I was not planing to do a public review, but after...
I was not planing to do a public review, but after spending hundreds and hundreds of hours on this web-site and being very grateful to all of you who did this before me and helped me get the courage to finally do this, I decided to share my experience here. Having spent so much time on this site, I was well prepared for my procedure and knew what to expect - more or less. The only piece of the puzzle that was missing was to find a surgeon I was comfortable with. I did my research carefully, saw several local surgeons for a consultation, consulted a great surgeon in LA too, and in the end I decided to go locally with Dr. Mitchell.
I was very comfortable with Dr. Mitchell during my first consultation, but I have to admit that his office manager and assistant Laurita was also a key factor in my decision. She is a warm and compassionate lady (very pretty and classy also), quite knowledgeable and was a great support during my first few days after the procedure.
I almost chickened two weeks before my surgery but but my husband, who is also a doctor, convinced me that he was fully comfortable with Dr. Mitchell and I booked the procedure. I was completely awake, only mildly sedated and with local anesthesia. I chatted with the doctor and Laurita here and there. I even asked Laurita to take a picture of what was cut and taken out, which she did. Unbelievable! I had almost 1cm of extra skin on my upper lids, but Dr. Mitchell was conservative in his approach and I think he cut maybe 0.5 cm. I will find exactly how much he took off when I go for my stitches to be taken out.
I had upper bleph and lower transconjuctival blepharoplasty (without pinch). I will post an update after my stitches are taken out :)
***PLEASE DO NOT GET CONFUSED BECAUSE OF THE OTHER TWO PICTURES ON MY PROFILE (when I was researching what to do and looking for the right surgeon), as I had light-colored contacts in.
2 weeks after
Exactly 2 weeks post-op. Every day my eyes look a bit better. Still swollen somewhat, but it is so hard to cut out sodium completely. For the 1st week, I ate bland food, with minimal sodium, but I could not last longer than a week like that.
It turns out the doctor did not do any fat grafting/re-positioning, as believes that was not needed in my case. I really hope he is right, but we will know 100% when my swelling is down. For now, I am very pleased with the result.
I was shocked how much fat was taken out, both from under my eyes and from the upper lid (last pic).
The bruising is minimal now. One eye has just a trace of bruising left (shown in the first pic), and the other one has more bruising, but I camouflage it successfully with corrector.
Several of my friends are impressed with my results, so much that they are now looking into booking different face-improvement surgeries with Dr. Mitchell.