Tick Tock Till April 10th...- Bountiful, UT
- updated 7 months ago
I have scheduled my lower face life, neck lift and...
- 15 Mar 2013
- 25 days pre
I have scheduled my lower face life, neck lift and lipo and buccal fat pad removal for April 10th, 2013.
I am a very active, happy, hardworking, tired "looking" 50.
I have a double chin I have hated my entire life, regardless of weight! It is time to get "gone" with it!
This hasn't been an easy decision. I finally decided to stop hating what I see in the mirror and ask my Doctor for his suggestions. He is happily confident he can give me what I am asking for. I am excited and scared to death at the same time!!
Having had a Mommy make over in 2007, I am not worried about the pain (I know this stuff hurts), I can deal with it for the way it changed my life. I am not afraid of going under. I am only afraid of my dear sweet husband's reaction to my "battered" post op face!!! The rest I can deal with.
Ready or not... The clock is ticking ;) I am excited!!! And scared ;)
I went to my PS's office today for a laser...
- 2 Apr 2013
- 8 days pre
So I have 8 days to go. My husband finally told me last night his misgivings aren't the healing or results, he is terrified of losing me!!! Awe so sweet... I told him not to worry I am not going ANYWHERE!!! It is general anesthesia, and he is afraid. I feel like I am finally mentally prepared. Now that I understand his concerns I can reassure him, and it's going to be awesome.
Now with all of my ducks lining up, house cleaned top to bottom, meals prepared and frozen. I can push on my final phase on my bath remodel. Husband on board (ish). I think I can build my "recovery nest" and move ahead ;) I am finally EXCITED!
I am home! I have a headache, my jaw is sore in...
- 10 Apr 2013
- Day of treatment
The day of surgery I got to the hospital at 8:45am...
- 11 Apr 2013
- 1 day post
The nursing staff goes above and beyond. Where it is a smaller hospital it has a very home town friendly feel.
My PS is the chief of the plastic surgery department so the staff is very familiar with him and his work. You can tell they all respect him a great deal.
I was checked in, vitals taken, dressed for surgery, and marked up and in surgery by 10:30 or 11:00. The wait was busy with things I needed to have done or do so it was not long "waiting".
I was in surgery for 4-1/2 hours. I had a lower face lift with buccal fat pad extraction in my cheeks and lipo suction and lift in my neck. I am bruised around my neck like a purple collar, just as my PS said I would. Today he teased me and said he had to hold me down because I was getting rowdy ;) I love his professionalism and his personal touch. He has a charming confident manner. You can tell when he looks at you he loves his work and he is proud of the work he does.
I cannot say enough about the office staff!! Heather is the receptionist and business end. Karen is his nurse and she is warm and approachable. She is kind and well informed. Dr. Sellers treats them with respect. It feels like a family of equals.
I posted pics (which I have NEVER done before) I am swollen a little and expect more tomorrow and the next day. I know this will get worse before it gets better. I am sore in my jaw from the buccal removal. I felt quite panicky this morning, I think the big headress was getting to me. I am quite claustrophobic and I think it made me anxious. I asked him for a script of Xanax to help my nerves. It is very hard for me to be "down and out" and so he gave me a small script and that will be good to have. Knowing I have it is comforting. We all heal differently nd I faced a little mental battle I hadn't anticipated.
I am on the uphill side of healing, but I feel great. I can see even with the swelling I am getting what I wanted! I only wish I had a before so everyone could see the dramatic change.
I am grateful for this forum and intend to pay it forward by supporting others who have chosen this procedure. If any ladies are on here in Utah looking for a surgeon, please go to Dr. Sellers website and just look at his credentials and accomplishments. From operation smile missions, to board certifications and being Cheif of plastic surgery in two hospitals, etc. This is a talented accomplished generous man with great skill! I canno speak highly enough of him, or his staff!
Here I go now... Happily Healing ;)
Beginning my 3rd day out. Swelling is still about...
- 12 Apr 2013
- 2 days post
One thing I am doing is putting arnica gel on my...
- 12 Apr 2013
- 2 days post
Swelling has set it! But I feel fabulous!!
- 12 Apr 2013
- 2 days post
This is my 4th night home, my surgery was The...
- 13 Apr 2013
- 3 days post
Today I was able to do light household chores. And I went for a drive with my hubby, it was nice to get out. I have dark tinted windows and that made me feel private enough.
When I got home I took a nice bath (not too warm) and I took my sweet time getting my head wrap back on. I think that either allowed me to swell or I just became more aware of the swelling. Either way that was not comfortable and it took a while for me to settle down and get comfortable again.
I learned this chin strap is my friend!! Much like keeping my tummy strapped after my tummy tuck. The swelling on my face is mostly on the sides near my ears. I prefer the strap to the way it felt without it.
I am so happy with my results so far! Trying to imagine it san swelling, I think it has turned out really well.'
Day 5 and I got my stitches out. All that is left...
- 15 Apr 2013
- 5 days post
Getting those stitches out from around my ears is such a corner to turn!!! They didn't hurt, but they were irritating behind my ear. I feel like a new woman.
I was able to look at the before pictures that Dr. Sellers has in my folder. I am going to ask for copies so that I can post them on here. I was almost in tears when I saw them! I so regret not taking any! Suddenly the swelling and bruising are the best friends I have EVER had. He really did a fabulous job.
I have to say I am happy I have done this. I would never pressure anyone into any cosmetic procedure, but I will be a great cheerleader for those who make this decision. The bumps in the road are worth it.
Mine wasn't just to turn the clock back. That was part of it certainly. But my issue was my neck. I always had this floppy awful gobbler. I felt "neckless". My husband has gotten my some lovely necklaces over the years and I always hated wearing anything that was a little short because I felt it drew attention to that terrible double chin. Over the years of course it became more "floppy". But it was always there. So this transformation is something I used to push and pull on my neck from age 10 and 11 and imagine what it would be like to have a CHIN! Ladies and Gentlemen... I have a CHIN! A nice normal chin.
I am going to take a nap, and take advantage of my quiet house. It won't be long till my Grandson is back for full time care so I want to enjoy my quiet time and get my strength back! I'm gonna need it.
If you're considering this procedure, investigate your doctor throughly, make sure you like his staff and office. Read everything you can get your hands on. Make an educated choice, and be prepared for the reality of recovery. If you do decide to go ahead, I wish you all the best. I wish you all the satisfaction I feel when I look in the mirror.
Thanks RealSelf for this site! What an absolute gold mine it has been for me on this journey!!!
Hugs to all and will post before pics when I get my hands on them, and some more afters when I am able.
I am 11 days post op and I took my new face out to...
- 21 Apr 2013
- 11 days post
I had a "Mommy Makeover" in 2007. I am friends with other patients, and Dr. Sellers is masterful!!!