Since I was always interested in the Asian Eyelid surgery, I decided to do them both at the same time. During my consultation, Dr. Huang and I used tape to the upper lids, so she could get a clear idea of my intended results. The last thing I wanted was an extreme change.
The surgery was easy. I was out completely. When I woke up, I had quite a bit of pain. My friend was there to help. She was working, and brought me to her home office; unfortunately, with everything going on, she forgot to give me ice for my eyes. I was suffering quite a bit, and didn't want to "bother" her by asking for pain killers.
The swelling and initial appearance freaked me out. I stayed the night, and actually drove myself home the next day. Another sign, I wasn't taking my pain killers properly. The pain went from 8/9 out of 10 right after surgery to 7 the next day.
Once I was home, I started icing, with baggies of frozen corn and took my meds properly (percocet). This helped tremendously and my pain went down to about a 2. Dr. Huang called me the next day, and I described the swelling; I sent pictures to her assistant as well. This helped a lot...her assistant assured me that my picture was normal. Honestly, I felt like a monster, and thought this was a horrible mistake.
I couldn't watch TV, read or do anything since keeping my eyes iced helped a lot and I wanted the swelling to do down.
Sure enough, things started to improve on day 2 or 3. After that, I started seeing improvements from the the beginning to end of each day. I went back to work 5 days later, still wearing sunglasses. I think mostly because I was self conscious of the change in my appearance.
In the end, the results were great. The under eye issues I was having were completely gone...no more airbrushing photos, or looking "tired" when I smiled. The upper lids were done perfectly. The upper lid scar took about 9+ months to really fade. If you see before and after pictures online, I think they minimize that, by only showing pictures with eyes open or with make up.
If you do this surgery, follow pre-op instructions. Ramp up Vitamin C intake, Arnica a week prior, no advil...etc. Lots of water. And most of all, ice immediately and constantly.
A medical esthetician friend of mine, also advised me to do as little as possible. She was specific...no walking, no exercise, no cleaning...just literally lay on couch/bed with head slightly elevated. She said any increase in blood pressure will increase swelling and bruising. She has worked in her field for 20 years for 3 of the best doctors in the area, so I took her advice. I do believe it helped a lot...otherwise, I would have been inclined to clean and get around more...etc. Given my initial pics, my recovery went very fast.
I would absolutely recommend Dr. Huang for this surgery. I have no scars at all.