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I LOVE my look after coronal brow lift and lower bleph, I couldn't be more pleased with the results! Can anyone tell me, though if it's unusual to still have swelling after 4 months? I think I may be a really slow healer, and I know that it takes up to 18 months for the final results, but I've some some puffy bags under each eye. I know that I tend to roll onto my left side when I sleep, and that side is the puffiest. I put away my sleeping wedge because I really can't sleep sitting up.
I plan on calling my PS this week to discuss with him, but I was curious to know if others experienced swelling after so long, and should I be concerned. If so, any recommendations, or tricks to get the swelling down? I don't eat a lot of salt, and I'm a very active person.
So no replies from anyone? Anyone else 4 months out experiencing swelling? I pulled out the old wedge and slept on it again last night. It helped a lot, I hate to think I'm going to have to sleep elevated forever! Made an appointment with my PS on Wednesday, I'll let you all know what he says if you're interested.
Hey Tybee! Yes, swelling can still be an issue even after 4 months. I'm at week 14 after an upper/lower bleph with mid-face lift and I'm still swollen from the lower bleph. I hate it but I haven't been able to find anything that helps other than time...and it ticks by SO SLOWLY!
I started icing the area again today. We shall see if there is any improveent. I have a big wedding to go to this weekend and I thought I'd be way beyond the healing time and look great! Well, that's not the case and it looks really wierd with the swollen patches, especially when I smile. The swollen areas bunch up around the stitches at outside corner of eyes and I'm so self conscious about it. I looked at some pictures taken a few weeks ago and was very disappointed. I know, however, that it will all get better and that I will be pleased soon ... I just want it to be perfect now! Patience is difficult but I'm hanging on to the advice and words of others on this site that have been through the same thing...it will get better.
So the elevation really helped? I will try that tonight ... thanks for the tip.
I completely understand how you feel and I myself have been searching on this forum for any answers or words of wisdom from people who have had a upper and lower bleph. I had my surgery on June 4th, and here it is July 18th and I feel I still have bags under each eye. I am also trying to figure out if this is just swelling, or if my surgeon did not remove enough of the fat. I have been reading online and thru out the internet that it can take 6 months to a year to see the final results. And I agree with the comments above, time ticks EVER SO SLOWLY when you have a procedure and you are want to see the final results. Hang in there and I know how it feels. Give it at least 6 months and then speak to your surgeon about your concerns. I totally know how you feel and it is very frustrating at times, especially when we spend a lot of money on these procedures we want to see rapid results, and unfortunetly healing of this kind does not work like that. Keep us all updated as to how everything is going! Good luck and keep the faith! I am trying hard myself to remain positive!
My surgeon told me that there is more swelling during the summer because it is much hotter. Keeping that in mind, I think healing during the summer is a little slower than healing during the winter. But I don't know, I was told that the swelling goes down a small % every month after the 2nd month. I think that around 4 months it should be nearly gone, but there is still a minor amount of tissue fluid in the eye. My surgeon performed many eyelid surgeries for about 10-15 years and he sees he does not see an extremely perfect result until about 10-12 months but around 6 months he says that you can judge how the eyes will look because they are close to done healing, only subtle improvements will occur after that. He also gives comfort, i quote him on this, "Swelling only gets better."
@dentistment2 Thanks so much for the positive and encouraging words and info! I appreciate it so much. It has been hard and that is a good point about the swelling being a little slower to go down during the summer. I never thought of that. I have been so discouraged with the results and I have a wonderful doctor with a lot of experience who did a wonderful and perfect job w/my breast aug. I have been so happy with him and the staff and their bedside manner with me thru out the entire process. The bleph surgery has been a completely different experience has to what I expected and so far what the results have been. I am trying not to stress about it or think about it too much for now and focus on other more important things in life. But it can be frustrating, especially when a lot of money has been spent and you had much different expectations. I will most definetly keep in mind what you have said and hope that I will slowly see a gradual improvement. My husband knows how upset, sad and frustrated I have been and he has said to me at times he sees a difference and that I am still healing. I am going to try and keep my spirits up. Thanks again and I wish you the same. Hope all is going well with you. Take care!
definetely keep in mind that because the eyelids are on the face not the body, and it is not covered up so it is easy to look in a mirror every 10 seconds and be discouraged!! by the 3rd month after your bleph you should be feeling perfectly normal, and you probably even forgot you even had the surgery. in particular i don't like how surgeons say healing takes up to 6 months to a year. by that time patients no longer remember/care that they had the surgery .
Reading all of your posts regarding how long swelling etc lasts. How did you cope with the swelling that remained past your expected date? I had my surgery 1 week ago and have not told friends, work etc - worrying now as to how i will disguise or cover this up
The best way to hide any trace of blepharoplasty is probably by concealing the scar. Most people cannot tell upper eyelid surgery from looking at a swollen crease unless it is really swollen or discolored. But people do get weirded out when they see a red line when you look down and that will probably give your surgery away
Thanks for your reply. My upper and lower blephraplasty has caused my eyes to be a completely different shape. They are still swollen but look oriental and the lids are swollen and puffed up while the scar in the crease tapers inwards on the outer edge.
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