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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Good grief I at least have time to cancel the surgery. My biggest question is are y'all seeing better now that you've had the surgery?
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It has been 7 months since my upper eyelift and my lower CO2 laser resurfacing. Everything has healed nicely and I am thrilled with the results. My eyesight is a bit blurry, not sure if more so than normal as I do have floaters in both eyes and an epiretinal membrane in one. I would do it again tomorrow! Good luck.
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My eyesight is worse. While doctors like to say surgery has nothing to do with it. I find that not to be true with my own experience. I mean I was super light sensitive afterwards which is to be expected but it's been over a year and they still blur, feel swollen at times like they are going to explode out of the sockets...and one day one eye will feel fine while the other is awful and then it's reversed. It's crazy, but my vision got worse. Had an eye doctor appointment and he said they had as well.
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My doctor only told me that I would have black eyes for a few days. Have to be on a salt free diet and the week before and two weeks after. Have to sleep with 4 pillows behind my head and lots of more rules to go by. Some of you have had major long recovery times. We are trying to hurry to make a decision to cancel the surgery.
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Are you just having the upper eyelift? If so, I disagree with your doctor. I slept with two pillows and, with makeup, looked presentable by two weeks post-surgery. It wasn't painful and I am SO glad I did it! Are you doing anything else?
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My recovery would have only been the standard two weeks, but I had a little reaction to a suture that got left behind or something. Other than that, I was back at work on day 8 (around there) with sutures still in.
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I still wasn't ready to go out in public at 3 weeks, but i had to go to work....people were asking what was wrong with my eyes! They were so swollen and looked strange....took a good 4 weeks for me! Worth it in the end, but i experienced a long recovery....i was told 2 weeks???
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be careful,some doctors keep your deposit
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It may be in your best interest to wait until you feel right about both the surgery and your Dr before you proceed. Imo it's important to feel confident about the procedure. Fortunately I had a speedy recovery and followed my Dr's instructions. I did limit salt, ate very well, used four pillows, stopped certain vitamin supps, disinfected my bathroom, bed sheets, no work outs, make up or anything that might cause an infection, etc. I took it very easy to help my body recover -that was my sole priority. I had a fab surgeon, no bruises, no pain whatsoever just some swelling which would come and go. I went to work within a week and looked ok but ideally could have waited a month. Listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard.
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I had an upper bleph plus two non-eye procedures at the same time. I did not have any of the restrictions that your doctor has given you, other than use ice packs on my lids as much as possible for the first 12 to 24 hours postop, and of course he gave me pain prescriptions. I did use one extra pillow. As far as the bleph, the only issue I had was that the suture removal was very painful - I think my doctor waited at least 2 days too long before removing them. I did NOT have black eyes at all. Obviously my lids looked reddish - especially around the suture line, and I had a couple small bumps which I still have - but they're really not noticeable. I did not have vision problems before the surgery, and do not have problems since. My right eye does seems to water a little once in a while. And even though I'd had 3 procedures at the same time (upper bleph , ear pinning, and lower face lift), I was able to venture out with full makeup in just less than 2 weeks post-op. I'm 8-months postop now, and get a lot of compliments on how great I look. Back before my surgery - as the appointment drew near, I was getting iffy and iffier about my decision. I think being nervous about surgery is normal, and I think you're even more likely to question it when it's purely elective, plus, for most of us, the money is an issue. But I'm so happy now that I had the bleph surgery. If I had it to do all over again, I would. But, if you don't have confidence in your doctor and what he's telling you, I'd wait and find a different surgeon.
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I am not following your conversations, but my advice is not to mess with your eyes unless it is a medical necessity
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Dear Lenchik i feel the same way. I would do anything to turn back the time and not have had anyone touch my once beautiful unique eyes or just had Dr Massry be the person who had done the surgery. Scars would have been one thing i guess,but having someone sew up the corners of both sides of my eyes is quite another. i am distrought but what can i do?
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Colleenmail, Unfortunatelly we can`t do anything... I tried to get at least money back to cover the cost of prescription eye drops which is 75$ for 15 milliliters ,then tried to sue my surgeon, but I did not know about guiedlines and it was hard to find a lawyer who whould take a cosmetic case...
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Fixmyface, I have the same issues with my eyes... They become so sensitive, escpecially to prolong computer work with make up on, physical activity,sun etc... At times I feel whole muscle under my eyes, haviness which is so wierd.. Seems like Botox injection into forehead reliefs some pressure around my eyes, so next week I will talk to an occuloplastic surgeon about injecting Botox at low lids...
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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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