I am 2 & a half weeks away from having my second...
I am 2 & a half weeks away from having my second surgery in 4 months. I have lost 100lbs and frankly my skin laxity has suffered. This has been an interesting journey, I had never really thought I'd have plastic surgery, but after losing the weight I realized I really wanted to look toned, and due to the weight gain that wasn't going to happen unless I had skin removed surgically. My first surgery was a breast lift and a tummy tuck and I had a completely flawless recovery. I know I have one of the best surgeons in the country, very skilled and highly experienced, so I am anticipating a great result. The one thing I am having a bit of trouble getting my head around is the fact I am "only" 44! For the most part I haven't seen many people my age have this procedure, but I guess that is what happens when you gain/lose a significant amount of weight. I am also hoping though because of my age, and being pretty fit and healthy, I will have a speedy recovery.
2 weeks post op!
This procedure has been an emotional roller coaster for me. However I now feel 2 weeks out of surgery that I have rounded the corner. I truly was not expecting it to be so emotional for me, I had no pain and only mild discomfort, but the swelling has been intense, to the point I didn't recognize myself, , there was a point where I regretted doing it, I couldn't seem to switch on the logical portion of my brain that would tell me it would get better, but of course it did, and fairly quickly, but I will say for the first 5 days I didn't want to look at myself. Dr Stoker has been incredibly generous with his time, and has kept me coming in to check on the swelling.
Now 2 weeks later I have been getting compliments on how great I look, even with my swelling, so I know over the next few weeks it will look even better.
Ready to share pictures.
It has been almost 5 months since my surgery, and I can honestly say it has been worth doing it. I have had so many amazing compliments on how great I'm looking. For the most part I kept the surgery on the DL, I literally had 3 friends that knew about it.
Along with my new face I also had my hair chopped off, it's extraordinary how many people think you just have a great new hair cut that's making you look 15 years younger.
I really don't have any visible scars at this point, and even the scars behind my ears and within my hairline have completely flattened out. Dr. Stoker did an incredible job, I am so impressed with his skill, and his post op care of me was above and beyond the call of duty.
Before and after pics
Some of these are not for the faint of heart!
Thank you everyone who has responded to my before/after photos. Your responses have been so uplifting and validating, I am excited to show my Dr the wonderful things you have said. This is such a great community, full of positive energy.
So after my facelift my Dr also suggested I try Latisse, I was a little skeptical at first, I had heard about eye problems regarding Latisse, but I did some research and decided to give it a go. It dies take some time to work, but at 8 weeks I am now seeing a difference. My Dr said it can take 3-4 months for the full effect to be seen, so I'm hopeful my lashes will become even longer and fuller. However I am still happy with where they are now.
Pressed update before photos loaded
Photos of my eyelashes wearing mascara...
16 May 2014
5 months post
For those of you who haven't worked out what my username means, here is a big clue....
I've met Carrot Top 4-5 times in the last couple years, and this time he took 1 look at me and said "wow you look amazing" I kinda melted, lol.... Such a nice guy!!
1 year ago today!
I can't believe how quickly this past year has gone. 3 weeks ago I had a chin/neck revision, primarily due to the intense swelling I had previously, and my lack of skin laxity, my skin got "pushed out" and my Dr wanted a better result... (He's a bit of a perfectionist) again he re-did the c02 laser, and again I swelled so bad, after he said to me that he could literally see me swelling on the table, fortunately this time around the swelling was not prolonged and I have a fabulous result. One of the best decisions I ever made, and am so grateful to have found a skilled Doctor that managed to seamlessly erase the facial signs of major weight loss!
16 months post surgery (new pics)
I can't believe how much time flies, having a face lift is probably one of the best decisions I have made. I saw my Dr last week and he took even more photos, I think he is so proud of his work and the difference in how I look. I've had zero side effects with regard to the surgery, except I know appreciate my skin/face so much more and really do my best to look after it. Sunscreen daily and regular visits to the medical esthetician, I really feel my skin has never been better.
I still can't believe what a great job my surgeon did, he truly is remarkable. A little filler in my lips now too, gotta say I love it, no trout pout for me!