May 17, 2015

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20
 Almost healed.....
I'm pretty much feeling about 80% healed.  I have a few issues that I'm hoping will resolve with time. My total healing time will probably be somewhere in the nature of 6 weeks.  I feel that by that time I'll be able to wear my contacts with ease, look up with ease, look down with ease and raise my eyebrows without feeling the sensation of skin pulling above my eyes... I'll be 100% healed hopefully.

Here are my issues.... I have some excess skin over my right eye that I wish wasn't there.  I'm not sure why it's there and the only reason I can explain is that maybe (just maybe) he forgot to remove it:) This was the eye that also had the skin fold when he removed the bandages on Day 5, which sent me back to the surgery table to have it removed. Because of that second procedure, it caused the scar tissue underneath to thicken... which gave me a hypertropic scar. So now I have a raised scar which created a little opening underneath preventing my eyelid from closing all the way. I have to close it down with a bandage every night or it will become dry and cause tearing and burning.

On Day 12 I had a steroid injunction right into the scar to help soften and flatten the scar tissue.  This type of injection can only be administered once a month, so hopefully i'll have another one in June on my next followup.  I'm also hoping that once the scar is flattened, the eyelid will close all the way as before.  I'm thinking about having Botox between my eyebrows to smooth them out and help lift my eyebrows off my eyes.... just thinking out loud.. but maybe.

Oh, before I forget this will be my last post in this Blepharoplasty series. I'll resume posting Lookbook posts again once i'm able to wear makeup on my eyelid without them swelling... then you'll be able to see my progress.

Day 22 ~ I'm three weeks out, still not wearing makeup directly on my eyelids because they're still tender but i'm wearing makeup everywhere else.  I'm also able to keep my contacts in all day long without my eyes becoming dry and irritated.  I still have bruising underneath the eyes and this is a sign that i'm not totally healed. The eyelids are still a little sensitive so i'm keeping makeup off of them for awhile.

Ethnic Blepharoplasty Final Updat
With Makeup Day 20Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyeid Surgery)
Without Makeup
Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyeid Surgery)
Hypertrophic Scar on my Right Eyelid
As you can see, my right eye had developed a hyprotrophic scar. This is also causing my inner eyelid to open slightly.  On day 14 I had a steroid injection directly into the scar to soften and flatten it, but it didn't work.  My doctor said I might need 2 - 3 injections which is normal (I don't think normal for the eyes though). The injections can only be administered once a month so this will be a slow process.  In the meantime i'm doing my own therapy, I'm using a 100% silicone gel along with Mepitac Silicone Tape over it at night.... this is all I can do! Just in case anyone wants to know, my surgery was preformed by Dr. Kevin Sadati, I found him on RealSelf.com. You can read the review I wrote on him and see why I gave him 5 stars here.
African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20
African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20
African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20
Wearing Makeup
African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 17 - Day 20