I wanted to do a rite of passage in observance of being postmenopausal - yay, a liberated woman!
First step was to lighten the heavy, pendulous udders that were pulling on the skin below my shoulders...they'd been chronically sweaty in the folds, even w/support and hot to the touch no matter if the rest of me was freezing. Dr. Brennan did an amazing job of sizing me down just right, and even at the pool, none of the regulars have commented. The breasts didn't end up significantly smaller for a while as they healed, and even now, my clothes fit so much better, the heaviness and sweating and heat are gone.
Step 2, didn't think about it too long, but went for an eye & brow lift, and I must say it was an excellent decision. Even my anti-cosmetic surgery hubby complimented my eyes once the stitches were removed. They healed nicely and quickly. I wasn't sure whether to go for the eyes of a young Joe Elliott or to do the Renee Z. special, but needing more facial feminization and appropriate westernization, I chose the latter, and I love my results way better than hers. After recovery, it was as if my lids had been circumcised, and putting on eye makeup is more fun, esp. w/o all the sweat and oils trapped in the crease.
Step 3 was a facelift. For me, this healing was harder than most of Dr. Brennan's other patients, and my nerves sometimes tingle to this day. But I am really appreciating the improvement recently, now that I've been going back to my community's gyms. Even back in 2006, when I looked in the mirrors there under the harsh overhead fluorescent lights, the shadows on my face bothered me and I didn't feel good looking in the mirror the way I once might have. Then, as my hormones and weight dropped and my alcoholism was at it's peak, my face got gaunt and others noticed an extra set of smile lines before I was even aware. Even after regaining weight and drying up, my face stayed gaunt and awfully saggy for my chronological age. I was mistaken for 10 years older. But now, I see I nice vital age-appropriate face in those mirrors at the gym, and even better w/makeup on. In fact, I'm so confident now that I got full highlights in my hair and hair extensions. (I'd been wanting longer hair for a while, but it wouldn't have gone w/the hollow, wasted saggy face). Now it's harmonious! Thank you, Doctor!