Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Buonassisi at 8 West - Vancouver, BC
I had a very good experience with Dr. Buonassisi...
During my consultation, Dr. Buonassisi showed me in detail how the procedure would be performed and how my expectations for double eyelid surgery should be realistic. This last point is especially important. For many people like myself who seek double eyelid surgery specifically, we can often become somewhat deluded about the healing process and the final results after seeing so many "before and after" photos where people seem to heal instantly and Asian media personalities with "perfect" features. It's easy to forget that healing takes time. Also, not everyone's face is perfectly symmetrical and your eyelids after surgery may not be perfectly even. Dr. Buonassisi will be upfront about this.
The surgery itself went smoothly, although I did feel some stinging and pain. You can always ask Dr. Buonassisi during the surgery to give you more freezing, though for me, those injections in my eye area pinched and hurt a lot. Be prepared if you have a lower pain tolerance. Dr. Buonassisi was very calm and professional during the surgery.
It's important to realize that everyone heals differently. For the first 3-4 weeks after my surgery, I was very anxious about my results -- my creases were too high and not defined, and I was swollen and itchy. These are all things Dr. Buonassisi will warn you about. Katie was also very helpful in addressing my concerns during this time. Once the sutures were removed, it took about another 2-3 weeks before my incision healed and my eyelids dropped enough for me to feel completely comfortable.
It's been a little over 2 months since my surgery and I am now really happy and pleased. Even though my eyelids might not heal to be perfectly symmetrical, I've accepted this. This was my experience; yours may be different. Be realistic and patient, and things will turn out fine. I feel that should I ever need a cosmetic surgeon again, I would not hesitate to return to 8 West.