Patient Stories

Brow Lift / Forehead Lift Story - submitted by Sandy W.

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

I have been considering a face lift for about 15 years. My husband was reluctant, but finally agreed to the procedure. At 56 years old, I felt much younger and wanted my appearance to match my energy level. When I looked in the mirror, I felt like people were not seeing the real 'me' and treated me older than I wanted to be treated. I am a second grade school teacher and need to be perceived as more youthful and energetic.

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

My friends and family were a bit surprised at first that I was going to take this big step. They were mostly fearful for my health. Many people have heard horror stories of plastic surgery gone wrong. Some of my friends also had the idea that this type of surgery was very expensive and, believe me, no one would ever confuse me for someone who has a lot of money. After I convinced my friends and family that I had done a lot of research into finding a qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and that the cost of the surgery really wasn't prohibitive, they were very supportive and said I had a lot of courage. They have been great!

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

I called several plastic surgeons with many questions. I went to one that sounded wonderful, paid for a consultation, and was about to schedule the surgery. Then, I decided to check the credentials of this surgeon. He claimed to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I did not find his name when I searched online. Then when I contacted 1800mySurgeon, I received information that he has not yet completed the rigorous requirements to get Board Certification. I asked for a recommendation from 1800mySurgeon and they referred me to Dr. Ptak. He was very qualified, and after a free consultation with him and his very professional staff, I felt confident that I was in a master's hands. I am very grateful to the friendly staff at 1800mySurgeon for being there for me. No one should ever take this step without checking with 1800mySurgeon.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

My surgery was very extensive. I had a forehead lift which tightened and lifted my sagging cheek muscles. The surgery for the cheeks was through my mouth, so there are no scars on my face. I had the sagging heavy "turkey neck" lifted and tightened. My eyelids were tightened so that the look of tired eyes are gone! The scars are all in my hairline or neck crease and will not show! I stayed in the hospital one night, and recovery was not as painful as I expected. There were a few days that I took pain medication and was uncomfortable. Before two weeks, I put on makeup and went shopping. There was still some swelling, but the bruising was gone. The stitches were taken out in one week. After one month, the swelling is mostly gone and I am socializing and preparing for the new school year. My energy has returned.

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

For anyone considering any type of cosmetic surgery, I would advise you to do it for the right reasons. It will not change your life, except to enhance your appearance. I did not expect to be 26 years old again. I just wanted a fresher look. I still look like me, only younger and fresher. Dr. Ptak is a very talented, meticulous artist in the way he enhances your features. One of the worries my family and friends had was that I would look like I had surgery (with slanted eyes and face so tight I couldn't show expression), but this didn't happen. Dt. Ptak would never do that. You can trust him.

How do you feel about your result?

Five weeks after my surgery, I am thrilled with the results. I am very happy with the follow-up care I have received. My family and friends constantly tell me how beautiful I look. They are so full of compliments, it gets embarrassing. My husband is now my biggest supporter. His only worry now is that he looks older than I do! I think he is seriously thinking about having a couple of procedures done to freshen his appearance. I am told that my appearance will continue to improve for a year. After three months I will be totally healed from the inside and will look great. When asked if I would go through it again if I knew what I would have to go through, I say, "In a heart beat!!"

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