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I had my initial consultation with Mr Guest in March last year and immediately felt that I could have complete confidence in him. He explained fully the results I could realistically expect and what would be involved. A little disappointingly at the time, he advised that the AMF alone would not lift my neck and if I was particularly concerned about this I should opt for a neck lift in addition. However, he said he would not recommend this in my case. I decided straightaway that I would like to go ahead with the AMF but, due to work commitments, I had to wait until October before I could book a date for my surgery. In the meantime, Kate was very helpful in answering all my questions and giving me advice.
When the date for my surgery finally came round, I arrived at the hospital feeling very anxious and nervous, but the lady who escorted me to my room, the nurses and Mr Guest and Dr Sadasa, who both came in to see me and explain everything prior to surgery, were all very kind and patient and I have nothing but praise for the Spire Hospital and all the staff.
I requested maximum sedation as I did not want to be aware of anything that was happening during the procedure, but I was terrified of this being administered as I have a needle phobia and I was literally shaking with fear as I was taken to theatre. I do remember the awful feeling of waiting for the needle to be stuck in the back of my hand, but after that I have no memory until the procedure was all over and I was back in my room. I was given a packet of biscuits and told to eat them but I could not open my mouth far enough to bite them and just had to suck the edges. Likewise, I could not eat the lunch I had ordered other than taking sips of soup. Apart from that, though, I felt fine and enjoyed the opportunity to relax in bed and watch TV. Of course there was a little soreness and discomfort, but any pain was minimal.
Although I can’t now remember the timescale, a nurse came and administered tranexamic acid intravenously twice after surgery. I found the sensation very unpleasant and was convinced I was going to be violently sick, although in the event wasn’t. The second time I asked for it to be administered via a drip rather than all in one go, which was more bearable although still made me feel very queasy. The next hurdle was the removal of the drains the following morning, which I found excruciatingly painful (although I gather it is far less so in most cases). I was embarrassed that I even screamed out at one point and felt ashamed that I was making such a fuss when I was putting myself through it all voluntarily, but the nurses really were “angels” and seemed to take it all in their stride demonstrating nothing but patience and kindness.
One point I would make that I can’t recall reading about in any other posts is that the notes provided by ME advise that you are not allowed to eat anything from midnight until you are seen by Mr Guest the following day but can drink liquids. However, the nursing staff would not allow any liquids at all and by the time Mr Guest saw me half way through the next morning I was absolutely gasping with thirst. It also meant that I had not been able to swallow any painkillers, which may be why the removal of the drains was so painful.
When the bandages came off I was delighted to see straightaway that my jowls had disappeared and there was hardly any bruising or puffiness at all. Also, although Mr Guest had warned me at the outset not to expect any improvement in my neck it did in fact look much smoother and firmer so this was huge bonus.
I had made plans to hide away for a fortnight, but this proved unnecessary and after a couple of days’ rest I was easily able to go out and about as normal wearing an Alice band to hide the stitches.
I returned to Bristol a couple of weeks later to have the stitches out and then again a few weeks after that to see Mr Guest for a final check-up and photographs to be taken.
In summary, five months after surgery I am absolutely thrilled with the results of my AMF. One of the best things about it is that the results don’t look like a face lift - just a rejuvenation of what I had a few years ago before everything started moving south. Nobody except my sister guessed what I had done but I have lost count of the number of comments I have received about how well I am looking or what lovely skin I have and I have no trace of scarring where the incisions were made. I still have a little numbness close to the incisions, particularly my ear lobes, but the feeling is gradually coming back. It was definitely worth every penny and any temporary pain and suffering involved and I wouldn’t hesitate to go through it again in the future if I need to.
I read in other posts that some people made a donation to an appropriate charity to appease any guilt they may have felt over undergoing surgery purely for vanity. I thought this was a lovely idea and decided to make a donation to “Debra”, a charity for the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa.
I hope my story and comments may be of some help and interest to anyone considering having an AMF.
I also have quite hooded eye lids and wonder about the bleph.... thingy. but as I work full time, I am worried that the swelling, bruising and scarring might make it difficult to show my face in an office environment, when I have no intention of telling anyone my plans.
I am scared about scarring but the majority of posts on here seem to have little problems .
Very best of luck in May.
I have just joined this Forum as I am meeting with Mr Guest next Wednesday!!!!! Can anyone send me any before and after shots? I am looking at the AMF, and eye thingy. Did anyone need a neck lift as well? I am 48. Any advise would be great. Also, is the sedation OK - I feel a bit nervous about it. Thanx
In my opinion, the only bad thing about the sedation is the needle going in your hand and this is only because of my own fears and probably wouldn't bother most people. Once that was over with, I was completely unaware of anything until it was all over and I was wide awake and feeling fine with no after effects.
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