Surgery Update

It has been 6 days since I had the surgery that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to post an update.  Things have gone well, although this recovery has actually been more painful than either my previous surgeries.

I had surgery last Monday.  Basically there were two parts to the surgery.  First, I was having some facial surgery.  I was having a revision to my right eye lift to remove some additional skin.  While I was overall happy with my results I felt I had a little more skin drooping on my right eye than my left.  My surgeon had indicated that my brow was a little lower on the right eye (that is, it started that way) and removing any more skin in the initial surgery would have resulted in too long of a scar.  So, I have known for months that I would likely want to have this revision done.

Additionally I had a couple of final cholesterol deposits removed on both eyes near my nose.  I had a number of these deposits previously removed, but they can’t be done all in one surgery.

This is how my right eye looked in April.

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Pre-Op Update

I went in for my pre-op appointment before my upcoming surgical revision that I posted about the other day.  I like to post about these things for those who might be considering surgery or want to know more about the process.  As I’ve said before, overall I am very happy with the surgery that I had.  When I had surgery, though, I knew that revisions were not uncommon and I knew that I might need upper abdominal liposuction.

The pre-op appointment went well.  The surgeon clearly explained what he was doing and we talked about the specific areas that he was to address and what my concerns are.  The choice of surgeon is an important one and I strongly advocate researching thoroughly any surgeons being considered and making sure the surgeon is board certified as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  I posted more about that here.   I did a lot of research on my surgeon and have felt very comfortable with the work he has done on me.

We first talked about my facial revision.  We discussed in detail the area of excess skin on my upper right eye.  He is going to remove some additional skin and improve the scar appearance.  He is also going to remove another cholesterol deposits near my left eye.

We also talked out how people are not perfectly symmetrical in appearance.  He says it is common that people don’t really pay that much attention to it until after surgery.  It is after surgery that many of us really scrutinize our appearance and notice small asymmetry that was never noticed before. [Read more…]

Surgery Update and Upcoming Surgery Revision and Liposuction

I mentioned in an earlier post so that I will soon be having some additional revision surgery related to my prior plastic surgery.  I will be having that surgery in 2 weeks.  I wanted to update about my surgery and this planned revision.  Overall, I am extremely happy with the surgery that I had last year.  One year ago I had facial surgery.  I had a upper and lower eyelid surgery, a facelift, temporal browlift, and removal of cholesterol deposits around my eyes.  Overall, I am very happy with the results.  Below is a side by side picture of me on my birthday a couple of weeks ago compared to my birthday last year shortly before surgery.

I was almost shocked when I looked at these photos side by side.  I’ve gotten used to the new face and I had forgotten how big a change exists from then to now.  Just looking at the current photo (as well as looking in the mirror), I am so happy with the result.

Then, in July I had a tummy tuck and breast lift.  I have also been extremely happy with that surgery. Here is a side by side photo of my tummy pre-surgery and then a photo taken last October.  Again, you can see there is a huge difference.

I will leave to your imagination the changes with the breast lift, but those are just as dramatic. [Read more…]

March April Goal Update

I forgot to post on goals at the end of March, probably because I did so poorly during March.  So, this covers March and April.  My two primary goals are to cook more food at home and to start going to the Y and work on strength training.

I did terrible on both of these during March.  In March I ate out too much and ate too much processed foods.  And, I wasn’t active at all.  April was marginally better.  I cooked more at home.  My average daily calories eaten were 240 calories a day less than in March (and March had been better than February).  January was my best month this year on eating, but April was pretty good despite my being up 1.4 pounds at my April weigh in.  I would like to cut it about 50 calories a day, but overall I was happy with it.

While I am doing more eating at home and less processed foods, I haven’t done in freezer meals during April.  I have a couple of things that I like to make for quick meals — a turkey chili and some chicken/bean wraps — but I haven’t done them.  This is on my list for May. [Read more…]

Goal Update

At the start of this year, I decided to make monthly goals.  I did make some progress on them, but will repeat them for February.

The first goal was to cook more food at home and make freezer meals for future use.  I did reasonably well on this.  In my post setting my January goals, I said I had made some turky chili and some chicken/bean/rice wraps in a large batch.  I had then frozen individual servings.  That was a good start, but I indicated I needed to do more.  And, didn’t do any more of that type of cooking for the rest of the month.  We did eat more at home because I decided to only eat out once on the weekend instead of twice every weekend.  That was adding too many extra calories and making it harder during the week, particularly when we sometimes needed to eat out during the week when we were out and about far from home.  By only eating out once on most weekends, it has helped to make the rest of the week easier.

The second goal was to rejoin the YMCA and start strength training again.  I did rejoin the Y, but haven’t done anything with it.  January was a terrible month on activity.  There were some reasons for some of this.  January was a rough month for us and our pets.  Our 14 1/2 year old dog died.  That was expected as something that was going to soon happen, but was still hard.  Then, our cat who was being treated for lymphoma had come out of remission and by the end of the month he was gone.  And, finally, one of our other cats (the one I showed in the Christmas tree) had to have major surgery to have all of her teeth removed (to treat gingivostomatitis).  Her recovery has gone very well, but it was all very stressful.  During this time, I really just wanted to mostly be home with my pets and didn’t have a lot of energy to think about working out.

For February, the plan is to continue on with the goals I had for January.  I will do more cooking and will actually start using the Y.