Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lower Face & Neck Lift - Surgery Day

I have always disliked my double chin and all of the skin on my neck. I don't like to wear turtlenecks. It is an area that swells depending upon what I've eaten. I was going to wait until I was in my 60s to have any surgery, but I decided that there is no better time than the present to just get it done! I spoke with three surgeons before settling on the one I liked the best. Both his bedside manner and skills to give me the result I am looking for gave me the confidence to move ahead with my surgery.

I thought I would keep a bit of a daily journal and chronicle my journey through the healing process. It should take about 3-4 months before I get the first big glimpse of what my final face will look like. However, a lot of my swelling will be gone in the first 4 weeks.

DAY 1 (October 5) – Surgery went for 5 hours, an hour longer than planned. No complications. Spent the afternoon and evening dozing off and on. Ate a banana and drank some juice. The nausea was a bit worse for me this time around and I did vomit after taking a few sips of chicken broth for dinner. Kept eating crackers and applesauce and was ok. Having to take pain meds every 3 hours, alternating ibuprofen and Lortab was a pain in the butt. My neck feels soooo tight and that is normal, but it’s still weird. Dr. Hall, according to my husband, said that he expects a nice result with a more defined jawline and my double chin gone! I’m having a difficult time getting comfortable to sleep and can’t wait until I can sleep on my side again. Not too much drainage into the drain, but it’s going to feel weird coming out as it’s in the front of my neck and coming out over my right ear. Bleh!


Home, but feeling dazed and groggy


I have a big patch of bleeding on the left side of my neck.
I do not know what caused it.


Another view of the left-side bruising