Two words to sum up so far: EZ BREEZY! Surgery...
The dr said it would be about 10 minutes----"each eye?" I said, and he said no, both! While I was lying down, he made lines with marker & I didn't feel a thing! Photo was about 45 min after. I will keep updating over next few days. Wish I'd done this sooner!
Photo about 22 hours later
Before pictures....still trying to figure site out & how to properly post photos!
These are from day 3....
I have been trying to ice like mad as well....still having ZERO pain but I'm starting to get little itchies here & there.....hard not to scratch!
Waking up in the morning with lots of swelling but it slowly dissipates as I'm up & about. Still absolutely thrilled I did this!
This was right eye before and right eye on day 2, evening-time.
Morning of day 3...or is it 4? (Surgery Weds morning, today is Saturday LOL)
I'm not sure how long to keep icing vs. starting warm compresses...anyone? I was a little worried when I left the Dr's office about the scar & where it would sit after swelling went down. I'm now starting to see that it seems it will be right in my natural crease line, just like Dr said it would.
I had my eyeliner tattooed on a few years ago & had forgotten how much I like having it there---just haven't been able to see it lately.
I'm still feeling some itchies along the stitch line---my Dr has me applying "Refresh Lacri-Lube"...has anyone here used that? I'm also still taking the Arnica 30x tablets under my tongue 3-4 times a day. Still using the Arnicare gel on the bruises.
I will still HIGHLY recommend this surgery for anyone contemplating it. I had been able to disguise the droops very well with makeup (to the point several people said I absolutely did not need to have this done) but over time it would have been harder & harder.
I'll post again tomorrow-----stitches come out Monday 9 a.m.---cannot wait!
Side views, day 4 afternoon
Day 5 (Sunday) afternoon
WOW....some schoolin' from the professionals...
Stitches out, Monday 8/11
Nurse put a small paper bandage on outer edge of each eye & she said it will fall off in a few days. The stitches were removed three hours ago & I can already see the swelling is subsiding---I'm sure it flared up during the stitch removal.
Don't have to go back for 30 days. They told me to continue icing if I'd like & using the Refresh LacriLube. All good!
I had a concern this evening.....
I called Dr. Filiberto's answering service & they put me through to him. He couldn't have been more kind to me & agreed to meet me at his office an hour later (8 pm!!). He immediately put me at ease & said everything was normal and there weren't any issues. I was worried about getting something into the area (being a big baby!!) so he nicely put another paper bandage over the area following my neurosis....!
My experience has been absolutely wonderful from surgery through tonight! I will post a photo tomorrow.
So....the Dr was right!
I wasn't as swollen today when I woke up, either. The incision line had some small scabs hanging off so I used a tweezer & took them off.....they weren't attached to anything so I didn't have to pull on anything.
I had lots of errands to run today so I put some makeup over the bruises & have posted a picture of that. Looks pretty good. I find if I keep my reading glasses on it helps disguise the scars as well.
It hasn't even been a week & even my (SKEPTICAL) husband is saying WOW......literally!
One more from 8/12 (surgery was 8/6)
One week later
I do have some crusties along the incision which I just may have to pick off later, haha. Kinda gross having them there....
Picture from today, 8/14
Monday, August 18th
You can see in the photo that the right side scar is darker & more pronounced than the left. It's been that way since the surgery but I'm not sure why. My bruises are FINALLY just about gone----that has been the most pronounced part of this whole thing. I do still have quite a bit of swelling in the morning but I usually do that anyway.....
Still SO happy!
I have been wearing mascara & adding a little eyeliner as well. Eyes are still a little swollen in the mornings & the lids are still a little numb. I do have a few small bumps on the right eye incision as well but from what I'm reading here it seems they should settle down, so I'm going to just keep watching.
For some reason it seems my mascara is harder to apply too---the lashes seem finer or something?? Once again I will say-----SO happy I had this done! Also p.s. I truly am not cross-eyed, LOL. When I'm focusing on the iPhone camera my one eye looks crossed----not that there's anything wrong with that!
PS for Thursday, 8/21
9/3 photos; surgery was 8/6
I find if I put a little liquid foundation over the incisions, covered by brown eyeshadow, you can't really see anything of the scars.
I see the Dr Monday for a followup so I'm planning to ask about scar healing & what can/should I be putting on them. They do look rather thick now but it's not even been four weeks so I'm not too worried at this point. Very strange too, but my permanent eyeliner on MY right eye has come off...?
I saw a friend Monday & she sort of looked at me a little funny---I let a little time pass, then told her. She said OMG something looked a little different but I thought maybe you'd done your makeup differently or something?!? Funny---I'm just glad I didn't get the stretched & pulled look that I'd been so worried about!
September 10th photo
At my followup (30 days) on Monday, Dr's office said the bump on my right incision will eventually go away. It sits in the fold of my eye so you really can't see it. I'm so happy anyways with my overall results I don't even care, I'll wait it out!
Wonderful experience with Dr. Filiberto. Everything they had explained to me was how it all turned out. The office is clean, very calm, soothing & beautifully decorated. I thought this procedure would involve tightening, pulling or stretching, making me look like I was in a wind tunnel! I've got a ways to go for swelling etc but I can already see a difference. Going back Monday for stitches removal. Highly recommend Dr. Filiberto & staff. If you're thinking of doing it, go for it!