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Did You Expect Such a Long Recovery After Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty?

  • sunnyday04
  • 2 years ago

After a lifetime of questions about whether I was "tired", "upset", "allergic", or any of the other reasons for under-eye bags, I finally decided 2 weeks ago to have transconjunctival blepharoplasty . I really thought that when my ocu-ps said I'd be ready to return to work after 5-7 days, I thought I'd be good as new. Boy, was I wrong!! Is it me, or were you under the impression that this was an in-and-out pain-free good as new in a week surgery? I knew that there was swelling and bruising but I was hoping to look like myself in a week or two - not a YEAR!

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Every time I read one of these posts I get pissed off all over again. I am so tired of hearing all the stories about how these doctors lie to their patients. If it is the last thing I do I am going to figure out a way to get the truth out to all the women in the world that are falling prey to the lies and deciet by these money hungry doctors. They do not realize just how much this changes a woman's (or man's) life. We go in all excited about getting our youthful rested look back and we come out with the REALITY of a year long recovery and in so many cases looking worse than we did before surgery. All of this is because of our lack of education on this - I know if I had known then what I know now I never would have done this. My life as I knew it has been taken away from me and I will not rest until those son of a b------s responsible start being held accountable for all of their lies. There has got to be some regulation on this. And ladies...please, please do not get fillers put under your eyes after you heal. Your doctor will tell you that you will probably need "just a little filler" and you will be great....well prepare for more problems if you do that. READ all the stories about the complications of fillers and the so called crap that will dissolve it immediately if you don't like the look. Well, it dissolves it all right - along with your skin and tissue. Just take time to educate yourself please. Ok, I'll get off my rant now.
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I did lower trans bleph 2 wks ago. My dr. Suggested using artificial eyedrops. The only problem is when i close my eyes, the right one takes more time to close. In other words, the left closes normally while the other remain a little open and it is moist. Am hoping that it will resolve by time. As someone mentioned.......patience is the answer !
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Did this clear up?
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I do pray that yours turns out better than mine. I do not wish this on anybody. I'm trying to stay positive but not a whole lot to look forward to for me. I work 2 jobs now just to pay for all the dang medications I have to buy because of the eye complications I am having. That in itself is difficult because not only am I in pain alot of time I am also in the cosmetics industry and I have try and convince my customers to buy all the creams and stuff that are supposed to keep your skin beautiful. Imagine what they must think when they look at me with all my wrinkles around my eyes! It is so sad because I truly did not have these wrinkles before. And....I cannot always put my eye make up on like I need to because it hurts too much! Ugh....I'll get off my soap box now - it just feels good to finally vent to someone who might understand a little of what I am going thru. :-)
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I am 4 months post op and thought "if I only stay positive"!! The truth is I am in pain all of the time since my upper and lower Bleph. I spend every dime I earn on follow up apts. to specialists, medicine and eye drops. This has been a night mare!!
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First of all you have to build up courage and patience. I only did lower Bleph ( with a facelift). It took time to completely open and close my eyes normally. It could be the dryness.......but most probably its the muscle and nerves, that take time to get strong again. But I wasn't in much pain as you stated. I do empathize with you, as it makes you feel very down. But give it time......because sometimes you need months, not a couple of weeks (as they tell you) The least the surgeons can do , is be more sincere, so one can know what expect. Good luck Kaila Marie.
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I had my bags removed almost a year ago and it does take long. I also had some major complications with one eye and pray by the end of this year it will be resolved. But all in all being that my doctor, who has stood by me through all of this, also did laser the skin under my eyes when surgery was done to remove bags. This tightened up the skin and made it look like brand new baby skin. All of the wrinkles I had is gone. Did you have laser too?
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I'm only 1 month post op and trying to remain postitive. I'm not sold yet but cannot afford to be this anxious either. Let's try and motivate each other to embrace the good. Pm me anytime! Hang in there!
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Revision surgery is my hope if in 6 months to a year I'm still unhappy.
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What happened after your Revision Surgery?? I am in the same boat! I can not wear eye makeup. I am in constant pain, my eye tear constantly.
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My transj.surgery for my lower lids was done 1 year ago and I look worse than ever. One eye still has a bag under it as if surgery was never done and the other eye is much puffier in my upper cheek area now because of the relocation of the fat. I have so many wrinkles under my eyes when I smile now that I try to be very conscious of NOT SMILING. In addition, I have severe pain in one of my eyes and alot of discomfort in the other. This surgery caused me to develop belpharitis and MGD which I will have for the rest of my life. My medications are outrageous. I was put in the hospital for my depression and now I simply try to just deal with it one day at a time. I wish all the time that God would just bring me home because my life is just miserable now. I don't go anywhere but to work - literally have stayed home for a year now. I am only 48 years old, single, and used to really enjoy life. I was told often that I looked 10 years younger and I guess my stupid vanity got in the way and I wanted to get rid of the small bags under my eyes - which really were not horrible. Now I look 10 years older. I take full responsiblity for my stupid decision BUT it sure would have been nice if my doctor had told me of the possible problems I would have and if he had tested my eyes to make sure I did not have the potential to develop such horrible dry eye which led to my current condition. If I had full knowledge of what could happen I would not have done the surgery! Anyone having thoughts of this surgery let me warn you now - I would not do it but if you do please realize it takes alot longer than 3 weeks to heal! It seems like all of these surgeons tell us 3 weeks when in reality it does take up to a year for your eyes to feel normal. Mine never will and I know that now. I get so angry because I truly feel these doctors don't care anymore - all they see is dollar signs - especially now since it is almost impossible to sue them for malpractice! This has changed my life forever while my doctor just goes about his merry way telling lies to innocent women so he can sit back and watch his bank account get bigger and bigger. This just makes me sick! I would give anything to have my old self back. I really do "miss me".
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Thanks but seriously my.surgeon was too.aggressive I didn't need all of this fat taken out. Hasty decision. Thanks for the great advice looking forward to time being my friend. I.was happy before this. Now I'm just uncomfortable. I did it because my kids were away and I thought the timing was good. I'll try and best this depression and get it together over here...
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*beat*
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My right eye closes with ease my left eye does not
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Give yourself a break, you did this because you wanted to feel better about yourself, there's nothing wrong with that, you didn't expect to wake up and see Kate moss did you? No, so all you've done is underestimate the time it takes! Tight eyes are normal, I had to buy an eye mask to sleep in as both mine didn't close for a month!!! I also bought eye refreshing drops as I did nothing but rub mine and I mean run them Aggresively one night as they itched so much. ITS ALL NORMAL, stop stressing yourself! With co2 all you need to make sure is you stay completely out the sun and I mean don't even hang the washing out without protection! Chill yourself out, relax and eat proper and let your body heal itself naturally! None of its premature, I'm 39!!!! I live my results and people say all the time, even last night! Do you take arnica and supplements? I take collagen daily as well as a host of other supplements and I'm regularly told I look 31/33 do it's not premature, it's all about you now! I've also had a divorce and they're not nice but hey, best thing i did was get rid of him, I'm 3 yrs on and love me and my life, but it's took time ti get to where I am now! Remember, times a great healer and no pain no gain!!!!!xx
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What do u mean by tight?
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Guys did u experience tightness ? My left eye feels tight. When does this stop? Very uncomfortable. It's more noticeable in the left eye.
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LoriB thank you you are SOO right...I've had so many things go awry since the sutures were removed and can't help but stress over my little freak accidents. I had co2 laser and my son accidently scratched my cheek leaving a hairline white scar. I had no scars before this and hope it fades. My redness and blotchiness is driving me crazy since my skin was nice before this. Also I'm really stressing about my massaging the right eyelid inner corner. I did so on day 11 post op to assist with the swelling. Why I did that is beyond me. I was trying to accelerate the healing process obviously. My surgeon was not happy. Hope I didn't change the results in any way due to early massage. Not only that but I.am seperated and was on a path of wellness. I feel ps interrupted that path that i worked so hard to create. I feel inauthentic. I was only 44 and probably didn't need this now. Premature and impulsive =.self disappointment. Thanks for listening!
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I mean cObbi you are sooo right..LoriB thanks for understanding. I hate this healing business. I miss my old self.
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Gretchen I understand!!!! cObbie thanks for the advice :)
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To me it's mentally disabling...!
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listen, you HAVE to calm down and chill, HONESTLY, it takes time, the more you stress out mentally the longer your body will take to recover. Youve had massive surgery given that liost and 3 weeks is nothing, i know it feels like a lifetime, but youve just passed the start line, its amazing how quick youll heal when you pick yourself up. you need to ensure your eating properly, keeping lots of fluid in you, i drank 8 litres a day on recommendation and im told its a massive plus to keep fluid through you. youve got to relax and be patient, if you stress yourself by constantly studying yourself, its going to take longer. If your surgeon is qualified properly he will have done a good job, but healing is up to you. if i looked at my photos an hour after my op and then look at now, 3 months on, you wouldnt recognise im the same person. do yourself a favour and chill out.....xxx
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3 weeks...day by day at this point! I just want the swelling and redness to fo go down and ill feel much better
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How long post surgery are you??
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He said I'm.healing fine. But since I rushed my decision I'm not sure if he was the right surgeon for my needs. I.seriously hate my results. I'm looking into revision surgery already! Can't take the change oh well thx for listening. Good thing I.started Prozac this week ;)
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