49 Year Old with a Neck That Looked 70! - Washington, DC

I have always been told I look young for my age. I...

I have always been told I look young for my age. I inherited some good genes, tall, thin, and some bad genes, thin skin that gets lax over time and a turkey wattle neck! I would stand in front of a mirror and pull my neck skin back and I would look ten years younger! I researched possibilities such as ultherapy and after consulting with three surgeons I was told the same thing, my skin was lax and was not going to pull up enough with non surgical treatment to get any noticeable result. I finally decided to take the plunge and go for a neck lift. What I didn't know is that you don't per se get a neck lift without doing more to your face. I had what is called a MACS lift which included my neck and addressed the lower half of my face particularly early jowling (which I never noticed because I was so focused on my neck). Right now a few days after surgery I believe I did the right thing for me. Even though I'm swollen and bruised my neck looks like it did in my 20's! It is incredibly painful and I have a high threshold for pain. I'm still taking painkillers. It feels good to know that everyday my face and neck look a little better instead of looking in the mirror and thinking everyday my neck my neck looks worse! I will post some day of pics and day after pics tomorrow.

Photos before surgery

More befores

I don't have many before shots as I have avoided having my picture taken for the past year or so as I've become more self conscious of my neck.

Some After's

Day after surgery through week 1.

day 10...swelling down a lot.

2 week before and after front and side views

Washington DC Plastic Surgeon

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5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
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You look as if you are in your 30's! Great work. I bet it feels great! Mine does now.
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Thank you so much! I feel so much more confident; I didn't realize how much effort I put into covering my neck and just how self conscious I was. I feel younger inside and out! I'm so glad that you are doing so well.
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I used dr Davison to and can't believe the results the man is an artist!
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He really is. If you only care about a warm and fuzzy doctor he isn't the right one to go to, but if you want a perfectionist that does work, he is the one to go to! I work with surgeons and not one person can tell I've had anything done. Everyone just keeps asking what i'm using on my skin, have I lost weight, ect....
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Your results are beautiful. I wonder how you are feeling on the inside? I am 4 weeks post op neck lift and lower facelift and I'm 52 yoa. I love my results but my face is still so numb but my neck is more tight than ever. I still sleep almost sitting to reduce the swelling. I can't turn my head side to side more than a couple of inches. I have redness along the sides of my neck. MY doctor thinks its from the pulling of my muscles. Do you have any of this? Thanks.
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It took about 5 weeks before I could sleep on the side of my face again. My ears still have a "stuffy" feeling inside and are kind of numb to the touch. The sides of my face near my ears still feel a little numb and occasionally my neck muscles tighten up. Apparently all of this is normal and it can take up to a year to be back to normal. That being said, everyday your face and neck will look better and better instead of worse :) I do remember have a light red mark from my lower ear to my neck but it went away. I finally can move my head side to side, quickly and fully. It will improve! The only thing that still bothers me, is that the inside of my ears sometimes feel itchy. I think it's because the sutures have not fully desolved. I have my follow up appt in a week for before and after photos and I will get the sutures snipped out.
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Michelle, thank you for your reply. I was getting a little concerned about the red marks on both sides of my neck. It just follows down my muscle. My doctor thinks it is the tension. I wasn't expecting this kind of a recovery, but reading from all sorts of message boards etc, like you said, it is normal. I guess I was expecting to be playing tennis after 2 weeks. I think I am out of the league for this year. I didn't realize that, but don't want to risk popping a stitch or pulling a muscle. I am 4 weeks out and still sleep in an almost sitting position because I try to cut down on the swelling to under my neck. I love the results. I have already got compliments and I love looking in the mirror lol. I work in a hospital and work 12 hours shifts so I think the gravity makes the swelling worse after so much time on my feet. The days I can rest and take it easy without bending over alot and without turning my head,I have much less swelling and uncomfortable tightness. I have all dissolving stitches around the front and back of my ears and around the back side of my base neck. They are pretty heavy duty, or at least feel that way. Im not sure when they will start to dissolve. I wear my hair down to cover them. what sutures are you having taken out? My cheeks are still numb also. I am careful not to scratch them because I wouldn't feel it. Although it hurts to rub oil on my face, the pressure. I was told by a massage therapist to use the emu oil. I bought some and love it for my neck and face. i wanted to treat the dry feeling and prevent any stretching. I think pregnant women use it on their bellies to prevent the stretch marks. My ears will also block occasionally. I try to open and close my mouth a few times and sometimes that unblocks them. I can't complete a yawn cause it hurts too much so it makes me yawn again! Cant wait for that feeling to pass! I am glad I had it done also. I have always kept myself in shape and there are some things that are just hereditary that you cant do anything about (the infamous turkey neck). Now my neck looks better than when I was 30! I can't wait to see your photos. Good luck getting the sutures out. Did you have to stretch at all or just try to remain stationary with your neck to get it to loosen up? Im taking celebrex. Did you take that and for how long? I just got a refill cause I thought it helped with the swelling. Thanks again.
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Fantastic results, you should be VERY pleased!
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Thanks so much! I am still a little puffy and my ears still feel numb but am progressing everyday. Sure don't miss my turkey neck!
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That's amazing you absolutely look fantastic, I am 5days post opp not including surgery day. I haven't felt pain till now I also had a rhinoplasty at the same time I was more concerned about rhinoplasty than my neck lift now I can even feel the pain and the stitches. Did you feel the same? When did you get back to your normal activities ( going out for dinner/public places)? Sorry about all these questions
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No problem, that's the great thing about this site...being able to asked things that others have already gone through! First, I still feel some pain. It's not back to normal when it comes to sleeping. I still can't comfortable sleep on either of my ears so the side is out for now. During the day my swelling seems to increase with a lot of activity. I went back to my doc yesterday as a matter of fact because my neck and sides of my face seems hard and puffy. It seems as I begin to increase my activity (going back to work) the circulation to my face increases and it becomes painful. We have to keep in mind, that no matter how common these procedures have become, it is still pretty major surgery. It will take time for the muscles to acclimate to their new positioning and skin and nerves to 'wake' back up from anesthesia and pain killers. I have been out in public only as far as the grocery store and my office. I actually got the comment that I looked "great and so rested" from a co-worker who just thought I'd been out of the office for vacation. I think we will have the most success if we keep our expectations realistic and allow our bodies to take the time to heal. It didn't take overnight to begin dropping and sagging, it is going to take time for the surgery to give us it's maximum results. Hang in there and don't rush yourself back into anything!
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AMAZING results!! You look absolutely fantastic.
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You look so beautiful and refreshed. Bless your doctor for having wonderful skills. Did he cut out your chin fat and tighten your chin muscle?
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He went in under the chin to 'lace up' the neck muscles and then pulled the lower jowls up. Everyday it looks better. You can't even see where in cut under my chin anymore! I was fortunate to get a surgeon that is an expert at doing the incisions behind the ears, many still do them in front. I like to wear my hair in a pony tail and I didn't want the scars to show.
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Michelle, Do you not have any incisions in front of your ears at all? Where are your incisions? And you're results are awesome!
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meant to say...your results are awesome!
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Thanks for your reply, I feel numb but it's getting better day by day. :) x
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no I was adamant about going to a surgeon that was ecpert at behind the ears incisions. I wear my hair in a ponytail a lot and didnt want scars in front of my ears. My hair stylist is literally the only person that can see my incisions.
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I'm glad you're feeling that this was worth it already. That's saying something! As time goes on I hope you continue to like your results more and more. Thank you immensely for sharing on RealSelf.
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Good for you in jumping right ahead to surgery & not wasting your $$$ the Drs didn't think would work for you. Good for them in not wasting your $$$, either! How long ago was your surgery? My 1st 2 days were very painful too & I also have a very high pain threshold. 1/3 of my body is covered in tattoos.
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I am now 5 days post op. I had all four of my kids without an epidural but this pain topped it! I hate to say that because I don't want to discourage anyone. I do however, want people to know the things that I didn't know ahead of time. First, the pain pills were so big and chalky I couldn't swallow them and was without pain medication for two days. I had to have the Dr. call in a lesser pain med, hydrocodone, instead of the oxy because it came in a smooth caplet form. It didn't wipe out the pain just took the edge off but that was a relief. Another thing I didn't know was how trapped I would feel inside the bandages. I got so swollen that the edge of the wrap around the front of my neck cut into my skin pretty deeply. I also have not had a BM since before the surgery; probably because I haven't eaten much in the way of solid food due to how difficult it is to chew.
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I'm 5 days in now, too! I took 10mg Norco every 4 hours for the 1st 2 days & then just 1/2 a pill the 3rd day & now Tylenol & that's just for the neck pain from sleeping upright.
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Hang in there! I think I miss sleeping on my side more than anything...it just feels so weird to lay on my ear though. The ears still feel a little alien to me.
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