I live in New York City, but my family lives in NW Baltimore and I visit for two months every summer, so I wanted to do a facelift while I was away from NYC (so I could recuperate privately.) I also expected that the cost would be better in NW Baltimore. (It definitely is less expensive.)
I wasn't thrilled about an overnight stay in the hospital but I am glad it was part of the package when I woke up. I was ready to leave in just a few hours, but had I felt worse, I knew I could stay til late afternoon. The doctor was able to visit me there in the hospital the day after surgery which is great because I would have been in no mood to go out that day after.
During the first few weeks, I could see the beginning of the results (during that time, I was swollen so I wasn't sure of my new look).
Now almost a month later, I am thrilled. I look younger, fresher and NOT tight. I look like me, 10-15 years younger than I did before the surgery.
Best of all, my two worst areas are so much better!
My jowls are not 100% gone, they are 90% gone and look NATURAL.
My neck is very much what I wanted, a neck of someone in her 30-40s, not a turkey neck. It's still swollen under the chin, so I'll have to wait a little longer to see the final results.
It has already made a difference in how I feel and I love when people ask me if I changed my hair or that I look relaxed. I was always being asked if I was OK before the surgery!
I feel so much more confident because when I look in the mirror, I see myself as I perceived myself. I no longer look exhausted.
I'll continue to update and post pictures but I am so thrilled with the choice to do this.