I'm a 49 year old professional woman. Every...
About a year ago, I spoke with the surgeon who did my tummy tuck a year previously. I knew I eventually wanted to have my eyes corrected, but had just started considering it.
This year I've decided I'm not waiting any longer. I researched the plastic surgeons in my area and decided to have a different surgeon do my eyes. After a very pleasant consultation with my selected PS, I scheduled my procedure.
It's now just 3 1/2 weeks away. I'm excited to get this problem fixed, but I'm also a bit apprehensive about the recovery. I know in the end I'm going to be pleased. Just have to get to the 21st! :)
One step closer
I also had my pre-op physical with my private physician. All went well. My doctor had only good things to say about my choice of surgeon which helped with some of the anxiety of having elective surgery on my face. I received the OK for the surgery- pending labs to be drawn in 2 days.
I feel really good that I'm this much closer. I'm even getting a little excited. Just 16 more days :)
A Scare 1 Week Pre-Op
3 days after my physical I started a new medicine for my diabetes. The medication has a fairly high risk of nausea. On the first day I administered the new medicine, I slightly nauseous in the late afternoon. I read on the official medication site that the nausea goes away with time in most people.
5 days into the dosing of the new medication, Nausea woke me up very early in the morning. Then I had a very low drop in my blood sugar followed by vomiting. The pain became so unbearable I had to go to the hospital.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis related to the new medication as it turns out. After 3 days in the hospital including a day in the ICU, I am now fully recovered. Actually feel better than I have in quite a while.
The good news: as this incident was a reaction to the newly introduced drug, it does not appear that it will require my rescheduling the surgery.
Only 4 more days until my surgery. Will try to post pre-op photos soon.
1 Day PreOp
So excited now. Just 1 1/2 hrs before I go NPO. I'm to be at the surgery center by 7:15. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. Will try to post updates/photos as soon as I can.
I'm uploading my pre-surgery pictures. Not flattering but hoping to get a lot of that fixed tomorrow :).
4 hrs post op
All the staff were very nice. I had been given 2 vallium about 10 mins prior to going to the surgical . suite. In the surgical suite, I was given Fentanyl and local shots around my eyes. To my surprise I was awake most if not all of the procedure. I felt each of the many local shots. And remember multiple rounds of fentanyl . With each cauterization, I experienced a burning sensation, most of which were manageable. Dr, Mandell was always concerned with my comfort and explained as he went through the procedure.
The chemical peel was done last. It burned quite intensely for about 3-4 mins. But a fan was blown on it to help easy the pain. After 3-4 mins the pain subsided to a sunburn feel.
I'm very pleased with my experience today. The only think that I might have liked would have been o in more of a twilight so I would not have felt things so much. But all in all A+ for the staff, Dr, and surgical suite. Will post later...off to ice and sleep
9 hrs Post Op
Husband called Dr to give him the requested update. All is well, even better than I expected at this point.
24 Hours post op
24 Hours Post Op Pictures
Just shy of 48 Hrs Post Op
Still taking Valtrex (for cold sore which has really cleared up nicely) and antibiotics.
This morning I had a little goo in my eyelashes, but I gently cleaned that away with water on a Q-tip.
All in all, I am very pleased with how things are going (except for looking like I got in a bar fight!). I feel really good with very little if any pain.
Very excited to see the final outcome, but I know that is some weeks off :)
3 days Post Op
4 days Post Op
As you can see from the pictures my eyes are very irritated today. Began eye drops (antibiotic/steroid). My eyes felt immediately better.
Continue with the wound care and chem peel care.
Day 5 Post Op
Wound care continues. It is quite a challenge to keep the chemical peel area covered and moist.
Day 6 Post Op
Tomorrow I go to the PS for my Post Op visit.
1 Week Post Op
Two things worth mentioning at the doctor's office. Dr Mandell-Brown asked me about my experience esp with anesthesia. It was refreshing to see him soliciting feedback to improve the experience for others who follow.
The second thing....Dr Mandell-Brown opened up my file and showed me several very up close 8x11 pictures of my eyes at the time of consult. WOW. I knew it was bad, but looking at those pictures gave me a new appreciation for this gift I have given to me. Not only were the bags huge, but the wrinkles under my eyes were really, really obvious, esp with make up.
I'm so pleased with where I am right now (even without makeup!) and know that things will get even better (like when I finally get to wear makeup!).
2 Weeks Post Op
I'm posting some new pictures. Overall I'm please with the outcome so far. On the right lower lid under the outside corner, there appears to be a small fat pad which hopefully will over time will become less prominent. Not really angling for a revision :) Still can't wait to put full make up on (currently only wearing a light dusting of bare minerals with blush, but nothing on the upper lids yet) . I think I'll hold out for that until next week.
I continue to do incision care in the morning and evening, but I think I'm about finished with that.
3 Weeks Post Op
There is still a little bit of swelling under my right eye. And there two small fat pads on the outer corners of my eyes that we will follow. If at 11 months we are still unhappy with it, he will do a revision. The left eye is very slight, but I do notice the right eye (although I'm not really sure that others see it as clearly as I do).
I have no milia. I was told to schedule another appointment in 3-4 weeks, but had to schedule into August related to Dr's unavailability.
I also bought some SkinMedica skin care products (TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream and TNS Eye Repair) when I was there. They were quite expensive but I figured I spent a lot of money to get this corrected. I want to do what I can to keep it looking good for years to come. Of course, I took a look at Amazon and could have bought those products for 1/2 price there. Oh, well. I know where to re-purchase if I like them :)
Overall, I am very pleased with the results. Every time I see the consult pictures, it re-confirms my decision to have the surgery.
Next week I'll post a full makeup picture.
Week 4 Post Op
I have been wearing full makeup to work. I'm amazed every time I look into the mirror and see the person staring back at me-- no more bags!
I definitely think this surgery was worth it for me :)
Posting two pictures with makeup - one with hair pulled up and one with hair down (how I usually wear it)
PostOp Week 9
The small fat pads that were visible several weeks ago have pretty much all but disappeared. I expect with time they will be completely gone. They are hardly noticeable anymore. Would be wonderful to not have to have a revision and it looks like I'm moving in that direction :)
Best of wishes for successful surgeries and quick recoveries to all!
I chose Dr Mandell-Brown after doing quite a bit of research. The consultation was very nice. Dr Mandell-Brown and his staff were very friendly and focused on education. Dr Mandell-Brown spent approx 30 mins with me. Several close up pictures were taken of my face and were used by Dr Mandell-Brown to explain his assessment/recommendations. I was shown several before and after photos and was encouraged to ask questions. I felt very much the center of the Dr's attention during my consult. One other unexpected was that there was absolutely no pressure to schedule a procedure. In fact, I felt that they wanted me to go home and consider what I had learned during my consult. I very much appreciate this as other plastic surgery offices typically do not share this approach.