Overall Happy but It Took More Time to Heal Than I Expected - Portland, OR
- updated 5 months ago
At 61, I had noticed my eyelids drooping, feeling...
- 13 May 2013
- 2 months post
On the day of surgery I was terrified and really appreciate how nice the RN was and how reassuring she was. The anesthesiologist was also very kind. Dr. PV explained everything and the surgery passed by while I was blissed out and without any stress or fear or problem. After, I was given clear instructions and ice packs and a prescription for pain (they said most people don't need much but I am hyper-sensitive to pain and I was terrified it would hurt).
I had a slight complication when a stitch burst. I think I should have asked to have it restitched, as my recovery on that side was a bit slower than I'd hoped for. I needed to ice and sleep with my head elevated (three cheers for the recliner) and I slept in a chair for a couple of weeks. There was pain for about 3 days and after that I was fine with acetaminophen. I did not bruise until the third day after surgery, and then my eyelids and face looked pretty scary for at least 3 weeks. I'm not sure I understood how awful I would look for the first couple of weeks. I recommend you keep to yourself as much as possible!
I was also not prepared for how long it took the incision to heal enough that I could wear makeup (about 5 weeks) and I did not understand in advance that the incision would be as red and raised as it still is about 6 weeks after surgery. But it is just starting to look good enough I'm not embarrassed to be seen without sunglasses. In fact, I think it looks good and I am very glad I had it done. Sorry I waited so long, in fact. Just want to warn folks that I think the doctors and some of the sites minimize the discomfort some might feel. It's important you know that you might feel pretty awful for a few days, look pretty awful for a few weeks, and it could take a month or two before you really start to feel you made the right decision.
I saw the NP the day after surgery and then again in a week and then at 4 weeks and she was very reassuring and competent. I noticed a slight disparity in size between my eyes and she pointed out this was unchanged from before my bleph. I just hadn't noticed they were different sizes and I also think that I still have a bit of healing to do and the results will get even better in a couple more months. If I had it to do over again I might have done the lower bleph--I don't see myself going through this again and why not do everything while you're under the knife? On the other hand, I'm the type of person who is content to leave well enough alone. I wasn't aiming for perfection. Just better, and I totally got that. I am very pleased.
Happy I had it done
- 12 Jun 2013
- 3 months post
One thing that was a bit of a shock was that when the bills came there were several charges included I didn't know about in advance (anesthesia and facility charges). I am fortunate that I had budgeted the full estimated amount in advance, since I didn't know how much my insurance would cover, but it would have been difficult to come up with the money if I'd been responsible for the full amount.
It's often hard to get an accurate estimate about medical procedures. I know there are variables, like how much time it takes and if there are complications, but it would be helpful and fair to give an accurate estimate and point out there will be other charges the physician doesn't control (but he/she can give a ballpark figure based on prior surgeries).
- 12 Jul 2013
- 4 months post
I chose an occuloplastic surgeon instead of a plastic surgeon after talking to a woman whose plastic surgeon had given her such a wide-eyed Mary Tyler Moore look she was having some issues with dry eyes and was thinking of seeing an occuloplastic surgeon to correct her surgery. This scared me and I talked to nurses and my optometrist and felt confident about Dr. PV--Dr. Prashanth Vallabhanath. (I am a nurse and I always trust a working nurse's recommendation over a physician's.) I think he's very skilled, very realistic about expectations, not into heavy sales or shaming or frightening you, and it is clear that everyone who works with him respects his ability. I certainly do. I am lucky this procedure was covered by insurance, but it has made enough of a difference in my feelings about myself I would try to get the money to pay for it otherwise.