I've never had any type of surgery and was absolutely terrified to the point where I was having panic attacks the day before surgery. I called Monica, Dr Barrera's assistant and asked her to basically give me a pep talk. I couldn't be more grateful for how understanding and helpful she was and she gave me the courage to move forward and I'm so glad I did.
A few days before surgery I started taking the 30x pill form of Arnica Montana and now foods quercetin with bromelian to help with swelling and bruising.
I also picked up some topical arnica gel, extra strength Tylenol and a refillable ice bag and gel masks with eye holes... I greatly prefer the ice bag it stays cold longer and is ready on demand since you just toss ice cubes in.
I also picked a high elevated wedge pillow since I knew I'd be needing to sleep upright. I found using the wedge with one of those airplane neck pillows was quite comfortable. I also purchased an elevated foam leg rest to keep me from sliding down the wedge pillow and the configuration is quite cozy. I haven't tried sleeping yet since i had the surgery this AM.
Day of surgery:
A friend of mine drove me and helped keep me calm. I kept reminding myself I could just bolt if I changed my mind at the last minute lol. The waiting room is the worst part once you get called back to the surgery prep center the staff does an excellent job distracting you and keeping your calm. Dr Barrera's anesthesiologist, Dr. Neighbors, was just great she could tell I was nervous and really put me at ease. Everyone was so friendly I felt safe and confident entering surgery I remember getting rolled into surgery and then waking up.
My surgery was over at 9:30 am and It's 11pm now. I feel great, the hardest part of post recovery is not overdoing it. I had a lot of energy when I got home and felt just fine. No pain. Tiniest bit of swelling and bruises. I did follow Dr. Barerra's guidelines to a T plus continued to take my Arnica Montana and bromelian pills.
I'll update as I progress. I used this site heavily in preparation and there weren't many transconjunctival belpharoplasty with fat redistribution reviews so I am writing this to aid others looking into this procedure.