In this video we learn about the recovery process of the facelift surgery.
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Facelift Surgery Recovery Janice: It's hard to believe it's been six months but yes. Male: Are you happy with the results? Janice: I’m thrilled, very happy, so let’s talk about the recovery period. How did—did anything take you by surprise because it was harder or easier than you thought it would be or—It was about what I expected; I really bounced back pretty quickly after about two weeks. Male: How long was it after the surgery, after you got home that you really started to feel comfortable going at? Janice: Just about the two week period, I actually went back to work after two weeks, part time but I felt good enough and by that point the bruising has gone down tremendously that I was able to cover it up with makeup. So I felt that I was—it still had some swelling but it was okay. Male: And how long would you say that it took for you to feel that no one could know that you’d had anything done. That’s when all the swelling has gone down and that type. Janice: I actually—the first time was November that I was really comfortable because we made a trip to Southern California for Thanksgiving. I saw my three grand children that I hadn’t seen since before the surgery, several months before the surgery and they didn’t know about it and I was waiting to see their reaction. And they’re older, they’re not little kids, they’re like 12, 13, and 15 and none of them said a word. None of them even knew, it was just—but my son who did know about it took me aside and said “mom, you look great.” Male: Okay, what about reactions of others, not just family members but you know friends and colleagues that type of thing, what kind of reactions have you gotten? Janice: I haven’t told anyone because I kind of wanted to see what reaction I would get and we were in the grocery store not too long after the surgery, I would say it might have been a three weeks, maybe four when definitely though all the bruising was gone. And I ran into my neighbor from across the street and I thought “oh no, she’s going to know” and we started talking, she was there with her husband, I was there with my husband, all four of us we’re talking and she kept kind of looking at me. And she never said anything and she’s definitely the type that would if she suspected but she didn’t, so I felt really pleased. Male: What would you—what kind of advice would you give other women considering this type of procedure. Janice: I think it's a very personal decision. It needs to be something that you really want to do for yourself, not for someone else but if you are—if this is something that you are thinking about that would make you feel better I would really encourage you to do it because it really has made a huge difference for me about how I feel about myself. And I wasn’t really expecting it because it wasn’t something that I was sure that I wanted to do until my sister whose a couple years older than I am had one and I when I saw her and she looks so great and she looked younger than me. I didn’t want to be the older sister so that kind of made up my mind and also my husband I have to say now calls me his hottie and he’s never called me that before. So right there, that made it worth it. Male: Did you had any fear when you went into this procedure that you know that the recovery would be for a long time that you would look like Quasimodo for so long that maybe it wasn’t worth it. What kind of experience you have with that and what would you tell anyone else going through this experience? Janice: I was fearful; I kind of tried to not to try to think about the actual procedure itself and how it's going to be done because it is kind of a scary thought to have your face cut on. I was a little bit worried that it was going to be painful afterward, so it worked not to dwell on it too much. I mean I needed the information to know what I was doing and what I was getting into and be well aware on anything but I didn’t focus thinking about the actual procedure. However the recovery, I was