A big thank you to all who attended our presentation at Tranquility with Dr. Kevin Haddle last Wednesday, January 16, 2013. It was a very informative session and I hope everyone got their questions answered. Dr. Haddle was amazing at explaining the details of the facelift he is going to perform on me. He was very thorough and made everyone feel very comfortable, especially me! I am prepared and very excited to embark on this journey and share it with all of you. I will be posting pictures and anything I can to give you the most detailed view of my experience. If you were unable to attend, here are some highlights of what was covered last week.
You may ask ” Why am I doing this?” I want to help relieve the mystery, apprehension and fear of surgery that I hear so many of my clients express. I have been in the skin care industry for over 35 years, so I have taken very good care of my skin. From good basic skin care to facials, peels and protecting my skin from the sun, I have done it all. I believe in prevention and taking the best care of yourself as you possibly can. However, along the way, we inevitably start to age. Aging gracefully, I have found, is an oxymoron! It happens to all of us and there are things we just can’t control, but we can have them improved. Over the last few years I have watched my face get lower and lower, sagging and drooping in places that just are appealing. While the texture of my skin has improved and I feel I don’t have too many lines, the sagging part has really bothered me. So, I started doing my research and that’s where Dr. Haddle comes in. He has been able to educate me on the aging process and what can be done about it.
Take a look at the before pictures. You can see the droopy jowl and mouth area. You can see where my cheeks have fallen and my eyes look tired. And then there’s the NECK! As Dr. Haddle explained, when we see people we are usually smiling and animated so everything is elevated. When we are relaxed, this is how we look and I look at it everyday in the mirror!!! This is what I told Dr. Haddle in my consultation with him. We talked about many options and I am so glad there is something that can be done about it.
Dr. Haddle specializes in deep plane facelifts. That is what he has recommended for me along with a forehead lift. Sounds a little aggressive? Not when you understand how all the muscles and tissue of the face are connected. Dr. Haddle explained this in detail at the presentation. You can go to his website www.mymakeoverdoc.com to get more information about his procedures. The procedure will take about 7-8 hours in his surgical center. I have the option of spending the night in his cozy recovery area so he can monitor me through the night, which is what I have chosen to do. The next morning he will remove the bandages and I will go home to rest. The the incisions will be hidden along the hairline by my ears and follow along the edge of the ear around to behind the ear. The stitches are all dissolvable. I will have a few staples in the hairline above my forehead, which will be removed after 10 days. The risks are minimal and he explained them in detail. He explained that I could experience some slight depression or regret initially after looking at myself. This has helped me feel more prepared. There will be swelling and bruising and I have special instructions on what I can and cannot do. Dr. Haddle has recommended I start taking Arnica Montana, an herb that helps reduce bruising and swelling, a few days prior to surgery and then after. I am also going to have acupuncture 3 times prior to the surgery and during my recovery. Acupuncture can help with many ailments as well as overall balancing. It is known to help reduce swelling and bruising as well. I believe you should do everything you can to make sure you are completely prepared for the procedure. I am a good little patient, so I see no problem with following doctor’s orders. I will return to work after 10 days and watch the transformation continue. Dr. Haddle explained that it could take up to 6 months for the full effect to be realized, but by 3-4 weeks, I should be healed and back to normal. A new refreshed and lifted normal 🙂 !
I have had all my pre-op tests, so we are just counting down the days until Thursday January 31. I will keep you posted through this blog as to how I’m feeling as the time gets closer. Right now I am excited and ready to go!