Dr. Haworth performed a lower blepharoplasty w/...
Dr. Haworth performed a lower blepharoplasty w/ fat transfer on my eyes 6 days ago, using dissolvable sutures. The incision was made directly under my lower lash line. I have bags under my eyes at age 46 that show up in the morning and later in the afternoon, making me look tired. Deep sockets as well.
First post op photos of lower blepharoplasty with fat transfer to sockets and slightly below
Had some continuous bleeding from my left under eye in tear duct area (as seen in photos, eye on the right). Woke on morning after surgery to find my left eye (right eye in pics) had completely sealed shut with dried blood caked over my entire top eyelashes. I literally needed several q tips saturated in water to unseal my eye by slightly wetting the top lashes. It took about 8 or 9 qtips to do this.
Day 3 of post op
My left eye stopped leaking blood from below tear duct area and clotted over. I'm leaving that alone as if I try to clean it any further I am worried it will open up and start bleeding all over again. Informed my doctor of this on morning following surgery and sent him a pic which he responded to by email within MINUTES and said to try to clean off the blood as much as I could with q tips. I did this and now I monitor it.
Day 4-5 post op pics
Started to tear up a lot in left eye as it the lower rim was drooping away from the eyeball in the same spot where all of the bleeding was taking place. I am not sure if there is a connection between the two occurrences. I emailed pics to my doctor on day 5 which was a SUNDAY NIGHT and he promptly within MINUTES responded to my concerns (great, right? This doctor probably never sleeps, he has really shown great care toward my recovery.). He said the lower eyelid drooping is from mild eyelid eversion and to massage it upward in a circular motion. I am going in on day 6 to have the stitches removed so he will show me how to care for and monitor this issue.
Day 6 post op with stitches finally removed
In my first post I wrote that the stitches were dissolvable but I was mistaken. They needed to be removed which was done today. Felt so weird having the doctor pull out from one side, a little unpleasant tugging sensation but over fast and not too painful. Bandages finally taken off. Doctor said my uneven drooping undereye rims were due to swelling and showed me how to massage for 1 minute, 5x daily with just enough pressure using 1 finger under the incision site so that it moves my eyeball slightly. He said this will help recovery. I really hope he's right because the drooping is scaring me a little.
2 weeks + 2 days post op--fat transfer is still very swollen on face
My lower blepharoplasty with fat transfer included fat transfer to tear trough area and upper center cheek at the intersection where lower eye socket meets upper cheek center. I had dents and a gaunt area on one side so doctor filled with my own fat during surgery. As you can see in pics, the fat grafting still has MAJOR swelling even though my eyes now look AMAZING and smooth with no wrinkles or hollowed sockets..and the eyelid drooping is GONE at 2 weeks post op!
Giving this a 5 star rating ! My eyes look great at 2 1/2 wks post op!
The fat transfer swelling to lower face continues to go down. Eyes look 100% better than a week ago.
I still need to sleep with 3 pillows and head elevated above heart level, otherwise when I wake up in morning, significant swelling has returned to what i looked like 5 days prior.
Only today 2 1/2 wks post op have I felt comfortable going outside to run errands since sales help and cashiers have stared at me, most likely because of swelling from the fat transfer and also from major nostril swelling still extremely noticeable from an upper lip lift procedure.