Beginning my journey. So very exciting.
Beginning my journey. So very exciting.
Looking forward to a nice tight neck and lower face.
My chin has always been a troublesome area. As I've aged unfortunately my chin, neck and jowls have started sagging. I'm very optimistic that afterwards my face will be so much more uniform. I feel that this is the right thing to do.
Upcoming Lower Lift, Neck Lift and Chin Implant
Been getting lots of fillers for my chin and jowls for the last 10 years. Tired of the money and pain for short term solutions. I'm 53 and have always had a receding small chin. Although I really wish that I didn't need this surgery so young, I'm at the better do it now and stop wasting money.
Will be getting some fat Transfer as well.
Very much looking forward to this. I've picked a doctor who comes highly recommended, I like his no nonsense approach. My goal is to tighten and tone while enhancing my chin and jowls.
Ok, here are my before pics. I'm thinking of hiding in my house till D day after seeing these. Mind you this is is the brightest of daylight and all my filler is gone.
Another before, not too long ago with my fillers
So excited, but still nervous. I'm not the best healer ....
Trying to keep strong and healthy.
Pre opt with my ps
So exciting, had my pre opt today to discuss the big day.
Got all my scripts and instructions. Tomorrow is bloodwork and EKG.
Two weeks to go, I wish it was tomorrow!
Pre surgical facial
Nice surprise today. My surgery package includes two pre-surgical facials with their skin specialist. Was wonderful! Next Monday is another one and I'll be getting dermabrasion. Nice touch Dr. Handal!!
Yay, I'm done!
Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and support. xoxo's
I'm actually feeling pretty dam good. Was overnight with a nurse and hubby picked me up this morning.got my beautiful new chin, face/neck and fat. Doing good with extra strength Tylenol and started a steroid pack this morning amongst antibotics.
Now I'm wide awake happy as a clam....
Have a tube for drainage which runs in my neck,looks creepy but feels fine. Here are some before and afters.
Feeling good, I love my chin and neck. Still have a drain that runs across my neck, comes out Monday. Swelling is really not to bad. I think the steroid pack is doing a good job.
Anothrt day of rest. Swelling is going down little by little.
Been using arnica every couple of hours. Fresh pineapple and green smoothies.
Slowing down on the Tylenol, took 2 today. Have a rx for tramadol tha I've been taking a night along with sleepy time tea. Only sleep for a couple hours at a time though. Drinking tons of water as well. My dr called yesterday and today to see how I'm doing. I totally love my ps.
Went to my doc this morning, tube was removed and incisions cleaned. Said I need to do a little better keeping the incisions clean. Otherwise all is good!
Boy I am ready to be done with this surgery!!!
Actually went to walmart yesterday out of sheer desperation to get out of the house....
Tomorrow stitches will come out, I'd like to get to the point where my hair can be worn down so I can go out without scaring anyone.
Still pretty swollen on the left side, and under chin.
Middle of my face is coming down, notiticed some of my old wrinkles around the mouth and where the cheeks meet the face when similng. Not sure if I expected to see that, was a bit disappointed. I guess fillers will always be needed.
Had most of my stitches out today. Doc left the stitches behind ears till next week. Was pretty easy thak goodness!
I did have fluid built up under my chin, doc removed with a needle; I guess I'm so numb there didn't even feel when he did it. That definety relieved some of the tightness I've been feeling for the past few days.
Had a wonderful day meeting a super sweet and totally gorgeous Joanne*.
Went for a little shopping spree and had a great time!
Two weeks tomorrow and final stitches out today
Doc said I'm healing beautiful!
This is no makeup and still plenty of bruising and some swelling.
I feel great though.
Before and afters
Is cool to see side by side the changes
My husband who is a hobby photographer took this picture of me yesterday.
I put makeup on and holy mackerel what a difference!!!
Completed my first week back to work
Was still bruised and a little swollen, everyone knew I was getting a chin implant so that pretty much made the transition easy. The black eyes were a bit trickier LOLs. I told them that they recommended a fat tranfer to help fill chin area and I figured "what the heck... Spread it around!
It became an office joke that I'd been doing female wrestling who while off.
All was good.
I did find that my implant area got sore and I can now actually feel the edge on one side. I'm going to talked to doc to see if maybe I need a little filler there to cushion it. Not sure if the other side is still swollen and that's why I can't feel the edge there. Time will tell.
I'm on the phone talking all day, practically every minute as is a busy work environment. That prolly irritated it. I also noticed under my chin area is puffer.
My recommendations to anyone having this surgery would be to take a minimun of 3 weeks. 2 is doable but a little tough.
Had some more pics with make up last night, I still cannot believe what a beautiful difference this surgery has made for me.
Previous neck injuries and face/neck lifts
Here is something to consider before having face/neck lifts.
I have old injuries to my neck which sometimes cause quite a bit of pain.
To manage I've learned how to stretch and maneuver my neck and shoulders to try to keep loose. On occasion when it locks up I've gotten cervical epidural's.
After my procedures I can no longer move or flex to break up the tension or try to realign.
So far I've been ok, but definety is scary for me.
Curious what others have experienced
I'm noticing some puffy areas under my chin that make it look like I have a double chin when I tuck my face Downward?
Also experiencing some scrunching of the chin area muscels that I think will need fillers or botox. Disappointed .
Swelling follow up
Called doc and asked if a chin strap might help. They wanted me to stop in so he could examine. The swelling was not too bad according to my dr. He did inject a medicine on the left side to help with the swelling.
Said the chin strap prolly wouldn't make a difference.
We talked about the scrunchie wrinkles that I have, bottom line is to wait for min 6 months to a year before making any decisions on whether I'll need fat transfer or filler. Hoping the swelling goes away soon.
Got dressed up and wanted to put some current pics up. Goin to doc this week for check up.
The makeup ones are not the best quality but hopefully an idea.
Some pure day lights with no makeup too. Not the prettiest but I want you guys to see the truth of what to expect
Some pics from this month
24 Oct 2014
3 months post
had dr check up this week. Doing very good, still swollen under th neck and if front of my ears. Have some pins and needles in the chin/lip area. Overall I'm healing nicely. Discussed getting some fillers in the chin area at my six month point. I'm very pleased with my results and had a dress up play photo shoot. Here is what I look like as a blond... :-)
4th month update
10 Nov 2014
4 months post
I'm feeling really great, get some nerves tingling in the chin area and have some tender areas on the highest part of my cheekbones. One scar behind my ear is irritated looking.
Looking at my before and after chin and neck pictures are truly amazing. Sometimes I forget just how bad they were.
Alot of my swelling is gone, still have some in front of ears and under chin area. I've noticed as time progresses that some areas around the mouth, smile lines and chin have some of the old sagginess to it. Dr says that this is due to how small my chin and mouth are. Basically that he pulled me as tight as possible and I'm still very natural looking. Honestly I don't think anyone would guess that I've had a facelift. This is what my goal was from the beginning. Sometimes inhave to rally look at my before pics and remind myself not to have unrealistic expectations and I know in my case I don't want to see any freaken wrinkles!
At 6 months we are going to discuss options to correct antsy leftover sagging in the chin area.
4 months, still healing....
16 Nov 2014
4 months post
weird, suddenly I've got lots of tingling in my lower lip. Must be nerves starting to reconnect. Sides of face in front of ears still tender and a little swollen. One scar behind the ear is resisting getting better.... Red and raised, I'm trying silicon sheets. Very happy with my neck and face, however chin area will be needing fillers.
Early recovery pics
Sorry I took these down... Was a moment I regret
Little over the 5 month mark
20 Dec 2014
5 months post
Had a beautiful day with my husband at our favorite park.
Chin implant revision
Saw my ps last week for 6 month check up.
Have decided to have the chin implant replaced as well as the neck area under the chin re tightened. The implant seems to have shifted slightly and my ps agreed.
Will have the procedure down with locals.
Date is February 5th. According to my dr I should be able to to return to work the following week.
While I really dislike having to go under the knife a second time, my feeling is that I want to be 100% happy after all the time and money invested. Wish me luck my ps sisters! Xoxo
17 Jan 2015
6 months post
Seems like six months has come very quickly.
I'm very happy with my results, (with one exception).
My chin implant is slightly crooked and I've scheduled my revision for feb 5th.
Will be done with a local, doc will most likely tighten under the jaw a little more since it has some sagging skin. Can't really see unless I look down, but it bothers me.
Will of course be posting my revision story, hopefully it will be smooth sailing....
I did the whole multiple surgeries just using extra strength tylenol and I'm hoping for the same again. I go this week to pick up pre-opt pack and scripts.
Thanks so much to all of you beautiful ladies for all the support and encouragement. xoxo
30 Mar 2015
8 months post
6 weeks after chin revision
May 28th minor chin revision
17 May 2015
10 months post
Edge of the implant has been out of pocket. Been uncomfortable and I cannot wait the normal six months to have repaired.... May 28th under local and dr is going to use Botox in the area to hopefully keep muscles fro moving the implant while it heals.
Chin is healing beautifully
23 Jun 2015
11 months post
Will be four weeks this week since I had the chin revised.
Healing beautifully, here are a couple of pictures from today
1 year update
Feel so happy with my results. Has been a year of ups and downs. Times when I wondered if everything would work out. My chin implant created quite a lot of drama and two revisions later an say that thanks to my "never giving up Dr" I now have the beautiful profile I'd always dreamed of! I couldn't possibly ever say how lucky I am to have Dr. Ha dal as my ps. He never gave up on me!
Thanks to all of my RS sisters for all the encouraging words of wisdom. xoxo
18 month upate pictures
So it's been awhile since I've posted on this blog. I've been updating my chin implant removal and fat transfer page.
I'm very happy with my face and neck lift.
It's been a wild ride and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.