24 Feb 2017
2 weeks post op
52 Yr Old Wants a Refreshed, Not Tired, Look! Lower Face/Neck and Eyelids!
For several years, when I’ve looked in the mirror, I’ve said to myself, “Wow, I really miss my chin line!” My sagging face, while just a natural progression of aging I suppose, was starting to bother me because I felt so much younger inside. I started wondering if my tear troughs and marionette lines could be improved with fillers. I never really considered plastic surgery, although I never ruled it out either. In September 2016 I started researching fillers, and found this site. I was fascinated with everyone’s stories and details which have been a great help to me! In October I went to see one plastic surgeon in the Las Vegas area who is also considered a “master filler” for a consultation. Unfortunately, he seemed overbooked and exhausted that day, and was very unenthusiastic about talking to me. He spent about fifteen minutes with me. As soon as I said I was interested in fillers as my first choice and surgery as a second, he seemed very bored with talking to me and told his nurse to give me a quote on fillers for my tear troughs and marionette lines. The quote for the fillers was about $2,500! And from what I’ve read, I could only expect fillers to last about a year. Kind of an expensive hobby and not a real solution at my age. Too bad that doctor didn’t actually listen to me on that consult, but that’s why you have to go to more than one! My next consultation was with Dr. Paul Lanfranchi, also in the Las Vegas area. Dr. Lanfranchi only performs facial plastic surgery and rejuvenation, not dozens of different procedures as so many other PS’s do. I’ll post a doctor review separately, but suffice it to say that I knew this was the surgeon and team who I would go with once I’d made my decisions. Dr. L and his team spent over an hour with me on every consult and yes, there were several. The office is clean and inviting with a lot of attention to every detail. More importantly, the Dr. inspires confidence and trust that he is an expert at what he does, you are in good hands, and he and his entire team sincerely care about you. There are many photos of patients available in the office. I truly believe that Lanfranchi is absolutely one of the best at what he does, and the only reason there aren’t more reviews on here is that most patients choose to remain anonymous. I hope his name and office will soon be reviewed as often or more than the names we see on RS most frequently. And Las Vegas is an easy flight from just about anywhere. After the second consult, I never really looked back. I do not believe I would have ever achieved the results I wanted with fillers. I scheduled upper and lower blepharoplasty and a lower face/neck lift, all to be performed on February 15th. The lift would remove excess fat (yay!) and skin, as well as tighten the platysmas muscle in my neck to give me my chin line back. I’ll post some before photos so you can see what I started with.