When you’re an on-air television personality, appearance is important, but as Fox News Channel senior meteorologist Janice Dean learned the hard way, it’s not the only thing of importance.
…ranking behind reading the fine print when signing off on cosmetic surgical procedures.
Dean explained in an essay on Foxnews.com that she has had a lifelong issue with her neck that was becoming more noticeable with age.
Janice Dean: Always read the fine print — the last two months have been a real pain in the neck https://t.co/uTMLHyLn90
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) April 21, 2017
She spoke with her doctor about this concern and he offered a solution:
My doctor told me there was a procedure that’s fairly new, but it’s changing the game in cosmetic surgery. It’s called “fractora,” an outpatient procedure done in the office that takes under an hour and that regenerates your natural collagen and tightens that old skin.
How long would this miracle laser treatment last for? Five years or longer… What about the downtime?
About 5 days. All right!
So Dean went home and after discussion with her husband, who reluctantly went along, she got on the schedule.
And that’s when her real problems began.
Coming home from the hospital after the laser treatment, Dean was dealing with a number of symptoms:
The left side of my face was puffed out like a chipmunk. I followed the doctor’s instructions and elevated my head and took more Tylenol to minimize bruising.
The next day I took off my bandages. The left side of my face was still very swollen and I was finding it hard to talk out of that side of my mouth. I couldn’t chew properly. Well, maybe this might help me lose a few pounds too? Nervous giggle.
I had the email of my doctor’s assistant and typed: “Hi there. Just wanted to know if it’s normal that one side of my face is very swollen and it’s really challenging to talk. Could you ask the doctor?”
She emailed back and said to send some pictures – one smiling, one normal, one with a pursed mouth like I’m pouting.
My bottom lip had looked like it had vanished. My smile was lopsided.
Only then did she look at the possible complications listed on the approval paperwork she had signed. The side-effects included: “Nerve injury, marginal mandibular nerve palsy, inability to depress lower lip, temporary change in smile or facial expression.”
More from Dean:
Yes, this looked like what I might be experiencing. I was suddenly mad at myself. Why didn’t I read the fine print? Why did I just gloss over these many side effects without asking questions? How many times do we glance through pages of paperwork without fully reading it and nonchalantly sign on the dotted line? This was on me.
I went in to see the doctor. I took my husband with me who was trying to hold back his anger. The first question is: “Will it come back?” My doctor says, “ Yes. 100 percent.” How long? “Well, we’re not sure. But a few weeks. We can fix it a bit with Botox. You can probably mask it with makeup.” But what about the fact that I can’t speak certain words? And my lopsided smile? “Well that will resolve itself eventually.”
Dean returned to work the following week, but struggled with her pronunciation of words and was unable to smile.
It’s been nine weeks now and while she expects to fully recover eventually, Dean said she’s still not 100 percent.
She also detailed what she learned from the whole ordeal… aside from reading the fine print:
Here’s what I’ve learned: These new lasers, injections and cosmetic procedures that look as if they can turn back time? There’s a little more to it. There are risks. It takes a while to heal. It’s also expensive. There are many possible complications that we need to be aware of before we sign on the dotted line. We should ask our doctors the worst- case scenario so we’re prepared.
The other thing I’ve realized? I think we spend too much time focused on our flaws instead of embracing the things that make us all shine.
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