Cuts in front and behind the ear was what I was told would be done. Woke up during surgery to hear staples being punched into the back of my head. Improvement to lower cheeks but some wrinkles reappeared 3 weeks later after swelling went down. Worth $7200 to lose some wrinkles - not really.
So I flew in from out of state for a consultation with Dr. Sohn for a mini lift in March to deal with the wrinkles in my lower cheek. He said that he thought I wouldn’t be pleased with just that and I should opt for the extended mini lift which would require a cut in front of me ear and a cut behind my ear.
In April I returned for the extended lift at a cost of $7200. Minutes before surgery I was given a stack of papers to sign. (Sorry but I think papers containing all risks, etc should have been sent to me when they got my full payment four weeks earlier.) I had opted for no anesthesia and I don’t know what they gave me but I was out cold. That is till I woke up during surgery only to hear staples being punched into the back of my head??? Surgery was on Monday my post op was on Friday before I flew out and guess what, Dr. Sohn was a no show. That displeased me. When I asked nurse Bambi why I wasn’t told what was really going to happen like that staples in back of my head, cuts in my ear extending an inch above my ear, etc she said and I quote, “if we told people the truth no one would get the surgery done.” I was blown away by her statement. Then she said, “you need to calm down, lots of people are suicidal after a face surgery.” (Sorry but I think that is something else patients should be forewarned about BEFORE DECIDING ON A SURGERY.) Three weeks later I notice as the swelling goes down in my face the wrinkles start to return in my lower cheeks. I email Dr. Sohn and ask why this is, 3 days later he asks me to send pictures, I send one and his response is that they can only pull so much skin back. Again, maybe this is something else patients should be told in ADVANCE. I had to go to a local clinic to get the staples removed and the nurse was horrified that the stitches and staples were just done over my hair and that they hadn’t just shaved a thin strip before they cut me open. That was her comment. So four weeks later, I have scars around me ears, stitches that haven’t dissolved and a lump behind my ear, and by my neck. For work I have to wear my long hair back and in a baseball cap. People ask what caused the scars around my ears and I tell them, Vanity.
Sure there has been some improvement to my wrinkled cheeks but the swelling still hasn’t gone down all the way so who knows what the final result will be. Also be warned that they will tell you AFTERWARDS that it can take up to a year to get the feeling back to your ears. (Not good when you live in a cold climate.)
And the extended lift addresses your neck and so my neck is still very, very tender. I am also unable to wear glasses as they hurt my ears. No sunglasses for summer, YIKES! No reading glasses, another huge disappointment. So be warned! If you opt for any plastic surgery my suggestion would be DEMAND THEY TELL YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT THE ENTIRE PROCEDURE DURING YOUR CONSULATION, MAKE THEM DRAW YOU A CHART SHOWING EXACTLY WHERE THEY WILL CUT YOU OPEN AND ALSO DEMAND TO SEE ANY PAPERWORK YOU WILL HAVE TO SIGN LATER ON THE SAME DAY OF THE CONSULTATION. Also stay in your own state so that they can’t brush you off. And seriously think about the scars that will be left behind. I seriously don’t know if the trade off of scars over wrinkles was worth it. Overall I am hugely disappointed about the lack of honesty from my surgeon. I expected the truth from the get go.