It is the night before my procedure and I am somewhat nervous. I had my consultation with my Doctor and I am confident in his ability and his experience. He was very clear with everything and took time to explain everything in great detail. I hope to sleep well tonight and be rested for tomorrow. I hope that I do not feel anything or the pain and discomfort is not to bad. I am the biggest chicken when it comes to doctors, hospitals and PAIN. Wish me luck and I will keep a log of my recovery.
Well Hello today is Tuesday Oct 9 and it is 1 week...
You see I was the one in my group of my friends that didn't believe in cosmetic surgery and swore I would never submit to the pressures of it. But as life passes and our own personal life journey takes us through the roads of ups and downs I noticed that I no longer looked like the cute confident woman I used to be. So Several years back my Aunt who was 86 at the time told me that when she was released from the hospital she was going to get a Lifestyle Lift and that I should too. Unfortunately, she passed through the night and she was beautiful as she was even without it. She kept herself very well for her age, I will always remember our last conversation. So recently I have had my own life trials and decided I wanted to look and feel better about myself. I did my research and checked out many LSL surgery centers and doctors throughout CA and Chicago. Finally I honed in on Dr. Lee in the Santa Ana surgery center. He is so accomplished and is highly recommended. He is a specialist with the face neck and head and brought his gift to this surgery center. I made my appointment and went from there.
When he administered the numbing medication, there were only three injections that were uncomfortable and then it was only for a few seconds. That was in my eyes and one under my chin. The preparation method that my doctor used, eliminated any stinging and burning from the medication being administered. I felt no pain or discomfort throughout the entire procedure. Unfortunately you do hear everything that is happening unless you drift in and out of twilight sedatives. Then then next thing you know you are wrapped up and they tell you congrats you did wonderful and you are done. I took my pain meds as he directed and followed all of the post-op directions and honestly did not feel any pain or discomfort at all. But..I took my pain meds 30 min before the dosage time so there was never a laps in the meds. I truly believe that this is what allowed me to be comfortable and sleep with no discomfort or pain. The only thing that I will say is that, if you think you may be allergic to neosporin antibiotic ointments, please tell them. I did have a slight allergic reaction to the ointment and that did set me back a few days. But once I saw the dr and he identified the problem, he gave me the meds and within a day it was clearing up. I do feel a little numbness around my temple areas and under my chin and a slight tightness in my neck area...but no pain.
I had my stitches removed last week and it was to my surprise painless. My nurse/med surge tech Jessica has the hands as light as feathers. My doctor is such a great surgeon, that all of my incisions are very minimal and with time you will not be able to see them at all. I am so happy that I had this procedure done and it is only a week after but I look and feel great. I will be posting pics as time passes. I still cannot put on makeup and I cannot color my hair for another 2 weeks. So as soon as I can do this I will share the pics. To those of you who feel like I did...lifeless, frowny, puppy cheeks, sad puffy eyes and turkey neck.....Do it! Feel great about yourself when you look into the mirror, if you have forgotten how to care about yourself because you care for others. Stop and reassess you and what YOU want. I forgot to do that for 4 years and it showed. This is the best thing that I have done for myself in years and I am glad that I finally think of myself.
Good luck ladies and gentlemen. Don't allow anyone the power to put your dreams down. Anything is possible and YOU are just the icing on the cake!
Talk to you soon!
I researched and looked on the internet and was also referred by my aunt. Dr. Lee is very accomplished and reputable. I also read some reviews from his prior patients and everyone was extremely pleased with his results. He is a kind and caring doctor and takes his time with you during your consultation. He gives you all of your options, makes is own recommendations and then allows you to make the choice of just what he will do.