Motivated by the desire to look as young as I feel, I decided to have a facelift for my 50th birthday. I did not want to look like a windblown Barbie doll but wanted to reverse some of my youthful ignorance of the sun and the damage that it caused and the severe frown line between my eyes making me look stern and angry most of the time. Three and a half months post op and I am very happy with the result. I was happy and confident before the surgery but now I am more excited to look people in the eye and smile, knowing that my appearance reflects my feelings. The only thing that I truly wish I had been more prepared for was the length of time that I would not look like myself. I truly expected to be back to "normal" after about 2 weeks. It has taken the full 3 months to truly be able to see "myself" again when I look in the mirror. There is still a minor amount of redness around my mouth from the dermabrasion and some tingly numbness on my cheek area but nothing major and nothing that won't resolve in time. I would advise anyone seeking a facelift to be aware of the true amount of healing time.
Facelift, Dermabrasion and SMAS Lip Graft - Birmingham, AL
Here are my most recent photos, 5 months post op. ...
They were recommended by a co-worker. My surgeon was very attentive to that and assured me that my expectations were realistic. I feel that Dr. Schaffer and his staff were the best choice that I could have made for my needs.