In mid 30s Wanting a Tighter Face and Neck - Beverly Hills, CA

I intend to get a mini-lift plus facial fat...

I intend to get a mini-lift plus facial fat grafting. I have pronounced platysma reticular bands as well as some excess skin on my neck. Also my cheeks are beginning to sag from years of having acne, and dramatic weight loss. Doctor recommends a 'vertical' mini lift and all over facial fat grafting. I should not look dramatically different, but a more 'refreshed' version of myself. I more excited than I am nervous as this is something I've been considering for over a year.

Day of surgery, so far so good!

The surgery went really well as far as I can tell! Dr. Ellenbogen preformed a vertical mini-lift and neck lift, with facial fat grafting along my jaw, chin, and under my eyes. I have some definite swelling but ZERO bruising! And very little to know pain (mild-discomfort around the ears only--pain level a 1 or two only)

1 day post-op

This morning I returned to Dr. Ellenbogan's for a post op follow-up. Suzanne remove my bandaging and took pictures of me from all angles. I am already pleased with the results of my neck and face I know that I am still very swollen but I am amazed at how smooth and tight my neck looks already. When the doctor came in he was very pleased as well and very kind and supportive he made me feel that i am his top concern. I will post more pictures within the next couple of days

Special note

I would like to leave a special note to all readers out there that Dr. Ellenbogen has the most awrsomd staff!!!! He has a nurse by the name of Tenisha who assisted with the prep of my surgery... she was so kind to me and so professional. I was very nervous before the operation and had a mini panic attack. She and the doctor made me feel very calm and I was able to relax

1 day post op

2 days post-op

I'm feeling like I have a ton of energy today (possibly from the prednisone) I slept like a baby last night, and today I have almost no pain at all, unless if I try to open my mouth wide to bite food. My swelling is about the same as yesterday. Today I was able to shower and it felt great. I'm feeling so optimistic about my results!!!

Day 4 post-op

The swelling is slightly subsiding...the feeling is starting to come back around my ears already, although there is much numbness. No pain today, and virtually no discomfort! This procedure recovery is a lot easier than I had anticipated

Day 6 post op

Lol so today my son told me that I look about 24 years old...yay! Kids don't typically lie about that sort of thing. I haven't worn a drop of make up since my procedure, so please do judge me too harshly, I've never had perfect skin...but I feel like it's sooooo much better after this operation ! I feel happy. I'm still swollen and numb around the incision areas, but that's to be expected im sure..

Tiny tiny incision wear dr harvested the fat

I wanted to show you guys how small the incision is with the doctor took that from my hip area to inject my face

Two weeks post-op

It felt so good to get my stitches pulled out today they were starting to itch little bit. The incisions are virtually undetectable and the swelling has gone down quite a bit but I am still a bit plump. The doctor says in one or two more weeks I will look even better...I'm very happy with my results!!! MTF soon

Long drive to LA today....

Me with my favorite energy drink! Feeling optimistic about life and 2016!!!

Close up of incision

I imagine that u guys would want to see what the scar (or lack there of!!!) looks like....this doctor is truly a master at stitching
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

I met with Dr. Ellenbogen and his coordinator, Jenna, yesterday afternoon. The office is a few hours from where I live, and I was running about 30 minutes late for my appointment. Jenna had coorosponded with me previously to confirm my apointment via text, so I texted her that I was running late (very convenient method of communication) She was so kind and flexible, as she did not make me feel bad at all. When I arrived, I was brought in immediately with zero was time. Jenna took some photos of me and then Dr. Ellenbogen came in to make an assessment. Dr. First looked at my face directly and tested the elasticity of my skin in different areas. Due to the unusual amount of laxity in my skin for someone my age, Dr. Recommended a mini-vertical facelift focusing mostly on neck, and basically all-over fat grafting. My facial images were then uploaded into a large computer screen where Dr. Was able to show me what areas he felt could be improved, and how I would (hypothetically) look after my recommended procedure. He explained that he did not want to take too much skin as I would look stretched...he said that what he does is little nips and tucks where it's needed, combined with added volume, for a most natural look. He showed me also how my scars would be virtually invisible ir undetectable. I have actually had fat grafting done by Dr. Ellenbogen in the past (8 years ago) and it looked amazing and lasted several years! I trust this surgeon a lot, I know first-hand that he is an artist and a caring person. He made me at ease, he was not pushy or rude in any way at all. I'm really optimistic about this procedure!! I will post pictures soon...

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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