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    Old 01-22-2008, 03:10 AM   #1
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    I'm scheduled with Dr. Timothy Marten

    Hi,
    I'm so glad I ran across this message board. I'm scheduled with Dr. Timothy Marten on Feb. 1st for a face/neck lift with fat injections, and rhinoplasty. Even though I have had a forehead lift done in the past by another doctor, I'm still really nervous. Your information was very helpful in what to expect, thank you. I wanted to share with you that when I had my forehead lift done I had no movement at all and little feeling for like 2 months before it returned... which as an actress, I'm very grateful for-lol:-) How are you doing now? Everything back to normal for you? If so, how long was it before your lip movement came back? I look forward to hearing from you:-)

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    How's your lip doing? Mine is slooooowly beginning to resolve itself. I think my right eyebrow is starting to have some movement too, but it's so miniscule that I'm not sure if it's really there or if I'm imagining things. In any case, I'm starting to feel better about my lip and eyebrow. I'm also really happy with the way my facelift/necklift turned out. I know that I still have some swelling so some of the "youthfull-ness" will dissolve as my swelling goes down. Dr. Marten often does fat injections with his facelifts but I didn't get them because I couldn't afford the extra downtime for healing. Have you heard of the new method for injecting fat into the face? Apparently it's a much improved procedure and almost all of the fat is permanent (used to be upwards of 80% could dissolve). Because of the permanency you'd better make sure your Plastic Surgeon knows what he/she is doing. One thing I found interesting about the fat injections is that the harvested fat (harvested from your body) contain adult stem cells which seem to have an anti-aging effect on the facial tissues. Interesting, huh?

     
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    Old 01-22-2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    Everything has resolved itself and I'm very happy with my results. My lip movement came back fairly quickly, I would say in less then a month. I didn't get fat injections with my facelift because I didn't have the 'downtime' needed for recovery. My understanding of fat injections is that there is considerable swelling for a long time, for at least 2-3 months it would be obvious that something had changed in regards to your face. I was too self-conscious about going back to work looking as if I'd obviously done something to my face. I do plan to go back to Dr. Marten eventually and get the fat injections as my face is very thin naturally and the more I age the more "gaunt" I look. I would really appreciate it if you would let me know how you feel about the fat injections afterwards.

    Besides being a great surgeon Dr. Marten is a very nice man who is always responsive to any concerns, etc. His staff is wonderful as well. You've made a great choice in regards to picking a surgeon.

     
    Old 01-22-2008, 11:39 AM   #3
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    How are your scars healing? Are they in front and behind the ears?

     
    Old 01-24-2008, 08:19 AM   #4
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    My scars are healing ok, not great..or maybe I should say not perfect. I say this because where my earlobes connect to my face there is a wrinkle or line...hard to explain but it's like as my scars healed the area where my ear meets my ear loosened so my ear lobe moved forward a bit making a tiny fold where the earlobe meets my face. It's not noticable by anyone but me I'm sure, but it is something I've noticed. The scars behind my ears are well hidden and they seemed to be healing ok as well. What I regret is using a scar fade gel like Mederma. I think that this would have helped but I was too lazy to use it.

     
    Old 01-28-2008, 05:02 AM   #5
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    I definitely will keep you posted. I'm more nervous about my nose because I've heard it can take up to a year for your nose to look normal again and for the swelling to go down. Have you heard anything on rhinoplasty? Thanks:-)

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    Everything has resolved itself and I'm very happy with my results. My lip movement came back fairly quickly, I would say in less then a month. I didn't get fat injections with my facelift because I didn't have the 'downtime' needed for recovery. My understanding of fat injections is that there is considerable swelling for a long time, for at least 2-3 months it would be obvious that something had changed in regards to your face. I was too self-conscious about going back to work looking as if I'd obviously done something to my face. I do plan to go back to Dr. Marten eventually and get the fat injections as my face is very thin naturally and the more I age the more "gaunt" I look. I would really appreciate it if you would let me know how you feel about the fat injections afterwards.

    Besides being a great surgeon Dr. Marten is a very nice man who is always responsive to any concerns, etc. His staff is wonderful as well. You've made a great choice in regards to picking a surgeon.

     
    Old 01-28-2008, 09:29 AM   #6
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    I had a rhinoplasty almost 25 years ago. Things were done a lot differently then and I've heard that the procedure has much improved, much less downtime. All that being said I only had obvious swelling and brusing for about 2 weeks, it wasn't bad at all. I think you'll be fine.

     
    Old 01-29-2008, 04:03 PM   #7
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    Well that's a relief to hear. Two more days and counting... ah ya ya-lol I'll be in touch when it's all over.

     
    Old 01-29-2008, 06:37 PM   #8
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    Good luck! ARe you staying in the nearby hotel the next day? That was the only sort of weird thing about the whole experience. I stayed in a hotel next door for about 4 days after the surgery. Staying in the hotel wasn't so bad but being wrapped up in a sheet and being wheeled over there in a wheel chair from Dr. Marten's office was. I had this big sheet surrounding me and pulled up over my head covering my whole body and face...it had to have been obvious to anyone that I must have had some sort of plastic surgery...why else be hidden under a sheet? I wish I'd had a burka or something instead, that way it wouldn't have looked to strange to have my body and face covered.

    Oh, I wanted to make a correction from one of my postings. I wrote about the scars and that I regretted using a scar fade gel like Mederma....I meant to say that I regretted NOT using Mederma.

     
    Old 02-14-2008, 02:48 PM   #9
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

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    Good luck! ARe you staying in the nearby hotel the next day? That was the only sort of weird thing about the whole experience. I stayed in a hotel next door for about 4 days after the surgery. Staying in the hotel wasn't so bad but being wrapped up in a sheet and being wheeled over there in a wheel chair from Dr. Marten's office was. I had this big sheet surrounding me and pulled up over my head covering my whole body and face...it had to have been obvious to anyone that I must have had some sort of plastic surgery...why else be hidden under a sheet? I wish I'd had a burka or something instead, that way it wouldn't have looked to strange to have my body and face covered.

    Oh, I wanted to make a correction from one of my postings. I wrote about the scars and that I regretted using a scar fade gel like Mederma....I meant to say that I regretted NOT using Mederma.
    Hi, it's been two weeks and it's been an interesting experience so far. I don't have much memory of the first four days. I was under anesthesia for 9 1/2 hours and spent that night in Dr. Martens facilities right there in a bedroom beside the surgery room, and then was picked by family members the next morning and went home. My sister and lover took care of me. I was told they wheeled me to the car covered in a sheet too. I have no memory of this at all. My neck is so tight, but, it suppose to soften up over the next 1-3 months and feel normal again. I'm going to start Lymphatic massages to help with the healing process. The swelling has already gone down quite a bit, but still has a ways to go... especially my lips-OMG-ducky is all I can say, but, was told don't worry they too will look normal again. I love my nose. I'm pretty happy over all. The only thing I'm a little worried about is my smile. I have always liked my big smile, but because I don't have the full muscle movement back yet, I can't smile normal. So between the lack of muscle movement and the ducky lips, my smile looks weird, fake. I kind of wish he didn't put the fat around the outer part of my lips and that he just put it in the lip part... I think that's why it looks ducky. I know I just need to be patient, it's only been two weeks and I feel it is normal for people who go through such extensive surgery to question or be worried to some extent. Can you tell me how long it took for you to get the movement back in your smile? I look forward to hearing from you and if your interested, I could send you pics my sister took.

     
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    I'd like to hear about how you progress. I'm thinking about getting a lower face/neck lift. I'm worried about the scarring, so, I'll be interested to see how your scars heal and how your neck heals. The only lip injections that I've had have been Restylane and Juvaderm. I had that duck lip look and it does subside. Did you get fat grafting in your cheek area? I hope you are feeling better. I had foot surgery a few weeks ago, so, I know about anesthesia, swelling and post-op pain. All the best.

     
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    Hi, I am feeling much better, thank you:-) I get a little out of breath easier than usual, but, anesthesia does affect you lungs briefly after surgery. I look forward to getting back into working out. As far as the scarring, it is already healing very well. I don't think I will be able to see them at all once healed. At our initial meeting he showed me some up close pictures of scars on previous patients and I couldn't see them. I mean, you would have to get a magnifying glass and you still would barely see them. He does really good work. Like I had stated before, I am over all pretty happy with the results. I just need to have a little more patience with the healing process. My neck and face look pretty good considering it's only been two weeks. Oh and yes, I had fat injections in my face as well. I highly recommend Dr. Marten. I will certainly keep you posted as I heal.

     
    Old 02-17-2008, 04:27 PM   #12
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    In regards to having a lop sided smile, I had this as well for probably up to 3 weeks. I also had one eyebrow that was completely paralyzed for about 2 (?) months. All have completely resolved themselves.

    I wasn't able to get fat injections along with my facelift because I didn't have the downtime. I didn't want to go back to work with my face look overly puffy, too self-conscious I guess. I've been thinking of going back for fat injections as my face is long and thin, getting almost gaunt the older I get (this is, unfortunately, inherited).

    I'd be very interested in how you feel about the fat injections once your swelling has gone down. I'm a bit worried about the fat injections because I've seen some actresses who's faces look sort of puffy and plastic and I think they've all had fat injections. Pricilla Presley is one, what in the heck did she do to her face? I also saw some recent photos of Madonna where her face looked unnaturally smooth, and I mean smooth in a mildly inflated ballon sort of way. I'm sure that the results of fat injections are due to the person who's doing them, like any other plastic surgery. As Dr. Marten specializes in fat injections I would expect his results to be much more natural looking.

    Please keep in touch and let me know how you feel about your face in general once a few months have gone by.

     
    Old 02-17-2008, 04:29 PM   #13
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    FYI, I had some issues with being out of breath as well. I've been a long distance runner since for almost 25 years so it was really strange to become winded after simply walking up a flight of stairs. No one told me that anesthesia could do this so I was wondering what the heck was gong on. After about 3 weeks I was almost back to normal, it wasn't until about a month and 1/2 before I felt truly myself.

     
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    Re: SMAS facelift schedule for 12/13 by Dr. Marten of SF

    Hi Ali,
    I sure hope my smile goes back to normal as quickly as yours did. That's my biggest concern. I just don't have the full muscle movement back yet, and I'm sure the numbness doesn't help either. Second concern is the tightness in my neck (especially being a singer). It's really tight. They said it would correct itself over 1-3 months, but, I just read today on another forum about a woman with the same tightness and it's been a year and it's still just as tight. That was not encouraging. I'm starting the lymphatic massages tomorrow. It's suppose help with all of these issues. Here I go freaking myself out again. I just need to be patient... I do have the time. It's only been 17 days. I'm not doing anything (as far as work is concerned) for another month 1/2. Wish me luck:-)

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    Old 02-17-2008, 11:45 PM   #15
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    My neck felt VERY tight as well but that resolved itself within about 3 months, gradually getting better every week. I almost wish it was tighter now! It's so scary to see that certain parts of your face don't work like they used to, I was totally freaked out when my right eyebrow wouldn't move at all! I was convinced that it was never going to get better but it did..completely. Don't hesitate to email or call Dr. Marten's office even if you just need reassurance. I know that I called him at least twice within a month about my eyebrow and he always got back to me right away and was very reassuring. I'm sure that you'll be fine, 17 days is not very long and none of what you're talking about seems anything out of the norm.

     
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