So so sorry it's taken me so long to write!! Busy, busy, busy!!!
Anyway, no more apologies! Back to the story, here's what I did. Of course, I checked out doctors on the internet but a girlfriend told me she’d had a MACS lift done by Dr Van Den Berge in Belgium and had a great result. I know I’d seen her and thought like, WOW!! Those cheekbones, skin smooth, eyes perky – after she’d had it done, she’d kinda glowed afterwards and still does.
She's a lot younger than me and for me, I’m married with a family and now life is settled but I spoke to her about it a lot.
She told me that Dr Van Den Berge works in the place where they invented the MACS lift so their team has been doing it longer than anyone else.
Her result was what got me though and it kinda sealed the deal so I flew over to Belgium to see the guy. I googled Dr Van Den Berge with the words 'facelift doctor' and found him easily enough. Spoke to a guy called Nick Baron who set everything up.
Turns out Dr Van Den Berge works with another surgeon Dr Vermeulen. (Christian and Sean!! ;) )Two of them do everything together, they operate, they do the consultations, they even drew the lines on me together – not bad having two plastic surgeons working on me at the same time, I thought.
The clinic is full of equipment, the staff all kitted out in neat little matching tunics, coffee and biscuits and little breakout rooms. They showed me the recovery room once the surgery is done, they showed me the operating theatre which has some kind of air purefier hhanging from the deck so no bad germs can get in – all sorts of bottles and microscopes.
When I first started looking into it, I only wanted to do the underside of my face, my neck and my jaw, because that was something that I hated about myself, and also the lines around my mouth, the laughter lines – they were not laughing any more! ?
But during the consultation, Dr Van Den Berge explained to me that he also wanted to do my eyes and I was pretty scared about having my eyes done, because I always thought that my eyes were beautiful, but I guess that was when I was 18 years old and to be honest after I look at the pictures and I look now at my own eyes after the facelift, I think that now I have got my eyes back from when I was very, very young ?
But in the first place, I was a little worried, like, no I don’t want to do my eyes, because I’m happy about my eyes but he explained to me that I can’t just do half of my face, if I’m going to do a facelift then I’ve got to do it completely.
He asked me to bring some photos when I was 20, 30, 40 and…. ;)…to see how my face was when I was young and he used a picture, my wedding picture and he said, Ok, I’m going to work towards that picture and when I saw that picture again, I said, Yep! Do that!! ?
I think that was when I really decided and when Dr Van Den Berge and Dr Vermeulen were explaining what they were going to do and why they wanted to do it, I knew they’re very good specialists so who am I to say no, you have to do it this way or that way. No, I trusted them completely and that’s necessary, if you give your face to someone, you have to trust him.
Long story, short, got back, thought about it, checked with some friends, did some soul-searching and decided… go for it!!
So that's it for now! I've added the photos from my wedding that the doctors asked me for this time! In the first photo you can see me before the operation on the left, there's a photo from my wedding album in the middle and the one on the right is after the operation. They said they would use these old photos as a guide and I think they did really well, see for yourself!
OK, next time I'll write about the actual operation. Those photos aren't so nice YIKES!!! But it was all good in the end. Please, please, please let me know what you think!!!