Honest Information from 11 Days Post Op
- 1 year ago
I had my upper/lower blepharoplasty with fat transfer 11 days ago. I unfortunately picked up the baggy eye gene from my Mom. I have wanted this surgery for a few years now and let me tell you my short journey. Honestly, I went to two different plastic surgeons. The doctor who performed my breast augmentation ten years ago was my first pick, but something was not feeling quite right so I opted for a second opinion and I am very glad I did. First rule of thumb, DO NOT try to "price shop" this is your face we are talking about. Make sure you find a reputable doctor who has performed this surgery numerous times. Second rule of thumb, I knew I wanted this and read some reviews about post op, BUT let me tell you this is NOT a two week recovery! I fortunately can work from home, and did not want people in my office to know my personal business, that being said, three weeks is most likely a more reasonable time frame. If difficulties in recovery arise, this time frame could be extended. Thirdly, for all the chickens out there (and I was one) this is NOT a painful recovery...EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE, BUT NOT PAINFUL. Days 2-4 are the worse for swelling and bruising. You can expect irritable, itchy, and beyond miserable DRY eyes for the week and possibly throughout the recovery process. As I am typing at day 11, the eye irritation is finally beginning to decline, but the dry eye seems to be very persistent. If this is your first time for plastic surgery, let me also state this: Moderate to mild depression is VERY common after any type of plastic surgery. Going into this procedure I anticipated some thoughts of "regret" as they are quite common, especially when you are unable to anticipate the final result. I did have a couple of days of "why the heck did I do this to myself"....just remember it will most likely occur. The day I left the hospital I could already see results, but BOOM the swelling hit the next day and I was a HOT mess! Second day, a Band-Aid and suture removed at the doc office. Days 2-5 were the absolute worse for me. Day 7 back to doc for all sutures removed and steroid antibiotic for an incredibly agitated and infected eye. My healing has been a pretty text book case. All bruising has subsided except for one small area and slight "puffiness" is still visible. My eyelids feel incredibly heavy, but I know in time that will pass. My doc says up to 4 months for TOTAL healing. I DO NOT regret this surgery at all. I am already very happy with the results. My mom came by today and told me I looked 10 years younger!!! Woo Hoo. I am 48 by the way. Do your homework and don't make any hasty decisions to quickly. Good luck and God bless!