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Very excited and nervous to be getting my face...

Very excited and nervous to be getting my face done this summer. I hate my neck, which has aged a lot in the last couple years and how the corners of my mouth are going down, early jowling blech! One side of my face looks older than the other side, too. No review yet, as I'm going in at the end of June. Nervous of the outcome, and how I will feel after! I'm an theater actress, I sing and do pinup modeling for fun! Divorced and single.. hopefully won't be single forever!

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So glad you are here and that you've started your story! I know waiting until summer will be hard, but you will have plenty of time to emotionally and physically prepare. Here's a list of supplies for recovery that you might want to check out. Please keep us posted as your day gets nearer!
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Wow codiegirl, four months to look like yourself, that is a long time! Are you back at work yet?
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Hi fallenb...NO..I am not back to work...fortunately we have a family business so I can take this time. Today I can see somewhat of myself, I try to stay away from mirrors..if you keep looking you won't notice any change. If I just had the brow lift I would have been out and back to work in 2 weeks...what are you having done..

Eek! One month to go, time to try and post pics!

So, in a month I am getting my "early maintenance" facelift (just a regular facelift, not short scar) necklift, browlift and partial face, and lip fat transfer. bleh. I am told I can't take my new headshot photos for 3-4 months after. So no auditioning either, until November! Such a long time! I'm scared of my face changing, but I am also hopeful in my chosen dr.'s skills.. :) I have a very youthful face, and it's looks kinda weird to me as I age. I am 45 years old next month, and I like the way I look. I just want to maintain the way I look. I don't like my neck at all, though! I took some pics of me tonight with dirty hair and no makeup, just my eyelash extensions. I will also post one with regular makeup and one from a photo shoot. (perfect lighting and heavy makeup) I am 5'4" and weigh 118lbs right now.. I play parts that are aged 29-40 on stage.

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Captions?

I wrote captions under my pics, not sure why they are there right now. hmm. I'll check again. Timing of these pics.. the first one in the black t-shirt is from early fall (when I had my first consultation!) the next two are tonight and the last one is 4 months ago.

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Oh, also!

I am going to be on my own after surgery, and will have to hire someone to help. I have 5 kids, (youngest is almost 17) but they are all super busy and their Dad and I have been divorced 10 years. I am going to stay at the hotel next to the building where the surgery will take place for a week, so I won't have to do the hour or more drive back and forth. I was told I'd have drains in place for five days, and that the stitches will come out at seven days. Also, they told me about this cooling mask called Aquecool that is really expensive to rent. I wonder if it would be worth it? Arnica, after surgery if I wanted to.. and NO citrus for two weeks after. Along with all the regular stuff (no aspirin etc) So nervous!

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Good luck love, wish you only the very best xoxox
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Good Luck Had My 1st Fl at 47, It's Life Changing, best of luck and I will follow your progress.... I just had my 2nd FL 5 weeks ago
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Thank you so much! I looked at your review and you are looking fantastic!!

It's July!

I'm finally in July, and getting excited and nervous. Actually, looking forward to having the whole thing over with!! I changed my title to temple lift, which I saw is also called a lateral brow lift. So, now I won't be staying at a hotel, because they DOUBLED the nightly cost because of a ton of conferences going on in the city - no thanks! So, I hated to do this but I asked my sister if I could stay in their extra room behind their garage. but she lives just 15 mins from the surgery center. I just didn't want to ask for outside help, but she was happy to let me stay there. :) Will still hire a caregiver, because my sister works full time and will be out of town soon after my surgery anyway.
Hope everyone is doing well!

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pls, send me an email here. i would like to talk to you. have some very important information to share.
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Are you requesting my email? Sorry not sure if it was mine you wanted.
Thank you so much! :D

Holy shmuck!

Just staying up late and looking at all the reviews.. So many different stories and outcomes, I am so nervous!! I mean I am worried I really won't be able to audition for anything for like 6 months after, that's just a lot of time. I guess I was thinking 3 months before, but in some cases it looks like things don't noticeably settle down for a lot, lot longer. My mom had her first facelift in her late 40's, she didn't even tell us she got one and she healed quickly. We would just be like, mom you like really nice today! haha! In her 60's she got her 2nd one and it really did take her 6 months to look better, but she was so patient with it and never complained. I figured it was because of her age, but now it seems sometimes that happens to younger women, too. Well.. we shall see. D:

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I agree with other Renovation; your eyebrow position looks great. Following your journey. Wishing you the best!!
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Thank you MsMelody, have a wonderful 4th! :)
Thank you so much- It's wonderful to be able to turn back the clock ! Keep us posted

Just a week and a half to go. Pictures, no makeup and the worst lighting to make me feel awful! ;)

So I thought I would post some awful pics. With views of my ears so I can compare them with stitches and eventual healing. The lighting couldn't be worse, I don't think, and every wrinkle and sagginess shows. It's good to have this, because I see myself in good lighting and with makeup on and I question why I am going to put myself through all this, and then I see these pictures and I remember why..

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I had a facelift with Brunno Ristow, who performs the same style as Dr. Marten I believe, and it did not turn out well at all, uneven and gaunt, huge gaps in my hair - a huge mistake as far as I'm concerned. As a friend of mine remarked, I look like a marginally younger somebody else. I've spent a fortune on fillers to date. I truly wish you the best, and hope your result is much, much better than mine.
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That's so awful, I'm truly sorry for your results. :(
Just noticed your comments re your up & coming facelift with Dr. Marten. You are in great hands...he's brilliant! Good luck!
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That time of the month.. tmi?

Ok, so my period is due the day before surgery. Nooo! Just one more thing to worry about.. :/

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Thinking about you ღ.•*¨`*ི♥ྀ'*,..ღ..,♥¸.•*¨`*ི♥ྀ.,.ღ
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Thank you so very much for your thoughts, MsMelody!
I am considering Dr. Marten too so very interested to hear your experience and see your results.... Remember everything!
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Tomorrow, yikes!

Everything seems surreal! I am soo nervous, like really scared! I think I'm more nervous with this than my mommy makeover, because that was so miserable!!! Hmm, doubt I'll get much sleep worrying about my alarm tomorrow morning. (I set like 5 on my phone!) Up early to take my prilosec with a tiny sip of water, shower and wash with antibacterial soap, brush, floss and use mouthwash. Take my anti-nausea pill (again, a tiny sip!) and then I have a car service that will take me there.. I don't want to do this!! I wish I could leave my body for a while, and come back when all is done, lol!!! I appreciate everyone's well wishes so very much

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Thinking of You!!!!1 Can't wait to see
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i am thinking of you today !!! hope all went well !!! keeps us posted !!! xxxxxxx
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Thinking of you today!
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Day one past surgery!

Hello everyone, thank you soo mcyh for the well wishes!! Yesterday turned out great! Well, I did not sleep more than 10 minutes the night before, soo nervous! I don't have a lot of energy to type ritght now, and my right eye is swollen almost shut.. here is a picture of me just hours after surgery.. swelling is worse today!! First night the pain was in my neck and in swllowing, my whole boy jumped to just swallow! But I don't mind pain as much as nauea, I had some nausea on waking and they gave me 3 diff med and the third one did the trick!!

I felt all your thoughts and prayeres and did not feel as alone as I would have, I will post more!!

Much love and best wishes to all!

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I give you a lot of credit for being able to post so quickly. I hope that it went well. I have to say that even with the bruising and swelling I can tell you're going to look fantastic!
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Hi fallenb, congratulations on going through with your surgery!!! You look fantastic already - you must be ecstatic - it is easy to see your final result is going to be AMAZING... Even though you are swollen, everything looks in proportion and there are no strange distortions in your face (ie apart from the eye which is just a bit of extra swelling)... you have been lifted and sewn back together beautifully :). I totally understand what you are saying about being in between age wise - not young but not old - I guess that's why they call it middle age :) ... I am 42 and holding up ok but why not look the best you can if it is important to you? I will be following your jouney closely as I am also contemplating using Dr Marten - I have his amazing book of b&a's and am now just saving up the $$$$ and working up the courage...... Anyway take care and happy healing.
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thank you for posting right away, I can tell its going to be good!
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Thank you!

Hi everyone! I want to thank you all soo much for your encouraging words and thoughts! It's Friday and my surgery was Wednesday. I can't see very well because my eyes are swollen. For me this has been pretty darn painful! I know a lot of people have no pain and that's great, but I have pain in my head, neck and ears. Also when I swallow, it hurts my tubes in my neck, blech! However, I see myself in the mirror and can see that everything looks even. and that my lips are actually perfectly shaped, though I know they will go down, they just look perfectly puckered right now, lol! I have had the cold mask thing and that is nice at night, when I try to sleep. Also, Dr. Marten has his patients lie flast on theri backs after surger instead of sleeping uprtight so the swelling goes more the the back of the head where it can't be seen as opposed to the neck. I don't have an incredible amount of bruising, mostly just my right eye looks like I got a shiner! My little nephew told me I looked "funnu" Otherwise, having some sips of coffee this morning was heavenly!! :) Looking forward to smiling again! and I also hope today is peak swelling and things will get better from here! My experience at the surgical suite was so great though, just recovery is tough because I am so tired and in pain, and I just want to sleep all the time! I am on extra strenght tylenol. Sorry for typos!! I will post another pic when I get a chance, of my luscious lips, haha! (just ignore the swelling and bruises, bleh!)

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Lipsss

I've always had such thin lips.. just seeing this is exciting for now!

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Best wishes for a speedy recovery
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Glad to see you looking pretty darn good at this point. I find your doctors approach of having you lie flat instead of reclined very intriguing. First time I've ever heard of this and interested seeing how this plays out - in the sense of bruising and swelling. Will he call you in a script for the pain? I had some juviderm injected (Genetic thin lips here too) and am so thrilled to have Lipsss too!! :)
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Congrats on having your surgery!!
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Day 3 Post!

Today I felt a lot better, still pain when I woke up, but the tylenol helped. Last night was kinda weird, I woke up to take my meds and they were sticky and gross and I had a hard time swallowing them, then I got nauseaus and thought I may vomit, which made me panic (that would hurt so much!!) but I took the anti-nausea pill and in 20 mins I felt better, phew!! However, back to today! I took a shower with the help of my wonderful caregiver, washed my hair and face and have nice fresh clean clothes on - ahhhh.. felt great! I still have my drains in, so I can't chew on anything yet. Eating low sodium tomato soup, Ensures, applesauce, lots of water and nice cold ginger ale. My sister said I seem to have turned a corner today and am much more talkative and energetic than the past two days. I, of course, still don't look like "me" yet, still lots of swelling, as expected. I will post some pics of me from today. My face is really shiny because I put on some moisturizer. My tubes don't come out till Monday, and I know that I will feel even better after that! (though am nervous about how much it will hurt to get them out!)

Also, it was nice knowing all of your thoughts were with me as I went and am going through this. Hopefully my story will also be helpful to anyone considering the same thing!

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Looking great, rest and rest some more pretty lady!
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Thank you! I am super tired!
Looking great already! Exciting :)
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Tired tired..

Feeling soo tired today, not sure why today more than yesterday. I want to take another shower, but am feeling so tired - bleh, I hate feeling so tired and sleepy. I have slowed down the meds, too because I'm sure they make me feel more tired as well. Tomorrow I get the drains removed, finally. I'm scared it's going to hurt a lot! I tried taking a close up of the stitches in front of my ear and along hair line, not the best lighting in here though!

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Please let us know what anti nausea pill you are using. I am preparing to do this surgery as well and nausea is a real issue for me with anesthesia etc, so I am fearful of vomiting.
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Hi emma_grace, be sure to let them know in advance. I did. Right after surgery I was nauseated and very loopy, I'm not sure what worked, but at the third try the anesthesiologist got it right. To take home with me I've used 8mg Ondansetron. You let it dissolve on your tongue, and I would say to take any anti nausea meds at the first sign of nausea instead of waiting for it to get bad. Best of luck to you!
What anti nausea pill are you taking?
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No more drains!

I am soo happy to get those darn drains out, I feel like skipping for joy! (but I won't, haha!) I got a lot of the stitches removed and that took a while, some mild discomfort with that. The drains burned as she pulled them out, and for a bit after, but I didn't care at all. Now it doesn't hurt to swallow and I don't have tubes sticking out of the back of my head, phew! :) They told me to not chew for another week or so still, bleh, my tummy is wanting something solid! I go back on Wednesday to get the rest of the stitches out. Feeling good today, I will catch up on some tv shows I missed last week. SYTYCD included :D

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You did a great job with all the before photos but I can hardly see where you needed much improvement BUT I bet after the swelling you are going to be soooo gorgeous! Dont worry about the tired. You body needs the rest, so dont fight it. Swelling will be much resolved in a few more days!
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I'm glad the drains are OUT! Loving your updates. :)
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Congratulations! You look great! I can't wait to see updated pics!!!
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Day 6!

So yesterday I got those darn drains removed, was really excited, but ended up being in pain all day from getting them removed - so that was kind of a bummer. However, today I feel 1000 times better!! Took a long shower, without letting the water hit me directly in my face. Still feel nervous washing my hair because of the incisions etc, but they are healing very well so far! :) Tomorrow it will be on full week since surgery, and I go back to my house after staying at my sister's all week, looking forward to that! My face will look pulled and masky for a while, bleh, but it looks better today just from yesterday. Less bruising and swelling but still look like something from Avatar at best.. or a Klingon at worst! For sure can not go out without sunglasses and hoodie yet, but I knew all this before. Just weird when it happens and the face in the mirror is not what you're used to seeing! :p

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I can't wait to see how great you'll look when you're healed. Have to say that I hated the feeling in my head when they removed the drains. Mine were from the forehead to the bottom of my ears.
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Oh yeah, it's a pain having them in and it sure hurts having them taken out!! It was creepy seeing them under my skin too, ick! I had one in my forehead and then two that ran under my neck skin to the back of my head. :p Looking forward to healing, it's such a slow process, slowly but surely! :D
Thank you! Yes, I know. This is an "early maintenance" facelift so it's not so much done as an improvement for me, but to try and not change too much in the next few years so that I can continue playing the roles I love as long as possible!! ;) I am allowing the rest, but it's so hard when I'm used to being so active!

One week!

Ok, this is frustrating because I wrote a long update and then my google chrome crashed! So I'll try again! Got the rest of my stitches out today, it took an hour and I felt kinda crummy the whole time. My son drove me home, an hour long drive and it was good to be back but I felt a little blue.. My face is just so big, it looks weird to me, my daughter's car broke down and I have to wait another day till I see her, I still can't open my mouth enough (at all) to brush teeth well or eat any solids for (and I love FOOD!) and I just feel run down and melancholy today. Oh, also there is an event in Southern Cal this weekend that just got announced this week and I can't just pop in my car or buy plane tickets to go down.. (it's a once in a lifetime event!) but anyway, so just missing my old self, my old face and I guess I feel kinda trapped.. However, I will go for a short walk tonight at twilight as suggested by a dear new friend I met here on Realself :) So a week out, and I am pretty much where I expected I'd be. It's so hard to have an appetite and not be able to eat! Oh, I had heard that it could be weeks before being able to eat solids so I happily gained a couple pounds before surgery, I'm glad I did, as I've already lost 5 pounds.. Looking forward to working out, dancing and running again.. I already feel my muscles getting soft. I put on a little under eye concealer, but it's the swelling that looks the weirdest to me, I will post a few pics today and then wait again for a week to post some more. Hope everyone is doing great!!

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You're doing well -- coming right along!!
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Thank you! :)
You look wonderful. I need an early maintenance facelift at the age of 35 due to some unfortunate events. Dr Marten seems to be one of the rare ones who does this kind of procedures. May I ask you how long waiting times does Dr Martin have? I'm from Finland, so there is a bit of organizing to be done before consultation and possible procedure.
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Day 8 :)

I have always had a pretty tense neck, like I would get bad kinks. So my biggest issue now, is I have a SUPER sore neck! My muscles behind are angry at me for not moving around and boy, it sure hurts. Makes sleeping difficult. Otherwise, I actually noticed the swelling in my face has gone down a little today, so that's great! My daughter had her car issue fixed and came over and spent the day with me, so it made my day much better! She said my face didn't look as bad as she expected this soon after surgery, and that I was getting around pretty well. Hope everyone is doing great!!

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Did you have fat injected into your lips? How did they do it? Did they just put it into the edges or what?
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Yes, I did have fat into my lips. I was totally out, as he did it during surgery, so I'm not positive where he injected it exactly.. but I think your are correct in that it was in the edges.
You look great!
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Day 10

Hi!! So today I saw the swelling in my face go down a tiny bit, which is encouraging! Also, it's the first day I could actually drink without using a straw, lol! I really can not imagine driving though, since I can not turn my head AT ALL. So the instructions saying I could drive at 9 or 10 days, do not apply to me!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!

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HELLO LOVE YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thank you love!! :)
would love to see some more pics! you are looking amazing and I am sure looking forward to the final product. Still trying to decide what to do with my face :)
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Ok, I had to get out and drive!! Day 12

Today I told my older daughter to drive me around on errands while I wore sunglasses to hide my swelling. Her driving was so stop and go, that it was hurting my neck! So I finally decided to just drive, and it was fine! The only problem was backing up, where I used my daughter to turn all the way around for me. I do have some mobility in my neck now, though still trying to keep as still as I can. So, driving felt good :) I also wanted to get out of the house and do something fun, so I took the kids to a movie for my son's 22nd bday. I went in my sunglasses, brought my cup of apple sauce because I can't eat anything, and then the movie was in 3D anyway, haha! However, I FELL ASLEEP in the middle of the move!! (Gaurdians of the Galaxy) No one knew, but just shows how tired I was, lol! Now they are all out enjoying a dinner at Benihana and I'm home.. sigh, I'm glad they are having a good time though! It felt great to get out of the house! My face still does not look like me, pulled, swollen. Not much bruising at all though. My eyes still look small.. Now the swelling has gone down just under my cheekbones and my head has really taken on an alien look to it.. HOWEVER I do see the swelling going down, in general and my face is getting softer and more feminine looking, just a process and I need to be patient. Hope everyone is doing great!

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2 Weeks Today.. Holy morphing face, Batman!

Still have a big face, swelling on side is worse and that eye appears smaller, strange that that is not the eye that was swollen shut 2 weeks ago! I still definitely look like I had work done, as my face is unnaturally wide, big and just looks weird. I certainly don't look like "me" yet, but I knew that was going to be the case, so just need to be patient! Still get tired, but am walking every night. Still can't chew and that's frustrating. Total weight loss was 8 pounds.. My ears are still totally numb and it feels weird, but doesn't bother me too much. Hope everyone is doing great!!! xxx

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Thanks for posting new pictures. You are looking awesome! :)
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Thanks so much!
You look great :) May I ask how long did it take to get to the actual surgery after your consultation with Dr Marten?
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Better and better!

Feeling so much better! I almost forgot I had a facelift, and then I try to turn my head uh woops!! I actually can chew on very soft things as of last night. I had refried beans and rice, and today I managed to eat a delicious scone with my coffee. (eating makes me feel like all is well with the world, lol!) I spoke to the nurse yesterday, and asked about housework etc. She said to wait one more week for anything like lifting laundry baskets and vacuum cleaner etc. Still be careful to not bend and stoop.. She said I can try chewing soft things, but nothing hard like raw carrots!! Haha! There's no way I could even think of that yet! Dr. Marten's office set up a complimentary lymphatic massage for my face and will be going to that tomorrow! Take care everyone!

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You look wonderful!!
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Thank you, and best of luck to you!! :)
You look so glamorous! Anyone asked for your autograph ;) How was your lymphatic massage? Looking great!
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Day 18 and getting there! Actually went to a social event!!

Hello!! So I decided to go to a social event with my family today! I wasn't going to go, but after my lymphatic massage and the passage of a few days my swelling has gone down enough that I can see myself in the mirror again. (without loudly exclaiming how horrid I look!!) I told my brother (who is a doctor) and sister-in-law that I had fillers and that I was still swollen. He told me that I looked good, and that if he didn't know me, he would not have known I had anything done! I did feel pretty insecure, but I didn't want to not go to this event. I had one lady ask me what I did for exercise and she only told me I looked wonderful and that she wanted to do whatever it was that I did to stay in shape - very sweet. I ended up speaking to her quite a lot as the day went on, and then I confided in her what I had done to my face. She was SUPER supportive and told me that she admired me for doing this for myself, aww so awesome of her! So I am glad I went! I will post a few pictures I took tonight after I came home for the city that I took on my laptop, the quality isn't great, but I can't find my phone!! (hope I didn't leave it at my sister's house!)

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Not a great smile, yet!

Just got this pic that someone took of me today, and I see that when I smile, I don't look like me yet - my eyes sort of disappear and my face looks too chubby to fit my body.. I need to remember to be patient, I looked pretty beat up just 2 weeks ago! :)

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Breathtakingly gorgeous results. I know how you feel about the new you!! I did not have my forehead lifted nor my eyes. I've worn bangs all my life, and I've done botox for my crowsfeet for about 15 years. However, when I had my 3 month TT checkup last week, my ps already started hinting how much better my eyes would look to get rid of the droopy brows and lids, plus I'm just beginning to have some bagginess underneath my eyes (I've admittedly been fortunate in that area till just recently). Maybe next year!
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Aw, thanks so much!! I saw your tt pics, and all I can say is - amazing! (I LOVE the pic your son took of you in the pool!!) It's been 3 years since my tt, and I'm still thankful for it everyday. Best wishes!! :)
Thank you. My son is 17 and proud of his older mom's look! PS: I just updated my facelift review with my 1 year PO incision results, which are pretty impressive. Another RSF who had a TT is considering a facelift and asked to see them too.

3 Weeks Today!!

Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 weeks.. well actually it's been a long 3 weeks! I don't see a huge change from last week, but things are improving.. The difference in my eyes when I smile is getting better, I still don't like the way my face looks when I smile - well, I can't smile all the way yet and it pushes my swollen cheeks and gives me a chubby look, bleh! I have a lot of swelling on, between and under my eyebrows - that gives my face a sort of "flat" look. Also, there is pulling just under my cheek bones, but all is improving slowly. Except, I did something super clumsy! I picked up my alarm clock in bed and dropped it right between my eyes at the top of my nose, right where the swelling is really bad!! What????? I've NEVER done that before, and it hurt so bad!! So, the swelling got a little worse, and it hurts so much, I can't wear my sunglasses - derrrrp.. :/ Anyway.. besides me trying to undo all the wonderful work Dr. Marten did, everything seems to be healing ok! I still have scabs around my ears, because - well, they creep me out and I don't want to scrub at them, ew! I do wash gently with a gentle cleanser around my ears, but I'm not going to scrub at them, that just gives me the creeps and they will come off in due time. :) My eyes still don't look quite the same yet, but I know they will again when all the swelling goes down. Oh and did I tell you I'm in love again? Oh yes, with my neck!! I used to hate my neck and now, I love it!!! ;D Best wishes to everyone and thank you for coming along on this journey with me!

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Hello, You had mentioned that you did a mommy makeover. I was curious what exactly was involved, who your doctor was, and a little about you recovery. You look amazing. I am forty and my PS piggybank fund started a couple of years ago for the same surgery with Dr Marten. His work is amazing - you look fantastic ! Thx for your candid posts and sharing your experience, it really helps a great deal of other ppl like me.
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Hi There, WOW, You look Great, so happy to see How wonderful You are coming along!!!!!
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Thank you!! :D

Napa quake.. :/

Hey everyone, so we had a pretty bad earthquake that woke me up at 3:20 am. I was actually thrown against my wall when I got out of bed, boy did my face and neck hurt, not from the wall, but from getting out of bed so fast! but I'm ok!!! The nurse from Dr. Marten's office was kind enough to check up on me after the quake, which I thought was very sweet. Face and neck feeling much better, now just getting everyone to help clean up! My chimney fell, my fence broke, and lots of glass everywhere - but we are ok! Best wishes to everyone, and be safe! (I will try and post 4 week pics on Wed!!)

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Thank you for posting your journey. I have been stalking your story all along. I totally relate with you. I am the same age as you are. I too have the same concerns. I HATE my neck!! Especially in pics. I feel like my cheeks aren't where they used to be. HELP I'm melting!! I've been doing fillers, but I've decided to do something more. Anyway, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you sharing your experience. My friends and family tell me I'm crazy and too young to be entertaining the idea of a facelift. BUT I am going forward with my plans and will have one done next summer!! I am also in the Bay Area and have consulted with a PS that I know well. (he's done several procedures for my friends). I have a year to plan and make sure he is the one I want to go with. Love your results!!! I'm assuming if you had it to do again you would? It's so exciting (and scary)!!! Congrats to you and your amazing results!! Cheers!!
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Hi! Thanks for your note! That's exciting that you will be doing this for yourself next summer (and scary, I know!!) It's good to have a year to get ready and plan etc.. I am still in the healing process and swollen, but I knew that before hand and if I had to do it again, yes I sure would! I'm waiting for the swelling from the fat injections to go down and I knew before hand that at 3 months I would look decent, and at 6 months even better.. so it's a slow process for me, since I chose to do the fat, too. (I could see the hollowness coming in my cheeks and my eyes beginning to "sink" into my head - so wanted to catch that before it got worse!) So, I have to be patient with my upper face and chin.. in the meantime I am loving my neckline! Best of luck to you and keep me updated!! :D
Very grateful that you are safe after the Napa quake! Thinking of you... Thank you so much for your documentation of your experience with Dr. Marten. You are a really brave (and beautiful) woman. I was wondering if you had an endoscopic temporal brow lift and how your incisions are healing.
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Week 4, This Sunday I will be 45!

Hi everyone! So, I am at week 4 today. I hate to say, but am feeling the blues a little.. I will say that I know things will continue to improve, but I don't see a big change at all between last week and this week. However, there are changes! I can eat anything, and I AM eating EVERYTHING! Yikes, I have to be careful, I have been enjoying all the food I couldn't chew on this past week, haha! Still not ready for hard sourdough roll deli sandwich, but can have anything else, and brushing my teeth is now no problem :) I got my hair done today, and I guess I thought I'd look better, but eh I don't know, just feeling kinda down.. it's been a tough week since Sunday's quake, so maybe that is contributing to my melancholy state! Here are some new pics, there's not much of a change that I see.. so I will post my next pics in two weeks (week 6) and hopefully my smile will look better by then! Love and best wishes to you all!!

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Oops, I pressed Post Update too soon!

Here are the rest of the pics from today! :p

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Hello: I have been following your story because I too am in the Bay Area. Your signs of aging are very similar to mine. It's a very scary thing. I'm not at the point of actually even making appointments yet because I'm not sure how my family would handle this. I've always told them that it was something I am going to do at some point. I'm 52 years old now but have some definite jowls coming along and those two band things under my chin. I'm naturally thin, so I would love to have some fat transfer too!!! You look great! How did you go about choosing that doctor? That is what scares me the most…finding the right surgeon...
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Thank you so much! In choosing a plastic surgeon for my facelift, I first of all wanted someone who specializes in face lifts. Then, I checked out top doctors on U.S. News report rankings, and he was in the top 1% there, I also saw other dr's that were in the top 1%, however I looked at the neckline of his afters and thought they were amazing, and that was really important to me! He was also very nice and personable on top of having a great reputation among other surgeons. Best of luck in your search, it's good that you are being careful in who you choose!
Wow, you look beautiful. For the last two years, I researched facelift surgeons and Dr. Marten is the doctor that I plan to have my face lift with. What I like about him, is that he is all reputation and word of mouth. He does not waste his time promoting himself on the internet. Today, that is hard to find. He is a real gentleman and professional. He is so well regarded amongst his peers and patients, that he does not need to waste his time doing that. You hang in there. There will be ups and downs, but be confident that you chose a great surgeon.
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Feeling better, even after a small scare :)

Thank you to everyone, so very much, for your encouraging words a couple days ago! I was feeling super down, but reading everyone's notes to me really helped me so much and made me feel not so alone! Yesterday, I went and saw my Dr. he said everything looked as it should, then he cleaned the scabs around my ears. In the eve I noticed there was a new, dark red mark under my ear that I couldn't wash off! I got really scared, and sent a close up pic of it to my nurse. She called me right away and said that was totally normal, will not get worse and will fall off like a scab, phew!! She said it was caused when my dr cleaned the ear with the peroxide.. - don't ask me how or why because I have not idea! (oh the little things!) Maybe you can see how red it is in the picture I'm posting with my daughter, but it didn't get any worse, like the nurse said and . I just wasn't expecting anything "new" to show up four weeks later! Anyway, all is well, and I am feeling much better. Thanks again to all you lovely ladies!!! xoxox

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You look amazing!!!!
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Thank you so much!! :)
Wow Fallenb! You have been through a huge healing process ! I had neck lift and lower face lift. I think you have been a real trooper with your procedure. The first "after" pic was scary ! I remember looking at my stitches in front of ears and behind them and being freaked out (frankenstein) but it is amazing how well I've healed. I'm only 11 weeks out, I still feel sore under chin and numbness at sides of face, and the stitches "inside" are still sore but .... getting there. Good luck to you I think in 6 months you will be "loving yourself sick" (as they say in comedies!) You already look very lovely! I had a brow lift 2 years ago (you trampoline lift under neck (didn't work a real mess, latest surgeon fixed it up). You can't see my whole face on my site as I wanted to remain anonymous), I've had a breast reduction / mini tummy tuck (4 years ago). So I know the journey. I did it to feel good about myself after big weight loss and now at 51, I feel pretty, could lose 10-14lbs more but I'm working on it. Good luck to you ! I've just got a new job after a period of long unemployment and, starting to think about dating again. Good luck and brave you for posting so many informative photos.
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5 weeks ago today.. finally looking like the goofy old me!

Things are going pretty good. I was feeling down last week, but better now. I've had two more sessions of lymphatic massage and I've been very impressed with how well they work, not just with swelling but also with the tightness I've felt in my cheeks and around my ears! I've noticed that the pictures I take on my laptop come out really small on here, not sure why! So this past week my Mom and Dad came home for a visit and my Mom asked me why I looked "different" I said, "what looks different?" and she said my face, and the way my mouth was moving, lol!! I told her I got "fillers" and she said, "maybe I should get some fillers!" So the good news is, she didn't say, "oh what have you done?!" haha!! On Monday I went to the (half destroyed by the earthquake) Target here in town to buy some supplies for my daughter's dorm. I didn't bother putting on any makeup. At checkout the very young lady asked if I had a redcard to save 5%. I told her my son had it, but it was ok because he and his wife just had a baby and they had to buy diapers and stuff. She stopped scanning items and stared at me, she said that I didn't look old enough to have a son with a baby (well I've heard that before the facelift) but then she said, "Really, I thought you were 25!" Now THAT I have not heard in a long time, so it made me feel pretty good! Now I just need to look more like myself, but that is slowly happening more and more each week. :D I"m adding some pics, they are not glamorous or anything but I tend to not wear a lot of makeup in my daily life, unless I'm going out or something. Mostly because I have to wear TONS on stage or while modeling, so am happy to be able to get back to not having to cover bruising now, yay!!! Feeling good, now I am looking forward to get back into shape again!! (one more week before I can start running and taking my dance classes again!!) Have a wonderful week!! xoxox

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Those pics are hard to see..

Aw for pete's sake, those pics from my laptop are so hard to see. I gotta go, but I took one from my phone just now to upload here real quick! Have a great week!!

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fallenb : There are some people that have lumps after fat grafting... I am sure you researched this before undergoing the procedure. Do you see any evidence of this? Did Dr. Marten talk about this possibility and the cause of it at all? I think what I would worry most about is lumps under/over the eyes...
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Hi there! Yes, I sure did research the fat grafting. I have no lumps at all, besides normal swelling etc. I had great skin to begin with, and now I feel like my skin looks even better.. I knew there were risks in getting the fat transfer, even with an experienced surgeon. That is why I would only go with someone who is an expert at it, to really decrease those risks. I really felt comfortable with my ps, and I would say if there is anything you have questions about to really go over your concerns with your plastic surgeon, and in the end (for anyone) if they're not comfortable or worried, it's ok to just go with a facelift and no fat grafts. A personal decision, even if it's not an easy one! I, personally, am really happy with the fat transfer so far, even though I'm still in recovery from surgery. :) It does add time to recovery, in that you don't look quite the same for a longer period of time after, but I also knew this before and planned accordingly! I actually look better, at this point, (5 1/2 weeks post op) than I thought I would. I'll take some pics right now on my laptop, and try and post them. I have no makeup on whatsoever (no cover up, no under eye concealer, no blush) just maybe some smudged eyeliner that didn't wash off all the way last night.
I loved your story and results very beautiful !!!! Im happy for you. How is it looking now?
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Lazy Saturday 5 1/2 weeks post

I had some questions about lumps and fat grafting, I am hoping these pictures will show my skin well.. I have no makeup on or even any lotion on my skin at all. I used to always have to at least wear a concealer under my eyes, just because I had dark bags..

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Hi Maria, I had deep sedation with my facelift. (no tube down my throat) I really liked it, I've had general anesthesia before and my throat hurt from the tube and I had more nausea.

Too much time on my hands this Saturday night!

Ok, so I took a bunch of pics of myself a couple weeks before surgery, I have already posted a couple of these before pics on here. However, finding myself in the same comfy t-shirt on my bed on my laptop again, I thought I would take some pics of me to compare before surgery in the same poses and five and half weeks after! Still no makeup, however I don't have my lash extensions on now as I was told to take them off before surgery, and when the lady took them off she cut my upper lashes to a millimeter - blah, so they are growing but still short! Anyway, I was really encouraged when I saw these before and after pics next to each other! Of course, taken on my laptop with not the greatest quality..

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hello lovely hoping your coming along, you still look amazing, how do you feel now? hoping everything is well.
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How long after ur consultation were u able to schedule ur surgery with dr marten? I will see him in mid November...
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I remember they had a couple openings in early December, just a month or so after my initial consultation, but I wanted to look ok for Christmas family festivities! The next available was March 1st. They did call me earlier to inform me of a cancellation, upon my request to do so, but I was unable to. Then I, myself, had to reschedule for the summer.. Best of luck to you! :)

6 weeks and going out into the world again!

Ok, six week mark.. still lots of swelling under my eyebrows from the fat, forehead still has a flat and somewhat bumpy appearance. My ears are still super numb, and some numbness in front of them and under chin. Feeling good over all, I drove to Anaheim from Norcal to go to Dapper Day at Disney with my daughter, I had planned on that before surgery. I thought I would still look pretty bad, but I looked ok once I got my makeup and FAKE LASHES on, lol!! The swelling still bothers me, as I can see it, but I know I have to be patient and give it time. I'm posting a non-makeup pic (yes, I go out without makeup) and then extreme closeup with full makeup and lashes.. and also some pics of me out and about at 6 weeks!! I had a wonderful time, and I don't feel any more tired with the 7-8 hour drives and all day at Disney than I used to.. :)

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Hey... isn't it time for an update fallenb?
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You look amazing, I'm nervous but turned 50 last December and decided I need this. Next Saturday is the big day! Wish me luck! Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, and best of luck next Saturday!!! I will be thinking of you, please keep me posted :)

9 1/2 weeks

Hello! I have a few moments this morning to post a quick update. Things have gotten very busy for me very quickly! Right now I am pretty pleased with how things are. I still have a sort of "masculine" look to my face, mostly because my chin and jaw-line are larger than they used to be. I know it is swelling that is still lingering, also there is still the swelling behind my brows - but no one seems to notice unless I really show them (my brows) My photo was taken last night, after a long and super hot day in Los Angeles. Felt like an oven outside and I was out for hours. I had on fake lashes, but had taken them off by the time I took this profile shot. I feel really good about the scars around my ears on on my hairline - absolutely invisible. Under my chin look really good, and a small amount of makeup it is in invisible, too. Behind my ears, not as great. I still wear a pony tail, because I don't think people would even think twice about it (unless you've had a facelift and recognize these things!) I mean my ears are fine, but along the hairline it's still red and I do have those danged popped stitches (3 of them) that are real pointy. Those bother me the most of everything and I will try and post a pic of them when I can remember to get someone to take a picture behind my ears!! Last night I did get carded at a local bar here in L.A. ;)

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You look fabulous. Like yourself but better! sorry to hear behind your ears is not too good.....what are popped stitches? I am booked with Dr. Marten in February...hoping I look as good as you do, as quickly as you did.
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Thanks so much! Well, they are the absorbable stitches under the skin and a tiny piece is sticking out a bit, however over time, they will absorb. I tried to get a pic, but it's hard to see. I can feel it though, when I run my finger over it. Best of luck to you! Keep me posted, please!
Thank you for posting all of your awesome updates. You look GREAT!
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Behind ear

Ok, so I took this picture by myself. You can see the discoloration on my skin and if you look left and a little above the freckle, you can see what appears to be a whitish spot. Not really whitish, but a spot. (hard to see) This is the stitch that is pointy when you touch it (just gives me the creeps, even if not noticeable unless someone is really looking) I'm constantly touching them to see if they are getting softer yet! Otherwise, besides the numbness I still have in front of my ears and on my earlobes, (though that doesn't bother me at all) things are healing very nicely!

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Whi is this rated as "not sure" you are much better without any doubt, no side-effects (I've seen terrible things) and all looks great. This should be a "Worth it"
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Thank you, just waiting to see how everything looks at the 6-12 month mark, no rush.
I love where he did your incisions.Your doctor is obviously very skilled. I will continue to be so happy for you!
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Slowly but surely..

I am almost 11 weeks post surgery now. The scars have healed very well, and are extremely well hidden. I was told the fat would take a long time to settle, and though I saw huge improvements in the first few weeks, (I looked like an alien at first!) I am seeing improvements in the fat transfer, but on a much slower scale now (as I was expecting) Feeling great overall, completely recovered from surgery, lots of energy! (besides the numbness in front of ears and ear lobes) Saw a couple friends that I haven't seen in a long time, and they didn't notice anything (and I didn't mention it!) which is GREAT! Went to a concert last night, and put on my fake lashes, it's nice that my face is getting the same shape back, without any sagginess at the jowls or neck!

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You were already beautiful in the before pics but WOW amazing! It's as if you turned back time. Very natural results! Gorgeous! Congrats!!
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It is always fun to do things with family and even more fun when we r looking our best. Congrats.
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Hi b, you continue to look great, congrats! It's been fun following your progress, thanks so much for sharing. :-)
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