DOING IT! FL, Browlift, Necklift, 45% TCA... !!! :)

Well, I'm committed to getting a facelift/neck...

Well, I'm committed to getting a facelift/neck lift and have had one consultation already. Dr. was great, informative and helpful but REALLY want to compare thoughts and experience with at least two more before deciding who gets to restore me! :) Any great Houston doctors out there I MUST reach out to that specializes in facelifts would be welcomed information...

Wow - What Happened, LOL...

OK, I've been on this site for several months, watching, reading, doing my due-diligence with doctor appointments based on all the wonderful info found on RS......And now, in exactly 9 days, I'll follow through with my facial renovation. Mini lift, endoscopic brow lift, definite neck lift and 45% TCA Full face peel. Yes, like everyone else, I am totally scared, wondering if I really need to do this, until I see a selfie photo like the attached taken with a phone camera and realize WTH~!!! "Is that for real" in addition to "did that just happen"...and to cap it off, last week sitting in my dentist chair, reclining, I craned my head to reply to him and he exclaimed...OMG, is your gland swollen.....which of course it wasn't , it was my neck waddle......I now realize that how I see myself in the mirror each morning, is not how I look in real life....so here I go. I appreciate all of your honestly shared stories - I even reached out privately to a few individuals nearby and some who have utilized my chosen Doctor to get their feedback. I must say they have all been so gracious - one even willing to meet me at Starbucks, share her story and show me her scars - now that is reality!!! In turn, I hope to be able to do the same for others.... Already nauseous thinking about it...just the unknown, but I'm preparing daily. I really have not shared this with many people, only those that I normally see on a daily basis since I work from my home office and don't have to start traveling again for two months...so we will see how that unfolds...till then, keep up the good posts and I'll do the same..

THURSDAY IS THE DAY

My arrival time at the hospital is 11:30am for the 1:00 pm surgery. Ready to get going and start the healing. Say a girlfriend prayer for me and all my friends going through the same thing this week, it's been a real treat to share information and anxieties. Should I answer the door on Halloween, lol? Anyway, decided to post a few photos so that I have a benchmark in the weeks to follow.

The Texas Twins are on the mend...

Hey Ya'll - I think we made it through and hopefully on the mend. I look a bit like avatar today..guess it's from the TCA Peel and brow lift. Not much pain, sticking to my pain meds to keep me from getting pissy. Husband at work, so on my own, but doing fine. Cat Lover is holding her own too! Sending me sassy messages telling me she is holding strong too!!! Hoping the swelling starts to subside soon, otherwise all is good...thanks for the positive messages. It helps to understand the daily changes in advance so you don't freak out. Love you ladies...

Brrraaaahh Haaaaa Haaaa...

Yes, maybe we should fire our stylists before we head out to eat... I don't seem to have too much trouble eating, but really not eating much...I think its the jaw-bra more than my muscles. I can see the bruising is now in my chest cavity...just like everything that keeps dropping on me... I agree, I seem to be swelling still...using ice and really like my vinegar soak even tho it stinks, I keep it in the fridge so it's very cooling. Check back with you tonight...

Day 5 - Tubeless!!!

I've been working at the computer on and off this week, taking naps when I feel like it - what a novel idea! Today was my 5 day check up - the most annoying part has been the drain tubes, there is a constant ache and throbbing associated with them, so it was great to have them removed. It did take my breath away, but it was over quickly. Doc said he was super happy with the progress and asked if I could tell the difference yet. Honestly, other than my neck, which is very nice my face is still swollen, peeling and the lack of makeup and aquaphor in my hair make it impossible to determine anything. I'll get some photos posted later when hubby comes home later. To think that it's only been 5 days is really overwhelming - I feel pretty damn good, but just need to wait on the results to follow. I can tell my cheeks are higher and the new skin under the peel is fresh and pink - four weeks cannot come too soon. Doc said to soak my face in the shower and go ahead and use gauze to wash and exfoliate the dead skin. I'm still wearing the jaw bra, which does not bother me. I did sneak in a nap after my busy day in town and a long shower, now back to work after this update and a Reese's Peanut Butter Crispy Cup... :)

Day 10

Today is 10 days since surgery and perhaps the first time I can say I see some changes taking place. I probably hindered my recovery by having houseguests for the last 3 days, but honestly it was fine and I would not have traded it to see my family in for a memorial. Right as we sat down for dinner on Friday night, I let them know I had some work done - of course they admitted they recognized something was different, but were too kind to mention it. At that point my face was pretty wonky, swollen and still obvious bruises lol...just what you want to see when you arrive for a weekend, the host looks beat to a pulp. After lots of questions, and later an examination of my staples, the curiosity wore off and I was less novel than upon arrival. Still have numb and tender spots around my head - sutures and staples come out on Tuesday, they bother me when sleeping, so maybe it will help. Posting a few pictures from today - I am suppose to be wearing the jawbra, but it's in the wash, so I've used a bandana for my neck which seems the most swollen. Thanks for your support and continuing to post about your journey, it has certainly provided a roadmap for everyone involved!

Before After

Day 13 and I'm feeling better everyday and seeing very small changes here and there. I'm willing to take my time. Went to work and met with a few sales reps I've know forever. I had mentioned that I was having oral surgery (shhh) so they never asked me to explain my bruises still under my left eye which seems to be lagging behind. I'm not concerned at this point because I can feel the fluid in my temple and it's still a bit touchy, so it has an excuse to lag behind. Hope all my friends are seeing the success in their choices as well. :) Happy for everyone going through this together.

Night out with friends - day 15

Just a quick photo before we headed out the door to meet friends. I didn't say anything and they didn't either. I tried to stay away from bright lights, lol. Today is the 3rd day I worked all day out of the office and it's taking its' toll on me - no energy - time to slow back down and take it easy and let my body recover however I am hoping to start working out a bit next week - Doctor said just do what you can and stop when you feel like you need to...what has been your experience with energy in week 3?

Week 5

Hi Girls - I have been off line for a while, busy with work, the holiday and frankly felt that there was little change in my appearance. I also feel that the brow lift should show more progress than it has, so I am trying to be patient, but think I'll give the Doc a call for a 'in between' check up. During the holidays I was with family on two separate occasions and no one said anything, so obviously my 'look' is modest enough that they don't notice, so I should be happy about it - but really, I'd expect something from my sister in laws??? I think there is a slight difference, but it goes to show you what we ourselves focus on is not what others see. Anyway here are some details so i remember what week 5 was like; One ear is completely awake, but the other is still numb so if I sleep on my side it feels like I'm sleeping on a piece of wood. The areas in front of my ears and certain sections of my scalp from the endotines/browlift. Liking the neck although still swollen and bit numb up by my jaw. I can feel and see a stitch on both sides, so I'm trying not to mess with it when I massage the area while showering. The drain tubes have left scars, one side is disappearing nicely, the other I call my 'earthworm' as it is raised and I can actually grab it. I massage it daily hoping it will disappear back into my skull, lol...I'm a pony tail girl, so it better dissolve or else...

The TCA peel was moderate, should have gone for more, but frankly I was a bit scared based on the Dr's description of the recovery process. I did not want to be red for months, but will consider doing it next year.

From reading all your posts I will remain optimistic and patient during the healing process and will post again at week 7 unless the Doc gives me some interesting info! I love seeing everyone's results online keep it up!
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