this surgery and as they were healing had their hair coming out? It seems that every time I comb my hair I shed quite a bit. My Dr. said it from the anesthesia, however, I am wondering how long this will last.
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My hair has also thinned in the front hairline. I have a appointment next week with my doctor and I am also going to ask that question. Please keep us posted if you have any updates.
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Please let me know what you learn about this. I'd really appreciate all info regarding this hair loss.
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mlouise, I didn't have the hair loss that you are describing but I have to say that my hair didn't take so kindly to the surgery.  It's not growing as fast as it normally does in the summer and it's pretty dry.  The original clumps that fell out right after the surgery freaked me out but it was isolated. On the other hand you look just great!
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Thank you, I like the result, just decided that I will wear a headband and stick with my hats (good sun coverage) for now. I trust my Dr. that this will all eventually grow back, it is kind of tough to brush your hair and have about 200 or 300 hairs come out.. I'm just going to be gentle with it, and count my blessings...
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I had an episode like that. It was not related to my surgery. I was suddenly losing huge amounts of hair. Went to doctor and he referred me to dermatologist. I already have hypo thyroid and am on meds for that. Anyway he said it is reaction to a stressful event. Body can react to stress by attacking "things" like hair folicals....in the body. Surgery is a stressful event for the body. Nothing can be done about it but that it would subside....and it did and everything grew back. But sooo upsetting when it was happening.
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Yes, those hubbies do get a workout that first night after surgery but I think it is well worth the price when they have such an amazing wife afterwards.
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Wow, you look great! You look like a different person, much younger.
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So glad your husband was happy with your look. That must've been nice for you, too. :)

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