Well, this is my second review for RealSelf, which I have found astoundingly helpful both before and after the Tummy Tuck Liposuction I underwent with Dr Michael Huntly at Coastal Empire Plastic Surgery in Savannah Georgia. My abdominoplasty/lipo went extremely well and I have recorded it in depth elsewhere on the site, with name MVPT. I feel like a new person since the removal of excess skin and fat in my belly and tightening of all abdominal muscles many years after 4 pregnancies. The multiple facial procedures will again be with Dr Huntly and his amazing team, scheduled currently for 8/21/14. They have repeatedly tried to move the date forward -- and I am still hopeful -- as I have had a recruiter call with an appealing new position for me, and of course I will not be able to begin until the facial surgeries are healed. I currently have no concerns or misgivings: the Percocet worked well with the extreme pain post-tummy tuck so I expect it will work again with all the swelling and incisions on my face and neck. Expect I'll be "out for the count" for 5-6 days, but I have a wonderful husband who is supportive in every way, and I still have all the assistive devices I bought for the abdominal surgery.
I know I will not be able to sleep in a bed for several days, possibly more than a week. I have recliners but the lever is very difficult, so I might again use the zero gravity chair (a patio chair) that I was able to operate by pushing with my feet. I have a bedside commode as our main floor does not have a bathroom! (The three bathrooms are either 12 steps up, 8 steps up, or 5 steps down. Very unusual house-- some steps needed to raise house above ground level as we live on an island where a hurricane could potential cause extreme tides.) I also have a shower chair (not sure I will need this, only needed it once with the TT/lipo. But balance may be affected and the worst possible thing would be to fall in the shower (or anywhere). I have multiple shirts that are button opening as no doubt I will not want to wear pullover tee shirts or PJs! Dr Huntly believes as I do (I am a physical therapist) that pain HINDERS healing and can even make a person less able to fight off infections, so he is responsible about providing sufficient Percocet. Additionally, my husband is a retired periodontist and understands pain meds, so I will be in safe hands. I only needed the Percocet at bedtime after the first 4 days after the TT. Who knows if this will be a longer recovery?
One concern after a chin implant and chin lift (tightening the platysma muscles in the neck) as WELL as the facelift and brow lift, eyelid surgeries is how well will I be able to eat?? So closer to the date I will be purchasing protein drinks to ensure hydration and nutrition, so important also for healing. I am looking forward to reading others' stories on RealSelf and learning other important details to prepare in advance. Meantime, best wishes to all who are undergoing these surgeries in next few days!