Cleft Lift in Context of Body

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  1. NMann

    NMann New Member

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    Hi guys.

    I'm new to this and just had the surgical options given to me by Dr. Brand at Rush yesterday. I haven't slept because I can't put it out of my mind. Stupid or not, I cried a lot when I learned of the procedures. Dr. Brand doesn't seem fond of pit picking at all (in his experience, a (50% success) and so this leaves open wounded (2-3 month recovery and 90% success) and the cleft lift, a 99% success.

    The thing is, I'm really worried about the cosmetic difference. I don't know how important it is, and perhaps it's my youth and inexperience that has frightened me, but I'm already self-conscious enough about my body and, at the risk of t.m.i. as a gay man the last thing I'd want is one more thing for me to fee self conscious about.

    Would anyone be able to link or post picwof what the cosmetic difference is? I see pictures of it, but they are so close up I can't really tell how different it looks from normal.

    Of course none of these options are great, but I'm just very worried and afraid of the cleft lift. And although I know, as my dad told me, anyone worried about the appearance of something like that isn't someone you want to be in a relationship with, I am afraid it would affect my self-confidence despite intellectually understanding it shouldn't matter.

    Thanks much,
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    tyty501 Very Helpful

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    I understand being worried about your rear end looking different after this procedure.
    I don't have any pics of my butt personally to share lol but it honestly doesn't look much different.
    There's just a small scar at the top and the top is a tad shallower, that's about it.
    It's nothing crazy at all like I thought it would be.
    Best of luck with it, do your best to not stress about it!
     
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    ellysparkles Very Helpful

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    Hey NMann,
    I had the same worry. I had the pit picking which didn't work. My PD was too advanced and I had other pockets that the Dr. missed. I had the CL done and don't regret it. It hasn't really changed the appearance, especially in underwear/swimsuit bottoms. The midline is a little bit shallower. The only time it's "flat" is when I bend all the way b/c the skin is stretched so you don't see much cleft/midline. I'll send you a PM with pictures if you want.
     
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    Hi Elly,

    That would be awesome if you wouldn't mind. :)

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    Dr Immerman Very Helpful

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    Here is a link to a page with a few early postoperative photos of cleft lifts. As time goes by the color of the scar fades, and the contours soften.

    http://pilonidal.us/ImageGallery.php

    Dr Immerman
     
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    Thank you for those, they are informative.

    The bigger question for me is the appearance of it. I can't really see how normal it looks from a larger perspective when photos are so close-up on the scar/incision.

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    I also had cleft lift with Dr. Brand, he is an excellent surgeon. I had a pretty mild case of PD, but I went straight to the cleft lift to get it taken care of one time, and get it done right the first time. My rear end does look different, but it's not that noticeable, he did a very good job.
     

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