Patient Stories

Facelift Story - submitted by Judie T.

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

I had a large amount of fat under my chin. I called it my "Turkey chin". It was very unsightly looking. It was not only the way I looked that bothered me but also the fat under my chin would rise above my neck so turtleneck sweaters and other style tops were out. When I consulted Dr. Berger, he told me that suctioning such a large amount of fat would not be sufficient and instead of a neck lift I would need a fact lift.

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

My family and friends told me they never noticed the fat under my chin. When I would point out how badly I looked to my husband he agreed that it was "somewhat" unattractive. My mother and grandmother had the same condition. I noticed how bad I loked when I turned 40. I guess the years spent raising my three children and working outside the home were very busy and I had other more important things on my agenda. When I mentioned to my married daughter that I was considering surgery to correct the problem, her exact words were "Mom, you're crazy. You look fine, you always look nice when you go out". My very close friends said that since I talked about it occasionally ("you have been wanting to do this for years") I should go for it.

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

Kelly, you were very helpful by sending me Dr. Berger's resume. Your concern about by seeking help and contacting 1800MySurgeon reassured me thatI was dealing with a very professional agency. I was initally anxious about internet resources compared to recommendations from other people. After I received the resume, you folowed up to find out about my consultation. You assured me that 1800MySurgeon screens only for competent surgeons.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

I had my surgery on May 2nd (five weeks ago) and I am recovering slowly but nicely. It will take another month or so until some numbness on the sides of my face and some slight swelling under my chin dissipate. I was very anxious a week before and the day of the surgery. The nurse who attended me was extremely reassuring that everything would go fine and was helpful in calming me.(I followed all pre-op instructions carefully and felt better when it was time to "lie on the table"). When I woke up, my head and chin were tightly wrapped. (The surgery took about two hours). Dr. Berger explained how I would look during my pre-op consultation so I was not alarmed. I experienced some pain and discomfort (mostly from the bandages) for about four days. Once the bandages and stitiches were removed a week later I was feeling much better.

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

Definitely GO FOR IT. Even if you are hesitant, like I was for ten years, follow your heart. I can't believe I had the courage to have the surgery. If you look in the mirror and are very unhappy with what you see, correct it. Today, doctors do wonders and help people change the negative felings about themselves into the positive by changing their appearance. I really feel more confident when talking face to face with my friends and others in the few short weeks since I had the surgery. Looking forward to buying some TURTLENECKS next winter.

How do you feel about your result?

What can I say more than the answer above. I think I look very good. Dr. Berger did an excellent job. Whatever scars are behind my ears and don't show.

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