You can read my background under the SmartLipo...
You can read my background under the SmartLipo review. Although nobody (except one critical ex boyfriend) has ever said anything negative about my eyes, I had two problems with them that I felt needed improvement. First, when I was 20, my (now ex) husband backhanded me and his class ring split open my right upper eyelid and also apparently damaged the underlying structure, as it began to slightly droop. Later, when I was 28, a pet rabbit kicked me across that same eyelid, making the problem worse. Then, right around the age of 40-41, I started noticing how crepey my upper eyelids had become. MOST people would never notice, but I figured if it looked like this when I'm 42, it's going to be really unattractive when I'm 62! After months of consideration, I finally decided it was time to deal with all my facial "problems." I spent several weeks researching the various surgeons in Arizona and California who could do it. I chose mine based on his before and after photos. You really need to see the work that person has performed in the past and remember that NOBODY ever gives a bad reference in their resume (even you readers). If the doc's before and after photos don't look so hot, remember that those were their BEST results!!
CONSULTATION: I visited his office on Scottsdale Road and Jackrabbit for the initial consultation. His staff took facial photos and asked questions about what exactly I wanted to have done. We discussed my nose as well as my concern about my droopy right eyelid and overall crepiness. He decided bilateral upper blepharoplasty was the way to go to deal with the eyelid problem.
THE PROCEDURE: I had general anesthesia for the surgery. I only remember getting onto the table and being grateful for the warm air cushion, then I was OUT. Next thing I remember I was waking up post-op. I believe surgery was four hours, because of all the work I had done. Somehow the nurse I hired got me to my hotel room across the street and got me situated. I felt fine, no real pain, just couldn't breathe very much through my nose. My mouth was very dry, so I kept putting chapstick on my lips. I took a picture with my camera phone and just tried to relax that first afternoon.
Nearly 3 Years Postop, Eyelid Problem is Now Permanent
I had to remove a couple stars from my rating of Shapiro, and here's why:
When I went in for my consult, I hoped he would do what my ex husband did for some of his cranial surgery patients - tack up fascia near the hairline to correct drooping brows. We discussed this, and Shapiro was confident to fix my droop and make my eyelid(s) smoother all he would have to do is bleph.
When I awoke from surgery, I realized he operated on both eyes (my left did not need surgery but I guess he figured he had to do both to maintain symmetry?). I just went with it.
As they healed, I became more and more sad about it. He had changed my eye shape. Previously, my eyes were more angular than round and they were my one feature I really liked. NOW, they were much more rounded. In my follow up appointments, he told me to just wait it out, it takes "a year, maybe two" to get the final result.
Right around the 18 month mark, I had a follow up to discuss my eye problem as well as the little white bumps along the incision. He told me he would take the bumps out in an in-office procedure, and lengthen my incisions to remove the nearly vertical flap that has formed on the outer corners of my eyes. He was going to charge for this. I told him I needed to think about it.
Well, three years down the road I can say it's a permanent change. The flap created by the surgery isn't going away and has gotten worse. Initially, postop swelling filled in the tissue at the outer corners of my eyes so the problem was hidden, but once the swelling was gone this became very noticeable. And get this: NOW he wants to do a 'brow lift' to correct my sagging brows! For nearly $5000!
MY BROWS HAVE NOT SAGGED. They have the exact same shape as before the surgery. The flap is NOT due to my eyebrows, it is due to the incision he made!
While I was waiting in the 'sticker shock room' (the small office where they bring in your surgery estimate and you sign off on it) his assistant asked me about the proposed brow lift. I told her that I ASKED for something very similar (almost identical) on the right eye three years ago, and he said the bleph would correct the problem. In my engineering mind, I felt it wouldn't but HE was the surgeon, I followed his lead. She agreed, tacking up the one side was what I needed in 2011.
I am very disappointed in this whole ordeal. I now look older through the eyes because of this rounding and flaps created. And the right eyelid/eyebrow still sits in the same spot. YES, a brow lift on the right side is what is needed AND TECHNICALLY WHAT I REQUESTED in 2011. He should have done it at that time and left my eyelids alone, especially on the left eye that was just fine.
I'm trying to locate another surgeon who can correct his mistake as we speak. I may just have to live with it. Lesson learned - if I think the doc is wrong, and he pushes it, I'm walking out.