I think my doctor bungled my eyelid surgery. Doctors and patients please look at photo and comment. Photo is taken 9 days post .

  • Orange County CA5853
  • Orange County CA
  • 3 years ago

operation. All other pictures I've seen of upper eye lid surgery do not look like this at all! Please advise. And this is what it looks like BEFORE all swelling goes down! Notice the folds on top of my lid! I wanted to get rid of this! Notice the uneven "fold lines" incisions of eyes.

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My oculo-ps gave me Arbonne oil to smooth over the incision site. I applied moist heat for a few days. I could tell the incision site was smoother and flatter right off the bat; but it took about 1-2 months for the site to fully heal. Now, 10 months later only I can see the scar. The surgery didn't hurt at all (numbed up but awake). For 3 days it was sore and red (I put a bandaid over the lid crease and brow area and went back to work on day 3). One thing I'm learning about facial plastic surgery: every day post-op there's some change. No sense getting jittery about a scar, bump or sensation. Tomorrow it'll resolve and they'll be something else! I don't even buy the 6-month rule. It takes at least a year or more for everything to fall into place. And then, what you loved at first might fall and what you hated might shine! Also, I think ps tend to do more eyelids than necessary; it happened to me. I actually needed a brow lift. Brows must be harder to do....hhmmmmm.....
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Patience....I would wait...I tell patients to be patient. 9 days is just out of the surgery. You can't even begin to talk about how a surgery went until 1-2 months. This is like doing 2 questions of a 200 question exam and getting them wrong and saying "well I am going to get a zero on this test". You need to wait. \
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My oculo (and life-saver!) opened up the existing but poorly healed, raised scar line on my lid that was used for the blepharoplasty and failed brow lift. I was awake but sedated and he did it in an operating room where the light was really good rather than florescent office light...hmmmm....It seemed like he took up a slight amount of skin above the lid fold or simply anchored the fold from the underside so it doesn't show, and it raised up the fold. When he cleaned the scar tissue off the underside of my lid and made a nice, sweet, flat row of stitches, the combination worked. His name is Dr. Scott Sigler in Edmond, Oklahoma. I can't tell you how he restored my faith in surgeons. Send him your picture. Maybe he can do a video consult. Best wishes.
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Just wondering how much healing/swelling/pain/time was involved in the scar revision? Was it as much as the actual initial eyelid surgery? The surgeons will all minimize all of the above for some reason. I know it is individual, but I would believe what you said more. Thanks~
















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I went to an oculoplastic and reconstructive plastic eye surgeon and he raised one eyelid crease up slightly to match the other. At the same time he cleaned up the scar tissue under my lid so the scar flattened and has nearly disappeared (it's been 7 months since the repair but the improvement was obvious a few days postop repair). But, I agree with the others that unless you are having trouble closing your eye naturally, wait 6 months before any revision because the eyes keep improving and may match naturally. It would be awful to raise one crease and then the other shifts! Best wishes to you.
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How did they do that? Did they make a new incision after stitching up the old one?

Mine is 2 years old now but I knew from the get go it wasn't right.
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My bleph eyelids look asymmetric like yours. The lines look similar. One eye healed nice and looks natural while the other eye, the fold is higher and rounder even when I open my eyes. If you found a way to fix it, let me know please!
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It's good to educate - thanks for sharing your mind.
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Trust me when I say that it takes 4 to 6 months for the assymetry (caused by swelling) to resolve. I panicked when I saw two different eyes up until the 5 month mark! Even at 6 months there is a tiny difference - but I still see swelling and there are sensitive spots under my eyes. I had upper and lower and from what I have read lower surgery is far more risky and takes much longer to heal (up to a year before the under eye area scar tissue heals). I wish everyone luck and patience!
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your eyes look like mine did how are you doing? I am six weeks post op and still uneven.
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well they surely don't feel as heavy! when i was tired or had a few glasses of wine they were practically closed! now they are much lighter and more open.
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my doctor said upper eyelid surgery would help my eyes not feel so tired at night
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At 4 months post op my eyes are occasionally tired (I wear contacts about 12 hours a day). Sometimes they water a little, however they did this before the surgery as well. Time definitely heals!
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Do your eyes feel less tired at night?
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Arbonne makes an oil for scar reduction that says "don't use around eyes" but my oculoplastic reconstructive surgeon gave it to me for my eyelids! It feels great and seems to work. Although the warm washcloth three or four times a day might be what is really working. Scars are healing....Best of wishes to you.
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My left incision above eye was much higher than my right until about week 8 - now it is almost even. Swelling distorts everything so give it more time before you consider more surgery. I also had what appeared as wrinkly fat hanging over the above incision that has also begun to smooth out. I was so disturbed that I wasn't perfect at week three (like they tell you), but after reading many many posts I see that a 3 to 6 month time frame of healing is more realistic..
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I also wanted to say that I had a couple of hard bumps on the upper incisions. After trying a little bit of neosporin, then cortisone, and then salicylic acid they eventually went away. Don't know which one worked..
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Santa Barbara7926, your posting has been helping me so much. You cannot imagine how I appreciate your notes. I have been freaking out when my eyes are not looking better everyday(I am at post-op 10days). Pre-op, I was bothered so much about my eye lids sagging from my point of view, but people always said they were so beautiful and young. The reason they looked good from people were beucase of my eyelids were beautifully folded "deeply" which was actually sagging part. When you closed eyes or tried to make up, you will see the end of the eyes are downwards. People could not see it. But of course surgeon could see and we went for surgery to get rid of the excess skin. He said he only do subtle job to make me makeup better(since I had to tilt the mirror when making up for my eyes)and all of his patients post-op pic were so subtle. But now my eye lids look very unnatural because I do hope they are still swollen: between eyelash line and folding like is (double lid part) sticking out, widen, and still purple. I cannot go out for this unnatural look. But your note is like the valium...thank you.
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My incisions looked similar but within four months have fully healed and can barely be seen. As far as uneven folds, is it obvious when your eyes are open or do the sutures fall within your eyelid crease?
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They have healed in to raised incison lines and bumps. I do not want this dr to do any revisions on me however, the quandry: other doctors won't consider revisions until after 6 months. yes, I know, things may improve but I know that I will need some sort of medical help, be that cortizone injections, cysts removal.., just don't what this guy to lay another medical device on me or in me!
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Hi -- Just curious how you're doing now. Have your scars/folds improved at all?

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