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2 weeks post lower bleph, questions

2 weeks post lower bleph, questions

Postby disneyfan » Fri Mar 28, 2008 6:33 am

Hi all, I have been reading this forum since my planning stages and now I have a few questions maybe some of you can help me with!

I am 14 days post lower transcutaneous bleph. My bruising resolved pretty easily, have some residual swelling, especially at the very top of my cheekbones and the rim of the lower lid. My incisions under my eyes are pretty well concealed under my eyelashes and seem to be healing well.

The outer /------ incisions are still pretty red. The one on my right eye is wide. I think maybe the dissolving stitches may have come out too early. The left eye still has little tiny pieces of stitch poking through but the suture line is very clean, will probably be nice once it's healed. They angle pretty low compared to what I thought they would. I expected them to be shorter and more parallel with my smile line. Is this normal? Will my wider side incision be less obvious as it heals do you think? I am putting erythromycin ointment on the suture lines as directed.

Also, makeup looks very strange right now. I also am wearing glasses for the first time in years and I go back to work tomorrow under florescent lights for 8 hrs! UGH. I am still recovering from chemosis so I can't wear my contact lenses. My eyes are sensitive, gritty, dry and itchy despite using drops round the clock. The chemosis is improving bit by bit, but I think it's the most frustrating part of my recovery. My lower lid rims still don't 'snug up' to my eyeball yet, but don't have a droop so I am encouraged.

How long until I feel normal? When will my lower lid move when I smile? I had a moment of "Why did I do this?" last night and need a pep talk!

Thanks in advance! : )
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Postby tammyj » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:39 am

I had my surgery a little over 3 weeks ago and all I can say is you need so much patience. I swear I think I morph into someone else every morning that I wake up. I, like you, have one eye that has a much more redder incision line, although my incision is very smooth. I still have a small bruise under that same eye and no matter how much concealer and makeup I use, it still show through and looks like a mountain of purple makeup! I had chin lipo at the same time and still have puffy cheeks. Each day, the redness gets lighter, the puffiness gets less but it just doesn't seem quick enough. You are still so early in the healing process so again, you just need a little patience. I returned back to work at 2 weeks and got a ton of rave reviews from co-workers and they can be very critical considering they are nurses. Just remember even the "extreme makeovers" on TV aren't revealed until at least 6 weeks. You'll get your wow moment soon.
Tammy
FTT/MR lipo to flanks and upper abs 9/1/05
Revisions to dog ear and additional lipo to upper abs and mons pubis 5/06

U/L Bleph with chin/neck lipo and lipo to bra fat areas 3/6/08
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Postby disneyfan » Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:13 am

Thanks Tammy for the reply! I am a nurse too but only told a few people I was having a bleph done. LOL, they'll know in a second tonight since the incisions on the side aren't too easily camo'd. My husband says I look great, but each person is so sensitive to every little thing on their own face. Anyway, I will try to remember that patience and time will get me through this! I also read somewhere on these boards to remember that each eye is a separate surgical site so I am trying to remember that as I see each eye looking a bit different from the other as they heal.

Again, I appreciate your taking the time to reply! A speedy recovery to you too!!!!
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Postby puffyeyes32 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 11:47 am

Hi!
I agree, patience is the key. I am almost 5 weeks post op lower bleph, fat transfer to lowerlids, cheek implants and lip lift. I bruised and swelled to the extreme. My right eye finally had the bruise go away last week. My left eye had issues with swelling and a slight droop so I have been getting hydrocortisone injections to the lid which is working. I went to my ps yesterady and he was thrilled that the lid is almost there. Everything I have read on here is that it takes time. It is funny as ps say 2-3 weeks for almost everything!! I am a nurse also and still not back to work!! Wishing you the best!!
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Postby tammyj » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:10 pm

Isn't it funny that as nurses, we are having the least patience!! Seriously though, I think being a nurse, I am more critical of the healing process. Yes, that is right, we did have separate procedures considering we have two eyes lol. I never thought of it that way. I'm just so anxious to see my final result. I wake up every morning praying that my cheeks are less puffy and my left eye bruise has dissappeared but they are still there to greet me. One good thing is my right eye look fabulous so I'm still hoping the left will heal and look as good. You are right about being so sensitive about our faces. When I had my TT, it was easy to hide under bulky clothing but wearing a paper bag over my head might be taking it to the extreme!!
Tammy
FTT/MR lipo to flanks and upper abs 9/1/05
Revisions to dog ear and additional lipo to upper abs and mons pubis 5/06

U/L Bleph with chin/neck lipo and lipo to bra fat areas 3/6/08
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