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Facelift Patient Video Profile

The Decision

I’m Rose Scalia, I’m 63 years old, I’ll be 64 in April. I’ve worked in the real estate industry most of my life in human resources. I’m also an adjunct professor in New York University. And I did some research prior to coming to Dr. Prasad. I looked into those past facelifts.

The facelifts that I’ve found, a lot of pressure when they needed to make the sale. You never really get to meet your surgeon who is basically assigned to you on your surgery day and I knew then I’ve wanted to meet my surgeon. I wanted to know who was doing my face. Your face is your cover and that’s very important to me. So, I did some research and I found Dr. Prasad and actually through my hair dresser, a friend of mine who had her eyes done. So networking was key to me. And knowing the best who can do the best and really listen to you.

I decided, well, I’m going to come to Dr. Prasad for the consultation. So I needed to tell you about part of it. I was welcomed to an office which I just aesthetically distinguished and pleasant. And I met with Nicole, the receptionist who made me feel quite welcomed which was very important in the welcoming process. And then I was preceded with Anya who would go over the details and what was needed and how we would proceed and meet with Dr. Prasad.

Dr. Prasad came in and my first impression is a smile. A smile is so welcoming and it makes you feel warm and greeted and caring. And so I knew then that that was the first thing that I liked about Dr. Prasad. He asked me what I would like to do. And I said, well, I precede myself as having this tired look. And I actually just want to get that tired look and make myself, again, match my inner energy that I had. So what I found what, which was very important to me, is that when you have a doctor that listens to you, takes time to listen to you which is extremely important for me.

Most importantly, he provides options: maybe you do need something else, maybe you don’t need something else. But those options are important and what he sees within your face. So, given the fact that he has just wonderful platter of credentials, board certified, the artistry in him. And I’ve even know that he studied art. He can precede with style and looking at the person’s face and really doing such a unique job or work or whatever it is that makes you unique and he looks at something in your face that perhaps can be enhanced.

You know when I had the wattle and so forth, it just made me feel that the traditional approach to surgery is wonderful and I’m not negating that. But the personalization that I had and I felt whatever treatment and what I received and the education from Dr. Prasad elevated us to the next level because of his artful insight. That impressed me the most and I decided to put myself in the hands of Dr. Prasad and his team.

 

The Experience

My fear was not of the surgery but it was fear of the anesthesia that they would use. I did not know what they would use. And when they explained to me that it was the anesthesia or the sedation really of a colonoscopy then I understood for those of you who may have had a colonoscopy. It’s a very light sedation. They give a few pills or medication to just make you feel calmer and it works. I was just very calm. I wanted to actually take a nap and they bring to the operating room and you lie down and you’re so comfortable. They give you the warmth and everything you need and they start to tell you the process. And by that time, you’re almost going to a nap and when the sedation was applied which was extremely light, I was pleasantly pleased. I believe the surgery took possibly about 2 hours and he takes his time with the prep, the surgery and the post.

The Results

Everybody expects and the expectations are: is there great pain? What do you feel? How do you feel? I need to be bluntly honest. I woke up, I was laughing with the wonderful nurses. Jeff and Gloria who take very good care of you, are very attentive and when I woke up, I even asked was it over. That’s how much I really didn’t feel a thing. When I did feel, was a just a soreness around the ears, a soreness not even pain. If you follow Dr. Prasad’s orders and what you need to do after the surgery, you will be absolutely fine. But I walked out, I was capable of walking out of my own but he had his staff walk me out which was so kind. And then, when I went back on a Sunday, which he took his time and out his family time to remove the bandage, I was pleasantly surprise. He always mentioned that there could be bruising. There was slight bruising. The stitches were so tiny that they were behind the ear that you can’t even see them. You need to follow the directions, keep them clean. And if you follow those directions, the outcome is quite amazing.

The Pageant

Well, it’s been one year since I underwent facial rejuvenation with you Dr. Prasad and your professional team who make feel so comfortable one year ago. And I was looking tired and that’s the reason why I chose to do facial rejuvenation because I didn’t want that tired outlook especially when I knew I was retiring and close to retirement. Just four months ago, at the age of 64, I retired and I call this my rejuvenation phase. A time to go out and accomplish opportunities you would never think or have time to think when you work.

So, on April 27 of this year, I entered the Miss New York Senior America Pageant. Well, I won Miss Congeniality. My platform was very important to me. My platform was “Make your age work for you”. And we need to be at the top of whatever we do and look best in all situations. I really need to say I want to thank you Dr. Prasad and your professional team and helping make my age work for me.

Hi my name is Dee, I’m 72 years old. I came here to see Dr. Prasad because I’m interested in having a facelift an eye job because of the fact that I don’t feel 72 years old. I’m very active. I’m still working. There are times at work where people look at me and say “Oh you look so tired and you haven’t slept.” But I do sleep, I have a good night sleep and I still look exhausted. I’m just became a grandmother at the age of 70. I love to keep with the little girl. They’re twins. When we’re out, everybody knows I’m their grandmother but there are times when they look and say “Oh, you look so young.” But the last couple of years, I think gravity has taken a toll. I’m looking forward to taking this journey with my daughter. I don’t want people to see only a difference when I go back to work but to say that I look well rested. They think I took a mini vacation and that’s exactly what I want them to think.

My name is Violet. I’m here at Dr. Prasad’s office because I’m interested in having some facial rejuvenation work done. I have recently lost my job and I’m back in the market place looking for a job and it’s tough out there. I’ve had very great experience but I’m up against candidates that are a lot younger. And I really want to look my best and feel my best. I think it’s great that most of the boys want you to have 15 years or more experience but they want you to look a little bit younger. So, that’s why I’m here for one reason is that I chose Dr. Prasad because he’s not only an excellent surgeon and a super specialist, since I’m having my face and eyes done, it is so important I think that you have a surgeon that’s also an artist, someone who understand that balance of the face. Also in my case, I’m in my 50s. I don’t want to look like I’m to be 20 or 30. I just want to look the best of my age. My mother’s also going to get some facial work done and we both chose Dr. Prasad because she’s in her 70s, I’m in my 50s, we have different needs and Dr. Prasad understands amazingly the differences and the details. He has those subtleties and the mastery and I wouldn’t entrust my face to anyone but him. I just wanted to go and have this journey with you because it’s important to me. I said to do it together. I said you there for me and I’m there for you. And I’m looking forward to everyday that we do the recording and take this journey and show people that it can be done. And it’s nothing to be afraid of.

We were so close. Most people think we’re sisters anyway but you know, what you want to get done, what I want to get done it’s a little bit different and it’s great that we’re using Dr. Prasad because he looks at you and knows what you want. He looks at me and knows what I want and we have similar features which is interesting. He knows exactly how to do the difference and I like that. And I’m looking forward to that and I think it’s great that we’re doing it together. I also like the fact that you are doing it because you are so talented and you can’t find a job. And when I think about people that and you come home and you feel down and looking at your face and then looking at your brain, wow, she can really bring something to this company. And you always feel come home and you always got turned down only because of only the way you look and I think that’s so unfair. I’m not doing it for that purpose, I have job and I love my job and want to keep working for another 10 years if I could but i just want to look as good as I feel. I’m the same weight as I was 40 years ago and I love to be outdoors. You know how I love gardening. You know that I have these grandchildren, we have two twin girls. I love playing with them. I want to be active with them. I think the worse is when people say, you look tired. That gets to me because you know, when you sleep and you feel great and “Oh you look so tired.” All of a sudden you feel tired.

It’s a few minutes before I go into surgery. I got to Dr. Prasad office about 9:30 and they got an IV in me and Valium. I feel relaxed. I’m looking forward towards the surgery. It feels great that they made every accommodation for me to feel relaxed and positive. This is how I look now and the next time you see me, I’ll be all bandaged up and on my way to recovery. I’m looking forward to it. It’s 10 days after my cosmetic surgery with Dr. Prasad and I’m in his office for a follow-up. I feel great. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is for the whole experience. No pain with minimal swelling. I still have a little bruising in the right side of my neck over here a little behind my ears. But I don’t have make-up on at all right now so this is great, I know if I put a little cover-up on, I’ll be able to go out. You won’t even be able to notice it. But it’s been amazing. I can’t believe it’s only 10 days after. It healed so quickly, he did such a great job. I’ve seen other photos of men and women who have had cosmetic surgery and done and their face has been puffed and swollen for a lot longer.

I’m just so shocked I never had that and I guess that’s one of the reasons why I chose Dr. Prasad because he has a technique where there’s a little swelling afterwards and that makes a great difference with the recovery. As far as the procedures i have done. I had my uppers and lowers done. I had necklift and a facelift. The best thing was when I came to Dr. Prasad, I told him what I wanted to achieve, I wanted to look younger. I want to look like I wasn’t tired. I didn’t want to look 20, I wanted to look good for my age. And was great is that he recommended what I should get to get the effects that I wanted which I appreciated. It wasn’t that I walked in and needed a facelift or I needed eyelift. He really tailors and customizes what he thinks you want to achieve.

He listens to what you want and then he makes his recommendations which is really great. That’s why he’s a super specialist and when it comes to the face, I would never go anywhere else but to Dr. Prasad. It’s the face and the eyes that you look like yourself just better and with a great doctor. The stay feel wonderful. They make you feel great. I feel like I’m in spa than in a doctor’s office. So it’s been a great experience.

Exactly 6 days ago, I had my procedure. I had upper and lower lid surgery. I had a face and chin lift. Today I’m at Dr. Prasad’s office and his staff checked all the stitches. Felt like nothing. Felt a little bit of pulling, that was it. I feel really good. through the whole 6 days, I’ve had no problem. I didn’t even have to take a Tylenol except for a two days later, the way I was sleeping, I bothered my neck a little bit. Other than that, I feel great. Every time come, I get a bigger smile in my face because I realize how great I look.

Even bruised, I still feel terrific. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels. And the staff and Dr. Prasad, there’s no words that I can tell that I’m 72 years old and I feel terrific. Hi it’s been now 4 months since I had my procedure. When I came to see Dr. Prasad, I was concerned because I didn’t feel old but I looked old. I was 72 years old and I still work and I enjoy going to work and I enjoy what I’m doing but people kept thinking I was tired. I explained to him how I felt. I didn’t want to look 20-30 years younger, I just wanted to look the way

I felt and he did everything I could ever imagine. I get compliments that I don’t look tired anymore. A couple of good compliment when people come up to me and say “You look like my age.” Well, I say “How old are you.” And they say, “I’m 58.” And I say “We’re about the same and the truth is I’m 72 and I don’t feel like it.” When my daughter and I did this together, the procedure, she had hers done a week prior to mine and at least we were together and we kept notes, we did videos, we logged everything. I had no pain maybe a little numbness once in a while by my ears. That’s it and it’s been 4 months. I couldn’t be any happier. I’m so pleased. Wait till you see my daughter.

It’s been 4 months since I had my cosmetic surgery. I’m extremely happy with the results. I recently seen a girlfriend of mine whom I haven’t seen in approximately 14 years. She was visiting from Los Angeles and she couldn’t believe that I didn’t age. She said “You didn’t age one bit.” And she was looking for tell-tale signs of facelift which she could find and I was really happy about it. I did tell that I had a little bit of Botox and Restylane but she just couldn’t believe how good I looked but I actually had a lot of help from Dr. Prasad. I feel like I look like myself. I don’t have a face that looks very stiff or artificial. Sometimes I see people who had some cosmetic work done and they lose a lot of their expressions and character so I feel like I look like myself when I look at the mirror, I just feel that I look like a better younger version of me. The other great part of it is, is that I have been out of a full-time job over a year and I have been job interviewing and I’m with people who are a lot younger than me. I’m in my 50s and I recently got a very good job offer. And it culminated so perfectly between getting the cosmetic surgery, uplifting my spirits. Obviously projected in my image and having a career going and I’m 50 something.

I feel amazing. I feel so good for 72. I have the energy. It goes with the face. And I get compliments that people think that I’m in my 50s or my 60s and that’s really a good feeling. This is my daughter and we went through this together and it is the greatest journey. I can’t imagine my side in going through this with her. And of course what can we say about Dr. Prasad. No words can express how grateful we are. It was interesting to see her right after surgery, so smoothly. We recovered so quickly and so fast without incident it was amazing. Just to see how great she looks, she always looked her age but he had a tired look about her and she looked in the mirror and didn’t feel great about it. So she looks great.

I feel really refreshed and young. It’s nice to have my jawline back as far as definition. The most important thing is to find a really good surgeon because there’s a lot of people out there. I did a lot of research and go online and there’s sad stories in realself.com. Women who skimped on a facelift won’t leave their house afterwards because the scars and it got deformed and it’s really sad information out there but I really did my research and I knew Dr. Prasad and I figured when it comes to face and eyes, it’s so important with the surgeon you go with because this represents to the world for the rest of your life with your face and eyes. We’re so happy. We love him.

I want to tell everyone I am elated! I cannot believe the transformation….This is my before and my after. I was in shock! I think this says 3,000 words…” Barbara Smith Hawkins

Kyla: Good morning I’m Kyla Grogan and we are gonna go behind the scenes today of a cosmetic surgery procedure I’m here with our willing patient and subject forever Hawk and good morning all right Barbara are you excited?

Barbara: yes very excited tell me what you’re feeling right now I’m a little anxious but I am like just ready to run I want to do this I excited I know what the end results are going to be I’m a medical esthetician I’ve seen the doctors work I see pre and post and I feel like the shimmering his daughter this is my time I want to go and do this so you have a little bit of hyperpigmentation sun damage you have some broken capillaries with tell in my clients I said look at the mirror and see what your concerns are everyone sees each other differently and what you might think is a problem I might not think is a problem just to go back on things I’d like to talk about them everyday life you know I’m a medical aesthetician and they worked a full-time a mother of two teenagers my daughter is 13 will be on college in September for thats a hectic time and a 15 year old son who’s feeling his oats which ulti-gesture but I’m a single parent so I’m going through a divorce right now which is never Pleasant where I would I know what says it is not a pleasant situation so that adds stress

Dr. Prasad: Barbara is this incredible high-energy enthusiastic and passionate esthetician who works in our spa in Garden City she also comes out to Manhattan as well Barbara has been talking to me about doing something to make her look better she has been taking care of many of my patients after surgery after they have their face lift she’s been doing a wonderful job with skincare and so she’s seen firsthand my approach to face lifting surgery the goal is to bring everything up like this but not have her over pulled and look unnatural so I give myself some guidelines so that during surgery when she’s laying down everything I have some marks to show me what everything looks like when people but someone is standing up so what I did was I added I employed a lot of advanced techniques of local anesthesia lighter sedation less trauma it’s kind of comparable to like people doing laparoscopic surgery and doing everything through smaller openings and they’re back to normal life quicker so that’s the main thing we’ve been able to advance over the many years I’ve been practical in past 15 years so that people can go back to work in about a week so we’re really talking she’s gonna have this procedure done today and and within a week she’ll be able to go back to work and what’s important to differentiate is it’s not a shortcut

Kyla: Dr. Prasad how did the procedure?

Dr. Prasad: In fact the whole procedure went perfectly I anticipated that she would be very happy

Barbara: Good morning it’s pretty much 7 days post my surgery with a quick pace of recovery and I just want to let you know how I’m feeling and what I’m doing this is really what really well is very pleased with it there were no complications whatsoever that’s because I did a great job he also had besides the quick face of recovery I had this co2 fractional so that is where the resurfacing of my skin is as well as the removal of the excess game and taking out the bat that’s attribute and to strengthen my jaw one to make it more prominent business head coupled enter

good morning yes April thirtieth 2010 55 days since the procedure everyone knows that I did have a quick recovery facelift as well as the infection in co2 laser how I feel I want to tell everyone i am elated I cannot believe the transformation I can’t believe people didn’t tell me before that I’m with this and the proof with that is my before and after pictures it was why did to share that with everyone because I was in shock my before picture is my grandmother now this has a little harsh but it was my grandmother and now her granddaughter is sitting here so when they say two projects what your future would be like I was the future and now under the present and that’s because everything they went through my procedure just 55 days ago so it wishes mine before I was in shock I think this says 3000 4000 what’s better Monica shop or great facial appointment so fix me up not a bloody but fun I want to get a great outfit to match my grey face.

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