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barnmama
Crown Point, IN

 
do those 'nike swoosh lines' from mouth heading towards cheeks ever go away on their own?
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my mini lift/neck lift is only 1 week old in the healing stages. I had a lot of loose skin with great deal of laxisity. I have noticed those 'swhoosh' lines particularly on one lower cheek, above jaw line. My surgeon is very good, and feels it is caused by the swelling, and will resolve. My question is, Honestly, if I am seeing them NOW at this stage, are they going to get worse, or do they ever go away after the swelling settles? Like has anyone ever seen them appear, then go away.

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docblinski


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Miami, FL
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February 25, 2013 4:14 AM

Yes I see the residual laxity in the jowl area. I hope further healing will improve but I am concerned for you. Seek in person second opinions just to be sure. Over the internet very hard (more)
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docblinski


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February 23, 2013 6:03 AM

Thanks for posting the before photos. As I stated earlier you might have NOT been a good candidate for a mini FL/NL. And your stated refusal to do a full FL/NL is noted. Than it is on the (more)
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February 22, 2013 5:27 AM

Thanks for the photos BUT a before view would clarify IF you really were a good candidate for ONLY a mini FL. My guess is you were NOT, but needed a full FL, with more dissection and SMAS (more)
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February 22, 2013 3:20 AM

??? Please post a photo so we can review! (more)
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MissJ521@aol.com
Camb, MA
United States
  re: full face lift not for everyone
February 25, 2013 8:19 AM

You certainly have the option to wait and see if the swoosh goes away and also to get what they call; 'early intervention revision face lift' if it does not go away within a reasonable time frame for which 'mini lifts' are said to be presentable. I commend you for keeping a positive attitude during the 'wait and see' process and send you positive thoughts your issue will resolve.


barnmama
Crown Point, IN
United States
  full face lift is not for everyone
February 24, 2013 4:01 PM

I am adding a full face pic of Now-10 days post op. It is obvious that my face is still swollen , it is round, not oval. I am hoping that when it goes down, I will not have exaggerated joker lines, but that it will just kind of blend in. My cheekbones are normally pronounced, and of course it looks different now. I do respect my doctor and the many others that are preforming mini lifts on people that would not get full face lifts. I just would not, no one has to convince me of that, or market to me, it is what I looked for. I am not out to be perfect, I was not before, just a fresher upper that will look nicer for some years. I do love my neck, it was what drove me nuts, and when the swelling goes down I hope the rest is fine. I can try some treatments for firming, and for some lines I do not like, but not too extreme. I am an active woman, and rarely wear makeup, no foundation. I can work a bit with this I think, wish me the best when the swelling goes down! I will post more pictures:)

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MissJ521@aol.com
Camb, MA
United States
  Weird vector of pull
February 24, 2013 1:25 PM

Hi. I've looked at your photos and also the link you gave to your doctor on the patient message board.

Regarding most of his photos for the mini lift, to my eye, most of those patients looked like they could have used much more of a lift than they got. Given their start point vs. end point, than mini lift gave them mini results. It also looks like he's laying on the appeal of a mini lift to people who are candidates for a more extensive one; 'Avoidance marketing'

Regarding situations where you see a pull to the mouth area, according to my readings from 'top docs', sometimes that's attributed to a pull via an inappropriate vector, the appropriate one being one that is parallel to the zygomatis major muscle (main cheek muscle that lifts the cheeks) . That vector is also somewhat parallel to one of the main lip depressor muscles. So, a lift along the 'appropriate' vector tends to counter the type of side sweep or 'Nike swoosh' you see.

Thing is that getting the 'right vector' involves more extensive of a dissection (and of course a more prolonged healing time).

Although, you don't appear to have the classic 'joker pull' to the sides of lips and it looks like more of a 'hammock' collecting fluid, the directional vector of pull looks 'off' to me.

I agree with Doc Blinski. There are limits with what one can do with the type of lift you got. One of them being they can't get a really good vector displacement. Then later down the line, it has to be revised with something that's not so 'mini'.


barnmama
Crown Point, IN
United States
  thanks so much
February 23, 2013 6:24 PM

thank you for your advice, my surgeon is very good, and I do not think he did anything wrong, he is a wonderful doctor. BUT he did comment on my skins elasticity and that may have been the problem. BUT I am hoping it resolves, as you said, it is only a week old, and I do need time to let the swelling (Which is considerable) to go down and see whats what. I only hope it looks better, not worse as it does. But we will go from there;)


barnmama
Crown Point, IN
United States
  another before
February 22, 2013 3:11 PM

this was taken this christmas, I wish I had a really bad one of my neck, that was what prompted me mostly

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