Patient Stories

Facelift Story - submitted by J.B

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Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

I was so tired of seeing myself in the mirror, with excessive fat under my chin and sagging jowls. I wanted to look younger, but not false with tightened skin, so it was important that I got a Surgeon who would fulfill my needs with laser and reconstruction .Dr Applebaum reassured me that I would not look false and no one would come up to me and say "Oh what a great facelift."

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

My husband was very supportive, so were family and friends. My husband however said that he loved me the way I was, but that if it made me feel better to go ahead.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

On my first call to 1800mySurgeon they gave me Dr Applebaum's number, his profile, and the number to call for my free consultation. 1800mySurgeon also informed me that Dr. Applebaum was Board Certified and had an excellent rating.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

Dr. Applebaum insisted that before he would do the surgery, I should have a complete physical, this made feel extremely comfortable knowing that he needed to know that I was physically well to undergo the procedure. The anesthesiologist and surgical nurse were both very courteous. Of course I don't remember anything during the actual surgery. Afterwards I went to Serenity in Santa Monica for 2 days of post surgery recovery before going home. My recovery has been great, I was able to wear makeup and go out to Christmas parties. Of course one must follow all the post surgery instructions so as to help in the healing process. It has now been 6 weeks and Dr. Applebaum has seen me twice for follow up, and I am doing well in the healing of the incisions, swelling has just about gone.

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

Follow all the instructions given to you pre surgery and post surgery, be prepared for some pain, but I must say I thought it would have been much worse. Be sure that you follow all pre surgery and post surgery instructions. Be prepared for some pain, however with the pain medication prescribed it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, having my husband assisting in keeping my incisions clean and medicated was also instrumental in my recovery. So it is important to have someone who is supportive and willing to be a caregiver for a while.

How do you feel about your result?

I am happy with the result, I am happy that it is very natural, some friends who did not know that I was going to do this, when they saw me said that I looked great, but they couldn't pin point what was different, just that I looked very refreshed and younger. Also having done the laser it has given my skin a younger look.

find out more about this procedure: facelift