67 Year Old Tired of Looking Tired, Grumpy and Old - Cape Town

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I have always been a skin fanatic - protecting my...

I have always been a skin fanatic - protecting my skin and using sunscreens and moisturizers since I was 18. However, at 67, the acceleration in aging was becoming alarming. My husband and I recently emmigrated to South Africa where cosmetic surgery is not only cutting edge, it is way cheaper. I consulted my GP first, and he recommended a Cape Town doctor who specialises in facelifts. My initial consult was last January, and surgery was scheduled for August 11. Dr Dirk Lazarus has a lovely clinic (as well as a recovery facility for out of towners) in central Cape Town, and he is well regarded in the field. He told me I needed a SMAZ, as well as blepharoplasty, and fat transfers under my eyes, in my jowls and in my forehead. He took the fat from under my chin, and apparently it takes a few months for the injected fat to form a blood supply, so I will continue to improve for the next three to four months. He showed me before and after pictures of previous patients and I could see that he had a subtle artistic way of rejuvenating faces. The facelift took place under a local anesthetic and tranquilizers, and I didn't feel a thing. I was home by 5pm that evening. The first four days were a bit difficult, but I healed quite quickly. Within nine days I was going out, meeting people, and at two weeks, I took a trip with friends who never mentioned a word. They were either too polite or didn't notice the subtle changes. After a six weeks, I am looking 'normal' to myself - although when I look at the 'before' photos, I can see how much I had aged. Now at almost seven weeks, I still have cheek areas in which there is little or no feeling, but I am assured this will return. What I am most pleased about is that I now only have one double chin, not three!

Six Month Review

I just had my six months consult with Dr Dirk Lazarus (here in Cape Town). When the doctor says 'you will continue to improve' he's not kidding. I think the results speak for themselves. In these photos, and admittedly I am wearing make up, I can see what a difference he has made. I don't look different, just hugely better, fresher and younger. Isn't that the whole point?!
South Africa Plastic Surgeon

Dr Dirk Lazarus is highly skilled, well regarded and very knowledgeable. He is very subtle in his approach, which is what I wanted, and he has a fantastic clinic, employees, nurses, and a recovery facility. He was able to steer me in the right direction and the whole experience was less unpleasant than I had anticipated. Now, seven weeks on, I am looking very normal to myself, like I always did.

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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