I will post my progress.
43 Year Old Busy Mom Looking for a Refreshing Look
I am scheduled for a SMAS (mini) facelift in two...
I will post my progress.
One day post op
The downside to being the last surgery is the wait...and wait...and wait some more. I also would have appreciated the good drug (Versed) sooner because I was a nervous wreck. They didn't give me the good stuff until I was literally wheeled into the operating room.
I was told I did very well in surgery. I did not wake up in pain. I was prescribed a steroid, antibiotic, and 325 mg hydrocodone. I also went home with a drain on each side and a super tight wrap. The pain didn't kick in until amout 6 pm and let me tell you, my drain pain pain is brutal. The pain pills didn't put a dent in the pain. I started with 1, then 2, then even went to 3 in the middle of the night and it still did not help. Needless to say, I didn't sleep at all. I am heading to the doctor now. Maybe she will have mercy on me and take these drains out!!
Day 2 post op
I had my one day post op visit with Dr Garrison yesterday. As I mentioned in my last post, my post op pain was quite significant and the pain pills were not helping at all. This bothered me because I normally have a pretty high pain tolerance (so I've been told on many occasions). I almost didn't even say anything to Dr Garrison because I didn't want to seem like a whiner. However, the pain was bad enough that I told the doctor and her staff. The whole staff was very sweet and took care of me right away. The nurse asked me a few questions about past medicine issues and we came to the conclusion that my body just doesn't respond to hydrocodone, which is terrible because that's one of the most common RXs to give for moderate pain. So, in the future, I have to ask for something different. Dr Garrison changed my med to an equivalent and ordered a shot, which included an anti nausea and a pain med to get my pain control back on a manageable level. The anti nausea part of it made me extremely drowsy, so my hubby drove me home and I went straight to bed. My pain level was bad enough that it took a few hours before I felt a little relief. I am extremely grateful to Dr Garrison and her staff for taking mercy on me yesterday. They called me today to check on me and make sure I'm more comfortable, which I am. The pain is still there, but it's more manageable. One thing I have learned during this process is everyone is different. I read tons of postings from women who had the same surgery and they had little to no pain, and based on my past high pain tolerance, I assumed I would be in the same boat. Obviously, I was mistaken!! So, don't assume anything until you're post op! I think my pain level is a bit higher than most because I've always been super sensitive behind my ears where the stitches are- not pain, just sensitive, like how you feel when you push on a bruise. That is just my theory.
As far as the brusing and swelling,I hardly have any brusing at all- just a tiny one on my right cheek. Swelling is down a little each day.
Day 3 post op- enter the "itching phase"
The Post Op Stitch Itch
Things I have found that help the itch- ice packs and witch cycles (frozen cotton balls dipped in witch hazel). Yes, you look pretty ridiculous with cotton balls rolling out of your ears, but it feels sooo good.
I'm on day 5 post op and have had my ups and downs- I'll feel really great for a few hours, then not so much later. I only slept about an hour last night because the left side behind my ear was pretty uncomfortable, even after taking my pain meds. I am a very impatient person, so waiting to feel better is not fun. I'm supposed to get my stitches out Monday, so I am hoping that will help (fingers crossed).
One week update
So, I'm off the topical antibiotic (gee- I was literally slathering it on about an hour ago) and back on an oral steroid. I'll continue the oral antibiotics as well.
What a difference a day makes! 10 days post op
Dr Garrison has a good bedside manner. I chose her because I trust her work. She was honest with me from the beginning and said I don't need a full facelift. We specifically discussed the areas that bothered me on my lower face (i.e. jowls). She wasn't pushy at all. In fact, it took me over a year to decide I wanted to schedule my surgery. The office was flexible and willing to work around my schedule.