rsmullenwhy on Realself
a month ago
09/02/2022, 11:09 AM
Amazing Process; Amazing Outcome
Update on review: I just had my one-year follow-up, and remain so happy with the results.
I recently had a facelift along with upper and lower blepharoplasty and a brow lift. I am very happy with the result. I am about 6 weeks out as I write this, and have absolutely no visible scars from the facelift, which is amazing. I am 68 years old and my recovery was quite easy. I even returned to full-time work as a professor (in front of students) in two weeks after the surgery. I always felt well-informed of the process all along the way, and in follow up appointments he and his staff have been just as attentive as my earlier consultations.
Just focusing on the process and recovery, I'm very happy. What has been a bit of a revelation is the response of other people. Friends who have known me for a long time just stare and say "Wow" and "You look amazing." But, happily, no one has said I look different--the "basics" weren't altered, which is just what I wanted. I don't consider myself terribly vain, but rather wanted to look closer to the age I felt (much younger than 68!). That is what I got. The signs of aging were addressed, but I was still "me."
I also feel I should comment on the pre-operative preparation. In addition to the consultation with Dr. Clymer I had great interactions with his staff. You are prepared for the surgery in general terms, but also given directions on vitamins, diet and other ways of preparing that will help healing and minimize bruising. Virtually everything I needed when I got home from surgery I was able to organize in advance. The day after surgery I received instruction on wound care and a reminder of cautions, things to watch out for, and simple strategies to speed recovery. The first day is tough (it is surgery!!) but they make sure pain is managed. By day 3 I only took Tylenol for pain. By day 5 I was ready to get out of the house, but they encouraged me to continue a relaxed recovery.
Another piece of evidence about the quality of the result is the number of friends who have been curious about facelifts and who now want to learn about how to "go about it;" how much it costs, when you can get back to work, and does it hurt, etc. I even had a friend ask for before and after pictures she could send to her mom who is thinking about doing the same procedures. I'm happy to share my experience with them, and am flattered at the same time :-).
I note that "knowledge" is one of the areas of rating. That's kind of hard for a layperson to address, but his academic and professional credentials speak for themselves. I very much appreciated in our initial consultation that he told me about research that had been done on the methods he uses in preparing patients and his surgical methods. I believe this is something all doctors should do to educate patients and to treat them as informed partners in the process. I felt empowered in my own recovery and how well it went. It also has given me confidence to ask questions, and know I will be taken seriously when I do.