Facelift Journal: My Post Operative Experience Days 1-8
Day 1: “a blur, taking my meds and sleeping”
Day 2: “post op visit with Dr. Samson to remove dressings – I see results already!”
Day 3: “still very tired and sleeping a lot”
Day 4: “able to go to a movie”
Day 5: “i looked great”
Day 6: “I saw a friend and they said I looked so rested! – Bingo! That’s what I wanted!”
Day 7: “Back to Dr. Samson’s office and I felt great! The ladies in the office made me feel even better and I could not believe how fast I was recovering”
Day 8: “my face looks great. I feel youthful and cannot wait to enjoy my new face for the rest of my life. Thank you Dr. Samson”
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Day 1: The day of surgery was really a complete blur for me after I got home. I was both excited and nervous on what I had done to my face. I remember watching movies on Netflix and having to take the pain medication, drinking smoothies, and using cold compresses over my eyes. The bandages were all over my face and head. I had a hard time seeing and hearing. We even decided to put our small dog at the kennel. I did not want to scare even her. My husband did the best thing by not taking a picture of me and taking good care of me. A good tip is to hide your cameras in your home.
Day 2: I went to Dr. Samson’s office. My husband drove me, and they escorted me directly into a room. You cannot even imagine what I looked like, a mummy head for Halloween. The bandages were taken off and I looked a mess. Iodine was in my hair and there was swelling and stiffness in my neck and my upper eyes because of the dissolvable stitches. I could not wait to get home and take a shower. After, I and felt more human, and could already start to see visible results from the surgery. Another tip is not to wear a good shirt to this appointment.
Day 3: I was still very tired from the surgery and slept and I took many showers. My eyes were feeling better. I had major bruising around my throat and on my cheeks, which was above and below my eyes. I didn’t even want to walk to the mailbox yet. My husband gave me words of encouragement. Another tip is let someone else get your mail and don’t answer your front door.
Day 4: On my first outing, I wore a scarf, hat and sunglasses and went to a movie. I was starting to see better but there was definitely a tightness on my neck and chin. It just takes time. Movies are a good place to hang out because no one is watching you, another good tip.
Day 5: Another outing and little by little I started to feel that people were not looking at me like I was in a car accident. I put on some makeup on my neck, below my eyes and on my cheeks. I looked great. Sleeping at night was difficult because of the swelling around my ears and I am a side sleeper. It was hard and more difficult sleeping on my back with two pillows. Another tip: make sure you have enough cover up foundation make up at your home.
Day 6: On my outing to the grocery store, I saw a friend and they said I looked so rested. Bingo! That is what I wanted. No more tired old face that everyday someone was asking me when I was retiring.
Day 7: Back to Dr. Samson’s office and I felt great! The ladies in the office made me feel even better and I could not believe how fast I was recovering. I do bruise easily but not so much for the face lift. I made an appointment to have a facial and peel in the future, also maybe a filler above my lips and between my eyes.
Day 8: And beyond… My incisions around my ears are healing. Also, my neck is tight and I noticed my glands in my neck are enlarged but every day I feel better and better and my face looks great. I feel youthful and cannot wait to enjoy my new face for the rest of my life.
Thank you Dr. Samson