From the beginning until this point Dr. Colon and his staff have been exceptional. Always available, informative, and reassuring. The procedure itself was easy enough. I could feel the tugging and hear the snipping, but it was in no way painful. I have read some people describe the post-op pain as "discomfort". I would say mine was beyond discomfort. Certainly manageable with the pain medication I was prescribed, but more than just "discomfort". I have followed the post-op instructions to the letter and the chin strap has become my new best friend (ugh).
The day after the surgery I returned to the Skin Center and had my drains removed. I was advised I may continue to swell until Tuesday July 7th....I remember thinking "so I am going to go from a basketball to a watermelon"? Yikes! Fortunately, I think my swelling started to decrease day 3.....not that I don't still have a ways to go :)
I wanted to post some pictures for others to have some idea of what to expect (as I mentioned this journey can be very individualized). I will continue to post as the swelling decreases and the end result can be seen. Thus far I have not regretted my decision.