Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 5 - Day 8

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery
Continuing The Journey.....
Day 5 was my first Post-opt appointment, he removed the bandages so that he could take a look at how the stitches were healing.  Normally you do not have to wear tape with this type of surgery but my susceptibility to scar tissue formation and raised scars, I needed the pressure of the tape. The left eye was perfect so he cut the string across my nose and re-taped it.  But the right eye had a skin fold above the sutures that needed to be removed. It really looked like he did not take enough skin off to begin with.... but I didn't say anything.  So he numbed me up, gave me a Valium and off  went to the surgical room.  He removed the skin and I could smell the burning where the use that hot tool to close the flesh.  This time he stithed me up with dissolvable sutures.

Day 6 I'm just thinking about the events of day 5.... wondering if I would have two scars instead of one on the right eye? I couldn't stand the piece of tap he placed over my eye even though I told him to shut it.  I have a problem with that eye tearing at night because it stays slightly open because of the childhood injury I had.  I usually just sleep with a mask on but it's bulky and I didn't want to put pressure on my stitches.  I pretty much just been covering my eyes with saran wrap at night.  Saran wrap is great for keeping the eyes moist throughout the night. Anyway, this tape is murder to remove but I found that soaking it in vaseline across the bottom it lifted right up, then I was able to cut it off.  I'm using Neosporin on the bruises, it was what he recommended.

Day 7 i'm actually sitting at my desk typing this, it's nice to journal everyday.  I'm excited because I will have the stitches removed tomorrow on day 8... it can't come soon enough.  I've been icing with frozen peas that I put in a sandwich baggie.  It's the perfect size across the eyes.  I'm almost finished the steroids and antibiotics and i'm really hoping and praying that there won't be any raised scars when the bandages come off.  Tomorrow at my appointment i'm going to ask for two prescriptions, the first one is called Betamethasone Valerate Cream USP, 0.1%. It's a topical steroid cream that I used when I had my bi-lateral breast lifts.  It keeps the tissue underneath the scar soft and from thickening, I used it for an entire year after that surgery, however, I did develop a slight raised scar underneath one breast, it wasn't that thick and they were able to flatten it completely with a steroid injection. The second prescription is Tri-Luma 0.01-4 - 0.05%. Tri-Luma is a topical fade cream but triple the strength of the over-the-counter stuff. It will completely fade the scar but the downfall is that if you stop using it, the scar will come back to some degree.  It's quite expensive and my insurance didn't cover it, I think it was around $100.

Day 8 was very exciting because the tape was finally removed, I could finally see the scars and get an idea of how the healing was coming along. My doctor was very pleased as was I also.  I was very relieved that the scars were flat!  The pressure from wearing the tape was so worth it!  If you notice in the photo below with my eyes closed, you can see the dissolvable tape that was put in on Day 5 to remove the skin fold on my right eye.  I'm still very tender and swollen and the bruised skin is still very sensitive.  He said No to the Betamethasone Valerate Cream that I wanted and Yes to the Tri-Luma, but he's going to wait until he feels that the tissue underneath is healed before giving me the prescription.  I still have a long road ahead because as you can see... I heal very slowly!

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

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Video Diary Part 2 
Surgery through Day 8