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Mini lower face and neck lift - Weekend lift -9 days to go Brisbane

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Hello every one,

 

After much research and internet scrolling over the last three years (and much pulling and lifting my face in the mirror) I have finally decided on having a mini lift, trust me there is not that much on the internet when it comes to faces as far as forum discussions wise. Nothing recent anyway and nothing that covers the mini lift, boobs , butt lifts, lipo but give me a woman in her mid 40's who has had a mini lift in Australia?, It seems we of the maturer age (but not that mature) don't talk online about this sort of thing, 50's yes full face and photos spread everywhere but us inbetweener's are very secretive. 

So here I am Lol this forum has a lot of traffic for boobs and lipo bla bla bla but every now and then some one like me comes along (oldish but still with it) and needs some updated and realistic info that will help me with my research.

I was going to go to Bangkok as any quote on a face lift here was UNBELIEVABLY HIGH but the thing was I didn't want the down time didn't want to leave the country (My vision of breaking my virginity going off shore for the first time and having my face hacked at was not that appealing) but I so wanted this. Due to a docile ape of a male species my confidence was shattered so again I hit the internet.

The mini Slift or the MACS lift were my choices for two reasons 

1)     I'm 45 yrs old (well not officially until December but meh!) too young for a full lift (did not need a full lift). And to busy for the down time plus BROKE! lol and basically it came down to                 money. I spend on Botox and fillers so why not try and get something more permanent right.

2)     It's cheaper in AU for a mini than a full (yes even cheaper over there but we are at home!) more discreet, less time away from work less people to notice (Hopefully ... eeek) and there             are Dr's here who will do this as a day surgery (under a local in the chair or twilight)  so no after care medical or anesthetic costs and you can rest in your own home.

I am having a Mini jowl lift and neck in Brisbane on the 13th October with Dr Michael Szalay.

I have done all interactions over the phone with the team at Precision Cosmetics It was all very rushed on my end of it (Holidays already booked but was not going to have surgery until next yr .. spur of the moment :/ ) 

A phone appointment was had with Dr Szalay he was very polite and informative very hard over the phone but he answered all my questions (all of three lol) as he explained the procedure thoroughly, he covered any questions I had. Again I have researched this for yrs, videos forums notes Oh the wasted hrs.. What will I do when this is all done? .. get a social life? lol

So a date was set I paid my deposit, they sent me a info package which consisted of prescriptions for after the surgery and pre and post Op instructions there is nothing left to do now but wait and hope that I don't catch the stupid cold every one seems to have at the moment. Sigh

 

 

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Isn't it amazing, no reaction to your topic?!

I am in the same boat but looking into the Ultraformer treatment.

PLEASE shellee keep stay in contact ?!

I am not surprised by the response vlinder although I know it will be read! 

I have trolled the forums for years and not said a word lol

I have looked at the Ultraformer but to be honest I don't hold much faith that it can do what kind of results I am after.

I have done Derma rolling at home (numbing cream and all) I don't do things by half's! Dam wrinkles,  I ordered the roller online so was able to get the length that really dose some damage lol but after awhile I got lazy and the results were minimal.

Acid's and peels are limited, Threads are risky with results and for the price you can get a Mini for not much more. Any sort of Derma resurfacing, sanding or plastering ;)  is only temporary. The one way to get faster results and more permanent is surgery of some form, and Minimal is Vouge lol Ok showing my age.

Because right now the fact that I am going to sleep through the whole thing is so appealing, It's only a twilight but oh what a relief.

My first choice for this surgery was with Dr Daniel Lanzer in Melbourne BUT! It will cost you $3,300 more AND it awake in the chair under a local... Aaargh! can you imagine it even the receptionist asked me what my pain tolerance was like! They do give you the green whistle through out the procedure but you will hear and feel things.. and really Dr Lanzer has more bad reviews than Dr Michael Szalay why would you pay that much more .. He is not a leader in this type of surgery .. correct me if I am wrong but from my trolling there is no one Doctor that specialises in this surgery here in AU .. And if there is then they need to get more coverage online, a plastic surgeon will also do this for about $5,000 more that opens a whole new door of Surgeons to choose from! Phew 

There is also a place in Perth that appealed to me their price was $8,300 or close to and they also do it with a twilight, I think most do it under twilight but definitely ask! Why would you want to be knocking back free drugs! lol 

I like the Mini lift because it actually removes excess skin and lifts the area I am concerned about for about the same price it would cost me in fillers and botox for a couple of years (I have a lot of areas that need lifting!)

I will be taking photo's of the whole process but am not sure if I will share them publicly but I will definitely share them privately. I am still trying to keep myself from getting sick or a cold sore or getting run over, This will be a long week... Sigh

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Well girls, I am 72 so my jowls are travelling south.

However, surgery on my boobs has not been daunting for me at all, BUT, my face is another thing, any mistake, I can't cover it up!Shelly, if money was no objection, would you prefer a PS rather then a CS ?.    

Even so, WHO would you go to ??     Are facial procedure so full of problems post op., that  will generate  negative reviews and therefore hard 'to find'?       Perhaps all surgeons are not that keen to work on faces?       I have approached surgeons in Thailand who refuse me as a client due to my age, perhaps that speaks for itself??

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Vlinder, I assume a PS is a plastic surgeon and a CS is a cosmetic surgeon?

Most definitely go for a Plastic Surgeon.  I'd rather pay more that to risk looking worse than I started off looking.

My jowls are just about hitting my chest at the moment.  I hate to think what i'll look in ten years time!

Yes, correct Lizzie,

I would have financially no problem seeing a PS,  however as mentioned, you just don't know who to go to !.

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I looked into both Plastic Surgeons and Cosmetic Surgeon's, pricing is the main player in my decisions.

It is almost impossible to have this done for under $15 K by a plastic surgeon I gave up trying, I don't have that sort of money. I am single and my income is average (Below if we are really technical) with a car loan and renting there is not much to go around. 

And the choosing of one... Oh my this I can not help you with, as you know there is nothing online that is recent and relevant good or bad anywhere. But these procedures are done every day and nothing? :( lol ..... but like I said I researched price first and once I realised it was out of my reach I then read up and looked into my other options. 

Now it sounds like the cosmetic surgeon is second but I don't think so after doing some reading. These doctors specialise in these procedures just as much and as well if not better than some accredited surgeons. Every Dr has a bad surgery even the more expensive ones! It is how they fix it and treat your concerns and requests pre op and post op that make a good Dr. 

A mini is only dealing with a small amount of my face and the muscle is not affected there really is not too much that can go wrong .. haha yes but I am serious It could be fixed. I have complete faith in this Dr with absolutely no regrets, I am going to have the same procedure for $$$ less and it could even be better than a Plastic surgeons. Sounds cliche I know but this clinic has a good reputation, I am not able to find any dirt on them as yet lol

Now a full face lift that is different and the best thing would be to speak to your injectionist about a doctor, mine gave me a great idea of who not to go to lol she has been in the business for over 10 years and knows stuff! I had to come home and start all over again and you know she was pretty close with her opinion  once I read some of the reviews on the doctors.

I would use a Plastic surgeon and would look in Sydney for a full face, I have been told that is a good place to start .. sorry other states :)

But only for a Full lift due to cost being similar and the care more hospital based, because bugger that a mini is nothing compared to a Full that is MAJOR surgery and you will want the drugs they offer for day's!!! I will be walking around and on panadol at least by the 3rd day... I hope :)

 

 

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Thanks Shellee for your very informed replies.  Sorry if I gave the impression needing advise for a PS, I don't really, as the same with you, there is nothing out there.  So until then I wont do much.

I am however so happy you found some one you are happy with !

A full face lift???   no, that's something I would find to risky.

So what is the date of your surgery Shellee ?

Keeping you in my thoughts girl !!

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Thanks vlinder and yes I agree a Full face lift is a whole new story I'm not sure if I will go down that path, I guess I am hoping I can get away with a couple of minis and then die still looking younger than my age lol ... 

My surgery is next Tuesday the 13th so I am getting excited! I can not wait I'm telling you I am living in fear of anyone sick coming near me or getting a cold sore ( apparently they wont operate if you have one) I rarely get them but you never know! lol 

I will keep you updated :)

 

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Shellymee are you happy to disclose how much Szalay will charge you?          You are still well?        Perhaps live in a bubble for a few days  ha,ha! 

Keeping fingers crossed for you. x

Back again, sorry Shellymee, have just had a look at Szalay's website.

Are you going for a Lift -Plus Face   and Lift-Plus Neck   procedure??

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Yes I am having the lift plus jowl and lift plus neck as it is just my lower cheeks and neck the doctor says that i will get the results i want from the two procedures.

Im paying exactly what the website says no hidden costs no extras very accurate from the web site 😊

And i don't mind at all i haven't talked much about it with anyone so it is nice to speak online ... anonymously lol

But i am beginning to understand why there is not much online about it, at first i didn't care if anyone knew but now hmm when it came to taking the before pics I take a couple and then delete them. What if someone got on my tablet and seen them! ... i mean like eew im taking pictures of the very thing i despise my wrinkles 😐 and it seems work stress etc is catching up just this week! 

No i did not reaserch Dr Widdowson I'm  affraid Vlinder ☺

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Thanks so much Shelly, I am SO curious to see how it will go.    Who knows  how many more girls will go on the same road as you now.

Do you need to be off work for long?    You have enough provisions in your house to stay home for a bit?

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I have 14 days from the surgery off from work, but of course if I don't feel up to it I will take a bit of extra leave. I will be pretty stocked up as far as I am aware it is not too bad but I guess I will find out very soon lol

I do have a very capable (may be questionable sometimes) but support person who will be staying with me so i am not to fussed about the days after. I am basically resigning myself to doing nothing apart from movie watching and internet scrolling locked in my home for 7 days apart from dr visits of course. Im hoping by day ten i can go shopping with mum for a outfit .. which means looking in every shop and at every garmet .... deep sigh! 

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Dr nettle had good facial and rhino before and afters on his website fyi. At some point id like to do neck lift after a large weight loss but im only 37 so might wait. Getting mommy makeover i  exactly 2 weeks...

He is in sydney by the way

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Lizzie, you can always cover the mirrors  ha,ha!

I have 14 days from the surgery off from work, but of course if I don't feel up to it I will take a bit of extra leave. I will be pretty stocked up as far as I am aware it is not too bad but I guess I will find out very soon lol

I do have a very capable (may be questionable sometimes) but support person who will be staying with me so i am not to fussed about the days after. I am basically resigning myself to doing nothing apart from movie watching and internet scrolling locked in my home for 7 days apart from dr visits of course. Im hoping by day ten i can go shopping with mum for a outfit .. which means looking in every shop and at every garmet .... deep sigh! 

looks like you have it ALL covered girl!       All you need to do now is stay away from bugs.       You can always tell you mum, I am to tired?!   ha,ha.

Thinking of you my dear and good luck, you WILL keep us up to date please??

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I only got one mirror in the whole place vlinder lol.  And that's only because i have to check that i don't have something stuck between my teeth or have my skirt caught up in my knickers lol.  Otherwise i would donate the blasted thing to the salvos lol :)

HA HA HA!!!   just cracking up here!!

accepted you as a friend.

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Iwill most definitely keep you all updated, I think i will have plenty of time on my hands lol 

I do think i looked into Dr Nettle but cost factored in unfortunately. 

Well now im in lock down haha finished work today... yay! Am going to try eat and sleep healthy, have to admit the excitement is starting to kick in ... yay!

 

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Thanks vlinder, surprisingly i am quiet calm, my son arrives soon he will be my pick up and stay support for a few days. I have a lovely apartment (bargain on booking.com) will put the name up once i leave, just in case paparazzi! Haha

But i did meet with Dr Szalazy today for the first time. I must say he is very cute lol but very nice he studied and pulled at my face explained what he was going to do and asked me if i had any questions. 

I did not have to pay for todays visit you only pay the one consult fee and i paid to do this over the phone all after care is included in the price.

Medication cost about $120 - it includes pain killers (enough to last me a yr lol) panadine forte and mersyndol nightime but not to take together! Depends on how bad the pain is, calf stockings (TED ones have to keep legs active), aniseptic cream (for when stiches come out), phisohex anti-bacerial wash (to wash my hair in tonight an in morning eeew it stinks) and some anti nausea tabs just in case i react to the aneastheic .. apparently i can ask for more drugs at any time hmm wonder how often that happens.

I have taken a heap of photos ... sigh .. deep sigh! And on those angles we never ever even knew existed, so glad i did not do those shots before today, i would of cried. I will get my son to take pics of me tomos and each day. And hopefully over the next few days i can upload .. if it is possible to do so without recognition. I may have to send them privateley.

6:45 am surgery so glad im first, hope he wakes up in a good mood lol

One thing i do like is that Dr Michaels rooms are directly across from the hospital not sure why but this gives me a small relief. I will say that yes his office is messy and his desk covered in fake boobs .. just one size of each lol but i have seen fancy offices it means nothing i am only interesed in his work not his office.

Now the theatre room that is diffrent! I will update that when im able to :) sorry long posts.

And from me also Shellymee. 

Thinking good thoughts for you xxx

Thanks LizziVale 😊

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Ok it's D-day ... I have not slept very well, diffrent bed new surroundings blah blah 

I don't mind too much as i don't intend on doing much but sleep later today! I have some good drugs to help with that.

I did forget to say yesterday that my lift will not be as effective as a normal one apparently as due to the way I wear my hair, he would normally cut a small cut behind the ear also but the scar will be visable. This means that he is not able to pull back as much. This dissapointed me a little but I don't want visible scars, and I don't want to cut my hair short, I need to be ready to start work in 14 days lol stuff the surgery 14 days is not long enough to grow out a bad hair cut.

I will still get the effect I am after for the face, the neck i was not too fussed about but i do have loose skin, like two bands running down it (I will point out in photos)he said he is going to stich these together? I thought i knew what he meant but now I am not so sure lol I have been playing with it ever since haha  never even noticed my turkey neck transforming 😑

Last post until after surgery ... yay!

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Well the surgery was done this morning i have been sleeping most of the day just took a photo lol but cant see anything im all wrapped up,go back lunch tomos for a bandage change. 

Have been ill from the drugs earlier but better now .. pain is bearable me ear hurts but i thing the bandages will make it feel better once off. I am so far pleased with how it went.

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Glad to read you are doing ok.       Yes bandages over ears can get very painful !      Drugs are a bugger to use, they can upset your whole system.

Have a good gentle day. :)

my turn today for surgery.

Oh Vilnder good luck, I have been so focused on me lol. I really hope things go well for you ☺

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Day two today I feel much much better this evening pain is not to bad now, i have got my nausea under control now what a diffrence it makes, and one hint have many foods on hand as what i thought would be good was not lol, i thought soft fruit and cereal and soup but nup i felt like baby food, like pureed pumpkin and so on Its more filling and better to get in your mouth.

Trust me they are right when it comes to not being able to chew or open your mouth much, i am still struggeling to get a pill in so everything is on a baby spoon and mushy lol

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Yes LizzieVale he was pleased with the results, although did warn me someti es they may have to pop another stich in or do a small adjustment once swelling goes down. All at no cost of course and may not need to but he was pre warning just in case. 

I did read that this may happen ... I hope not but don't mind if it dose it means the Dr cares about the results also.

And Vlinder is going tnrough a mummy makeover Lizzie (yes lol getting lazy with txt) I think this her second surgery, poor thing must be feeeling it right now 😡

I am feeling good even went for 5 min stroll up the street ... getting bored now lol cant wait to get bandages of am still wrapped up like a mummy. Hopefully tomorrow he will place a diffrent one on.

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