Me...more Beautiful at 52 years old.

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Hi everybody! I am a 52 years old woman who has...

Hi everybody!
I am a 52 years old woman who has always perceived herself as a 25 years old young lady - body, mind and spirit at least… LOL. My passion for learning new trends, practicing healthy habits and nurturing my soul with art, music, motivational writings, and my love for nature and the simple pleasures of life have kept me relatively young in those aspects.
I have always felt blessed for the amazing times lived - my peaceful childhood in the sixties, exciting adolescence in the seventies and young adulthood in the unforgettable eighties till today. At this wonderful stage of my life I was grateful for the wisdom, confidence and savoir-faire that only the passing years gave me but they were also leaving an ageing trace on my face… to my distaste.
During a long time I had been flirting with the idea of plastic surgery but fear had been greater than desire. However I decided to face it once for all and three months ago I had a mini lift, neck lift and upper and lower blepharoplasties.
To sculpt my new self I trusted the superb hands of Dr. Eric T. Adler from Adler Facial Plastic Surgery, San Juan, PR.
My surgery was performed with the most advanced medical technology in his beautiful Adler Medical Plaza. For added peace of mind, he has a Board Certified Anesthesiologist in his team, Dr. Yimar Berrios, another excellent professional and human being. The nurses, medical aesthetician, and administrative staff are also very professional and pamper you as if you also were an artist. There was no pain during the procedure, or after recovery, only minimal discomfort alleviated with two Panadol only when I needed them. The healing process has been very quick.
I am so thrilled with the results that sometimes it seems to me the 25 years old young lady is back … can see her glance in the mirror again and I'm absolutely loving it!

Six weeks results ...

At six weeks ... looking as if I had been operated three months ago, amazing!

The Beginning ... how I made up my mind on facial plastic surgery.

Simply ... Selfies were showing a tired face, sad eyes, saggy cheeks, marionnette lines and a turkey neck.
Pictures speak by themselves ...

Some before selfies weren't so bad ...

what a difference the photo angles or adequate lights can do to help camouflage the signs of ageing ...

The selfie that revealed it all ... and showed me the way to go.

One step forward ... two steps back ...

My mind was made up but suddenly ... hesitations, fears, anxieties and unforeseen obstacles begun to challenge it.
Inspiring thoughts helped me work my attitude and ... achieve my results!
Here are some of my favorites ...

Surgery Day ...

more inspiration ... just in case.

The Morning After ...

some swelling ... some purple bruises making up my face with hope ...

Three days after ...

feeling myself almost like a cute Raggedy Ann Doll ... skillfully sewn with an almost artisan touch ...

A week later ... Who's that girl?

Had been so long since I saw her for the last time!

Some of my Hidden Beauty Secrets...

incisions one inch above the ears ... discreetly hidden within the hairline, perfectly healed and almost invisible!

September is almost here ...

and almost five months after my surgery, I am still healing but keeping the vivacious attitude ... always!
It's our month my Virgo sisters of RealSelf ... so let's continue celebrating our new selves with our positive beauty and killer style!

Happy Birthday to all of you!

Today I turned 53 years old ...

out of curiosity I looked for some old photo albums to find a pic of mine when I was 25 years old. I had so much fun doing these side by side photos to celebrate my birthday.
I hope nobody can recognize me ... lol!

As I was telling you, today I turned 53 years old ...

Life is so Good!!!

Pampering the Scars ...

My SCAR FADE scar gel is almost empty after three months of uninterrupted use with effective results ... I am ready to try Bio Oil to continue pampering the scars. Thanks REALSELF friends for the advice!

All about my eyes ...

Yes ... I knew all the beauty tricks, but the day I woke up of the dream and realized I was no more the Sleeping Beauty no matter how healthy or well rested I was, or how deliciously pampered with expensive "lifting" creams,
I also knew it was time for more radical tricks ...

the lower eyelids blefaroplasty ...

to get rid of excess skin, and unwanted eye bags which I had been prone to develop since very young ... so young that at 26 years old I had to have my first lower eyes blefaroplastiy ... that lucky, I guess I will have to blame it on my father's genes!

what about the upper eyelids? ...

the drooping uppereyelids - my mother's legacy - although I knew were giving me a sad aspect, initially were not a major concern for me ... however very subtly my surgeon suggested it's blefaroplasty. I must say I was a little reluctant to the idea ... now I am so happy I followed his recommendation since he did such a beautiful work ... those after photos tell it all!

So why not having it all?

And yes ... "there is magic but you have to be the magician too", so here are some befores and afters of the eyes work, some completely au natural ... others with the MAGIC of makeup!

Refreshed and well rested ...

at last!

My procedures ...

some details and costs as summarized in the quote ... absolutely worth it!

Procedures Quote ...

For those having a difficult healing ...

I would like to share with you some inspiration to soothe your mind and spirit ... my best wishes in this amazing search for your real self!

There' something about my neck ...

with passing years my neck was showing a tendency to develop a dramatic flaccidity that was certainly giving away my age ... to my distaste!
I remember that when I was a young lady many people told me that my neck was long and elegant like the neck of a swan. What happened to that beautiful swan neck? ... Unexpectedly it became an ugly turkey neck!
Well, it seems to be that for some of us what seems to be a blessing can also become a curse, LOL.
It was enough for me, so at 52 years old I finally decided that it was the right moment to address those neck issues ... better sooner than later.
Afterall, a beautiful swan neck is a blessing ... STILL!

The Turkey Neck or the Swan Neck ... my choice.

After the necklift, platysmaplasty and liposuction procedures ... the Swan Neck of course!

Celebrating My Recently Awarded REAL FRIEND (RF) BADGE ...

Woo hoo ... good news in my mail, I am so HAPPY this morning!
The meaningful REALSELF FRIEND(RF) BADGE has been added to my profile page and username in comments. It feels like another dream come true in this amazing search for my real self!!!
Thanks to REALSELF and its lovely Community Manager Angie for this wonderful distinction. It's a REAL honor for me to represent the values of this unique community and to promote it's mission of helping others in this self-improvement journey.
Thanks to my other fellow REALFRIENDS - Aquavelour, Teryosha, Twatson, JoanneinFlorida, former RF grace60, and all those other beautiful members that liked my review and supported me in one way or another. So inspiring comments ... so brave stories!
As Mary Kay Ash - the successful founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics wisely said ...
"it is the wonderful sensation we experience after helping others what gives meaning to your accomplishments. If you do not support others, your success will not have any meaning, it will only be an apparent triumph."
So let's continue helping and supporting each other in this amazing journey!

Incisions and Scars ...

Close Up pictures to appreciate the details ...

Before and After

Incisions

The Eyes Work ... Before and After ...

More Before and Afters ...

Results at 4 months ...

Follow Up Appointment August 2015 with Dr. Eric T. Adler, Adler Facial, San Juan, PR.

Results at 7 months ...

Follow Up Appointment November 2015 with Dr. Eric T. Adler, San Juan, PR.

2016 ... our search continues

"Don't be afraid to start over. It's a new chance to rebuild things. This time better. The way you want it." Unknown Author

The Notebook ...

I am thrilled with this new feature of RealSelf ... the Notebook. Now we can save in our profiles all those reviews, sessions of questions and answers, and other interesting items related to our research ...and get its updates in Newsfeeds!

Awesome RealSelf ... two thumbs up!
San Juan Facial Plastic Surgeon

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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