A Long Wait - St. Louis, MO
I have been wanting to have a face lift to tighten...
64 years old before pictures
Just an update to my preparation for surgery.
Post-op pictures and review day of surgery
The surgical staff reassured me that my procedures all went well and I was doing fine. They were getting me ready to go back to our hotel. I barely remember my husband getting me out of the surgery center and into our room. Thank goodness I requested a first floor room so he could scurry me in quickly.
The pictures are just a few hours after surgery. I didn't feel to bad considering what I had been through. Of course I still had sedation drugs in my system so I was somewhat dreamy. I slept a lot leaving all the post-op care to my hubby. He put cold compresses on my eyes every 20 minutes - on and then off again. He made sure my face was slathered in Aquaphor due to the laser peel that was done. He kept track of my pain meds setting his phone to remind him. I just slept.
In the pictures, the drains are in and doing a good job draining the fluid away. There is bruising under my eyes, mostly the right eye. My neck felt stiff and I didn't want to turn my head. I could not sip through a straw. My dear husband somehow filled a straw with water and placed it in my mouth so I could drink. I don't think I ate anything that evening. Just slept
We were due to return to the surgery center in the morning to remove the lower drain.
First Day Post-Op face, neck lift, upper lower bleph, fat transfer, juvederm injected, full laser peel
We proceeded to the surgery center for post-op exam and removal of lower drain. Dr. Nayak was pleased with how I looked. He said my jaw line looked really good, very defined. Yipee!! That was so good to hear. Then he said he was not going to remove either drain at this time. I still had too much accumulation of fluid draining. So, I got to take them both home with me. Lucky me!
So home we go drains and all. I was doing ok on the pain meds prescribed along with an antibiotic and antiviral that is for the facial peel. Once home we had to begin soaking and washing my face with a vinegar solution and then reapply the aquaphor. That Aquaphor is everywhere! Soap and water does not cut it. I think I will be picking up items for months that have Aquaphor residue on it. But it is necessary for healing without scars. First day post-op was pretty good. But between cleaning the eyelid sutures and taking care of my skin from the facial peel, I felt wore out. I didn't have much energy and I wasn't eating much so I felt weak. But I expected much of that. I kept ice on eyes and around chin and jaw line with the strap they gave me. I will be posting on a day to day basis. I get tired quickly.
Second day post-op
Third and fourth day post-op
But what really got me down was that he removed only one drain. Still too much fluid collection in the upper one. I just zoned out on the trip home glad for little things, like not heaving my socks up.
Fourth day post-op, Monday, nausea much better, but I was aware of a lot of discomfort because the Tylenol didn't have the same punch as the heavy duty pain meds. But for me the trade off was worth not throwing up. The picture is showing the full laser facial peel and how grotesque it gets. And of course, my buddy, the upper drain.
Fifth day post op
Ok, on to Tuesday. Drove to see PS. Drain came out. Hooray!! That instantly made me feel like I wasn't convalescing any more. I felt like I had a new freedom. Sounds silly. PS is pleased with my healing and facial contours. I was having a problem with the laser peel and the very dilute vinegar wash. It set me on fire. He said to just use water. When we got home I tried it and that did help. He texted my hubby this morning and said to switch from the Aquaphor to just Vaseline. Just tried it after my shower and - voila - no burning. Dr. Nayak is the best. We talked about removing the tape on Friday - another milestone in this process. That would be one week and a day post op. His office and surgical suite include an onsite day spa. So on Friday, this is so exciting, *drumroll please* the girls are going to apply makeup. I feel like I'm a teenager and my mother has allowed me to wear makeup for the first time. I didn't think I would be this excited about the make-up part, but I haven't worn real make-up for years because I felt it made me look worse. So I will post pictures of me with the make-up applied. This is so exciting to feel good about your appearance. I'm so glad I decided to not spend the rest of my life just accepting the way I looked and not being happy.
Pictures for Tuesday fifth day post op
Thursday One Week Post Op Picutures
Friday One Week and One Day Post Op
I'm very happy with the results of the laser peel even though I still have a few weeks of healing. I'm still puffy around mouth, neck, ears, and eyes from surgical procedures. In a month or so I am going to have the esthetician do a facial plainning. I think that is what it is called. It will remove the little fine peach fuzz on my face and neck and also boost up the finish of the laser. This is not an invasive procedure at all. Glad of that.
Nine days post op
2 weeks post op - What is that?
This morning while I was pouring myself coffee, hubby was looking at me oddly from the side, then said, turn and look at me. I obliged not saying a word, but I knew what he was looking at. "Hmmm", he says. I finally acknowledged the spots. Well after a little discussion, hubby suggested we take a picture of my new spot and send it to the PS, even though he is on vacation. I did not want to bother him on vacation, but my man knows me and he knew I would imagine all kinds of horrible things, like my face lift is sagging for one. We took the picture and sent it. Within minutes PS called back. We described the spot, he asked some questions. Much to my relief, he said it was an anchor point and the tissue around it was swelled. It will not show as the swelling continues to go down. I feel so much better knowing it is not permanent and it makes sense. If we had not called, I would have been looking and touching it continually until I knew what it was or it went away.
I posted photos on here. I know in the photo it looks small and barely there. But in person it is very noticeable.
Everyday is a new day and brings a new set of changes during this healing process. My right ear has almost total feeling back but my left ear feels like a rock is wired on where my ear used to be. The incisions behind my ears are sore and itchy and it feels as though he used wire to close the incisions instead of what ever that suture material is.
Two week two days post op
Concerns: Yesterday my energy level was flat lined. I slept nearly all day on and off, mostly on. Not sure why this happened because the day before that I felt like my energy level was returning, I barey took a nap all day. Today I do feel better, more like my normal self. Anyone else have these swings of fatique/energy?
Two weeks 5 days
Four Weeks and One Day Post Op
Oh, the lump on the side of my face that I was almost driven to obsession about is almost flat. Hooray! I just had to be patient. You can see the lump a few posts back, and this set of profile pictures shows the same side.
"I'm Famous" Almost. HaHa My Fifteen Minutes!!!!
I'm about 3 months and 2 weeks out. I'm over joyed with my results. I still can't believe the reflection looking back at me in the mirror is me. I have slight swelling behind my left ear from the sutures that are still dissolving. That is feeling better everyday. My left ear is not nearly as numb as it was and is also resolving. It all take time. I have no other issues. My neck feels slightly tight now as compared to weeks ago, but I kind of like the tightness. It reminds me that my neck looks good now.
I did want to let everyone know here on Real Self that I was featured in a local St. Louis magazine called Town and Style St. Louis, the November 6th issue. I will attempt to post a link here. I'm not sure it will work. If you are able to open the link It takes a while for the page to load. It is a one page article about my face lift. The magazine was doing a special section on rejuvenation procedures of all kinds. They contacted Dr. Nayak to ask him if he had a recent face lift patient that would be willing to do an interview with the magazine, with pictures. He contacted me and I agreed.
OK, here is the link, I hope.
Dr. Nayak is exceptional. I knew after talking with him for a few minutes that this was the doctor for me. He listened and asked me questions about what bothers me. He is realistic and honest. He suggested procedures I had not thought about and explained why some procedures I asked him about would not have a good result for me. I asked a LOT of questions and he took so much time with me on the initial visit. His staff is wonderful. They call frequently and were never too busy to take my phone calls.