Recovery ups and downs to successful face and neck lift
Today I plopped down the deposit and committed to...
What not to do when planning a face lift./ Bleph Decision
1. You don't need it.
2. Why do you think you need it?
Then there is the look of:
1. You have a screw loose.
2. There is nothing wrong with your face now.
3. Vanity is thy name.
So far only one person ( my hair stylist) has been actually happy for me. I decided not to tell anyone until I put the $$$ down and penciled in a date. And so far I have only told 4 people. I am not telling anyone else. I am happy with my decision and while I am not completely sure why other people want to rain on my parade, I am not giving them a chance.
I have decided to hold off on the upper bleph. I saw my eye doc and then I also saw an ocular plastic surgeon. I have decided that since I have the complication of chronic dry eye, I would want to use the ocular surgeon. I am sure my PS would do a fantastic job, that is not it. I just think once you throw in a complication you are better off going with a specialist. I would either have to have the Bleph 4 weeks before the facelift or wait a couple months after. I decided to wait. Maybe once I see the face lift I will feel it is enough. Having two separate surgeries significantly increases the cost as well.
Photos pre lower facelift and neck lift
28 more days...
Today I got my hair colored and a straightening treatment. I have hard to handle hair so I figured having it straight would be easier as I go through the healing process. I am still excited and can't wait for the big day. I am still very surprised that I am completely at peace with my decision and not worried in the slightest...at least not yet!
12 more days!
I have been on antibiotics for 3 days. I sure hope it kicks in. I would be very disappointed if I have to post-pone. Please say some prayers for me!
9 Days and counting
On and on it goes
Back on the schedule
Ten more days
I have to do another pre-op despite the fact I did one 1/6. I am paranoid about taking another blood test. My last one was good but I am worried about it going back up. What would I do if I had nothing to worry about?
I feel like I have been ready for this FOREVER. I hope nothing goes wrong this time and Feb 2 will actually be my day. Oh, I forgot- I am also having a very dark vein under each eye removed. Dr. Linenberg is going to tie off the vein then clip it. I found a youtube from "The Doctors" demonstrating the procedure. I think it will make a big difference. The veins are impossible to cover and they make me look perpetually tired. I hope you can see them in the photos.
Tomorrow is my surgery
So I am a bit apprehensive. There is also the thoughts of making a big mistake and having no one to blame but my full time buddy, Vanity. So if by chance you are reading this could you do me a favor and send up a little prayer for my safety and a good result? I would appreciate it. Talk to you when I get back.
I am home!
I don't remember anything after going into the ER and waking up in recovery. I spent the night so I had to wait till 6pm to get a room in the hospital. I had a few icechips but I didnt get a glass of water till. 8pm!! I wish I would have just gone home. They finally brought me "dinner" white bread turkey sandwich, 3 mini juices and an orange! They were terrible about bringing my pain meds. It took an hour from the time I requested them. And to think I paid for that!
Anyway I equate my pain level to having the mumps. Last night was no fun but today it is controlable with Oxi. Doc removed my bandages this morning. I did not have tubes and he told me I did not need the head bra. I am pretty swollen but I think I will like my results. He also removed the two huge veins under both my eyes. I am almost more excited about that! I came home took a shower and washed my hair. I am now laying in bed. The first pic is from yesterday pre surgery. The rest are from today. So far this has been way easier than I could have imagined. I know, however it will get worse over the next couple days. Thanks everyone for your prayers and good wishes!
Whoa! 2 Day Post Surger Note and Photos
the bottom of my neck on down. My head and neck somehow do not belong to me. I woke to a stiff neck where movement feels like I am stretching and burning tendons. I would not call it pain, just discomfort. The sides of my face are numb and tingling. My ears are hot and feel like a couple blobs. None of this is unexpected. I have a little pocket of fluid near my ear front that makes a little squeek if I tap it. Everyone says day three is the worst. Bring it on! I just want to get past it. My doctor has me on SinnEch and Prednesone for swelling. I am also taking bromelein, 2000 mg over a day and taking buffered vitamin C powder to aid in healing. I will tell you this, A few years back I did full face CO2. The facelift is a walk in the park compared to that. Last evening my husband told me that I looked good enough that he thought I could leave the house without scaring people. We were both very surprised how good I looked compared to other 24 hour photos We had seen. I was also expecting much more fatigue since I had general anethesia.
Today I definately could get some curious stares.
What is going on in my head:
1. Will my final results be what I want? I want a tight neck with no chin bulge. i know I might not get exactly what I want; everyone is different. I sure hope it is though. My neck appearance from the front looks really good. The ropiness is gone.
Right now I have no marionette and nasal labial lines but I know it is doubtful they are completely gone. I am sure fillers will be in my future since lifts alone don't iradicate volume issues, I will just need less.
2. Jowls- oh jowls!! I have been pumping fillers in that area for years. When it wasn't enough anymore I knew I had to get a lower facelift. Right now they are gone. I will be so disappointed if they return.
3. Annoying throat congestion due to tube in throat during surgery and the cold symptom that I had going into this. It is driving me crazy! Feels like a glob stuck in my throat.
4. How long before I can workout without bringing on swelling. I don't want to lose all my hard earned muscle. It felt weird not getting on my gym gear and preparing to head to my class this morning.
All you ladies out there who have been stradling the fence, don't be afraid! So far this experience has been very tolerable. If $$$ is the issue go to carecredit.com you will find an extensive list of Plastic Surgeons who offer 0% interest for 12-18 months! What I did was research doctors on the list, checked out their credentials and health grades then went to see 5 of them. So my surgery tab is divided over 12 monthly no interest payments. That enabled me to get my surgery now instead of in a year from now. You will be surprised at how many docs are on the list. It was super easy to get the credit card. Not only does it work for surgeries, it also works for fillers. How great is that? You just have to make sure you pay it off in the alloted time or you will be slammed with huge interest charges at the end of the term.
Well that's it for now. Now I must figure out how I will productively spend today indoors and mostly on the sopha!
My doc told me no ice and no chin strap. I think I will go to movies this evening with my husband if I feel okay. I am getting cabin fever! You know what is funny? I did not realize how much ptosis I had in my left eye. My eyes look different sizes. Oh well, I will worry about that in a few months.
Here is what I have been doing for bruising and I think it really helps
2000mg bromalein divided into 4 doses over the day
sinEcch as prescibed
2000mg vitamin C buffered crystals 2x a day
Prednesone as directed.
Ear,neck and head pain
Recovery Day 5
A friend has suggested radio frequency to reduce swelling? Has anyone tried it? Tomorrow neck and front ear stithes come out.
Reflections up to this point
Its a little exhausting and a lot of self absorbed! I know it is all part of the process.
I also think I did not realize just how good of a Plastic Surgeon I decided upon. There are tons of good and bad Docs out there and truthfully you really do not know what you fully are going to get until it is over. You use all the tools you can to make an informed decision, but some of it is just an act of faith on our part. Today while speaking to Dr. Lincenberg during my appointment , I realized he is such an artist. During my lower face lift and neck lift, he did not remove any fat but moved it to where I needed it. He improved my cheeks and created a girdle under my chin to support everything above it. I got more than I asked for because that is what he does. We all hope to get a doctor like that. I am thankful that he is the physician that I chose. I also had two very pronounced blue veins under my eyes that no one else wanted to touch. Dr. Lincenberg urged me to let him take care of them and he was so confident. Oh my gosh, I am almost more excited about having them gone than I am the face lift! I always looked tired because of them. It almost looks like I have had a lower eye lift now that they are almost gone. We should know in a couple months if I will need a little more work there, but so far it is just a little bruised. Anyway, this post today is about being thankful. There were times during the investigative process that I was tempted not visit as many docs as I did. It can be confusing and takes a lot of time. I am so glad I did not short cut this process. I urge everyone out there who is still looking for their Plastic Surgeon, take your time and even if you think the Doctor you have been seeing for years for fillers will automatically be the best surgeon for you, take the time and speak to others. You only have one face.
Day 6 photos
1 week post
I slept on my side last night and that helped me sleep better. Yesterday I got some filler in my lips at my first post op apt. I like the look. I will share later. Off topic. If you love Cappuccino you should check out the Keurig Lavazza. I got it for Christmas and it is my favorite coffee maker. Makes perfect Cappuccino with foam as well as lattes. I think it is around $199.00, which isn't bad for a Cappuccino maker that does foam. Have a great day everyone!
Day 8 lymphatic massage...Ahhh
Does my chin look too swollen?
Head in a vice- day 10 my ranting, raves and fears
Question: when did you alums feel like joining the universe once more; 2 weeks, 3 weeks? It seems like I can do one or two things then I am pooped or swelling! Thanks for letting me get this out of my system.
Day 11 post surgery
Day 15 post surgery
I have another lymphatic massage today as well.
Now for what I am not happy about: While feeling has come back to right ear and slowly coming back to chin, my right eat on the outside is numb. It feels so odd. When I lay down it is terrible! I can't lay on that side and the ear feels a bit throbby and warm. It is so creepy. I also have varying degrees of numbness on the sides of my face but I think that is slowly improving. My Doctor said it is not a worry till month 4. If my ear doesn't get feeling I hope I can get used to it. I am worried.
Everyone who has had a face/neck lift: How long did it take to lose the numb ears?
Sending good vibes to all of us healing and those preparing to take the journey. Oh, I will post photos later today. These are from yesterday after hair color. There is a story about the cupcake photo. They are not real! I have a cake plate I love but never have anything on it because I would eat it. So I made these out of foam insulation and the icing is wall filler with paint. Zero calorie cupcakes!
3 weeks post surgery
Chin area became very tender. No real swelling but it was painful. Thank goodness I kept it light. It doesn't look lke II did any damage. Anyway, I won't be doing that again anytime soon. It is a bit depressing. Frankly I am going to be reluctant to lift much upper body. Did I trade in a flabby neck for flabby arms?
I have been catching myhusband eyeing my results. He is amazed at how refreshed I look. He now says it was a really good thing! It is so nice to have him look at me that way. My husband is just about the greatest guy on earth. He never ever would have asked me or even agreed with me that I needed a little "boost". However, his apreciation is real and that makes me happy.
I am still pretty much bored out of my mind. I just cannot get a flow down. I need to figure out what is keeping me from getting back out there! I can't figure it out. That being said I am very happy with my results.
See before pics next to today's.
I visited 5 plastic surgeons before deciding on Dr. Lincenberg. I was told by my Dermatologist and my ENT that he was very good as well. He is soft spoken and has a confidence that made me feel completely at ease. His staff is great! Kerry was funny and easy to relate to; just like a good girlfriend! Vera was also very helpful. Beautiful office with little wait time. I am so glad I went with Dr. Lincenberg. He is a no pressure guy with a great personality. His professionalism and confidence made me feel very secure with my procedure.