Behind the Scenes: The LA Lift®
“I can’t believe I waited so long to have my lift done. I kept saying: when my kids grow up, when they go to college, when they move out. I wish I did it sooner because I look like myself again!”–Anonymous
What did you feel immediately after surgery?
I had a big bandage around my face which was tight and actually felt good. That only stayed on for a day and Dr. To removed it the next morning. The removal wasn’t painful and Dr. To gave me an ace-bandage-looking thing to wear. That felt tight and was a little itchy but it wasn’t too bad.
Did you have to take much pain medication after surgery?
Honestly, that was the most surprising part. I took my pain meds regularly, just like Danielle told me, the first day. When I woke up the next morning, I was a little uncomfortable so I took them again. But after that, I was able to switch over to Tylenol®. I don’t really like taking prescription pain medicine so I’m happy it wasn’t needed.
What did your family say to/about you after surgery?
My husband was both supportive and awful! When he saw me, he told me I looked like a beautiful q-tip (because of my bandage). But he was truly fantastic—he waited on me hand and foot because I knew before surgery that I had to completely rest when I got home.
Did your LA Lift® adversely affect your work schedule?
No, it didn’t. I had asked all the right questions during my consultation: How much time should I take off work? When can I go back? I was prepared. I took about 8 days off work and then went back. Dr. To said that was okay for me because I am an office worker and don’t lift heavy things.
What was the hardest part of your recuperation after your surgery?
I love working in my garden and doing yoga. Dr. To told me ahead of time that I would have to wait 3-4 weeks before I could resume my favorite activities, and he was right! That was so difficult because I’m an active person, but now that I’m healed and I look fantastic I can say it was all worth it.
How do you feel about the results of your LA Lift®?
Oh my. When I look in the mirror I see me again. For so many years I didn’t recognize the old lady staring back at me. It’s the best thing I ever did and I should have done it 10 years ago.