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  • Becky Turns Clock Back With Face Lift

    November 9, 2007 in Personal Interviews by Makemeheal.com Staff | Leave a Comment

    Facelift, Face Lift, Photos, Plastic Surgery

    See Becky’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    Becky had enough of people asking her if she was upset or tired. So in February 2007, 56-year old Becky (member name: newbecky) decided to get a deep plane face lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) of the upper and lower lids, and fat injections to her lips.
    Not a stranger to plastic surgery, as she had a breast augmentation in 1989, Becky knew exactly which plastic surgeon she wanted. She consulted with Dr. Robert Schutz in Rapid City, South Dakota and relied on him and the Make Me Heal plastic surgery message boards for her questions.

    Facing opposition from friends and family, Becky decided to have the plastic surgery makeover anyway. Now, that Becky has survived the recovery period through the support of fellow Make Me Heal members, her self-confidence has soared and her husband and family thinks that she is ever more youthful and beautiful than before.

    Becky’s advice to anyone contemplating plastic surgery is:

    You definitely should do it. Do not let others (family, friends, co-workers) influence your decision. Find the best board certified surgeon available and set up a consultation. Do lots of research on the before and after and then set up your surgery and go for it! It’s the new YOU!”

    Please join us for a interview with Becky.

    Make Me Heal: When did you first have the idea to have your procedure?

    Becky: The breast augmentation I have wanted since I was a teenager. I was a RN working at an out patient surgery center and had scrubbed in on breast augmentations and liked the results. So, in 1989 I had Dr. Bradner a board certified plastic surgeon do the surgery. I loved the results and finally felt like a woman and felt my body was proportioned. The face lift and blepharoplasty I wanted to do when I was 50. But, my family and friends talked me out of it and said I looked great and didn’t need it. However, in the next 5 years I heard so many people say to me that I looked really tired or they would ask me if upset about something. I was not tired and I was not upset. I would look in the mirror and see what they saw and understand how they got that idea. I had bags under my eyes and I had a permanent frown.

    Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have the procedure?

    Becky: wanted to look as good as I felt and I wanted to put on makeup and know I looked as good as I could. Before, after makeup application I still didn’t like how I looked.

    Make Me Heal: How long did it take you to make a decision and was it an easy or difficult one to make?

    Becky: It took the 5 years after I turned 50 to decide that I didn’t care what others thought and I was going to do it for myself. It was an easy decision after that.

    Make Me Heal: Did your family, friends, and any other people in your close circle give you support, opposition, or did you make this decision without considering them?

    Becky No one gave me support and everyone thought I was crazy to have it done. I did it totally without considering them.

    Make Me Heal: How did you research the procedure and come to decide on this particular procedure?

    Becky: I did a lot of research online and I did discuss with my plastic surgeon and his nurse the procedure and what I could expect with the results. I am a R.N. And I had seen the results and the techniques done by several surgeons and I knew which one was the very best. When I visited with my plastic surgeon, I told him all my concerns and what I didn’t like about my face and relied upon him for the best solutions to my problem.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you used any of Make Me Heal’s resources such as the message boards, pictures library, doctor directory and doctor reviews, and any recovery and preparation products that you used.

    Becky: I didn’t find the Make Me Heal site until after my surgery. I was so excited when I found it and I read a lot of the message boards and looked at the before and after pictures. It was especially helpful to know what I was feeling was normal and to be expected such as the depression and feeling like I would never heal. The best gift I received from Make Me Heal was a new best friend. I found her on the site. She had surgery the same day as mine and had a similar procedure. We found out we live fairly close and she used to live in the same town as I live now. We email everyday and she has been a source of great comfort to me. We are getting together in July. Thank you Make Me Heal!

    Make Me Heal: How did you come to choose your doctor?

    Becky: As I mentioned before, I had scrubbed in this surgeon and others and knew in my mind which one was the very best and he was.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss if you have any role in deciding the type of technique used for your surgery by the doctor?

    Becky: I left it up to the surgeon because I felt he knew what was appropriate for me. I did not disagree with any of his decisions and felt they were the best.

    Make Me Heal: How did you prepare for the surgery?

    Becky: I quit smoking for 3 months prior to the surgery. The only other thing I did to prepare was to purchase liquid nutritious drinks at the recommendation of the surgeon and I bought a neck pillow. No I’m sorry I didn’t find you site until after my surgery. So, I didn’t purchase any products.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Becky: I was feeling so many emotions.  I was scared, nervous, and excited.  But, I have to say that I was mostly very excited because I wanted it so badly.  I prayed the night before for everything to go well.

    Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the surgery and on the moments before the surgery itself?

    Becky: I was feeling so many emotions. I was scared, nervous, and excited. But, I have to say that I was mostly very excited because I wanted it so badly. I prayed the night before for everything to go well.

    Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process?

    Becky: Now we come to the worst part. The recovery for the first month was awful. I found out thanks to Make Me Heal forum that what I was going through was normal and also through my surgeons encouragement. I did not expect the swelling and bruising to last so long. I really thought after a week I would be looking pretty good. Boy, was I wrong. The worst part was my family being so “grossed out” by looking at me and telling me how bad I looked and they kept asking me, how I could do this to myself. The depression set in for a couple of weeks and then I started seeing improvements gradually. I got lots of encouragement and support from the nurses and the plastic surgeon. My husband and a good friend stayed with me for a couple of days and then I really didn’t need anyone to help me. The great thing was to email my friend I found on Make Me Heal and we encouraged each other and would email pictures back and forth to see if the other one saw improvement from the swelling and bruising.

    Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during the recovery?

    Becky: I had some discomfort for the first couple of days. Mostly it was a feeling of being very uncomfortable especially with the large bandage on. I was given pain pills which really helped. The most pain I had was when the surgeon pulled the drain tubes. Now, that was not pleasant! I had a lot of numbness in my checks, chin, and lips so I didn’t feel much pain.

    Make Me Heal: How well prepared were you for the recovery from physical, emotional, and mental respects?

    Becky: Actually, I wasn’t as prepared as I thought for the recovery part of the surgery. The funny thing is that I thought since I was a nurse I could handle it and knew what to expect. I was wrong. I think the recovery part (physical, emotional, and mental) is so important to be prepared for and I don’t think I was. I would love to tell all people who are contemplating plastic surgery or have it scheduled already, to do more research on recovery and go to Make Me Heal to read some of the forums and ask questions to those that have been through it. I think it would make their recovery much smoother.

    Make Me Heal: What are your top recovery tips to other patients?

    Becky: Ask others that have had the surgery what to expect and do research on recovery. Talk to your family and tell them what to expect and if possible, show them pictures of others so they understand. Find a friend through Make Me Heal to talk to throughout your recovery.

    Make Me Heal: How long did you take off from work? What did you tell your co-workers about taking this time off? Did anyone notice your cosmetic procedures at work and what did you tell them if they asked about it?

    Becky: Actually, I wasn’t working at the time I had surgery. However, I do a lot of volunteer work and just stayed away for awhile. I did tell people closest to me what I was going to do and I told others when I went out in public (about 3 weeks) if they stared. I’m certainly not ashamed of my face lift and I’m very proud to look better. It amazing that some people didn’t even notice (2 months post-op). They just said you look great.

    Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?

    Becky: I just couldn’t be more elated!

    Make Me Heal: How has your makeover impacted your life from personal, social, career, and other respects?

    Becky: I smile more and I feel good about myself. My husband now thinks I look more beautiful. He did say I looked beautiful before. He was not in favor of the surgery at all. I think he’s changed his mind now (4 months post-op).

    Make Me Heal: Would you have done anything differently if you had the chance?

    Becky: Yes, just researched the recovery part better. However, I would not have changed the surgery part.

    Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering the procedure you had?

    Becky: You definitely should do it. Do not let others (family, friends, co-workers) influence your decision. Find the best board certified surgeon available and set up a consultation. Do lots of research on the before and after and then set up your surgery and go for it! It’s the new YOU!

    See Becky’s Before & After Plastic Surgery Pictures Album.

    Facelift, Face Lift, Photos, Pictures


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