Transconjunctival Lower Bleph with Fat Transfer - Greenbrae, CA
I'm scheduled! I've waited 20+ years to do this....
Today was the day!
Floyd Mayweather on the way? The bruising begins...
Here's where the doc got the fat. That's supposed to get pretty tender here soon. Ok I am going to go watch a movie and then try to fall asleep. My wedge pillow should be arriving today! Sleeping on my back is one of my biggest challenges!
Feel free to ask me any questions. You all helped me SO much and I learned so much from you. I hope to do the same for you. Xoxo
Day 2 - as expected, look like Rocky but feeling ok
Amazon which is incredibly helpful. I then used a pillow under my knees and a pillow under each elbow. I even woke myself up snoring twice! I don't snore! Anyway, I suppose a recliner would be ideal for this type of surgery but this really worked for me and I'm so relieved!
My tummy where the fat was taken is very sore this morning. Very sore. I asked my husband to feed the dog because just bending over to do that simple thing was agony. I took a pain pill and am waiting for that to settle in. I am now on the couch watching a Robin Williams movie. I am perched comfortably up on my wedge pillow. I put a flat gel ice pack on my tummy to soothe the ache, and a heating pad under my back (just for cozy comfort). I am having a protein powder, fresh pineapple, fresh banana and raspberry smoothie for breakfast. I have some turmeric tea with lemon and cayenne pepper and my water. I've been drinking TONS of water - the bendy straw helps to drink more- and overall I feel hydrated and okay.
Some advice: don't watch anything emotional on tv. Anesthesia can make you unexpectedly emotional and weepy and you don't want EXTRA swollen eyes from any crying! We were watching Forest Gump last night for the thousandth time and I started to get sad at the end and asked my husband to change it immediately. We had a good laugh about it and switched to Cast Away.
Anyway, my lovelies, that's all for today. Me and my Ike Turner eyes.
The nicest thing: last night Dr. Hvistendahl called me to check on me. He asked me how I was feeling, told me I'd be really swollen today, asked if I had any questions and said that our surgery had gone PERFECTLY. He called from his personal cell phone and said I could call anytime. That made me feel really good and cared for. I feel very encouraged. Can't wait to see the end result. ??
Day 3 - Super swollen today but less pain
Note: HAVE AN ICE EYE MASK ON HAND.
I'm now searching Amazon for the right thing and feeling irked that I didn't have this prior. I thought I had the little round ice packs all set but those are pretty stupid as they just slip off your eyes and when I tucked them under my sleep mask to keep them in place, they're just too damn cold to keep on there for any length of time.
Feeling swollen and irritated emotionally today. :( At least my husband is being sweet. He isn't a fan of plastic surgery but I think he'll be pleased when this is all done.
Feeling hopeful - despite currently looking like Rocky/a beat up chipmunk....
Day 4 - a little itchy, still swollen, feel ok
Putting arnica cream on my bruising and icing a few times a day. I figured out a solution to icing: I use a Bausch and Lomb eye ice pack (the beaded kind) I picked up at rite aid and because the damn thing is too tight to wear, I place it under my sleeping mask and it holds it nicely in place. After 20 minutes on my phone timer, I take it off and I do notice a decrease (temporarily) in swelling. And it just feels good.
A word of advice: find a good eye mask beforehand. I wish I had! I would've iced a LOT more on the first two days. I wonder if that would have made a difference...
Day 5 - chipmunk face remains
This swelling sucks. The bruising is going away but the swelling is stubborn and hanging on. I've been putting arnica on it everyday. Maybe that is helping. Time to ice. ...
And then I got queasy...
I feel some achiness in my cheeks from time to time and they are tender to the touch and also itchy (the itch like mad when I apply the arnica which makes me feel like the arnica is helping even more; itchy is a good sign).
Other than that, kind of boring Sunday. My husband is going on a hike with friends. To be honest, I'm glad. I'm going to OD on some chick flicks and curl up with my little dog right now. Ahhhhh....
Post-op today, doc says all looks 'great!'
Doc says I am doing very well and that now it's really a 'hurry up and wait' thing. The swelling is just the part that hangs on. I'll be ready to see what I really look like without it!
Now moving on to alternating between warm and cold compresses to help lymphatic system to drain this edema.
Happy healing. Off to get some arnica gel (better than the cream!)
Frustrated and emotional
Couple that with a chick flick I've seen a few times before (In Her Shoes ???? which I LOVE) and I CRIED (because that is ME) and, to my horror, they were bloody tears! Yikes!!!! No pain, nothing other than a little blood streaming down my cheeks with tears at the sweet little movie I was watching. 'Tis true, I am kind of a sap and even though I've seen this movie 5 times, easily, it brings up stuff about my family that I can't let go of.
I did not expect bloody tears!!!!
I was also the most emotionally weird and burned out today yet. I'm swollen in the morning, swollen all day, and sick of it. It also makes my smile forced and strange and now I'm noticing my freaking jowls even more. Ugh!!!! Does one procedure lead to the next?! I'm not even sure I like my eyes yet and I already want a facelift! How sad is that? :(
My first 'bad' day. How long am I going to look like a swollen beast who looks just ...weird? 2 weeks? 4? 8? More? I want a deadline but I know it doesn't work that way.
I got the symbol for patience tattooed on my left ankle when I was 31, while trying to figure out my first marriage. It's never been my strong suit. (Patience, not marriage!) ;) Anyway, I've heard this kind of surgery - and plastic surgery in general - requires it. Well...here's to looking at my ankle as a reminder. Deep breaths.
I have lots to be thankful for in my life - my loving husband, family and most of all, my health. My vanity can wait....and it seems like it'll be waiting a while.
Maybe you can only post a 'max' of pics?!
Puffy. Puffy. Puffy.
Just taking it day by day. Grateful for all I do have, just feel kinda weird, puffy....not 'me.'
It's only been a week....so....
Day 9 Puffs McGee
Things that are good:
I love my husband.
I love my dog.
My hand is healing well although it's still numb at the tip.
My parents will be here in a few weeks for a month and I'm so excited.
Even though I'm not working, it's almost Friday. That's always a good thing.
Ten days - it's getting better
The swelling is, by no means, 'gone' but it is starting to dissipate after these treatments. This is encouraging.
For comparison: my eyes before and my eyes now....
Every day is a new day :)
Two weeks today!
Here are some pics from tonight with overhead lighting - the most revealing and unforgiving kind! I'm getting there. Puffiness is stubborn!
Feeling pretty good today, getting my energy slowly back.
Happy healing! Xo
Day 20 - Three weeks officially tomorrow! :)
This afternoon I went to get a pedicure and the owner remarked that my 'skin looks glowing, you look SO pretty today.' She kept looking at me, like 'there's something nice here that's different but I don't know what it is!' ;)
A month tomorrow!
A little discouraged the last few days...
I voted today!
Eyes are better today. Saw my doc for follow up on my hand surgery yesterday and he said everything I'm experiencing is normal. One day it's puffy, the next it's not. It's still healing and all settling. Overall I am happy, I really am, I am just a bit neurotic and staring at things too much.
If you haven't voted yet, get out there!
Obsessing but accepting ....
Got fired today. Also really tired and recovering from a cold
I also got fired today. My boss was so uncool. Worst fit. Had it in for me. They say people don't leave jobs, they leave people. Well, he just got to bear me to it. That's all.
Anyway, I was feeling pretty much my worst today and yet: still feeling ok.
Greener pastures are ahead. I can feel it in my bones.
I said, after the bs meeting with my boss, the CMO and HR, to my boss: 'Hey, S., so was this your first firing?'
Awkwardly, sheepishly, he replied 'Yes.' He looked like such a dweeb.
I said 'Ah, well, don't worry, your next one will be much easier.'
Then to them both I said 'happy holidays!' as I left the building and went on my merry way.
Merry Christmas. Happy holidays. Whatever you celebrate, I hope it's a good one you all.
No need to edit out the eye bags in my photos anymore :)
It looks natural...
Video update - different lighting makes all the difference
Not as dramatic improvement as I wanted :(
Adding a frame to the portrait :)
Excellent doctor. Very knowledgeable, professional and personable. He came highly recommended by two friends of mine who both went to him for two very different procedures. Both raved about his work so I made an appointment for a consult. I immediately felt comfortable with his confidence and the way he was able to explain things to me very simply and clearly. I made my surgery appointment that very same day and I'm delighted I did. My experience was first class all the way. From the pre-op to surgery itself - nurse, anesthesiologist, etc. - to aftercare, I've been impressed by the warmth, genuine care and kindness I've received by everyone there (something you want and need during elective surgery). I can also say that the prompt responses to calls and minor concerns I had were a great comfort. The overall professionalism of the entire staff is top notch.