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Old 02-12-2010, 06:40 PM   #11
 
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:29 PM   #12
 
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Well besides the rhinoplasty, how has everything else turned out so far?

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Besides my nose...everything eles has turned out ok. My eyes look so much better, brighter, less puffy. My doc took out a lot of fat-pads from the bottom, and then brought the skin up a little. My pores around my nose appear smaller because the skin was pulled up a bit. My upper eyelid no longer hangs over. He didn't make it too tight, he just removed enough skin to create a perfect eye crease without droop. Hereditarily, I have ptosis and dark, puffy undereyes in my family. I'm glad to be done with that!
It's taking a while longer than I expected for my chin to take effect. He performed lipo to removed yet another hereditary feature of mine! It was the one procedure that actually hurt weeks post-op. My neck was sore and swollen, and felt rubbery...probably from scar tissue formation. Now, the swelling is gowing down and my chin looks and feels better.
I like the shape of my lips. I do wish they were a little bigger though...but I can go get them plumped w/ a resylane injection in the future. The doc said that the fat transfer to my lips...from my abdomen (which really hut my lower tummy for a while!), was barely a syringe full. And the fat will last longer than other things. 50% will remain in the lips permanently, as opposed to restalane injections, etc., that only last 3-6 months, for me anyways.

I'm not sure if I like my laugh lines injected w/filler. It was difficult to smile for a week or two post-op. My smile was crooked and my lips were swollen. I'm sure the filler probably softened my features a little.
My doc would not take any fat out of my cheeks though. He said that I'm too young, and if he took any fat out, I would need a face lift way too early. Fat supposedly makes your face more youthful. I wanted to bring-out my cheek bones. But I'd rather follow his advice.

When I first started really planning my surgery...I only was planning for a rhinoplasty. But, I decided to get the other procedures accomplished all at once. Everyday that I looked in a mirror, those minor things bothered me so bad that I let it ruin my life! I'm so glad that I had these procedures, finally! I can look in the mirror now and see progress with my nose. I can go without makeup and not feel embarrassed. People don't ask me anymore if I'm tired, or sad because my eyes were so puffy and droopy. And best of all, my hated nose is finally gone!

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Well I'm happy to hear everything else has turned out so good

Re: the darkness under your eyes... are you talking about dark circles or the eye bags? Because I didn't know there was a procedure for helping with dark circles

Re: lip injections with fat... that does sound promising that 50% is permanent! But are the results as controllable as they are with Juvederm? I have heard that fat injections can be unpredictable sometimes (clumping and lumpiness).

And your plastic surgeon was certainly correct about not removing fat from your cheeks. When you are older you will be thankful you have it there, it will make you look younger!

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I go for my 3 month follow-up tomorrow!! We will compare the before and after shots, and I'll have the opportunity to bring up my concerns with him. I am pretty confident that my nose will take shape eventually, when swelling subsides. But I still want to address my concerns with him. He'll be able to tell me, hopefully, how much swelling I have and what I can expect to see in the future.

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La_Angel,
To respond about the 'dark circles'; I had a lot of fat under my eyes which gave the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. My mother and aunts also have the undereye shadows, puffiness and lines. My doctor said that it was probably hereditary, because I'm pretty 'young' to have that much fat under my eyes. I'm sure if I had deep set eyes, without fat pads it would be difficult to adjust. (I think I described the wrong thing)

About the fat transfer to lips vs. Juvederm; When I had my lips injected with Juvederm before (I think it was Juvederm...it was the bigger molecule one), I had some problems with lumpiness and asymmetry. But I think that was due to the fact that the anesthetician wasn't able to shape them as well...it was very painful when she tried. But even months later, I could feel a small hard lumps where the injections were made. On the other hand, I haven't had those problems with my fat transfer. My lips feel totally normal. They were quite swollen the first week, but probably less than when I had the synthetic filler injections. I think the laugh line injections affected my smile and made the lips feel 'off' for awhile. But I'm happy with it now. My lips looks fuller, and I can actually go without lipliner and my top lip is still there!
In a couple months, I will go back to my anesthetician and have my brow furrow injected. I may have a touch-up lip filler too. It will definitely be less expensive. The fat transfer was about $1500. I use to pay $400 for lip filler injections (a full syringe) every 3-6 months(it never lasted very long on me). I'm able to get partial syringe injections, and pay for what I use. I don't want to look ridiculous though. Do you think my lips look full enough now?

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Well now the "dark circles" make sense I was going to say, usually the reason they form is because of not having enough fat, not having too much LOL!

Yes, lip injections always hurt quite a bit. I remember how bad it was when I had a little Juvederm put in mine. However I have heard that if they wait a full 45 minutes for the numbing agents to work, then you should hardly feel anything. But you know how it goes... they run these plastic surgeon offices like assembly lines now, always in a hurry to get to the next patient.

I think your lips look great and I would definitely not go any bigger. If they were any bigger they would not look real (especially in relation to everything else which has now been enhanced).

One of the biggest mistakes people make with lip enhancement is trying to match their top lip to their bottom lip. Some people naturally have a large bottom and smaller to lip (like I do and it sounds like you too) and you don't want to change those proportions. When I had mine done, I had equal amounts put in both to preserve the ratios, that way my lips looked like they always did, just a little fuller.

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So many views on rhinoplasty, thankx



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