Quick Recovery and Happy with Results So Far!
on 28 Aug 2009
Hi Ladies - Thank you for sharing posts, and thanks especially to you brave souls who shared photos. I have been contemplating the LSL or equivalent, so this forum has been of interest to me. Several years ago, I had surgery to remove a "turkey wattle" neck issue. I was only in my very early 40's, but this was a hereditary thing that I had hated all my life. The results were ultimately good, and I am very glad I did it. But the initial swelling and pain were awful, and I had healing complications. It would be a good year or more before I saw the final results and all swelling went away. My jaw and neck felt uncomfortably "tight" and numb for a long time - just turning my head to change lanes while driving felt weird. I greatly hope that those of you who are stuggling through post-op swelling, lopsidedness, etc. eventually see good results. It can truly take up to a year. During the worst of my swelling, I thought I would always look horrible, and I became very depressed. My surgeon had me go through a regimen, at no cost, of high-frequency ultrasound and the use of local steroid patches while hooked up to electrodes. This accelerated the reduction of swelling, and broke up scar tissue. Those are techniques to consider for those of you who feel you got into the hands of an incompetant doc (and I HATE the medical profession. But that is another discussion...) I know it costs money, after you have already spent a mint, but just know those techniques do exist for post-op complications. Our society crushes our self esteems enough, without ruined cosmetic surgery compounding the matter. Needless to say, having another procedure done is not something I will take lightly, so I am glad for all of you who have contributed. I am now 50, and my inhereted jowls are getting "jowlier" (I inhereted all sorts of great things... lol...) I wish some of you who had good results would post photos - it seems the ladies who had complications have been the only ones to post photo-documentation. Take care all, Shelli
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