I'm having ETS next week

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Hi,

I'm having ETS next week with Dr Greenstein in London to hopefully end my facial blushing which has ruled my life since I can remember.

I'm absolutely petrified due to all the negative side effect horror stories I've been reading in forums, but have decided to go ahead anyway.

Dr Greenstein advised having both T2 and T3 cut, but it seems that people who have only had T2 cut have less severe side affects - is that generally the case? Any other reassurance from anyone who's had the operation and is doing well would be good too:)

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My operation is tomorrow morning! Since my last post, I've had a phone call with Dr Greenstein. I asked him the question above about cutting both T2 and T3, rather than just T2, and the increased risk of side effects. He confirmed that cutting both does increase the chances of side effects, but also that the chance of the operation working on reducing my blushing is 10% less if he just cuts T2. I'm going ahead with both T2 and T3.

I also spoke to him about my worries of a number of side effects that I read about in these forums, mainly: excessive CS, hair loss, fatigue, depression and low libido. He talked me through the statistics of CS ("for the majority this is mild, but all cases are individual") and assured me that the other side effects I mentioned were not related to the operation, and were likely to be related to other aspects of a persons life. As he stated in my initial consultation, he reiterated that another side effect is a droppey eye-lid (which usually goes away, or can be corrected with surgery!). 

To be honest I'm expecting the CS - but have decided that I'd rather live with that than blushing. I've started to make lists of all the bad blushing experiences I've had recently, and the things it's prevented me from doing.... if I get CS or any other side effects, this will act as a reminder to myself that the blushing was a really bad problem and I'm hoping will make me more accepting of any side effects. I'm obviously hoping that I will have mild or zero side effects:)

If anyone's keen to hear how I get on after my operation, or wants to chat about anything else that's related, do get in touch - happy to share thoughts, worries and experiences. 

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