Reed Yadon: The surgery, the recovery, the results


by Rachel Platt

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 24 at 11:11 AM

**WARNING - Video and photos contain some Graphic Images***

Click for photos of Reed before and after surgery and throughout his recovery.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's 7:35 am and WHAS11’s Reed Yadon was in a deep slumber, but not because he was still in bed – Reed was under local anesthesia.

After being injected by Dr. Jerry O'Daniel to numb and decrease bruising the doctor began retrieving fat cells from Reed's stomach - building blocks to help re-fluff and re-shape the face. Restoring, not drastically altering what Reed looks like.

The doctor used a cauterizing pencil removes excess skin, green covers were inserted to  protect his eyes as fat was removed. Next, that frown line between the eyes that's grew deeper through the years. The muscle removed - fat injected to reduce the lines, and by 9 o'clock both eyes were nearly done – then on to the cheeks.

Everywhere he pointed the laser light, fat melted away. New cells restored volume and smoothed contours.  

By 11 o'clock, Dr. O'Daniel accessed the neck – fat was removed and muscles tightened to form a 90 degree angle.

Click for photos of Reed before and after surgery

Dr. O'Daniel left no trace of the lift, but the changes in Reed became obvious as nurses held his before pictures beside him.  

Five hours into the surgery, photojournalist Bryan Derby and Rachel Platt watched Dr. O'Daniel work around nerves and finally the finishing touch, a laser used to rejuvenate the skin.

Soon after Reed was wrapped in dressings to hold everything in place for the few days, and over the past weeks Reed slept upright in his Lazy Boy – swollen, more in discomfort than in pain.

Three weeks after the surgery Reed heads back at the doctor get a facial - ready to compare the before and after pictures, beginning with the eyes.

The difference was obvious and Reed said he is thrilled with the results.

For the surgeon the compliment isn't someone asking Reed if he's had something done, but instead people saying “you look terrific, are you doing something with your hair.”

Dr. O’Daniel said the only way plastic surgery should be noticed is through before and after pictures.

The mirror used to be more of an enemy than a friend but  not anymore.

Vain? Reed said guilty, we all want to look our best.

Click for photos of Reed before and after surgery

Surgery similar to the one Reed underwent can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $30,000.

Reed said no regrets he’d do it again, and quicker.