Upper and Lower Bleph Scheduled for September 5th !!

This is the beginning of my journey! I am 57 and...

This is the beginning of my journey! I am 57 and like many of you, I am always being told I look tired or mad! One thing I really hate, is that, I cannot wear eye makeup anymore. My lids are so loose that there is a flap that covers my whole eyelid where the eyeshadow would go!! Maddening!
I did a lot of research and chose Dr. Kierney. He has great reviews and I liked him very much at the initial consultation. I was told that in order to have the procedure done, I must first have an EKG. So, I have scheduled that for August 22nd.
Here is a photo of my eyelids right now. Not the best photo, but, I will put more. You can see how the left one (well, my left ...but YOUR right) is much droopier than the right one. Both need fixing, but, one is clearly worse than the other.
I will keep everyone posted!

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Hi, I am 61 and just had upper and lower blepharoplasty on Wednesday. My eyes looked similar to yours with the left one drooping more than the right. The surgery was painless, just had local freezing and IV meds. I was awake throughout the entire procedure and did not feel any pain. This is now day two and I have a lot of swelling, especially in my right upper lid and some bruising as well. I am convinced that I will have a good result in the end. I have no regrets even though I look a little scary right now. Good luck with your surgery.
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Thank you so much for posting, it really makes me feel less scared!! Are you going to post photos?
HI, just read what you wrote about your upcoming procedure and my lids were just like yours!! I was scared, and I know you are too but think of what it will be like having to learn how to use eye makeup again!! One night at dinner my boyfriend said to me, why don't you wear this stuff anymore (pointing to the eyelid) and I said, it's on you just can't see it. So I feel your pain and know how frustrating it is to hear you look mad or tired. Well be mad enough to have it done and then you will be tired of hearing people say how good you look!! (does one ever get tired of hearing that?). Oh, I will be 50 in November and I also had to get an EKG and a complete work up. It's standard so don't worry about that.
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EKG- FINISHED!

Had my EKG today, as required by the Dr. prior to any surgery. It was normal and was immediately faxed over to my surgeon. So, that part is done! The 22nd is my pre-op appointment. Counting down the days to Sept. 5th!

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PRE-OP CONSULTATION w/Surgeon on Aug. 22nd.... DONE!

I had my pre-op consultation. It started out with Ann taking my vitals...all is well. She went over my health history. I have always been very healthy, and getting sick is a very RARE thing for me. I don't have any allergies, and no other health issues except for my thyroid. (hypo) ... and I DID ask the Dr. about that because I have seen some people with thyroid issues say that there was some sort of problem. Maybe they had the type of thyroid issue where it causes your eyes to bulge (Graves?) I don't have that one... But, anyway, my thyroid meds keep everything normal and the doc says it is not something to worry about. So, that was that.
I had a lot of photos taken of my eyes from many different directions and then I got to see them all. I asked for copies and she said that I would get them after the surgery.
After Ann was finished with me, the anesthesiologist came in and talked to me. I can't remember her name! She was sooo nice, and very re-assuring. She shared some stories with me, one was about her husband getting the same surgery as I am getting and she said it made a WORLD of difference!! She told me what to expect, and that I would need someone to drive me home and take care of me, etc. My husband will be doing that. Anyway..I really liked her, I wish I could remember her name!!
After she left, the Doc came in. He showed me in detail again, everything he was going to do... I tried to understand it all, but, really I didn't- not 100% anyway.....so, I am trusting him to be the expert and know what he is doing! He has great references and I didn't find any complaints about him anywhere! He asked me if I had any questions...I asked about the thyroid thing (mentioned above)
Anyway, not really very much to tell about this visit!! Oh...I asked about taking bromelain and arnica and he said that was Ok and that people have good results with those for not bruising so much. I tend to bruise VERY easily!
Oh, I forgot to mention, I was tested for anemia on this visit too.. which I don't have.....
I was given about 6 different prescriptions for things. One is for a pill I have to take that morning of surgery....I forgot what it is for! I think anti-nausea though. I am not allowed to eat or drink ANYthing from midnight the night before surgery, up to the surgery itself. Not even water!! Even when I take that one pill, it cannot be with a lot of water...only the smallest sip!
So, now...nothing to do except get the prescriptions filled, stock up on the recommended supplies that have been suggested on this site...and then count down the days to SEPT. 5th!!

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I am 11 days post op and the results are better every day. When I look in the mirror I am really happy. I look younger and have more confidence. I am still slightly bruised though, but the entire procedure and recovery has been pain and drama-free. Can't wait to hear about your experience! Just a few more days now for you! : )
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Oh, wow, that is great news!! So very encouraging! I've been scared stiff, so, hearing about all the positive results helps me calm down a bit!! I go down on THURSDAY.... the count-down BEGINS!! 5 Days to go!
I had my eyes done 3 weeks ago. You are gonna love it!!!
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5 DAYS TO GO!

I'm on the 5 day count-down now! I have to go and get my prescriptions filled...I got about 6 of them...plus, tomorrow I will go buy some arnica montana and bromelain..everyone says it is to help the healing process and make the swelling go down.
My husband took off work from Thursday though Monday, and will be there to take care of me, so that was really sweet of him. I didn't expect that! My son had already volunteered to look after me, so, now he is going to take some of my work load instead-since I will not be able to SEE very well for the first couple of days.. .At least that is what I have heard...is that true??

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leilalei said it best! I am also sending you positive healing thoughts your way.
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thinking of you today, sending you positive, healing thoughts, and wishing you the results you've been dreaming about.. take care , cant wait to hear from you when you are ready to share:)
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Good luck!  Stay hydrated these last few pre-op days :)

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ONE HOUR FROM NOW! ack!!

I go for my surgery one hour from now. Of course my mother came over yesterday and told me a horror story about one of my sisters friends who's lower lids came out HORRIBLE. I had nightmares about it last night. Especially since I am hypothyroid and that is one of the things that is cause for "concern" on these types of procedures. But my surgeon knows about it- he didn't seem the least bit concerned about it...so, I will ask him once again when I get there today. I'm pretty nervous!

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Best of luck!! I'm hoping to do it sometime this year too... I'll see how yours go. Hugs.
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Thanks you guys!
Thank you! I will post something as soon as I can!

DAY AFTER-

Wow! I can't be on the computer long, it hurts my eyes, but, I wanted to give you all an update on how things are going. I went in yesterday morning, the staff was ready for me. My husband came along too. First thing they did was check all my vitals, making sure everything was ok. Then they started an I.V. drip of antibiotic about 10 minutes prior to the surgery. The Doc came in and went over what he was going to do...and again I asked about the thyroid thing, he said nothing to worry about. I am hypo (underactive) and the problems happen more often to hyPER.(overactive) The anesthesiologist came in and spoke to me...her name is Lynn, and she was VERY encouraging. Next thing you know, I was awake and it was over! My eyes were already purple! I DO have pictures to post, but, not tonight, I will try to get them up tomorrow. I spent the night sitting/sleeping upright and icing all through the entire night. I am super swollen, but, I can tell on the ONE eye, the left one, it's looking pretty good. The right one, I can't really tell yet. Really, everything is just too swollen right now to know how it's going to turn out. But, I think it is going well so far. I have had very very minimal pain. I am taking the hydrocodone. My son set me up with some stand-up comedy that I could listen to... and it's getting me through the boredom. This afternoon, I went for my postop so they could see how it was going,. They said it was looking normal and they gave me some ointment to put on the stitches areas...and I will go back on Tuesday to get them out! Let me know if anyone has any questions. Tomorrow I will post some pics.

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Dear Taxes101:) So glad everything is going as planned. Your doctor and his surgical team sound competent and caring. So glad your surgery went smoothly, and you are "bored " so soon!! to me, that is definitely a promising sign your body and mind are in the right place.. especially knowing you are enjoying the stand up comedy your son left you ..by the way that is so sweet of him, you are so fortunate to be surrounded by supportive and loving family. :)) Regarding the difference in your immediate post op visual, In my opinion, I believe it's common to see one eye excelling with a visual result more quickly than the other. My eyes did the same thing.. .. I favored my left eye's appearance over my right during the first few days post op.. Learning about my right eye muscle defect, and subsequent repair of it, the difference in their initial post op appearance made sense to me. Taxes, take care, keep hydrated, rest up..Recovery at this point is KEY! . Update when you can, I'm watchin' ya!! and keeping healing thoughts heading your way!!
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Thanks so much for the encouragement! You are right, I am super lucky to have my son and my husband look after me. They are so cute with their little schedule keeping track of my meds and making the ice packs and everything. I'm posting pics today!
Good luck to you all......pre and post surgery. I had the surgery approximately 10-12 years ago and I'm thinking of having it done again because my left eye is drooping and interferes somewhat with my sight. Although I've been through it already I'm still a bit nervous about doing it again. Will make an appointment to discuss this with the Dr.
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Day 2, Sept. 6th, Friday.

I put a photo up of my before and the rest are from yesterday, day 2. I had a teeny tiny bit of nausea for a few minutes TOTAL. Since then, nothing at all. I feel good! I don't have watery eyes, I don't have dry eyes. I DO have a TON of swelling and bruising. Check out my pics!

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My turn tomorrow thanks for the updates and pics I am expecting the same hopefully by my second day you will be well on the road to recovery Hugs and take it easy..
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Thank you, and good luck to you - hope all goes very smoothly for you tomorrow!
Taxes, Your early pictures look great!! I mean for surgery pics, I can see the improvement in both eyes .. OMGosh I cant wait to see how you'll be faring after the swelling goes away..best wishes ...Take care:)
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DAYS 3 AND 4

I spent the last couple of days icing! Swelling is going down slowly, bruising is getting better too. Each day brings a bit of progress. Right now the stitches are itchy and bothersome and my eyes feel like they burn a lot. I get my stitches out tomorrow, so I think I will be a LOT more comfortable when they are out! I feel pretty good about it so far.

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You look amazing already. I so want the courage to do this than just come on this site everyday and be jealous of everyone having it done.
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Oh believe me, there was a lot of apprehension on my part before I took the plunge! The success stories pushed me forward, but, trust me- those "horror" stories (as FEW as there are) gave me pause!! But, in the end- I figured the successes were the "norm" and it IS going exactly as everyone says! I am going to be very happy with the outcome when it all settles down! It's already looking WAYYY better and its only been 6 days!
I can already see some difference. Your going to look amazing. Hope you get to feeling better. Hang in there it's going to be worth it. Thanks girl.
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Days 5 & 6

Yesterday I went and got most of my stitches out, and let me tell you, THAT was the very first real pain that I experienced through this whole process! OUCH city!! I will have to go back again tomorrow to get one last one out because I was still too swollen to chance pulling at it any longer, so, they decided not to keep trying. Some of the stitches came out easily, no problem, but there were a bunch that really hurt. It honestly felt like she was cutting my skin, but, she wasn't! I'm such a big baby! HA! Today is my 6th day, and it's looking pretty good. I'm still swollen, so I'm icing continuously, and most of the color is turning to yellow. So far, so good! I will post some photos later on today!

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You are so swollen! Is it better now? I had my eyes done in August and love the outcome. I paid $3,500 for upper eyes and it is going to be another $3,500 to do lower, so I am saving up. Seeing what you paid, I feel gypped now. I guess it's different in different parts of the country
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I am shocked at the amount of bruising you have! Wow.
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Today is my 6th day post upper and lower lid surgery. And you are right! My stitches were removed today and, wowwy! I'm glad to hear you had the same experience, well, not really glad, but you know what I mean.
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Last stitch is out! It's been ONE WEEK now!

I went and got that last stitch out today. You may recall that I was too swollen to get it out a couple of days ago. It was much easier today! Plus, I am going to post a couple of photos. I still have some purple, but, wow...a LOT of yellow!! And very swollen- like a chipmunk!!

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You look great! I was super swollen one week out but, like you, could see the overall shape was good. It gets better and better from here.
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Thanks for the encouragement! Seems like I am stuck on "swollen" !
Is any other part of your face swollen? My whole face is bloated. I'm on day 6 too.
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Day 8!

Nothing new to report, except this is a photo of Day 8 ! I am still swollen and yellow, but, I fully expected it to be this way, and worse! Stitches scars are flattening a bit each day. Eyes are not as itchy anymore, but, I DO feel swelled up throughout my whole face and eyes.

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I need an update! 

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Hey, just checking in on you. How are you feeling? I'm sure there is a difference in just the past couple of days. Hope your feeling better.
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Amazing Taxes101, love your results and it just keeps getting better. You can't even see the scars. They will improve even more too. I bet you are really please you went ahead with it. xxxx
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Photo Taken @ 3 WEEK MARK

First...my deepest apologies!! I meant to post an update a lot sooner than this! To catch everyone up... I am right around a month out now and I am very pleased so far! I am still swollen under eyes, and above my cheek area, and there is still some bruising and slight bags. Some days they seem worse than other days, but, I can tell more healing is taking place each day. I took a photo at the 3 week mark on the 26th of Sept., and got too busy to post it!! I will upload it today. I decided to try makeup that day, and I decided to go with purple eye shadow..it sorta blends in with the scarring! HA... My eyelids are still numb, so it was a bit of a strange sensation- and I guess it's too soon for eyeliner and mascara because within minutes my eyes started burning like crazy! I will wait another week or so and then try again. But, look at the difference with my eyelids from before! I have my follow-up appt with the Dr. on Thursday, the 10th.

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A bit closer up.... 3 week photo

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Hey Taxes101- it's been a year...how you doing? Would LOVE an update.
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After receiving the above progress email, I was able to load my pics of my eyelid surgery. Thank you so much for being supportive to taxes1. I'm happy with my results except I thought the lower lids could have been better. I have some festoons and he said he tried to work on them. However I am happy with results. Sandy
Your surgery was a success! U look very pretty. I can't wait for more update pictures. U really need that surgery to compliment the rest of ur face.(^_^)
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Dr. Phillip Kierney

First I scheduled a consultation. Dr. Kierney was very attentive and very knowledgeable. He went over all aspects of the procedure- told me what he COULD do and what he COULDN'T do, and showed me in a mirror while describing what he thought would be best for me. He told me I have to schedule an EKG first before any surgery could be scheduled, so, he is safety conscious too. His staff is very friendly too.

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