Sunday, October 11, 2020

Face Lift - Post Op Day 6

It's kinda hard to believe that it's been almost a week since my surgery! Jim finally shared these photos of me in pre-op where Dr. Hall had marked up my face with his plan for me.

My double chin is GONE, so now I just need to continue to heal .... my incisions are looking good for the most part. The areas behind my ears are still weeping a bit while I sleep so we are taking great care to keep them covered with gauze pads that absorb any fluid so that I don't get any skin breakdown.

I had an emotional day yesterday and the "What the crap did I do?" question reared its ugly head. All of the info out there says the swelling should start declining around post op day 4/5 and I haven't had much swelling disappear yet. Of course, everyone heals differently and I am on my own journey so I've gotta remember not to compare myself to others. While I would love to be one of the people who can put on some makeup two weeks after surgery and head out, I don't think that is going to be the case. 

Someone in a Facelift Facebook group I joined shared that it really takes about six MONTHS before I will get a preview of my final result. So, I'm setting that as my new goal because I believe it is more in line with what I am experiencing. However, I do hope that I will be able to head out at some point in another week or so once I don't have to wear the compression sling 24/7. Fall is my favorite season and I do want to get back to walking so will probably pick that back up at the 2-week post op mark.

I'm looking forward to getting this next week behind me so that I don't have to wear the sling all the time. Other than that, I feel pretty normal today. The constant throbbing in my cheeks is gone and I'm happy about that!

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