SMAS and LIPO - Toronto, ON

I had lipo for jowls and SMAS lift about 2 months...

I had lipo for jowls and SMAS lift about 2 months ago, I'm in my late 50's. I wanted an improvement in my jawline since it was sagging. I chose what I thought was the least invasive procedure. Unfortunately, I did not recover well, I've had constant issues, hematoma, fairly serious on one side, dimpling of skin in several spots. The hematoma side was aspirated several times, it is still severely scarred and I can feel the hardened hematoma underneath. I have swelling still and tightness/hardening along the ear, where the sutures were. At this point, I regret having this procedure, I cannot even imagine that it will improve, but, it yet may do so. The sad part is that the improvement in the jaw line is completely oovershadowed by the severe scar on one cheek. I never realized what a slow, painful, recovery is involved in a facelift. It is very serious surgery. Don't EVER let any doctor tell you it is 2 weeks downtime. Think carefully before you go ahead with this surgery, investigate your chosen doctor carefully. If you have any doubts about either, do not proceed. Ensure you are in top health.

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My doctor has provided frequent after care. However,he is not assuring because it appears to me he isn't confident it will resolve. His suggestions, are massage, heat and cortisone. I have not gone ahead with cortisone because my research shows it can have the opposite effect and cause a depression in the area. It must also be applied very carefully and conservatively. He did not point this out to me, I found out for myself. I suggested ultrasound heat therapy, which may help. Again, he didn't suggest this. I suggested an ultrasound to try and figure out what is going on in the deeper structure of the face. I feel like I am on my own, trying to figure it all out.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hi, I live in T.O. and I am considering this surgery, could you share your doctors name with me?
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You wrote your review 2 months post op. I think you are jumping the gun and drawing conclusions way too early. You can not estimate, this early, what your final results will be. Why are you judging it now? FYI: the longer the recovery the longer the results will last. Fact. So, think about updating your review when a year is up so you do not mislead people and are responsible to your fellow women/men regarding this procedure. Many people count on your opinion regarding your experience and FINAL results.
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I'm really sorry it didn't work for you, imaryg. :( But thank you for sharing your story anyway. It's helpful for others who are considering surgery to see all possible outcomes. Do you plan to do any scar revision surgery?

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Not at this time. I think I will have to wait a year to see how healing progresses. Thanks.
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