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Facelift good news/bad news

Facelift good news/bad news

Postby Patrise » Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:40 pm

The bad news is that I spent over 20,000 dollars. No matter what any doctor tells you - you will not look 'normal' for a verrrrry long time. The scars will give you fits ---stitches coming out long after the surgery and awful clogged pores requiring painful extraction of "kernels" from clogged pores - numbness and tightness for well over a year (watch that salt). If you had your eyes "done" - they will look 'weird' for a year - you will say "I don't look like myself." The good news is, one day - after about a year you will look in the mirror and say, "WOW - I look 15 years younger - I am gorgeous - and this was well worth the $20.000!" Don't get discouraged or depressed. My doc kept telling me to give it time and I thought he screwed up my face forever - but - he was right - I was just impatient. It's going to take a long time but it's so worth it!! I just went to my 40th high school reunion and I can't tell you how happy I was I decided to go!!!
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Postby ASouthernBelle » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:50 am

Patrise,
Congratulations on a great outcome!!! I know how great you must feel.

While there are those like you who it does take a year to get good results, others get it faster. I've had two facial surgeries and I can honestly say that I really liked my results at the 3 month mark. How we heal and how quickly we heal depends on our individual bodies and on our surgeons skills.
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Postby dangerouscurves » Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:53 pm

great news, thanks for sharing and glad you looked beautiful at class reunion! 8)
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Postby RoseAbbey » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:42 am

I do agree how we heal and how quickly we heal has a lot to do with our bodies and our surgeons skills, but also how much work someone had done compared to someone else definately makes a difference. If prior to surgery someone had a very noticeble turkey neck and someone else just the the starting of jowling, obviously the first person would notice a substantial improvement very early while the other person would probably need for all the swelling to subside before improvement was seen. I think sometimes we compare apples to oranges and then wonder why we are are not seeing a difference as quickly as someone else.
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Patience

Postby Linda49 » Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:00 am

Patience is important. Most women here say it's MONTHS before the face looks great. I'm hoping after a month I feel comfortable around my friends and can sleep on a pillow sideways without waking up sore and swollen. It's only 5 days since my surgery and I've been out to the store a couple of times with a turtleneck on as my neck is badly bruised. Wore the compression mask too tight on my neck the first few nights and didn't ice my neck. (Doc didn't tell me to...) I had a platysmaplasty.

Right now it's too early for me to say how I'll heal. It's happening very quickly, and I can't wait for my stitches to come out so I can start getting the circulation going under the scars. Watch the back of your ears. We can't see them, but that's where the infection has been stubborn.
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Healing quickly

Postby Linda49 » Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:14 am

It's amazing how quickly 've healed. My stitches come out tomorrow and I can hardly wait. The swelling is mostly gon and the bruising can be covered up with thick make up. I asked my p/s for my before photos last night and I've uploaded this morning. It's AMAZING to see the difference already.

I can hardly wait for a few weeks to roll by and I can really appreciate the changes. It's hard to patient and watch the changes:
http://www.makemeheal.com/pictures/view ... bumid=9606

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Postby susannak » Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:03 pm

Mine was even longer than a year. Cheeks can really require healing time.
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Postby dangerouscurves » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:17 pm

Mine has been a slow recovery because I have cheek implants and they take a long time to settle down. I am almost 4 mos out.
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Postby slimm » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:46 pm

This is actually opposite from most people's experiences that I've read about. I'm at 15 months PO and my honeymoon period at 2-4 months was the best. That was when I looked 20 years younger. As the swelling went down, I started looking closer to my age, but DEFINITELY more refreshed and lighter, which means younger. All of this is chronicled in my pix. This is the story that I've heard from most FL vets.

I am happy that you are pleased with your results!
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Re: Facelift good news/bad news

Postby calamitykatie » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:06 am

Patrise wrote: awful clogged pores requiring painful extraction of "kernels" from clogged pores!


I think I have these in the stitch holes in the back of my neck behind the ears and in the hairline following my F/L 5 months ago . How did you get rid of them, true they are very painful and some seem to have a hair in them.

I must agree with all that you say about a F/L taking some time to settle though I, like Slimm, felt I looked my best at 3 months. Now I barely look any different apart from the abscence of jowls, and loose neck skin and the overhang on my eyelids.
I am also aware of the stuff that I should have had done at the time and didn't , such as the frown between my eyebrows and the texture of my skin.

But I am trying not get more surgery as my hubby thinks it will never end if I do! :roll: :lol: :(
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Re: Facelift good news/bad news

Postby slimm » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:47 am

[calamitykatie .
I, like Slimm, felt I looked my best at 3 months. Now I barely look any different apart from the abscence of jowls, and loose neck skin and the overhang on my eyelids. [/quote
]

Well, to be realistic, I guess that's what the FL & bleph is supposed to correct, right? It's the swelling that makes us look 15 years younger. You can still get filler later on (more expense, of course... :? ).

I am also aware of the stuff that I should have had done at the time and didn't , such as the frown between my eyebrows and the texture of my skin.
[/quote] Haven't you used botox for the frown lines? I adore botox.

But I am trying not get more surgery as my hubby thinks it will never end if I do! :roll: :lol:
:([/quote]

Yes, it can go on forever. I am now 2 weeks post-op from a tummy tuck, and I swear, I will never do anything like this invasive again. Also, I do keep up with fillers and botox to keep up my FL results
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I am 3 weeks post op today

Postby Linda49 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:10 pm

And all the bruising is finally gone and the area where the stitches closed, have pretty much healed, but my ears are still sore, whether I'm putting on my glasses or putting ScarZone behind my ears. My skin is dry and tight there, so I have to keep the ScarZone on it twice a day. You can't even notice the scars in front of my ears.

My neck is not as tight-feeling as it was, but I can still feel my face pulling and I have to do neck stretches carefully to loosen it all up. I have one band of muscle that looks tighter on my neck than all the rest, so it looks lumpy....right over the area where the neck glands are. ROPEY would be a better description. It's not very attractive right now, but everything improves daily, so I figure I'll give it more time.

I still can't sleep sideways on my pillow, and the front of my ears have these tiny "B-B like" things under the skin at my ears where the muscles are stitched (I had a platysmasplasty). All in all, my sagging neck and jowls are gone and I feel confident out in public with no makeup on, looking more like 45 or 50 than 60.
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different experience with f/l

Postby punkinhat » Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:47 am

I am almost 6 years post op from f/l and upper bleph. I just wanted to say I am glad Patrise youre happier now, but also note like Slimm I was happy almost immediately with my results. I was presentable at a week.

The only (minor) annoyance was numbness on the side of my face. I think it took about a year to regain sensation there.

Everyone heals differently, no two bodies are the same, even if they are going to the same surgeon.

Assuming surgeon is skilled, some variables in experience are:

Compliance with pre and post op instructions
Age
Nutritional status
Smoking
Drinking
Immune system compromise (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc)
Diabetes
Degree of sun damage
Attitude
..and on and on

I just wanted prospective f/l people to get some balance. I am very happy I did it at age 48, and now I need a bit of neck work (corset lift or something), but I shudder to think how I'd look now 'au naturel'.
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