Are you considering having a facelift? It can be difficult to imagine what the experience and the results will be like. The best way to get an idea of how a facelift could go is to seek out stories from real people who've had the surgery.
Here, we present a patient journey from Christine. She spoke with macom® before and after her first facelift surgery, answering some common questions about facelifts and the recovery process. She also shared some photographs of her results.
I had reached a stage where I no longer liked what I saw in the mirror. I didn’t want one too early, although I know some people want one from their 40s onwards. I wanted to wait a while.
Deep plane, face and neck lift with liposuction to the chin.
To rejuvenate my face, but most especially to take away my old lady's neck!
Yes, during consultation and in writing. All the advice I needed was given in written documents and my specialist talked me through all the risks associated with having facelift surgery.
No, not one!
Yes, I have a V pillow to assist sleeping upright. I’ve bought silicone gel for my scars from week 3-4 . I’ve made sure I have arnica tablets and lots of pineapple to make smoothies to help with the bruising.
Not especially but as I work for the surgeon I have heard it all many times before.
Surprisingly painless! Now I’m most excited about my new neck. I love my new refreshed look and feel more confident.
Minor discomfort during the first night but no pain at all from day one, which was great!
AMAZING!! How could I say differently? They were attentive and supportive from start to finish.
I still have some numbness around my ears. Mark, my surgeon, said I can expect this for at least a year, but I know it’s healing all the time as it itches!
Yes, I wore it for approximately 6 months.
I used the Face-lifter, also called the macom® POST SURGICAL FACE AND NECK MASK. It was very comfortable.
At least a year.
I love it! I have had botox on my forehead because of course a facelift is not a brow lift. Plus I am going to have some filler around my lips to enhance everything.
Bruising took 2-4 weeks to go down. I felt comfortable in ‘public’ with a bit of makeup after 2 weeks. By week 6, it looked completely normal!
Do it! … No pain and only great results. Remember it is a ‘facelift’ so it's not going to change your brow or lips, you may need extra help with those areas. Make sure your surgeon is doing a deep plane facelift and is also doing your neck!
Have the right food in the fridge for when you get home. My cheeks were so tight I couldn’t chew for 3 days so soup was required. I wish I’d known that before I had my surgery!
You can see Christine's facelift journey in pictures on her Instagram page, along with the progress as she recovers.