Heredity was sitting in. Every morning after showering and getting ready for work I was more and more upset that I was putting on eyeshadow that would never be seen. Eyes looked swollen every day. My father had eyelid surgery in his early 70s to help his eyesight. I decided I didn't want to wait that long. Went to local favorite surgeon to request eyelid work. I was totally surprised that he recommended a coronal brow lift at the same time. Told me that the result I was looking for could not be achieved with the eyelid work alone. He could just do the eyelids, but could not do eyebrow lift for a couple of years if done separately. So, I did both.
After surgery, I bruised very heavily. The bruising may have been more than most. It was really bad. I looked like Rocky Balboa fresh out of the boxing ring. Then, I lost a TON of hair. I was bald in one part of my scalp. Shocked the crud out of me. His explanation post-op: this is normal. I had to part my hair on the opposite side to hide it. I was so depressed on losing so much hair. This was my thing to have pretty and thick hair. The bruising slowly subsided. And, I do mean SLOWLY. I am 4 months post-op and still have a slight residual bruise on a cheek from iron build up. It seems to be subsiding over time, but I am not sure it will go away completely. It took forever to get feeling in my left forehead. For the longest time I felt like I was wearing a tight Speedo swim cap. Sometimes I still do. The feeling is obnoxious. My head often itches like crazy (I am told this is a good sign - nerves are healing and growing back). Currently, though, when I put bobby pins in my hair I cannot feel my scalp or the pins. The bald spot has filled in with baby hair. I have encouraged this using Nioxin products along with Biotin supplements. But, my hair is still very thin and not as full and responsive as pre-op. Doesn't style the way it used to at all. It has a funky texture to it and I am sprouting kinky weird strands. Although, It does seem like conditions are improving with time. I've been told it can take up to 1 1/2 years to fully recover. This is stressful. I tend to heal naturally fast and well. 1-1/2 years is a long time! I thought 2 months and I'd be good to go. And what if it never recovers 100%? The scar across my head can be very flat and non-noticeable then it will get irritated and raised from time to time. Again, I'm told this is usual until it fully heals.
So would I do it again? Maybe not. My eyes are much better than they were. But is it worth the hair loss and the frequent itching/irritated and thin hair on the head? Not sure yet. I'll let you know 12 months post op.
50 Years Old - Sagging Eyelids - Boise, ID
Heredity was sitting in. Every morning after...
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