Upper blephoroplasty & endoscopic brow lift
I had a endoscopic brow lift and upper...
The Good: At only 5 day post-op, I'm pretty sure I'm going to look great. The day after surgery, in spite of swelling, I could tell my eyes are more open and not so weighted down. And you can actually see my eyelids! - No more Sam Donaldson eyes. My brows are in a slightly lifted but natural position. I only took prescription pain meds the first 2 nights; on nights 3 & 4 I took 2 Tylenol. My bruising hasn't been too bad either; I actually went in public today (with sunglasses), but then afterwards noticed my yellowish cheeks - oops.
The Bad: The first night was NOT GOOD. I was very nauseous and couldn't keep anything down, including pain meds, so it just felt like the QUEEN MOTHER OF ALL HANGOVERS. I got Odansetron the next morning; then I was good. I'm a little miffed by this; I had another surgery several years ago where an anti-nausea drug was added to the anesthetic, and it worked like a charm. About 1/3 of my forehead and most of my crown is still numb, but I'm pretty sure that will recover just fine. My forehead feels tight, but I'm sure that will come back too.
Concerns: Besides waiting for the numbness and tightness to subside, I'd say only one remaining concern. I'm 56 and have had some hair loss over the last couple of years. No one would say my hair is thin - but I hope I don't lose any more!
11 days post-op - Out and about
Regarding the brow lift: the tightness of my forehead and numbness of my crown are still there, and could be there for 6 months, I'm told. They're subsiding though, so I don't consider them a big concern. Some people complain a lot about itching; I've only had a minimal amount of that. I'm still hanging around the house a lot though, because my head staples are still in, and I don't need anyone to see the sunlight glinting off of them. Or have the wind blow my hair just *so*. They come out in 2 days (the 13 day point). Hallelujah!
Would I consider the bleph and brow lift worth it? The bleph seems like an easy and completely worth it undertaking - almost a no-brainer, in hindsight. It was also covered by insurance, so it didn't cost much (although I included the total price in my cost of procedure that accompanies this review). The brow lift has more considerations - it constituted about 80% of the price and the recovery issues - pain, tightness, numbness, and possible hair loss (although I haven't experienced any yet). Still, I look 10 years younger and completely natural (my best friend concurs), so at this point, I'm happy I did it.
3 week update
NOT so pleased with the brow lift. In my case, I probably shouldn't have done it. I really was doing it more to open up my eyes, not eliminate wrinkles. My eyes ARE more open, but a lot of that is due to the blepharoplasty. I feel that by the time everything settles down, my brows will be back to where they started.
But the worst part is - I have moderately thin hair, and I lost substantial hair around one of the incisions and a moderate amount of hair around another incision. The "bad" incision has a bald spot about 1/2" wide and 1-1/4" long. Luckily, I can hide it and glue it down with hairspray, but I'm concerned about the wind blowing my hair. I REALLY, REALLY hope it grows back.
Not worth it
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