I had a facelift including brow lift in December 2013. I wanted to post here to warn anyone wanting a full facelift to consider it very carefully.
The 2 week recovery period is not accurate. The anaesthetic required for this operation is 6 hours. I read recently that anything over 2 hours requires several weeks to recover from. I was told I could go back to work in 2 weeks. I had a discussion about this with Dr Rushapol and he said I would be fine to meet my friends in a months time in Phuket. This was not the case, I was still ill and in bed for most of the time they were there.
I couldn't possibly go back to work. I was very sick, nauseous and tired all the time. I could not sleep despite all the pills I was sent home with. Learning to sleep on my back was a major contributor to this. My face was incredibly bruised and swollen as expected but took much longer to heal than the 2 weeks I was told. I am now 3 months post op and just starting to feel normal again.
The Phuket International Hospital looked lovely but was actually a nightmare. The nurses left me all night alone with the blood drains hanging from my head. By day 3 they stunk so bad a nurse had to cover her nose when she came near me. I was not told to eat with the pills that were left on my table, in fact I was so out of it I didn't know the food was there. Taking the pills without the food made me so ill.
No one told me that my neck would feel as if I was being choked and so I was ripping at the bandage to loosen it. I was having a panic attack as I thought I was going to stop breathing. Interestingly another Australian lady had the same feeling and asked her friend to watch her if she fell asleep. It was really scary for me being alone. The nurses ignored me and told me nothing. I asked a nurse if the Australian lady was still next door and she said the lady was strong and had left, not like you she said. I guess they didn't realise that all the pills and no food in 3 days was making me very ill.
My face is still numb and my scalp is also numb. Unfortunately the scars are not in my hairline so I cannot wear my hair down anymore as they are very visible. The Australian lady I met had the same scars but she had short hair. At the time it was the last thing I was worried about but now it is very inconvenient and I look like Frankenstein. Three times now I have had purple sores along the scar line. Dr Rsuhapol says they are pools of blood and to just put the bruise cream on them. I still cannot sleep and will return to work next week, 3 months later.
I know that a lot of people have great stories. I think was not well enough informed as I actually only wanted my droopy eye lids fixed and ended up having a full facelift including brow lift the next day! I am in contact with the lady I met and we both say that we would never do such a thing again. Its hard to explain as there is no pain due to all the nerves being severed. The numbness, tingles, nausea, tiredness, tightness all mixed together is painful to endure. If I looked years younger I might think it is worth it, but I don't. I had Charlie from Lotus Medical and he did speak to the hospital about my treatment. Charlie was great but there was not a lot he could do for me.
One eyebrow is still higher than the other and my eyelids still sag. I told Dr Rushapol I was not happy at my last followup meeting and he said he could operate again. I could not go there I was still so sick and has to fly home the next day! So I left as I was.
After everything Ive been through Im really disappointed. I actually don't look any different than before.
Jus make sure you are prepared to put up with the after effects for around a year after the operation, not just 2 weeks!