Thread Lift: Inside Look Into Plastic Surgery; Part 2

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 6, 2006

On Superbowl Sunday, the Charlottesville Newsplex brought you an inside look into a new type of plastic surgery, thanks to our brave patient Ellen Seymour.

Now, we show you the new look that Ellen is sporting with Venton Blandin's follow-up story.

Six weeks after going through surgery, in a relatively new procedure called Contour Thread-Lift, Ellen Seymour could not feel any better.

"I feel great. It's been an easy recuperation, and I feel fabulous," said Ellen Seymour who went through the new procedure.

It may be hard to believe just by looking at Ellen, but she is 54-years old. The younger look she now sports comes from the face-lift surgery done just weeks ago.

The surgery, which uses needle and thread resembling fishing line, is threaded underneath the face to hold skin into place.

The sewing effect may have allowed Ellen to say good-bye to several years, but she is saying hello to even more glances.

"Most of my friends look, and they turn their head. They know something is a little different about me, but most of them have not said anything," said Seymour.

Also not saying anything was Ellen, who calls herself an impatient person wanting results yesterday. Despite, minor bruising and swelling, the recovery was easy.

"I was like, 'oh gee, how long is this going to take?' But, I had to have patience, and at 14 days I was looking a hundred percent better, but 20 days was even better," explained Seymour.

It was just enough time to plan a Caribbean vacation with her husband Harlan.

Ellen says Harlan played it smart, and told her she did not even need the surgery.

Able to dodge the news camera at home, Harlan wasn't able to share his reaction to the new look, until Ellen helped us catch him having lunch.

"The recovery was a bit longer than I was expecting, but I was glad with the product after it was done. It did a great job," said Harlan Seymour, husband Ellen.

Ellen's daughter and son say their mom looks great, but they would not say if she looked better.

Ellen, now a veteran of plastic surgery, says she believe this type of face-lift is better than the traditional type. She also offers this advice to others who may be considering plastic surgery.

"I think you have to be aware of the possible problems, although they're very minimal. But you have to go into this decision with all the information that you can possibly gather up, so you can make an informed decision," said Seymour.

Ellen says that she is very happy with her new look, but she also says she has no other plans for elective surgery.

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