Dr. Ellenbogen did a facelift, rhinoplasty, lip lift. lower blethroplasty and fat grafting on me. That was over 3 months ago. I felt almost no pain after the surgery and only used 2 pain pills total after the surgery--just as a precaution even though I was not feeling pain just slight discomfort. The first week I was very swollen but after that the sweeling went down quickly.
Once all the swelling was gone, the results were postive far beyond my expectations.
If you are considering having plastic surgery, I would advise you not to do it unless you believe it is really necessary and you really want it. For me, surgery was necessary. Any surgery has risks. But if you are going to do it, I believe Dr. Ellenbogen is absolutely the best surgeon I have known, read about, or heard about.
The most important things I can tell you are to find out and understand all the risks and to have your surgeon take photos of you and use software to show you with the photos exactly how he/she believes you would appear after the surgery. If you rely only on a surgeon's spoken or written description of how he/she believes you will appear, after the surgery you might find that the surgeon had a much different idea of what you wanted than you actually did. You absolutely do not want that.
Dr. Ellenbogen took photos and then showed me on the photos how I would appear after the surgery. You should have your surgeon show you the intended result both in profile and from the front, like Dr. Ellenbogen did.
Please realize that no surgeon, even Dr. Ellenbogen, is perfect. You have to be realistic and not expect perfection, only a positive result. You also have to have patience while the swelling goes down. I feel so fortunate because Dr. Ellenbogen came close to perfection with me and even exceeded the positive change in my appearance that he had predicted in the photos he had shown me before the surgery of the surgical result he intended.
Try to talk to actual patients of a surgeon you are considering if you can--in many cases the staff can arrange for you to talk with former patients. Good luck and God bless you.