Three weeks ago I underwent a facelift with Dr. Lyons. Before the procedure I struggled with whether or not to go through with it. I questioned whether it was the right thing to do; shouldn’t I grown old gracefully, will people think it was exceptionally vain, especially given that I am a man. Will I look so changed that I will be forced to explain to everyone I know? Will I regret it? Shouldn’t I leave well enough alone?
Still, I was intrigued by the prospect of tightening up some falling skill so I booked the procedure for six weeks in advance, thinking I had time to think about it. The day grew nearer and I had to pay my deposit. At this point I began to panic a little. The uncertainty kept me awake at night. I convinced myself it was easier just to back out and forget about it than to deal with this torturous uncertainty. Still, I knew that if I didn’t do it, I would likely regret it. I was in a frenzied state of doubt and fear. It was at this point I began reading up on the varying facelift procedures, I read reviews of plastic surgeons, recovery times, risks, etc. I had some folks that I did share my plan with telling me to get a second opinion.
Finally, I was able to settle it in my mind with a simple realization. Knowing I could not anticipate all the variables, I had to settle one simple question, do you trust your doctor? Period. Done. Having known Dr. Lyons for many years I was completely comfortable in placing my trust in him. I showed up for the procedure.
Now, only three weeks out, I could not be more pleased. Not only did I not come out looking like Mickey Rourke, I have just been to several large family and social events and went undetected. My fears of looking freakish were for not. Still, my chin line is tighter, the loose skill on my neck, gone and my face appears refreshed and rested. The change was subtle, just as I had hoped yet obvious to those who knew to look for it. My wife thinks I look 20 years younger –she exaggerates but I do think it turned the clock back years. The worst part of this entire process was the self-imposed uncertainty. The procedure and the recovery were the easy parts.
I called Dr. Lyons office today to say, thank you. All my fears and apprehensions settled when I put my trust in Dr. Lyons and his staff, Stephanie and Patrick. They were fantastic. As a further note of gratitude I am writing this well-deserved review for anyone who may be suffering over these same doubts.