I was suggested a thread lift by my dermal fillers doctor but having researched her reviews it was a big no. So I started my research on lower face lifts (thanks realself) and last year met with Dominic Bray who was lovely (who ironically has done many a thread lift revision done by my filler doctor - think I dodged a bullet there!) and suggested a lower face lift under a local anaesthetic which appealed to me. Having met Dominic, seen many of his patients before and afters pictures and even met an after patient in person I had made the decision to go ahead with him, surgery booked, deposit paid but sadly circumstances prevented this happening and my facelift was put on the back burner as I got my life back together... I don't doubt Dominic would have given me fantastic results but I am writing this review for others to show there is another miracle worker out there. Amir may not have the charismatic Hollywood demeanour (compliment to Dominic) but Amir is such a lovely, down to earth, talented, professional and incredibly skilled plastic surgeon and was not adverse to a hug before I left 45 minutes after surgery.
However earlier this year I started to think about surgery again, I knew Dominic would be brilliant he was my man (I'd met him twice) it's my face I wanted the best there wasn't going to be a compromise, but his popularity had grown, he had months to wait just for a consultation let alone a surgery date, I knew I could/would wait so before contacting Lucy again I started researching again, I guess deep down I was always fearful of the recovery time, bruising, swelling, overnight stay what do I tell my young children etc.
Then on my research journey, I found Amir online and read about his concept facelift, I googled more on him then searched for the documentary he was featured in "facelift and fillers" we found it and my husband and I watched this patient go under the knife (with jowls worse than mine) and literally walk out of the clinic no bandages, no bruising and looking incredible, without hesitation I quickly made an appointment for a consultation and took my husband with.
Amir was straight to the point about his surgery, what he would do how he would do it, showed us extensive before and afters, set our expectations realistically. It was about what I wanted not what he felt I needed or didn't need, he listened and took in everything I said 100% and likewise I understood everything he said, his technique, procedure etc. The next day a date was set and deposit paid, both my husband immediately felt he was the one,
So 3 days ago I went ahead with his concept face lift and so far I am very very happy. My jowls are gone and I have a fantastic jaw line. My husband is in awe of what Amir has done, he has been blown away with the results, he says its way better than he expected and I look so young!
I admit I was worried about the healing process, the bandages, bruising etc but I have none of that other than a tiny sticker under each lobe that I peeled off in the shower day 2. In addition to the amazing results it's the healing process that helped finalise my decision and Amir delivered more than I expected. I have swelling but that is normal where the skin and muscle was opened, I have been assured the liquid will drain and the puffiness has already gone down significantly, I have not frightened my children who thought mum was having a big tooth out so would be swollen but they haven't mentioned a thing, and my children have no filters!
Amir set my expectations straight from go what would happen and the results and in between stage, in fact both he and Kathryn (lovely nurse) could not have been more transparent in what would happen before, during and after surgery, during surgery I knew what I would feel or hear at every moment (tugging, pulling, "cutting the muscle now", stitching, squelching.....) I won't lie administering the local anaesthetic was very painful and like I was told it was certainly the worst part but now a distant memory. I almost fell asleep at one point but I was enjoying the conversation too much!
The first night was uncomfortable as I slept propped up and the numb feeling was unusual, I did feel some pain but a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen helped. My ears still feel a little numb but again was told normal and having read other surgeons reviews this is nothing in comparison 3 days post.
Throughout the surgery we all chatted and I felt very relaxed and in very safe hands, (Amir has done this surgery more than a 1000 times). I had a little dry mouth during surgery and Kathryn gave me some water as my whole body was covered up, my one and only suggestion post surgery I can make is offering a straw rather than the glass to my lips but maybe that's just me having young children and having control issues!! Lol
Anyway today is day 3 post surgery and the swelling is continuing to reduce, Kathryn phoned me the morning after surgery to check on me and to reassure how I was experiencing (numbness, tightness) was normal, I haven't had to call the clinic since, I have a follow up in a few days with Amir and I'm excited to see the team again.. On a side note I've been washing my hair with johnson baby shampoo and it's made my hair so soft and I have to mention Lisa the patient coordinator and all the other staff are absolutely lovely, the clinic is beautiful too.
Unfortunately I won't post any pictures due to privacy but Amir has many to show you in person but I am happy to answer any questions and hope this review is helpful.