Kathy, a 62-year-old patient of Dr. Silberblatt, has received skin care including Fraxel Laser Resurfacing treatments over the past several years. Originally, a friend suggested she visit us for her skin care needs. In September of last year she decided to have a facelift. Dr. Silberblatt performs this and other plastic surgery procedures such as laser liposuction, breast augmentations, tummy tucks and eyelid surgeries in his accredited surgery center. Skin care includes Biomedic Micorpeels (lunchtime peels), Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, and Fraxel Laser Resurfacing. Medical strength skincare products, Botox and facial fillers are also available.
1. How has having face lift affected your life?
I wanted to look as good as I felt. Waking up and looking in the mirror I saw the effects of gravity on my face, which just ruined that good feeling. Now, I wash my face, brush my teeth and go off feeling good about myself.
2. Did a friend or celebrity having this procedure motivate or inspire you?
I saw someone I knew who looked so much nicer than she had the previous time I’d seen her. I didn’t ask her if she had a facelift but she looked so radiant and fresh that I only presumed. I felt that was how I wanted to look and feel.
3. When did you first start thinking about plastic surgery? Can you describe the moment you decided your were going to have this procedure?
I came into Dr. Silberblatt’s office nearly 2 years ago to hear and learn about the Thermage and Fraxel techniques thinking that they might effect the changes I was looking for. Fraxel certainly made a lovely difference, but at its end I realized it was not going to stop the effects of gravity. Throughout this time, I made several appointments with Dr. Silberblatt to get answers to the many questions that kept coming to mind. During the last meeting, with my last question answered, I knew positively that I would have a facelift. In fact, I scheduled the procedure on my way out.
4. Did you go through a lot of before/after pictures?
I did. I thought they were very good. I felt that the changes I saw were the kind I wanted to see in me.
5. What was the most difficult part of your recovery? Did anything help ease the pain?
The most difficult part of my recovery was sleeping with a wedge to keep my face elevated since I am a died-in-the-wool side sleeper! And I can honestly say that the pain factor was completely minimal. I’ve had a tooth pulled that hurt more than my facial surgery.
6. How long until you felt better?
I had my surgery done on a Wednesday and by Friday, with the large bandage off; I was out in the car visiting my friends.
7. Describe one experience since your surgery when you looked and yourself and just said, “Wow!”
When, out of the corner of my eye, I caught the reflection of myself in a large mirror and just for a second wondered who that pretty lady was!!!
8. Having already gone through this process, what is single most important thing you learned? What would you say to anyone currently considering this procedure? What is your advice?
If you don’t like what you see in the mirror and can define what it is you would like to change, then go for it! I did not want to look “X amount” of years younger, nor did I want to look like someone else. I liked my face with all its little imperfections. I just didn’t like losing my chin and seeing my jowls and mouth drift downward. I was definite about that.
9. Are you going to tell all of your friends and family that you had a procedure or let them wonder?
I think I’ve already told everyone I could possibly tell!
10. If Dr. Silberblatt were here right now, what would you say?
I would tell him that first and foremost you are a good listener. You heard what I wanted to change and meticulously created those changes. It takes both art and science to do that. I think he’s very much an artist as well as a doctor.