How was your eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery recovery?

  • Talib
  • 5 years ago

Wanted to hear for other eyelid surgery, bleph, patients who are recovering from eyelid surgery. How long has it taken to get back to work? what side effects do you have? what else do you wish you knew ahead of time before surgery?  How is your eyelid surgery recovery going? Thank You!

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I'm almost a week post up from lower blepharoplasty. I was really swollen and bruised the first three days. I applied cold compresses and a lot of swelling and bruising has gone down. My eyes are asymmetric after the procedure and look tighter than they did before. I have some blurry vision, feel some "twinges" at the corners from time to time, and slight pressure along incision lines when I walk. The corners of my eyes feel a little numb, but the discomfort is not really painful as it is annoying. Overall, I am still really swollen. Dr. says that this is normal and will improve over time. I sure hope so!! My blurry vision is helped by wiping eyes with a moist gauze. I am following post surgery instructions very closely. I was able to drive four days post op but have not returned to work yet. I wish I had known how swollen and bruised I would be after. I was shocked when I saw myself in the mirror. I also wish I would have known it could take so long after the surgery to see the final result. I went to an oculoplastic reconstructive surgeon who placed my incisions on the outside of my eyes. I regret not doctor shopping more as I think I would have had a better result with a hidden incision. My ps did not have extensive experience with the inside/hidden incision technique, but his credentials are great. I can't say if I am happy right now because I am so fresh out of surgery. Had I known the recovery would be so annoying and take so long to see final results, I would not have gotten the surgery. But what's done is done now. My fingers are crossed and I'm hoping for a good outcome. Good luck and all the best to you.
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dear crenshaw, i hear ya on the excessive swelling and bruising! i was so scared and thought it will NEVER go back to normal...but it did, thank goodness! probably around the 3 week mark the bruising went away and lil bit of swelling remained a lil longer...i had lateral extension cuts as i had lateral hooding (i only had my uppers done) and i had lil bumps at end of incision lines that did not go away as quickly as i hoped. My PS excised them at the 5 week mark (i had a trapped sebaceous gland on one that made the bump much more noticeable and the other side he wanted to do so that i wouldnt have to go thru procedure again possibly months later) and now it has been 7 weeks since original surgery and 2 weeks since revision. i can FINALLY say i am glad I had the surgery....my new lil cuts are still slightly pink but i know will blend in and fade away in time....I had those lil twinges and blurry vision you have now. and it finally has gone away...they still feel a lil tight on edges and still a lil numb...but i understand that takes time and might always feel a bit tighter. Time and patience is what it takes and that is so very hard to have when all you can see is bruising, swelling and lumps and bumps! try to stay busy doing other stuff so you dont obsess and stress about it even more than you already are. Hang in there...it does get so much better...hope this helps to allay some of your fears!
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Thanks for the advice. Good to hear from someone who has been there. Indeed this does take time. I'm waiting patiently and trying not to obsess over it. Feels like things are starting to settle down a bit, although I do have a long way to go. Glad to hear you are feeling better and enjoying your results!
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I don't normally hype any products and not sure I'm even allowed to do it on this site. But I'd really like to recommend two products that have become extremely important to me since my upper bleph. I have very fair skin and my eyelids looked very red/purple around incision lines (although since I'm now 7-months post-op, scars are fading.) I do like to wear pale eyeshadows and the red/purple showed through, even if I wore the shadow over a regular shadow primer. But, luckily, I found Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in "Eden" (packaged in a pale yellow tube). Another product that works well is Benefit Lemon Aid color correcting eyelid primer. Both of those products are excellent at masking the red/purple on your lids. You'll need to wear shadow over them, since the products are both light yellow, but once you apply even a pale shadow over the primer, it really looks nice. I hope this helps some of you who've been concerned with the eyelid discoloration.
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almost 5 wks post op after upper blepharoplasty and well after two doses of steroids into my bumps at end of incision lines, one responded even tho it is still slightly there(but it was never as lumpy as the other one) The other one is very soft but looks like a small nodule...saw my PS today and he is going to excise it this week. I hate the thought of another incision and bruising and swelling (as i had a lot the first time) but i see it everytime i look in mirror...hard to appreciate my nonhooded eyes right now!!!
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It could be a small cyst, which can be fairly common. You may go to a local PS or physician/dermatologist to see if they may lance the area which may help it heal faster or if inflammation, a dilute steroid injection may help. You can use a hydrocortisone cream on raised area of lid in the mean time 2 times a day.
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Thanks CJM, but have made an appt with a new a PS to examine my eyes and see what he recommends. Its an extra $200 just for a consult that I dont really have after all the money I have already spent but has to be done to put me at ease.
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I had upper and lower blephoplasty just over 5 wks ago, am freaking out as I have a lump that has developed on upper lid, it's sore to touch and getting bigger. My useless surgeon is overseas and doesn't care. I don't know what to do?
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Don't worry connie I had the same..but now it's been 5 months and I am very happy with the finished results..the scares are still healing the upper ones, it can take 6 months..keep putting cream on them I found it helped to keep them moist..I used paw paw...also I needed eye drops...but diffent improvement ,
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Thankyou for your inspiration but its the lump that's getting bigger by the day thats really worrying me.
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Lesson learned: plain gut sutures shld not be used for internal stitches in upper bleph, they are very reactive and do not dissolve well at eye. Require phagocytosis/inflammatory rxn for dissolution vs hydrolysis as synthetic absorbable sutures. Defn inform your surgeon of ANY suture rxns or h/O absorbable sutures not dissolving in timely manner/needing removed I.e. (wisdom teeth, oral surg) in past as details of surg regarding internal sutures not likely discussed and may be used depending on what PS sees.
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I had an upper bleph done 4wks ago.. I had "fairly unusual results" per PS with solid raised ridge across both eyelids along suture line, spitting stitches and millia/cysts. My PS had used plain gut sutures both externally and internally, to "avoid suture rxn in case missed any during suture removal" and I had a bad rxn to them with abnormal swelling, swollen LN, fever, tired and has been miserable. Has anyone else had experience with plain gut sutures and similar rxns? Did it improve with more time to allow stitches to dissolve? I am still spitting out stitches! Thank you for any help/info. Hoping all ends well and lessons learned for later:)
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Wow that's sounds awful, thank you for the info, I hope your PS is able to rectify this. I have no idea what type were used for my upper bleph. It's been 2yrs for me and I just spotted a tiny dark stitch that's still embedded and will have to get it removed. Weird, as I thought sutures dissolved?
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i changed my user name from swollenandbruised to kambam btw
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sorry about the typing of last post! jeez...anyhow..i went to my ps today (they are very accomodating and comforting btw) and he thought the bumps at both outer sides of suture line were a bit bigger than most he sees, so he injected them with steroid (you could hear the needle hit the fibrous tissue, he even commented on it!) and he massaged them and then decided to put some botox/dysport around as he said my eye muscles around that area of squinting and smiling etc were aggravating the situation by squeezing the bumps... he said it will expedite the subsiding of the fibrous bump...fingers crossed it is fast!
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I have to warn you from my own experience that Botox affects eye muscles and they get tired and irratated more easily since muscles are rellaxed from the botox or dysport
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well i hade mine 11 day ago and i am riding the emotional rollercoaster1111 did uppers only and glad i did! to much worry and stress with this!! every lil minute detail yo frealed piou to[e out about!
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Had my uppers done in March 2014 and they look fantastic! I wish I had done this several years ago. Thanks to Dr Vasek of the Forme clinic in Prague. X
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Hi there,I am booked into the Forme clinic in October for a TT & Lipo.Can you tell me if you had a good experience and what your overall thoughts on the clinic where.Thank you in advance :) x
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Hi I was searching for good surgeons for upper eyelid surgery and dithering for quite a long time,as I was reluctant, there are so many cowboys out there and I didn't really want to go with the bigger companies(medical travel) I tried one company and wanted a particular surgeon,but the company changed the surgeon at the last minute. This put me off,so I searched again. I found the Forme clinic and emailed them. Jana emailed me straight back and I looked at the credentials of the surgeon(this I did before and was impressed with the Dr's credentials and wide range of experience,especially overseas). I was a little reluctant(just me really) so the surgeon phoned me up and it was then that I made my decision. Dr Vasek is a very gently spoken man and quite calming(and I needed it,especially laying down on the operating table :-/) I traveled on my own to Prague,for the first time and found that the clinic was just three stops on the tram away from my hotel. The clinic is actually in Wenscelas Square,right next to Marks and Spencers,it was very easy to find. I visited the clinic the day after my arrival,just to say hello. I had my consultation the next day,paid for the op and then went shopping! :-) Prague is lovely and I wished I could have traveled around a bit more,but I was on my own and as it was my first time,I stayed closer to Wencelas Square. I was booked in the next day and arrived at the clinic at approx 9am. I had to fill in all the consent forms and was told my bloods were ok(forgot to mention I had to have the usual blood tests). I was then taken to the operating theatre (at this stage I was slightly nervous,understatement lols)Dr Vasek put this balaclava type head dress on me,I suppose to keep my hair away from my face. I had a quick scan around the theatre and was impressed by the cleanliness,absolutely spotless! I was awake for the procedure,but was given injections to numb the whole area around my eyes. People think I am slightly mad,but I prefer to be awake where possible and as it is only a minor op I had this option. Yes,I was very nervous,and I was aware of what was happening,but I couldn't feel a thing. It was all pretty straight forward really. I had some bad swelling for about a week and I was a bit down(can happen after surgery) Jana phoned me and talked me through it(this is what I liked about the clinic,they will talk to you and if you have any concerns they will get back to you asap). The Dr said to me after the op that I had a lot of excess fat and that I would look very different now..True to his word,my eyes look fantastic. I wouldn't hesiste to have more surgery at the clinic. Let me know how your surgery goes and good luck x
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Thanks Falee. Things are getting better, albeit slowly. I've started with hydroquinone on the dark areas underneath my eyes, to fade some of the darkness. I'm a also massaging the scars per my PS. It seems to be helping some. I also have a dermatologist appt later this month for the scars on both sides of my eyes. I also have an area of what I think is missed fat. My PS said we will revisit in October for removal, but he seems to think its muscle - I don't. I'll be back at the official three month mark. Which is less than two weeks away.
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i have very noticeable bumps at the end of both my suture lines at corners of eyelid that unfortunately sits on my orbital bone so it is very noticeable!!!! I had upper blepharoplasty 11 days ago. I have been using moist heat and massages several times during the day. Has anyone else experienced this? Any other suggestions as to making them go away???? Thanks in advance!
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try Maderma cream starting in a few weeks.. seems like it is helping me some...11 days is to early to judge the final results.. I been through this and I know it is making you down every time you look at your bumps..
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thx for replying.. today my ps injected with steroids and put a lil botox around to keep eye muscles relaxed and not aggravate the situation
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