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Exceeded Expectations - Salt Lake City, UT

I’m a 61 year old male who for 12 years watched...

I’m a 61 year old male who for 12 years watched my facial skin sag and fold, upper eye lids drooped down to rest on my eyelashes and they slumped out to block some peripheral vision At times, the jowly grave looking grump in the mirror scared me. People made comments like, “So, when are you retiring?; How many years ya got left?; You look tired.” The irony is I’m semi fanatical about exercise; regularly run 3 to 4 miles, swim a mile 3 days a week, lift weights and take my dog on long walks. I’m slim, physically healthy and feel great.

I figured, if people spend, say, $15,000 on remodeling a kitchen that’s only 20 years old, what’s wrong with spending $8,500 on getting a 60 year old face remodeled? So, I finally had time in the schedule and convinced myself to just do it.
Perhaps like me, most visiting people this site have not gone through a facelift and/or Blepharoplasty before. Here are a number of questions you might want to ask and experiences you may have:

Questions

1) Ask about where incisions will be.

I had quite a few incisions; high in my scalp area, above the ears, in front of the ears, and in the hairline behind and below my ears. I was pretty swollen, in my opinion, the more incisions made the more swelling and time for recovery.

2) Ask about use of Hydrogen Peroxide on absorbable stitches.

One of my earlobes required restitching 2 weeks after initial surgery. Absorbable stitches were used so I would not have to come back for removal. I continued to treat that area with Hydrogen Peroxide several times a day; however, in just 5 days the lobe separated again without any trauma. I since discovered on-line reports of research that showed Hydrogen Peroxide quickly degrades absorbable stiches. Regular stitches without any treament fixed my problem.



Experiences

1) Panic and freak-out: A few days after surgery there was a feeling of dread at what I’d done! Sides of head and ear areas were so swollen it looked like my eyes were surgically moved closer together. I had reoccurring anxiety for three weeks about having this done, but after awhile I thought, hey, this is going to look pretty good and the anxiety went away. Now, I’m pretty much delighted with the results.

2) Bar fight black eyes: Black and blue bruising from upper eyelid surgery Blepharoplasty moved down and sat under my eyes for weeks. This slowly faded and was pretty much gone at 5 weeks.

3) Buckles and bulges: For three to four weeks after surgery my left temple area had a raised ridge of skin that extended horizontally to the corner of my eye. It has settled down and was all but gone at 6 weeks and gone completely at 8 weeks. Raised scar tissue has also receded with only a few slight ridges in my scalp.

4) Swelling: I had quite a few incisions on the sides of my head and around ears which surely contributed to amount of overall swelling. At 8 weeks swelling is negligible.

5) Worry about people knowing and sniggering: I had a lot of concern that people would see me and know I’d had a facelift. I stayed inside and quiet for 2 weeks. When I started going out, I told people I had the droop taken out of my eye lids if they asked, but only three people even said anything even when under eyes were still badly bruised. One person commented that my face looked a little puffy.
Although I certainly see a huge positive difference, others just see me. As Dr. Bitner put it, “People will just see it’s you, but you’ll have a rejuvenated appearance”.

6) Numbness: At 6 weeks my left ear was still quiet numb and I was concerned because my right ear had quite a bit of sensation, but now, 2 weeks later, the feeling is returning.

No Cakewalk

Unless it's just some superficial surface skin tightening, do not believe any claims about an effortless "weekend face lift", or "back in the office on Monday" after your procedure. Recovery from a quality facelift which you will be happy with that corrects aged jowls, neck, eyes etc. is no cakewalk. While not overly painful, discomfort, swelling and tight stretched feelings persisted in my face and head for a good 3 to 4 weeks. At 10 weeks I'm feeling and looking great, but there is still numbness and slight swelling around my ears.
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon

It’s been eight weeks since I had upper eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) and a “mini” facelift, but Dr. Bitner was generous and thorough with the facelift so the procedure was more like a complete mid face lift. There’s still some swelling in front of my ears. But what a difference; jowls, sags, crepe-paper neck and hooded eyelids - gone! I’m a 61 year old male, but now look many years younger. Dr. John Bitner, located in Layton, UT did a marvelous job. The results of his work have exceeded expectations. He and his staff were supportive, friendly and encouraging. Dr. Bitner was sensitive and professional throughout. Initially, I’d sought three different consults locally, but never felt quite right about the doctors and what they said. I sent queries to a number of places found on-line and located in near-by larger cities. A member of Dr. Bitner’s staff responded immediately. I emailed photos of my jowls and droopy eyelids, within a couple hours Dr. Bitner had reviewed the photos and staff got back to me with recommendations that made sense at reasonable prices. It was well worth the 60 mile drive to his facility for his work. The office and facility are very nice, surgical operations took place on-site under nurse sedation. Total cost for a facelift and blepharoplasty: $8,500.

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
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Comments (9)

I'm at 9+ weeks from a deep plane lift and I completely concur! You're telling it like it is.
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I understand deep plane lifts are better for older people than SMAS. Was that a consideration in your case?
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Yes, absolutely.
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It is good to hear a review from a male. I am 66, and will probably wait 4 years for my facelift for various reasons. At your age which method did they use on you? I am thinking I will need a deep plane lift.
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Thanks for your interest. SMSA was what my Dr. used and it seems fine, but my experience is limited. Research on the 2 methods, deep plane and smsa, suggests either are good, but depends on individual. Good luck!
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What an awesome review! You're going to help many, many others by sharing your experience and tips. Thank you so much!

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Thanks for your comment!
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Congratulations on your decision to 'go for it!'
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Thanks for your comment
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