Thanks to RealSelf's community of contributors (Hurray for Patients Reviews and Doctors Answers) I decided to make an appt. with Dr. Kapadia, who has excellent reviews, is an Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, is very experienced and conveniently located for where I live. I went with an open mind, provided both procedures (tear trough and bleph) as explained to me by the Doc, were in his estimation as simple and straightforward as I had read about on line.
It is exactly 3 weeks to the day that I had both procedures done, in his office, without any sort of general anesthesia; just local anesthetics or put simply, shots like the Dentist would give for any sort of Dental surgery. My appt. started at 1pm and I was in the car headed home at 2:30! My husband drove me and was also surprised at how easy the whole process was. I did as I was advised, keeping the ice on my eyes for the next 24 hours, taking arnica 30 4x a day and drinking pineapple juice, all to diminish swelling and assist with a quick recovery and eliminate the bruising. The first three days my eyes looked like hell, but with very little discomfort. I'm not kidding. The ointment that is prescribed kept the stitches from itching too much, but the whole eye area looked a mess, with a kaleidoscope of colors appearing over the course of the next 5 days (including beet red the first day after surgery.)
Then, it almost seemed overnight, that my eyes and the discoloration 'went back to normal.' By the 8th day after surgery you could barely tell that I had any surgery done...just that I looked more bright-eyed than I had in a very long time. No crazy 'surprised' look...no dramatic change in appearance...just the 'real me' rather than the scary one I kept seeing in those unexpected mirrors! The only tiny complaint that I could have had...but knew from what Dr. Kapadia had said at the time of my procedure that he would 'touch up' when I came back...was that one side of my under-eye area looked more pouchy, whereas the other side blended very well. Sure enough, when I went back today for my follow up, Dr. K.
injected the restylane he had stored/saved for me into that side, massaged it somewhat, and it now looks terrific, blending into my cheek area.