Face Lift Turned The Cycle of Family Genetics- A Husband and Wife Story

Posted February 13, 2009 by Paul M. Parker, M.D., FACS

Gary:
Looking at your aging relatives can be a great source of motivation. My family has a history of sagging jowls, so I knew exactly where my appearance was heading. As a 61-year-old self-employed architect, I wasn’t worried about climbing a corporate ladder or looking younger to save my job…I just wanted to avoid looking like my father too soon. My wife, Pat, was really supportive.

Pat:
Supportive? My opinion is that men view cosmetic surgery the same way they view marriage. Left to their own devices, nothing would ever happen. They don’t decide until someone straight up tells them what they need to do. I knew Gary would look much better with some facial rejuvenation.

Gary:
I thought about it for about 4 months. We have relatives in the medical business and asked them to give us some recommendations. New Jersey cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Parker was one of the doctors they suggested. We were immediately impressed with the staff and the professional atmosphere. Dr. Parker’s manner, explanation and presentation was more thorough and complete than the others. After evaluating my face and neck, he did a computer image showing me a mock up of the potential results. They looked good. I was never anxious about being over corrected or pulled too tight.

Pat:
We noticed lots of things with Dr. Parker that were missing in other practices. For instance, you can take the measure of a practice by who is at the front desk. Even some surgeons who charge much higher prices didn’t offer half the professional atmosphere Dr. Parker has created. Other practices can scare you off by their attitude alone.

Gary:
We scheduled surgery and Dr. Parker lifted my upper eyelids, mid face and neck. My incisions are in front and behind my ears and on my lids. It’s been almost 6 weeks post op and I am healing really well. There was more bruising than I anticipated, but very little discomfort overall. I would say I took it easy for about a week. I’m a pretty good Marine.

Pat:
Gary is an amazing patient. No complaints. Our biggest surprise was the incredible follow up from The Parker Center in New Jersey. Cosmetic surgery was something I experienced several years ago and although I am happy with the results I never knew what a poor experience I had until I saw how Gary was treated. The phone calls and appointments and massages—all designed to speed up recovery and check in with you. It’s still going on. It’s remarkable.

Gary:
I’m really pleased I did this. I would encourage any man who is interested to go ahead and give yourself a gift that lasts. With the economy the way it is, some guys won’t spend the money, but when you get such value and a great result it’s money well spent. I’m glad I went ahead and did it before the aging got too pronounced.

Pat:
Honestly, I was looking at some photos the other day and I swear Gary looks a minimum of 15 to 20 years younger. It took so much aging off his face. And yet he looks so natural. Not like someone who goes in Irish and comes out looking Chinese—pulled as tight as you can go. I can hardly see the scars even after only 6 weeks. No one would ever know he had something “done.”

Gary:
I’m happy I’m not going to look like my father…or my aunt! It’s satisfying when you get exactly what you wanted. People still recognize me.

Pat:
The whole experience…not just the outcome…it’s exactly what we were looking for and thought we would never find. It lifted our spirits.

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