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I went to Costa Rica for my procedure. I am over a year out now and very satisfied. . Contact me for more info on my doctor. He is very busy and cannot talk to everyone who sees my photos!
At one year plus, my scars are nearly invisible. I don't have any lingering numbness. I am so happy to have lost my turkey neck!


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I'm competing in the following categories:
Best Female Face Lift


My Personal Statement:
I first thought about a facelift when I noticed my sagging jowls and neck in photos from a family reunion in 2005, when I was 50. The matronly look did not square with my idea of myself as young and cute! I come by my jowls naturally, as my grandmothers both had droopy cheeks. I was not ready to look so much like my grandmothers, as much as I loved them both. I had a friend who had gone to Costa Rica to have a facelift. She looked wonderful. She could have afforded a Beverly Hills surgeon, but chose Dr. Marten for his wealth of experience. I did not really want to spend the $10,000 or more for the procedures I needed here in Northern California. My procedure in Costa Rica was under $5000. I am an adventurous type, so I thought a trip to Costa Rica would be interesting. I was nervous as the date approached. My grown daughters were incredulous, as they thought I was just perfect as I was. My husband was supportive as were my co-workers. Well, I flew down there, and before I had much time to be scared, the operation was over. The recuperation was fairly easy and nearly painless. The sensations were more "uncomfortable" than painful. There was itching, tingling and numbness that gradually subsided. I met some very nice ladies at the Clinica. We got to know each other well and had fun taking taxis to have lunch and do some sightseeing. I got in lots of reading! At the end of the 12 days in Costa Rica, alas, I felt lonely and homesick. The trip home was very tiring. My mom and one of my daughters came to the airport to pick me up. They were worried that I wouldn't look like myself. They were relieved, exclaiming, "you look like yourself, only better!". My husband was pleased, my co-workers were complimentary. Now, a year later, my new self image is totally incorporated. At first, I thought maybe people were staring at me and wondering what was different. Now, I pretty much take my new face for granted. However, when I do my hair and see my firm neck and jaw in the mirror, I am very pleased! I work with young, pretty women, and it is nice to think that I look 10 years younger than I am. I feel and act youthful and I am glad my face matches my spirit.
My message to others would be: Don't be afraid of traveling to another country to have surgery, after you have researched your surgeon. I would also recommend being connected to a network like Make Me Heal for estra support during and after the process. Thanks, MMH!



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    Comments (16)
    Dawn56From: Dawn56 | 2015-10-19 06:01:28

    Does anyone know if Dr. Marten still practicing? i had emailed a week ago and havent heard back. Also tried to call the number. was not successful.
    lizgibsonFrom: lizgibson | 2015-05-03 18:40:59

    I went to Dr Marten in 1992 He was great and I looked great afterward. I am ready for another one although I am much older now.
    MB50From: MB50 | 2011-09-25 00:48:06

    What area did you have the scar revision?
    dragonflynyFrom: dragonflyny | 2009-06-25 18:54:01

    You look fantastic! Wondering though if the scar revision had anything to do with your face lift - did it? Thanks for your generosity in posting your photos.
    dragonflynyFrom: dragonflyny | 2009-06-25 18:53:03

    You look fantastic! Wondering, though, why you needed a scar revision last year. Was it related to your face lift? Thanks for being so generous in posting your photos.
    love6From: love6 | 2009-06-09 19:11:53

    You look amazing! I really really want a mid face lift)I am 54) but very scared to do it
    divasmomFrom: divasmom | 2009-06-05 12:54:30

    It's been three years, now, and I'm very happy. I have forehead frown lines and crinkles around my eyes, but otherwise, look pretty young. No one believes how old I am...if I choose to tell them! I did have a scar revision last year, and now my incisions are really subtle. Of course, that cost almost as much as my Costa Rican procedure. Thanks to everyone for the kind words!
    emmesimpkinsFrom: emmesimpkins | 2009-02-05 14:30:32

    emmesimpkinsFrom: emmesimpkins | 2009-02-05 14:30:11

    This Doctor's website is www.clinicamarten.com (Ernesto Marten, M.D.)
    emmesimpkinsFrom: emmesimpkins | 2009-02-05 14:29:18

    The website for this doctor is www.clinicamarten.com
    codyjoeFrom: codyjoe | 2008-05-25 06:29:49

    Yours is my favorite before and after! Why did you have so little bruising afterward? Especially since you had your eyes done as well! No wonder your doctor is so busy. I'm scheduled on June 17th at Bumrungrad Hosp in Bangkok. I only hope my results are as amazing as yours. I'm still trying to decide if I will add neck and or Bleph to my facelift. How did you research your doctor?? Cody
    badluckbarbaraFrom: badluckbarbara | 2007-08-16 19:32:20

    When I saw how good thes pictures looked I wanted to find out about your doctor. What I learned is that he will not acept new patients without referral....I was dissapointed,
    nervousmeliFrom: nervousmeli | 2007-06-11 06:32:02

    Wow! You look amazing. I am on day 5 and feeling a little discouraged...but your photos make me feel a whole lot better. Thanks for posting!
    damselfly62From: damselfly62 | 2007-05-03 10:22:39

    jamjukuFrom: jamjuku | 2007-04-05 15:31:50

    Wow!! You are so beautiful! It was worth the trip!!! Congratulations!
    palmer62From: palmer62 | 2007-04-02 11:51:29

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    Member Details

    Username: divasmom
    First Name: Cynthia
    Location: CA, United States
    Gender: F
    Age: 67
    Height: 5'4"
    Ethnicity: Caucasian

    Procedure Details

    Date of Procedure: 03-09-2006
    Results: 5 (Thrilled)
    Weight: 122 lbs
    Doctor Name: Dr. Ernesto Marten My Profile
    City of Procedure: San Jose, Costa Rica
    Sate of Procedure: *
    Country: Costa Rica

    Eyelid Surgery, Blepharoplasty:
    Eyelid Surgery Type: Transcutaneous/Traditional (incision below lash line)
    Lids Treated: Upper Lids

    Face Lift:
    Face Lift Type: Deep Plane Face Lift

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