Flaboverfifty, Part IV

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

Every day is a little adventure when I look in the mirror.

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.

I no longer need to wear the bandage. It isn’t my most flattering look anyway.

To Be Continued…

PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLBY!

14 Responses to “Flaboverfifty, Part IV”

  1. Hollis says:

    Brava, Geri! For your bravery, your lovely results, and your choice of surgeon. Dr, Giese is my surgeon too, and I cannot say enough good things about her. Caring, competent, and savvy, Dr. Giese offers a wide range of surgical (and non-surgical) options. For anyone who is interested in pursuing an “aesthetic upgrade” — RUN, don’t walk, to Dr. Giese! I’m very glad I did.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Hollis (great name, BTW)

      love your comment.

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  2. DivaDebbi says:

    You look wonderful Geri!!! Yay for you!! Surgery is scary, but you were obviously in wonderful hands. Dr. Giese seems to understand that you truly wanted to look like you, just rested, refreshed and yes, younger. I bet her phone is ringing off the hook…

    Enjoy!!!

    Debbi

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  3. Mary says:

    You just look absolutely awesome. Thanks so much for your informative posts and photos. It really helps to see the progress photos instead of just befores and afters.

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    • Geri says:

      Thanks so much Mary. I agree with you about the before and after photos. I have one or two more installments to report.

      Geri

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  4. Geri says:

    Good Morning Duchesse,

    Great questions. Read the first or second installment why it’s not considered a facelift. Hardly any pain at all. Didn’t even need Vicodin. Just Tylenol.

    It IS considered surgery but not invasive like a facelift would be. And they’re not lifting the face at all, but taking out the fat from the jowl area. Will cover more later.

    oxo
    G.

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  5. Duchesse says:

    Really noticeable results. You are brave! I am still confused why this is not considered a facelift, b/c you had surgery. Is it just b/c surgery was done on lower area? Are you able to sleep? Much pain still?

    I have a few friends who have had surgery (eyes, forehead lift) but most get injections. (I have not done any of this.)

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  6. Geri says:

    Hi Heather,

    Look for today’s installment later. oxo

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  7. Heather Chapple says:

    Simply you are brave…3 months then I want to see the portrait…..hugs Heather

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  8. Geri says:

    Hi Gail,

    There is hardly any swelling when you have the eyelids done. I will tell Shelley. She will be thrilled to hear what you said about her.

    Love,
    Geri

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  9. GAIL CIPRELLO says:

    GERI, YOU LOOK GREAT I AM THINKING ABOUT GETTING EYE LIDS DONE IN THE SUMMER, I AM OFF IN THE SUMMER AND THE SWELLING WOULD BE GONE BY SEPT. WHEN I GO BACK TO WORK.. TELL SHELLEY SHE LOOKS GOOD ON THE HOME PAGE. I MISS HER , SHE WAS THE GREATEST BOSS EVER.

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  10. Nancy says:

    Wow, Geri! That’s all so awesome and you are very brave! I am going to be having a procedure myself in a few weeks – an upper arm makeover. Yay for us!

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Yay for us is right! Did you check out the site Nancy?

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      • Nancy says:

        I did visit tonight, and naturally I think it is just FAB! I joined and setup my profile, etc. How exciting this must be for you! Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to visiting regularly.

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