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Top 7 Myths about Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

nose-eyes-640x511Rhinoplasty or more commonly referred to as “nose job” is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures of today. Actually, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery it is the second most popular procedures, with breast augmentation taking the first place. It seems like everyone else is getting their nose “done” but you shouldn’t jump right in without first doing your research. Like any other cosmetic surgery choosing the right experienced board certified plastic surgeon is key to reaching your ideal aesthetic goals.

Many myths surrounding Rhinoplasty have come up over the years, but we are here to set them straight! Here are the top 7 myths about Rhinoplasty:

1. It’s “just” a nose job

Many people think that because the procedure in itself only takes about 1-2 hours it is a simple procedure but in fact it is one the most challenging operations in all of plastic surgery. Not only because of the surgical expertise that is required but the artistic elements that come into play. It is all about proportions; solely removing a dorsal hump can make your tip look droopy or creating an extremely small nose that is not proportionate to the size of your face may look unnatural.

2. I will get horrible bruising

I’m sure we have all seen those pictures of people with black eyes after their rhinoplasty. Although some bruising is only natural, it all depends on the individual. Some people will need to have their nose fractured (broken) before surgery while others will only need a tip raise. Also some people just bruise more easily than others. The delicacy in which the doctor performs the surgery also plays into the amount of bruising patient’s experience.

3. It is extremely painful

You would think patients experience a lot of pain after rhinoplasty given the nature of the surgery but as a matter fact they don’t! Most patients experience discomfort rather than pain. After the anesthesia has subsided you may experience some degree of pain but this can be relieved through pain medicines. But most of the time patients say it feels similar to a cold because there nose is congested and they may have a sore throat due to the breathing tube placed down their throat during surgery.

4. I want my nose to look like that celebrities nose

One size fits all does not apply to noses. Just because it looks good on a person does not mean it will necessarily look good or natural on you. Having realistic expectations is instrumental to achieving a natural and beautiful nose.

5. Rhinoplasty will definitely be covered by my insurance

Most of the time insurance providers do not cover a rhinoplasty since they are mostly performed for cosmetic reasons. However, sometimes patients opt for a nose job because of functional issues such as problems breathing from a deviated septum, in which case insurance may cover the procedure.

6. Any plastic surgeon is qualified to perform a Rhinoplasty

Just like all plastic surgeons attended medical school and have their degrees, they all have a specialty. Meaning they perform certain types of surgeries more than others and are specialized in that type of procedure. Since rhinoplasty is such a complex procedure you should make sure your plastic surgeon has performed a large amount of plastic surgeries. This assures that they have a deep knowledge base on the aesthetic and functional components a Rhinoplasty requires.

7. The Downtime is way too long

A major concern for many people with busy schedules is surgery downtime. Rhinoplasty downtime is actually quite short. People usually return to work after two weeks and some after just one week, because they don’t mind going to work with bandages. About 80% of the swelling is gone 21 days after surgery. Strenuous exercise can be resumed 3-4 weeks following your surgery and driving usually up to 7 days after surgery.

Dr. Fuentes brings 20 years of experience providing cosmetic medical services and dedicates much of his practice to Rhinoplasties.

Dr. Fuentes brings 20 years of experience providing cosmetic medical services and dedicates much of his practice to Rhinoplasties.

 

 

 

 

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Sara’s Incredible Post Bariatric Surgery Success Story

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Sara with a pair of her old pants that she is giving away after her incredible weight loss

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey! – See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

– See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Former patient, Sara Keenan recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. She explained that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with CosMed’s Dr. Quiroz. We are so proud of her dedication and perseverance throughout her weight loss journey!

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

– See more at: http://cosmedclinic.com/blog/#sthash.hBPoOlZl.dpuf

Sara, age 53,  recently told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that she is giving away all of her 3X and 4X size clothes since losing 170 pounds. In the article, she explains that she’s been able to maintain this incredible weight loss thanks to a new diet, exercise, and post bariatric surgery with Dr. Quiroz of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

More about Sara’s Weight Loss Journey:

After looking death in the face, Sara realized that she needed to lose a large amount of weight in order to live.  Weighing over 300 pounds, Keenan was struck with pneumonia, which was triggered by taking a narcotic for her back pain.  She realized then that in order to continue living, she needed to lose some weight.

After dropping an incredible 170 pounds, Sara searched long and hard to find the right doctor to remove the excess skin that remained.  That’s when she found Dr. Quiroz and learned about her options for plastic surgery after weight loss. Now, at age 53 Sara is turning more heads than ever before!

Read more about Sara’s amazing weight loss experience

 

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Unstitched at Last! Weeks TWO and THREE of Recovery from My Face Lift in Mexico

The following post is PART 4 in a series of blog posts by Sue Teague, a Retired RN and plastic surgery patient who had a brow lift, lower eyelid lift, neck lift & face lift at CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

*Click here to Read Part 1 – How I selected my plastic surgeon
*Click here to Read Part 2 – What to Expect the First Days after a Face Lift

*Click here to Read Part 3 – Week One of the Healing Process after Face Lift

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Still some swelling, and more recovery to come – but I can already see a dramatic difference!

It is Day 10 and, as you can see, the bruising has subsided and the face is starting to look more human than alien.
Here are a few temporary, downside realities:

  • The headaches from the extremely tight neck are still with me and I am taking Tylenol for relief…
  • My eyes feel dry and irritated and, when water gets in them in the shower, it is uncomfortable.  This is probably due to a mild inflammation and their being more “open”.
  • My skin is dry and sensation is completely altered.  My head feels like a cantaloupe…
  • Pressure to the sides of the face produce tenderness; needless to say, I must sleep on my back at all times…
  • The stitches are annoying and there is some tenderness at the back of the ears with drainage and mild infection.  The ear areas are on a “watch” with extra cleanliness care.

Did I say that the neck feels super tight and constricted?  It is not a “strangulation” feeling or produces any sensation of air hunger—it’s feels like you are wearing a cervical collar with a tight turtleneck.   I am still turning the head as a unit with the body.
After 10 days of recuperation, I thought “if this is as bad as it gets, then it’s a piece of cake!”  I have had several major surgeries in the past and would rate the facelift surgery as the easiest by far!

Day 8 was my first social public appearance and two acquaintances were amazed at how good I looked for being so freshly post-surgical.  I have to say that I agree!  The early result is quite encouraging and I can already appreciate the positive changes in my face.

Day 15
I am very excited to have my sister take my photo today!  I have passed another suture-removal milestone.   I emailed Dr. Quiroz a current set of close-up photos and he phoned me to say it was OK to remove the scalp sutures.    The suture removal was entirely painless since the scalp is numb.

The clinic advised that the area behind one of my ears was looking a little “funky”.  I sent Dr. Quiroz close-ups of these and advised him that I was monitoring them closely.  I enlisted my sister to help observe and take close-up photos.

The remaining ear and nape sutures are getting still annoying.  Being a lifelong nail biter, I am tempted to “fiddle” with them which are a no-no due to the possibility of introducing an infection.

I am driving but that is “iffy” since I do not have the ability to turn the head quickly or comfortably.  I do, however, drive an RV and am quite accustomed to using side mirrors.   Still, I believe it is smarter to be a passenger and would not recommend driving.

Day 22
I am finally stitch-free!   Even though the area behind my one ear is still “funky”, I feel this is major progress!  The clinic took a culture as a safeguard and wrote me scrip for an antibiotic.

The clinic nurse practitioner was quite impressed with the surgery and wanted to know who did it.  She assumed it was done locally (which in this area would be the Bay area or Portland).  When I told her about Dr. Quiroz in Tijuana, she was flabbergasted!   She gave me her email address and asked to see photos of my face “before”.

The most notable change in the last week is the eyes; they are not as swollen though one can still see the incision line.  I think that overall swelling is less than the last photo.  The neck is unchanged in either its appearance or the feeling of tightness.  However, I am now past the 3-week prohibition against turning the neck and have begun to cautiously turn my neck in small movements to relax and stretch stiffened muscles.

This week, I got a much-needed massage.   I phoned staff there and described my situation and they assured me that massage technique could accommodate me.   I was positioned on my back due to the facial sensitivity and staff paid special attention to relaxation and circulation.  I was unaware of the tension in my body from the constant vigilance of protecting my neck and head until after the wonderful massage!
I have been mingling in public without being self-conscious since Day 14.  At this point, a little makeup would probably cover any evidence of the surgery, but I do not wear makeup.

It is hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago, I began a journey in Mexico with no guarantees.

As I look back on a photo taken with my I-Pad days prior to surgery, I am very happy with my decision.

NEXT >> The Recovery Process at Days 30, 90 & 120.

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Canadians Travel to Mexico for Plastic Surgery, Seeking Quality Care, Better Value & a little Vacation Time

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With the money saved on plastic surgery in Mexico, patients from Canada are opting to stay a little longer for some vacation-style healing time.

Word has gotten out. Mexico offers more than a great value on plastic surgery, but also access to high quality, board certified surgeons and the opportunity for healing in a vacation-like setting.

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“The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure.” said Deanne.

Men & women from Canada are traveling over a thousand miles to COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Tijuana, Mexico. Located in the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, the clinic offers a spa-like environment that rivals any US or Canadian plastic surgery clinic.

“The faculty is immaculate and sterile,” said Deanne, a plastic surgery patient from Canada. “The state of the art equipment put my mind at ease that they are not taking any shortcuts. You  would never know you were in Mexico.”

Deanne, who had rhinoplasty, a breast lift and implant replacement, along with botox and fat transfer to the face, first met Dr. Quiroz while he was working at a practice in Orange Country, California. He later opened COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico and she followed him.

“I figured it’s not the place but the faith and trust I have in Dr. Quiroz. His credentials, expertise, and how happy I have been with what he has done- I would never go to any other surgeon” she said.

In addition to Dr. Quiroz, COSMED is home to several prominent board certified plastic surgeons including Dr. Castañeda and Dr. Fuentes as well as Dr. de la Fuente, a dermatologist experienced in both clinical and cosmetic Dermatology. All of the surgeons have undergone rigorous training to remain at the top of their fields, continually updating their techniques and surgical knowledge.

Besides her trust in COSMED, the second reason Deanne travels from Canada to Mexico for plastic surgery is the price. “The price is amazingly less expensive. I can afford an entire vacation and the procedure. “

But the cost savings of having plastic surgery in Mexico is  just part of the attraction. The quality of care and doctor patient relationship is proving it’s worth the extra distance.

“What many of my Canadian patients have in common is complaints about their health system,” explained COSMED plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Castañeda. “They always appreciate the closer patient-doctor relationship we provide here in Mexico.“

Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico for breast augmentation. She chose COSMED not only because of the credentials and qualifications of the plastic surgeons and staff, but because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.”

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Kelsey traveled from Canada to Mexico because she wanted to “have a vacation at the same time so I could heal well.” She spent a week after surgery with a friend in San Diego, just a few miles from COSMED.

“My advice to other Canadians would be to take a friend or family member with you to stay with you and make sure you stay for one week after surgery. I stayed for two weeks, but the second week I stayed in San Diego so I was close by. Make sure you feel 100% confidant in your decision and have realistic expectations for your results. I would go back to Mexico for other procedures but only to COSMED Clinic.”

Kelsey went on to say that “COSMED is beautiful. I felt right at home and the staff was very friendly and Dr. Quiroz was great. He understood the result I was looking for and took time to answer any questions I had.”

COSMED Plastic Surgery Center is located across the border in Tijuana, which is conveniently located next to the neighboring city of San Diego, California.  Earlier this year, COSMED moved to the new VIDA Wellness & Beauty Institute, which is also home to the new Recovery Boutique.   The partnership with the Recovery Boutique hotel provides a convenient, stress-free way for plastic surgery patients to heal under the care of registered nurses.

“Every step of the way was organized by COSMED. COSMED was there for me from landing at the airport to making sure I got back across the border safely with a driver. When I stayed at the hotel we had transportation to and from the hotel to the clinic which was great! My friend and I never felt unsafe during our whole time there,” said Kelsey.

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Self portrait of Kelsey, a Canadian who had breast augmentation surgery at COSMED Plastic Surgery in Mexico with Dr. Quiroz.

“Travel to Mexico is easy and painless,” agrees Deanne. “COSMED offers border pickup and drop off so it makes the cross border experience seamless. I feel very comfortable at COSMED. They are very friendly and helpful. I plan on returning to Mexico to for a facelift and a new set of breasts. I am so happy with the results I have had.”

“I am extremely happy with my results! I would recommend Dr.Quiroz to anyone! The surgery has changed my life as I have more confidence and feel great since my surgery.” said Kelsey

Learn more about the Benefits of Plastic Surgery in Mexico, as well as travel information and maps at CosMedClinic.com

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Melanie’s Journey: How Weight Loss Surgery Changed My Life

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Melanie with her husband after having surgery in Mexico, “I have never been happier IN MY LIFE! I have gained years on my life, I have gone hiking, running, wearing a ‘normal’ seatbelt on a airplane flight- instead of the fat-belt extender, and being active in my kids life!”

The following success story was submitted by Melanie, a patient of CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico

My name is Melanie, I am 37 years old, and this is my story…

I have not always been overweight, but when I had kids, I found out that I had Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). One of the many symptoms is weight gain. There is no cure. It is sort of a catch 22, because one of the treatments is weight loss.

After MANY more years of gaining weight, and being so tired that I couldn’t even keep my eyes open, I would go to doctor after doctor…and having MANY doctors tell me “you just need to get off the couch”  “stop being lazy” (yes, they ACTUALLY said this to me!)

I FINALLY found a doctor that discovered I had a Thyroid condition!  EIGHT years passed, before I was Diagnosed! So between both diseases, I ballooned up to 366 lbs.  I told my husband that I wanted to be an active part of my kids lives, and I wanted to watch them grow up, so I made the decision to have surgery. At first I was determined to get gastric bypass but  I needed to jump thru hoops to TRY to get anything done – up to two years! So I looked into alternatives. I still wanted to to have Gastric Bypass, until I found Dr. Gonzales. I researched him extensively, looked on weight loss blog sites, etc. My husband was SO against going to mexico, let alone for a SURGERY!

What we didn’t realize was that doctors in Mexico are trained a lot longer than Doctors in the US. After meeting the Doctor, having him explain the benefits of Lap-Band, and knowing that he is one of the top weight loss surgeons in the country, my husband was asking ” so how soon can I get my wife into get the lap-band?!” I had my Lap- Band surgery in January of 2007. Since then I have lost 123 lbs!!  (It is hard to lose more, since most is skin) The bed side manor of the doctors, is BY FAR the best in the WORLD!

When I had my surgery, I needed to used the restroom, after all the IV.  I saw Dr. Gonzalez and when he asked me how I was feeling,  I asked him for a nurse, because I needed to go- he said, “We don’t need a nurse… I am here, & I will help you”. He proceeded to help me up, to the restroom, waited outside the door, then helped me back to bed! Even in all my grogginess, it is something I will NEVER forget. Genuine, caring  and compassionate!

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Melanie before weight loss surgery, “I FINALLY found a doctor that discovered I had a Thyroid condition! EIGHT years passed, before I was Diagnosed! So between both diseases, I ballooned up to 366 lbs. “

Well, needless to say, I have never been happier IN MY LIFE! I have gained years on my life, I have gone hiking, running, wearing a ‘normal’ seatbelt on a airplane flight- instead of the fat-belt extender, and being active in my kids life!   But the happiness came to a grinding halt, when I started having a lot of pain in my neck and shoulders. Again, back to sleeping all day and night, doctors, tests –all to find out I had Fibromyalgia. Disease #3. This was life changing. I could no longer function normally. I hated sleeping all day again, and not be active with my family. UGH.

The doctors wanted to start me on yet ANOTHER med, but I refused. I changed my diet, changed my exercise, and learned my limits. I was taking my life back- but there was more. After many wasted  years of being overweight, I had tons of extra skin.  I had many back problems and migraines up to 3 times a WEEK, and neck pain. I knew that I needed to have a breast reduction/lift to help with this. I know I also have to have a full body lift, but I started with my breasts first. BY FAR, it is THE SECOND BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE!!  As soon as I woke up from surgery, I didn’t have anymore back/ neck pain! After about a week, I realized that I no longer was getting migraines!!!

Dr. Alejandro Quiroz: Since going to CosMed, I had met him many times, and I knew when the time came, I would have my plastic surgery done by him. Again, I  researched him EXTENSIVELY along with recommendations, and pictures and found that he was another doctor who is top in his field!

My husband met him, and felt the same way that he felt when he met Dr. Gonzales! He explains things in a way that the average person will understand. Most Doctors give you a whole bunch of technical bull, that leaves you more confused, then they leave… NOT HIM!  Dr. Quiroz was patient with all our questions, all our concerns, and took as long as we needed until we were content with our decision to go forward with the surgery!

The trust and compassion that you feel with the Team at CosMed, is indescribable. They TRULY care about their patients, before, during and after surgery! The front staff is amazing. They always call to check on me. When I had worries with my breast reduction, I emailed the Doctor, and he called me back!  THE DOCTOR! I was a little stunned at first. I expected a nurse to call like they usually do in the States! But I was happy that I got to voice my concerns with the Doctor HIMSELF, instead of thru a third party! Just talking to him, calmed my fears, and I will forever be great full for that.

I have not been able to have my body lift, but when the time comes, you better believe that there is only ONE place that I will be doing it! COSMED!

If I can do this, with all the trials that I have had in my life, YOU can too! We all have the power to make the changes that we want to be.. I hope that one day, you will see the “new & improved” pictures , after my Lower Body Lift (LBL), but until then, here are a few before and afters of my weight loss!  (Oh, and when I started eating right, and making changes and losing weight, so did my husband! lol)

Before and After

Love, and many Blessings…

-Melanie Corral
CosMed Patient

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Face Lift Mexico: A Look at the Healing Process after a Face Lift in Mexico

The following post is PART 3 in a series of blog posts by Sue Teague, a Retired RN and plastic surgery patient who had a brow lift, lower eyelid lift, neck lift & face lift at CosMed Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

*Click here to Read Part 1 – How I selected my plastic surgeon
*Click here to Read Part 2 – What to Expect the First Days after a Face Lift

Common Sense, Consultation and Self-Care
Week ONE after my Face Lift in Mexico

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Here is what I looked like before my Facelift, and what I look like during my recovery time, one week post-surgery.

Pity the people who are subjected to the sight of my mug!  One week post-surgery and I am not yet ready to go out in public.  Thank goodness for reality TV and my dog who loves me no matter how I look!  Normally, I am moderately active but I am aware of being a little “off my feed”.   I am still taking my pain meds “as needed” for an afternoon headache due to uncomfortable skin and muscle tightness which gives me a good excuse for a short afternoon nap.

Dr. Quiroz had previously instructed me to “consult” on Day 7, so I emailed a set of digital photos showing the progress of the facelift healing.  My sister helped me take close-up views of my incisions and the sutures inside the hairline (if you have the brow lift), in front of both ears, behind each ear and the nape sutures (with the neck lift).

The skin behind one ear is slightly reddened and mildly tender.   I boosted the oral antibiotics with a dab of topical antibiotic cream.   It is on a “watch” for progression; it is far better to aggressively treat an infection in the early stage than wait.

Nursie Alert:  infections come from contact with hands so keep your hands clean and away from incisions.

Incisions continued to drain necessitating frequent washing.  Wedge a Kleenex behind the ears to dry.   The skin still feels very tight, waxy and numb.  Note that the bruising just below the skin surface is “old bruise” i.e. yellowish and diffuse.   My face is very sensitive to pressure.  I let shower water run over my head to clean the unhealed sutured areas so there is no need to apply any pressure.   Using clean tissue behind the ears to dry the skin prevents hand contact or the possibility of introducing infective stuff from towels/washcloths.  This is part of my Nursie Germ Paranoia.

I am still sleeping on my back in the “drainage” position and continuing to “be a robot” turning my head and body together “as one”.

Remember, you will not be at CosMed by this time (probably) and will use common sense and self-care, along with consultation!

Just a week post-surgery and the face is dramatically:

…the “11” (eleven) is gone from between my eyes

… folds are gone from above my upper eyelids

…the deep under eye line is gone.  (This was especially prominent in the Virtual Consultation profile photo.)

…the eyes appear to be more open; the “hooded” effects of relaxed skin/muscle at the outside edges has been lifted (blue arrows).   (They are still disproportionately widened below due to incomplete healing.)

…the nasolabial folds extending from the lower part of the nose to the bottom of the chin are missing and you can see a slight difference in upturn of the lip and mouth line.   The cheeks do not look as flat.

…the pouching/sagging on both sides of the lower chin have disappeared  and this improved the shape of the face.

Holy Cow!  I can see my “real face” beginning to emerge!

I noted that my gray hair was really showing, due to repeatedly washing the “surgery mousse” out and daily head cleansing.    I now need another hair coloring badly but was advised to hold off coloring until much later.

Dr.Quiroz phoned me back after looking at the photos and advised that the sutures around eyes could be removed.

The folks at the Walk-in Clinic for suture removal regarded me as an oddity;  I am currently on the north coast of California in a small town and was greeted with everything from “You GO, Girl!” to “I don’t want to seem judgmental but why would you do such a thing (go to Mexico)?”    I took the latter comment as “bland curiosity” and took no offense.    I am sure this will be an ongoing part of my public drama, as I will need several visits for suture removal in the coming weeks—not to mention social chitchat.   One would be wise to prepare ahead for social interactions and have a nice “canned” reply.   My reaction is matter-of-fact.   I have learned by now that you can seldom change attitudes and what people are really seeking is a validation of their own beliefs about something.   Generally, humor gets one over the social hurdle and sometimes the less said, the better!

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NEXT >>> Unstitched at Last! Weeks TWO and THREE of Recovery from My Face Lift in Mexico

Did you miss her first posts?
Part 1 – How I selected my plastic surgeon

Part 2 – What to Expect the First Days after a Face Lift

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Face Lift Mexico – What to Expect the First few days After Surgery

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Sue spent the first few days after her face lift under the care of registered nurses at the Recovery Boutique. She describes her stay as “a pleasant blur of naps, mealtime chats at the Café and amusing myself in my room (pictured here) reading, watching TV and surfing the internet.”

Submitted by Sue Teague, Retired RN,  CosMed Patient & Guest Blogger

The following post is PART 2 in a series of blog posts by an actual patient who had a brow lift, lower eyelid lift, neck lift & face lift in Mexico.
*Click here to Read Part 1 – How I selected my plastic surgeon
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Dr.  Quiroz walked in the exam room and, of course, I recognized him from his photos and exclaimed happily “You’re my Doctor!”  He sat down and chatted a few minutes—he chats easily and has a charming, confident, and attentive manner.  I give him a “10” on bedside manner and listening skills—something that I have found challenging in the physician population in general.

Based on our 5-minute chat, we agreed to change the plan slightly and do “a little more.”  He made sure I understood that after he fixes the muscles below the skin, my face would need a second treatment for my extremely sun-damaged Florida skin.  I had already planned to get some sort of treatment for my deep folds and mouth pucker and assured him that I was aware that I needed to follow-up.  The assistant brought revised paperwork to document the change in care plan.  I was surprised and impressed that Dr. Quiroz took the “Before” photos himself.

I was then guided to the Pre-Op Waiting Room for pre-op vitals where two other patients were already on beds awaiting surgery.  I noted a well-organized stainless steel and glass construction surgical complex.  Being a retired RN in a hospital setting, I was impressed that equipment was modern and the area had been designed to maximize patient safety with clean and sterile conditions.

My vitals were taken and an IV catheter was inserted.  Happily, the skin was numbed before the catheter was inserted—a nice comfort luxury.  The anesthetist identified himself and asked the usual about past reactions and allergies.  The nurse gave me an injection and that is all I recall until I woke up in the Surgical Recovery Room where I stayed the night.  I slept on and off, and with pain meds, was comfortable.  The only discomfort was bed positioning; I was not allowed to have a pillow and was required to be slightly inclined on my back to encourage drainage.

The next morning, an aide wrapped my head in a bandage and transported me to my room at the Recovery Boutique.  Attached to “me” were two long tubes attached to syringes into which fluids from the operative area passively drain.

On arrival in the Recovery Boutique, the first thing I did was ask for more pillows.  Darn!  I still cannot have a pillow!  I was tucked in by the staff attendants and instructed to purchase antibiotics and pain pills unless I had brought my own.  I had brought my own pain medication and purchased the clinic antibiotics.

I became bored with the limited TV programming, much of which I could not understand since I speak English only.  I used the wifi to amuse myself online and got up for meals in the Café public area.  The food was delicious and the Café stocked lots of snacks and beverages for between meals.   The staff attendants were very accommodating and soon learned that I wanted to mingle with others and came to fetch me at mealtimes.
Dr.  Quiroz saw me the next day to look at the incisions and remove the drains.  Removal of the drains does not hurt; it feels like prickly or fluttery sensation.  I asked him about the thick substance which coated my hair and he said the attendants would help me shampoo it out the next day.

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Day 2 after my face lift. You must constantly remind yourself to “Be a Robot.” It is important for the neck muscles to remain unstretched by movement.

I slept and rested on Day 2 and noticed the increased bruising on Day 3.

Despite looking like a train wreck, I felt fine, and was curious about the continuous power tool noise.  So, I grabbed my camera to go check out the preparations for the Clinic Grand Opening.  You can see some of my photos here.

The remainder of my time in the Recovery Boutique was a pleasant blur of naps, mealtime chats at the Café and amusing myself in my room reading, watching TV and surfing the internet.  While there, I was surprised to meet two young men who were having various surgeries and encouraged them to tell their stories.  The night before the Grand Opening, Joyce made the effort to visit me, which I very much appreciated knowing how tired she must have been.

I departed The Recovery Boutique on Post Op Day 4.  The ground transportation driver explained that we would not need to stop in Customs because of a new Medical Tourism lane that had recently opened up, allowing clinical transport vehicles to pause, offer passports for inspection and GO without delay!  Apparently, this special Fast Pass Lane requires clinics and doctors to “qualify” for the special clearance permissions.  What a pleasant surprise!

On Postop Day 4, I was not a pretty sight! At the airport on my way home, I tried to avoid frontal exposure to small children!

These are my Top 10 observations of my early post-surgical face and experience, which included a brow lift, lower eyelid lift, midface lift, and neck lift:

  1. You will be hideous looking and the upper face will be disportionately enlarged with swelling.  I thought my head looked “alien-like.”
  2. Your skin will feel very tight and stretched to the max.  The downside of this is a constant, low-level headache, which is the only discomfort I treated with pain meds and distraction.
  3. Red, yellow and brown bruising appeared and peaked on Days 3-4.
  4. Your skin will be swollen and have altered sensation to touch.  For me, it felt numb and gummy.  At first, I thought that some kind of surgical adhesive had been applied.  Dr. Quiroz said “no glue.”
  5. You will have skin surface irregularities; you might notice a puckers and bumps.
  6. You will lose some scalp hair.  Surgery applies some substance, like high-test mousse gel to your hair and when it dries, it feels like Chinese fried noodles.  Wash, lather, and repeat… the shower at the Recovery Boutique is SO luxurious!  I have thin, fine hair and I was somewhat distressed at the condition of my normally fragile hair.  This was an unexpected and unpleasant surprise.
  7. You must constantly remind yourself to “Be a Robot.”  It is important for the neck muscles to remain unstretched by movement.  When moving the head, be sure to turn it and the upper body as one unit.  There is a penalty if you do not obey this rule- a hematoma or seroma.  I briefly considered wearing a soft cervical collar, but in reality, found that the general neck tightness was enough of a reminder.
  8. You will sleep on your back to encourage drainage and not disturb new incisions and sutures.  The sutured area is also too tender lie on.  I found this hard at first because I use about four pillows for side sleeping, but back lying became easier and was, after all, for a good cause and temporary.  You may have some drainage on your pillows.
  9. You will be on antibiotic therapy for 14 days; the pharmacy sends ciprofloxacin (Cipro) so if you have a problem with this med or antibiotics in general, contact your surgeon ahead of your arrival.
  10. You will be in touch with your surgeon with regular follow-ups.  I am not local and departed a little earlier than Dr. Quiroz wanted me to.  Therefore, we agreed that I would send close-up digital photos of the incisions and sutures, along with front and side photos.  Dr. Quiroz would then phone me with instructions for further care.  He is not only a good surgeon; he’s a good egg!  Though not as desirable a follow-up as being there, it is good enough for an uncomplicated recuperative course and sufficient to get you to a local doctor if necessary.

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