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Hoping for dr. harley in the future. still not...

hoping for dr. harley in the future. still not sure if everything i read is legitimate! i wonder if anyone else has been fence sitting for a long time? it is surely a big decision and i am 70 yrs old! he sure gets some great press here and nothing negative. I'm impressed but still thoughtful. will be following closely, barbydoll

on the fence

still pondering and wondering if dr. harley is as good as they say or if some negative views are not reported? always a sceptic, barbydoll

I have been getting a great education from so many...

i have been getting a great education from so many woman on this blog. dr harley seems like my guy. i have the usual trepidation around surgery, recovery and logistics. would love to have a buddy to share with doing nurse duty and receiving nurse duty in return. i am from connecticut. i see that this is a very big decision and i am not a big risk taker (any more)

barbydoll

changed title - so not techy!

barbydoll

still pondering

Barby-doll

i am looking at a local doc: Johhny Mao, but have done nothing but listen to the very helpful posts on this site. it is a great resource.

facelift needed

took these with laptop. i think i am off the fence! maybe this is the way to get motivated. pics tell the sad truth. tx to all the brave ladies; maurdian, geezer hottie and txann especially, also better and better.

faceliftneed alias barbydoll

still doing research and am so thankful to all for their help. i am seeing dr. mao in ct. soon and have an appt to consult with harley this summer. would like to be off the fence sooner. i have a wealth of information but still vacillating. special thanks to pinkieleeloo , maurdian and friendly for their help in my research. one thing i know is best to do when u first see the aging and not wait til age 70. of course this is no help to me!!!

faceliftneed alias barbydoll

i meant to add these to show another reason why facelift need!

off the fence

well today i decided to go to dr johnny mao in orange ct. i really liked him and altho it is more than i planned to spend i strongly feel that he is the doc for me. i will have a deep plane lift with a chin incision and a bit of lipo but not plasmic surgery and will have a small surgical eye surgery on lower lid but not full bleph. later maybe laser but for now the lift is really what i want as the neck and lower face are my main issues. i am glad to be off the fence and will likely have surgery at the end of april. sure do thank all of u for the input especially dr Mao's 2 patients and the rest of u who gave so much information. i will keep in touch. tx, barbydoll

getting closer

my date with the scalpel is april 24. wondering how to keep the nerves at bay between now and then! i ordered a meditation tape and plan to keep off the news! guess that is a good start. any tips are welcome. u gals are a big help oxoxo barbydoll ps i picked a local doc- not harley

faceliftned

pics again for clarity

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a few folks have asked for side view

faceliftneed/ barbydoll

surgery with Dr. Mao scheduled for April 24. if i look half as good as justkarenp i will be thrilled!

faceliftneed

today i finalized my decision to go with Dr. Johnny Mao of Orange Ct. I will be having a deep plane lift under local/iv sedation at a surgery center in New Haven. Dr Mao was so very accommodating my anxiety and concerns that i left feeling like i had truly made the right decision after all these months of research. i am grateful to this site and all the supportive sisters especially Friendly, justkaren, maurdian, grace 60, Geezer, janet, txann, and so many i can't name who have shared their concerns and wisdom so generously. i will not be doing more research but will check in from time to time before the 24th. big thanks barbydoll

faceliftneed

Dr Johnny Mao of Orange Ct is my PS

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Dr Johnny Mao is PS

faceliftneed (alias barbydoll)

2 weeks from this moment i should be home from surgery. i am practicing the choking feeling with an ace bandage! also to see how bad i will look at first i stretch around under chin and around head! i am anxious already but have discussed with doc and expect to be taking meds for a few days for this. i have high tolerance for pain but not anxiety. thanks to all who have helped get me ready.

faceliftneed

surgery on the 24th with dr mao. meanwhile i have a security hacking issue so may not be on site for a bit til i resolve

faceliftneed

trying for levity as the date gets closer/ 8 days

faceliftneed

if u wear a feline scarf no one will notice the need for neck lift!

faceliftneed

a little pre surgery reminder why i am doing this before i color my hair 2 days before surgery. tx for all the support from the harley team and all.

faceliftneed

finally the time is tomorrow. today i take a dry run to the surgery center to be sure i have correct directions. then home to eat pineapple and drink gatorade. thanks for all the help and support,hugs, barbydoll

faceliftneed

on the road in 15 min feeling comforted by all my RS pals who so generously shared wisdom and kindness. see u on the other side, barbydoll

FACELIFTNEED

AOK PAIN 6 0N 5-10MORE S00N

faceliftneed

tx to all! reason big pain is cuz i confused doxy with pain med so just took first pain med at this morn! got a bit of sleep tho. drains press and hurt most but mouth works ok. will be back from doc about noon and will post. hgs to all. ps energy normal… oxoxxo

fafeliftneed

doc is pleased and so am i. a bit of discomfort and of course swelling

faceliftneed

well prepared by all of u for these early days. it is all about expectations. not so good as kimberly but ok for yo yrs plus. feeling fine with lots of energy! a bit of pain tightness and appetite ok. stopping narc today for tylenol. sleeping fine. going to movies today. life is good!!!

faceliftneed

Dr. Mao is superb

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abit better

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better today still swelling and bruising but its ok

faceliftneed

so happy to be on the other side. the research and wait seemed endless but i believe worth while. my advice is do do sooner rather than later as we older gals have a bit more challenges. do your research well and follow docs advice. don't spend too much time obsessing; altho serious it is not so tough if u have done the proper research and are well prepared. go for it! barbydoll

Faceliftneed

patience is the key word!

faceliftneed

side view on saturday= day 5 some purple and swell but good neck def . good work dr Mao! (deep plane lift and that is all. age 70 and 9 mod

faceliftneed

incognito for outing- if anyone asks i had a wee bike accident

facelift

a touch of make up. headed out for some stitch removal. still a bit swollen and tight looking but i am happy with results. especially wattle removal and jaw line.

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side view one week from surgery

faceliftneed (barby doll)

After much thought i decided that a local doc would suit my needs better than a distant one. With the help of Real Self i was able to do a great deal of research in a short time. After seeing the work of Dr. Johnny Mao i set up an appointment and schedule surgery for April 2017. I am currently one week post surgery an could not be happier. We decided on a deep plane lift and to forgo any eye work or resurfacing for now. I highly recommend this talented and kind doctor.

faceliftneed

I have been having terrible hacking issues and will be closing my act. thank you all for your help

faceliftneed

back for a moment to share and give kudos to dr Mao. I have had endless computer issues and apple thinks it is generated from this site so I will be a quick in and out and hugs here, babydoll
ps I am thrilled with the deep plane and lipo of neck done on April 24 less than 2 weeks by Dr Mao of CT. I will post a few pics if my computer allows!

No Kardashian Wannabe; Just a Retired Gal Who Needed Some Tweaking to Coordinate Inner and Outer

I was hesitant at first as this is no small commitment. I did a great
deal of research and spoke with patients of this fabulous physician. I
could not be happier with the results. I am grateful to all the lovely
sisters on RS who helped me arrive at this conclusion.
As a bit of detail I had a deep plane facelift and neck liposuction.
It was the ideal solution for my particular concerns. Response in after
care was remarkable.

faceliftneed

I have tried to wean from the sisterhood of Real Self unsuccessfully in spite of recent email problems. It is such a joy to see Shreeker doing well- even with her healing challenges and to see Vancouver come through so beautifully I sure appreciate all the positive feedback since my surgery especially during the early "alien" days. I have been so fortunate to be ahead of the curve in healing and to have not lost one drop of terrier energy. who knows but your support gives courage to those about to dive and those who are still coming to the surface. It does not feel like an obligation but a gift to return when I can share my strength. guess I might have to hang around a bit. the Apple Store is only 15 minutes away! thanks to all of u ! babydoll

facelift need

really back to my normal life; daily walk on treadmill or bike under 110 beats per min for heart but still good, no salt. high protein, sun screen and aquphor, day 17. little tight under chin butt not much. a bit of bruise u can see under eyes - ez to cover. I thin I am ahead of the curve. no energy or depression issues, thanks to u all, hugs, bd

faceliftneed

plz delete info on Dr Harley and others from my review. I had a deep plane lift by Dr. Johnny Mao son am entirely pleased with the results and after care. I highly recommend this talented and gentle physician.

faceliftneed

now the forehead looks like quite a contrast with the smooth lower face! where does one draw the like? yikes u don't want to see my hands! pics below are for Grace 60

faceliftneed alias barbydoll

it has been 3 weeks and 3 days. I am still happy with the decision to have deep plane face lift and wee liposuction of chin/neck. I will be 71 in August and did not expect to look 40. I have spent many years in the sun and was never much into lotions. I am told that it takes at least 3 months for the swelling to go down but I only feel swelling and tingling around the outside of cheeks. ears are back to almost normal with slightly inflamed tragus where he put stitches. a wee scar on left side behind ear that is slightly raised but I expect it to to down. a bit of lumpiness where doc did liposuction under chin but am told that too will resolve. Overall still delighted altho few folks even notice. I did it for me and it has boosted my self esteem that had waned in past 2 yrs. thanks to all for support and opportunity to share.
Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon

The gentle humility and quiet confidence of this young physician were initially what drew me to him after witnessing the inflated ego of some other physicians. He is the real deal. His work is his passion and his patients will sell his product/ expertise. I am indebted and grateful.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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