Upper Eyelid Surgery in Tampa, FL

I had upper eyelid surgery on 10/31/11. It's...

I had upper eyelid surgery on 10/31/11. It's only been a few weeks, so I'm still healing. I wanted to share my experience with people because I notice a lot of posters on here had little to no bruising and my experience was quite different. Some people look great after just 2-3 days after surgery, and I want people to be aware that it might not be the case for you.

I wanted to have the surgery done because I was noticing a lot of "hooding" on my left eye. I'm only 33 and my right eye didn't have any issues, but that left eye was bothering me and I figured my right eye would eventually catch up. I found a plastic surgeon that was professional, focused of facial plastic surgery, and his before and after results seemed very natural. Since my eyes weren't that bad to begin with, I did NOT want to go to an aggressive surgeon for fear of the "hollowness" some other posters have complained about.

Prior to the surgery, I followed all of the doctor's orders...no vitamin E (no multi vitamin, that was hard!), fish oil, ibuprofin, aspirin, or alcohol for 3 weeks. I also vamped up my vitamin C intake for 3 weeks prior and Arnica 1 week prior. I thought following all of these orders, plus being fairly young(and because he was only removing some skin, no fat or muscle), that I would recover pretty quickly and would be somewhat presentable enough to go out and about after a week or so. Wrong! I decided I wanted to be completely knocked out for my surgery, and I wonder if that contributed to my bruising.

After surgery, my eyes were very red and swollen. I would sleep with at least 4 pillows(and iced as much as I could handle) and the swelling went down after 3 days. For these first few days, I could only open my eyes about 50%. I didn't really experience much pain, but was quite uncomfortable due to the swelling. That improved after 3-4 days, but I still had a ton of watering of the eyes for about a week(not to mention bruising). After the first week, I did feel much better. My eyes are not as tight as they were, and once the stitches were removed at day 11, the discomfort was gone(my experience was that the stitches were very itchy!). After my surgeon removed the stitches at day 11, he said they looked great and didn't need to see me again for 10 weeks. 16 days after surgery, I can still "feel" my eyelids(he said I will for the next 6 months), but they don't hurt at all. There is some scar tissue bumpiness around my eyes, and I am going to try Mederma to smooth it out. I also notice my eyes tend to get sore if I am on the computer or read too much(Visine Tired Eye Relief works great for this!)

I did experience a lot of bruising, especially on my left eye. I actually woke up with a black eye UNDER my left eye on day 3(even though I only had my uppers done). I have used Arnica(pill form as well as the topical gel) religiously, and I'm not sure it worked for me. In fairness, I think I do bruise easily since I also still have a bruise where they stuck the needle in my arm for the anesthesia!

Other than a small red circle under my left eye, the bruising is finally gone. My eyes looked their worst from day 3 to day 10, so I highly recommend taking off 2 weeks of work if you can. After one week, I still had a lot of bruising that makeup would not cover(I only used cover up below my eye since my surgeon said no make up for 3 weeks). Overall, I am very happy I had the surgery, just wish I knew how much bruising and scar tissue there would be after the fact. Most of my scar tissue is along the crease, so I'm probably the only one who really notices it. Pictures say 1000 words, so I will continue to update you and post more pics once I have healed more and can finally wear makeup. Best of luck to anyone who wants to have this procedure done!

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First let me say, you have very pretty eyes! thank you for your review, I am thinking in the near future of having this surgery before my eyelids get too bad. I am glad to know what to expect.
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Hi Tampa8357, I'm 5 day post op for upper blepharoplasty & have spent the last hour or so trawling through these reviews & am so relieved to have finally found someone whose bruising is similar to mine! I look like a slowly recovering bride of Frankenstein right now. I was completely freaked out last Thursday morning (the day after surgery) when my right top lid had puffed up & gone completely bright red & swollen while my left one looked pretty good, all things considered! I'm keeping a photo diary which is really attractive ;o) & will post on here when I'm a bit further down the track. Thanks for your review anyway, you've made me feel much better!!
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Tampa8357, I wish I could redo my long comment as I didn't realize the timeline you showed as it is totally normal to have heavy bruising around the eyes which are so sensitive. I was in a recovery center with bandages around my whole head the first week and have no pictures but after they were off, while there was some bruising, the healing went great; however, what I see on you at DAY 16 looks similar to what is bothering me now and as I have permanent eyeliner, I normally don't wear shadow and for some reason it only recently came to my attention that my upper eyes don't look right on the inside corner and a doctor just told me yesterday that it is a "fat pad" easy to remove. When I had surgery, it was because left eye was droopy so I don't think he cut all the way across either and there was some problem in the healing of that eye and did take some time to resolve itself. I would go back to Dr. Lev in a heartbeat but his charge just for a facelift is the same as in the states now and with the travel etc. it just isn't worth it as I'm sure I will find a food doctor local...remember, he didn't attach my ears right and I had to go back the next year; but I can't emphasize enough how excellent the entire experience was considering the price and I had a wonderful vacation to boot. Dr. Lev came recommended by next door nurse neighbor and husband and I was very naive of all the implications of what can go wrong and something can go wrong even with the best doctor. If you read my posts, I do mention one bad experience in the Clearwater area with my lips (which cost a lot and no visible change) and he DID NOT ACCEPT ANY RESPONSIBILITY LIKE Dr. Lev did but that's for another thread already posted. It was ironic that the woman who referred me to Dr. Farrior turned out to also had a bad experience with Dr. Swanson in Clearwater and I've heard he is no longer in practice so moot point. I don't want to give impression something is wrong about Dr. Farrior just based on me scanning your pictures and comments...not enough info so I apologize to you and him if you are happy as I was actually responding to what some of the people who replied to you were saying as well and I hadn't seen your ACTUAL BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURE...only the three that show up at first sight upon seeing this page. It appears that a year later you are happy, am I correct? Many people post right after their surgeries and then never come back to tell us what the actual final outcome was so thank you for doing that.
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Tampa Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Farrior is experienced and professional. He didn't really offer any information about the procedure or what to expect afterwards, but he did answer all my questions. He has a great staff and I am very happy with the follow up care(I've had 2 follow up appts- one at day 3 and the other at day 11) and will see him again in January. His wait time was excellent, with the exception of the surgery day itself. I was originally supposed to have surgery at 7:30am. They called a few days before and changed it to 1:15pm. They called around 12pm the day of the surgery and changed it to 2:45pm and I was probably sitting in the lobby until around 4pm before they finally called me back. This made the day of surgery very stressful and frustrating. Dr. Farrior seems to be a little more conservative than some of the other doctors on here(he doesn't take stitches out until day 11 and he's pretty firm on the no make-up rule for 3 weeks). His office provides a thorough and easy set of instructions for pre-op and post-op, which I found very helpful.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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