Note: Scroll down to see installments I,II & III
Wednesday, January 20
Back to Dr. Giese. She removes the stitches and examines my face. She says she’s pleased with my progress, although I have a slight nerve paralysis on the left side of my lip. Full feeling should return within two weeks. I trust her when she says it’s not permanent.
She says the swelling will take a few more weeks to completely dissipate, and when it does, I will love the results.
I have an appointment to return next Tuesday for another follow up. Dr. Giese says she’d like to inject a wrinkle filler, called Radiesse, at the temples and in the folds between the sides of my nose and my mouth (they’re called nasolabial folds.) It supposedly stimulates our body to produce our own natural collagen. “Sure,” I say.
Thursday, January 21
Healing continues. I feel most discomfort in my chin, but can easily function with it. My FOF friend Catherine meets me at the office before our dinner date. The minute she looks at me, she says: “Wow!”
This is so much fun, I think.
Friday, January 22
Saturday, January 23
I return to Nathalie for another “post-surgery facial.” While I’m there, I decide to have a bikini laser treatment. Nathalie tells me that after three treatments, I will no longer have to do bikini waxing. The laser is slightly uncomfortable, but I figure “no pain, no gain.”
Monday, January 25
My faces gets better and better every day. I continue to wear the bandage most of the day to keep the skin close to the neck and jaw line. More feeling is returning to the left side of my lip.
Tuesday, January 26
I am back at Dr. Giese’s office. She is delighted with the results so far. “It’s only been 12 days since the surgery and you look great,” she says. She is especially pleased that feeling is returning to my lip so soon. It will take another month before all the swelling on my face disappears. Honestly, I’d be happy if nothing more changed.
The Radiesse injections go well. I see immediate results. Dr. Giese squirts a bit of the Radiesse on her finger and shows me that it has the consistency of toothpaste and tells me the results could last over a year, compared to Restylane filler, which is thinner. We shall see.