Mrs Lansch, 50 years old, is a busniess woman living in Bonn. She employs 200 people and is highly regarded in business circles. She talks openly about her experience as a face-lift patient.
She has become our clinic’s best friend and referred more patients than all public relations activities were able to attract.
11 years ago I had a breast cancer. Three days after the operation I was listening to Mozart's concert for clarinet thinking: "If I could listen to this concert a couple of times more, I would feel a kind of happiness." I won the battle against cancer and at this stage in my life I felt much younger then I looked and was ready for some rejuvenation surgery. I went too see 3 surgeons before meeting Dr. Panfilov in order to compare the cost and gain the better idea of the options on offer. During the consultancy session the question occurred: "Which kind of music would you like to be played during your surgery?" I smiled and dismissed the question mildly with a hand gesture saying to Dimitri: "You better put on your own favourite music, music that inspires you." Then I decided to mention my Mozart and asked – “do you happen to have Mozart's concert for clarinet?" and he did have, a version played by Benny Goodman. Doctor’s plan was to take two plaster face impressions - one before and one after my operation - in order to receive three-dimensional evidence of a face lifting operation.
We played the concert of our divine Mozart; we listened to Benny Goodman's magical clarinet several times while taking off the mask and during my surgery on the following day. The surgery took an incredibly simple, smooth course - very similar to the accompanying music.
US government advisor Larry Standard, 43 years old, looked - according to his own judgement - like a 63-years old. Mr. Standard has lived in more than 40 countries, experienced high level of stress, changing his surroundings regularly. He wanted a complete refreshment and harmonisation of his face.
My nose, four times broken during sports activities, my bent ears, my forehead was too high, my eye brows too low so my eyes appeared too small. Two deep horizontal wrinkles on the forehead had to be removed.
My cheeks were hollow, my facial skin disproportionate. Deep wrinkles gave me much older appearance than I actually was. Doctor Panfilov suggested an “extreme makeover”, the possible consequences were discussed in detail and I gave my agreement.
I had face-lift plus my own body fat transfer into the face. I also had endoscopic forehead lift, nose and ears done. 12 days later I was able to travel again. I carried with me set of photographs taken before and after the surgery as well as those taken during the pre-surgical planning period. In my suitcase I also had written documentation, in English and German, with detailed information about what changes had been made and why. Still, I faced difficulties when passing the border control at Düsseldorf airport. My new looks did not match my passport photograph. Only after receiving official confirmation from the German police authorities, I was able to return home.
Karin Junglas (51 years old), psychologist from Germany, describes her experience with eyelid surgery and face lifting.
I looked very tired especially in photographs; my lips became thinner, lines around my mouth and nose deeper, “hanging “cheeks plus my skin looked sagging. My decision was to do tightening of the upper and lower eyelids first. Certainly I took into account all possible risks that go with it ...So, I searched over the Internet for different clinics and offers. I have chosen three clinics from the Internet (after checking their qualifications). I was so impressed with before and after photos of eyelid surgery with Dr. Panfilov. After consultation with Dr. Panfilov I quickly withdrew from the other two booked consultation. Dr. Panfilov left such a huge impression on me, as experienced, competent and pleasant surgeon.
After the surgery I did not feel any pain; just slight tightening around the eyes and mild swelling around the eyes and cheeks. After seven days, we removed protective strapping and stitches. The result was great. Although the face was still a little swollen, I could see two clear, large eyes in the mirror. Tired expression disappeared from the face, and eyes looked happier. Finally I could put make-up without eyelid wrinkles wiping it off.
On the 10th day after surgery I went back to work. My friends thought I looked so fresh because I was on vacation. But then other, previously described "deficits on my face" started to bother me.
My nasolabial folds, bunny lines looked even deeper in relation to the eyes. In general, the remaining part of my face "was no longer appropriate for these bright and shiny eyes. So I decided to go for a face lifting.
Dr. Panfilov decided that the best for my face was combination of face lift with fat graft transfer. At the same time I opted for handlift by AFT. On this occasion I had full confidence in my surgeon. The first operation has gone so well. Why would the other be different? And so it was. I felt really good after surgery, except that I was tired and sleepy, so my husband took me home. Next morning I went accompanied by my brother to the clinic to take off bandages from my head. My face was very swollen, and the area around eyelids, cheeks and neck were bruised. I could only sleep only on my backs, which I found hard to bear it. The first two days I took only eat liquid food since my lips were also swollen. To my surprise I did not have pain, there was just this feeling of tension and, from time to time, tension behind my ears. Every day I felt better and better. On the eighth day after operation doctor removed first stitches and made the first postoperative Photos. Although my face still had some visible bruises and was till slightly swollen, I could see the result of comparing "before and after" was more than satisfactory. Now I could wash my hair .After that I felt like I was reborn. Eleventh day after the operation doctor took out all of my stitches. The rest of the bruises were "covered" by mild make up. I felt good. Immediately we made a new photo. This time the comparison of "before and after "was shocking. I could not believe what I have seen. Yes, that I on the photo was I!!!!! Grave face was gone, mouth seemed softer, the view is clearer and more radiant, deep nasolabial wrinkles are gone. For me it was a miracle. It was Surgical miracle!
It was not any new person, it was my own face. That I was before and now I am again. The feeling was overwhelming. Wherever I went, whom I met that year, I encountered compliments. I can not say that I have been insecure and unsatisfied before the operation, but I must say I am much happier and confident now. My pleasure and my positive attitude towards life is now reflected in my face. Now I feel in line with my newlook look. At the heart of my feelings is a sense of coherence, the feeling that everything is interconnected, that all to one another belong: my spirit, my body, and now and my face. It is not has always been so. Before face lifting and tightening the eyelids this feeling coherence was disrupted. Well being a psychologist, I know this sense of coherence is known as “disposition” in the literature that makes people resistant in maintaining and improving health. After the surgery I feel "stretched" not only outside but inside as well.
My Son Was Surprised
Over the last year, my skin has started to sag, especially around my neck and face. I was extremely unhappy about this, it was making my life go downhill. I was no longer coping. I am accustomed to moving in diplomatic circles, going to receptions, participating in dinner occasions, paying visits, and would like to look better, more beautiful—just like anyone else would. I lost my self-confidence when it comes to going out. I would rather not go. I felt terribly depressed. Now 6 months later I have the need to sincerely thank you for your work 'on me.' I feel much better this way, I am overjoyed. My son expressed his surprise when we met again after more than a year...
My New Nose
I shall never forget that moment when the dressing was removed for the first time. The jubilation, the joy I felt when I saw my nose, was overwhelming! This was the nose I had always wished for— a beautiful, boringly normal nose. This joy was so strong that I could no longer control myself and the tears just gushed out.