Kyle Dyer of 9News is an irrepressible optimist.

She's also a lucky woman with a very good plastic surgeon.

Scars form an upside-down V above her mouth where skin grafted from her lower lip was refashioned into a new upper lip after her much-publicized dog-bite accident. But the slash to her nose is practically healed, and, she says, "literally, every day it does look better."

"It's still numb on the bottom," she said. "It will be six months before I feel anything there."

Her mouth was sewn shut for a week and a half. She is scheduled to get the remaining 20 stitches out today. Doctors won't know whether more surgeries are needed until summer.

"I really lucked out," she said.

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