One year ago on April 27, 2015 I had Blepharoplasty aka upper eyelid surgery. I was very transparent throughout the entire process and blogged the entire journey here on my blog (Blepharoplasty) as well as created a playlist on my YT channel (Blepharoplasty Playlist). While this will be my last post of this journey, I doubt that it will be my last plastic surgery. I really want to have a breast reduction, but I'm going to wait until I have totally transformed my body from fat to muscle, that way I will be able to see how much of a reduction I really need.
April 27, 2016
December 29, 2015
December 12, 2015
I have to say that I love collecting skin care samples and rarely do I purchase from websites that don't offer free samples. Samples is my way of trying out the product before I purchase the full size, which we all know can become quite expensive especially if the product doesn't work for us. I'm a bit of a stickler when it comes to organization and I like being able to find things when I need them. This is my way of organizing my samples, I use plastic ziploc bags and tape labels onto them by categories. I show this all to you in the video below and I also gave you a mini tour of my makeup and filming area as well.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:00 AM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #womenofcolor, Anti-Aging, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Eye Care, Eye Primers, Face, Hooded Eyelids, Over 50, Peels, Peptides, Primers, Serums, Skin Care
December 10, 2015
This might be hard to believe but this is the second eye cream that I have ever bought. I have been using eye cream samples for the last 20yrs or maybe longer so I never had to actually purchase any. The samples that I have are very high end and these little tubes last for quite awhile too. So on with this product review. I purchased this Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream on recommendation from my Plastic Surgeon right after I was released from his care after I had my Blepharoplasty. I was hoping that it would preform some sort of miracle and shrink the tiny scar above my right eye.... well to no avail the scar is still there.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 5:09 PM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #neocutis, #womenofcolor, Beauty, beauty over 50, Eye Care, Eyes, Hooded Eyelids, Neocutis, Over 50, Serums, Skin Care
October 24, 2015
I'm 4 days away from my 6mo surgery date which was April 28th so technically i'm 6mos post-op. My eyes have settled really well and i'm very pleased with everything. I still have a noticeable scar on my right eyelid that bothers me every time I apply makeup. It just reminds me that this wasn't a perfect surgery. But as far as my eyes being symmetrical and even, i'll say that they're pretty much on point.... at least I have no complaints. I'll always have a smaller right eye due to a childhood injury (yes I was hit in the eye with a hard ball), but my eyes are even as far as length and width.
September 2, 2015
I was very honored to receive a full tube of the most talked about Serum on the market today Elite Serum. If you are not familiar with Elite Serum, then allow me to introduce it to you.
I begin using it all over my face and neck because the skin in those areas are beginning to loosen. I'm in my mid 50's and my skin has never looked so amazing!
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 12:52 PM Labels: #brownskin, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Elite Serum, Eye Care, Eyes, Hooded Eyelids, Hyaluronic Acid, Over 50, Serums, Skin Care
July 19, 2015
I'm exactly three months post-op from my eyelid surgery and my eyes are still changing. I can say that finally all the feeling has came back into my eyelids and my eyelashes are now going in the same direction. lot of people ask me if I would do it again and the answer is always yes. I can see much better, although there is still 50% vision loss in my right eye due to Coloboma which you can read my story here. Overall, i'm very happy with this surgery and I can't wait to see what my eyes look like six months from now.
June 17, 2015
Time is moving so slowly, my surgery was April 27th but it seems so long ago. I've been doing a lot of comparison photos lately just to see how much of a difference there is. I have noticed that my right eye is forming a crease. This is helping to open it up a little. I had my six week post-op appt today and I had another round of steroid injections directly into the scar on the right eyelid. I won't notice how well this round will work until after a week or so. I'm still using the Mepitac tape over the scar every night to apply the pressure to it. Today was the first time that I really wore makeup on the eyelids. They are still numb especially the eyelashes, they just don't know which way they want to go.. up, down or sideways.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 9:53 PM Labels: #beautyover50, #womenofcolor, African American, Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Surgery, Hooded Eyelids, Lifestyle, Over 50, Plastic Surgery, Videos
June 3, 2015
May 17, 2015
May 14, 2015
Below are some of my favorite home remedies and items that I found on the internet that worked well for healing my eyelids after surgery. As always do your own research to find out what works for you. All these items, you can order online with the exception of the Tri-luma cream which is by prescription only. You can also find an Aloe Vera plant at the Home Depot or any garden shop that sells plants.
May 12, 2015
Day 16 was my Doctor's appt. I was given the okay to wear my contacts and makeup if I wanted to. I told him my concerns and her agreed with me on all points. My first concern was of course the bruising that still appeared, well he told me to give it 4 to 6 weeks and it will totally be gone... so I will wait. I'm not sore but it just doesn't seem to want to go away!
May 8, 2015
Playing In Makeup......
Day 9 still healing, using warm compresses and natural aloe very gel all around my eyes (top and bottom) to stop the itching an help with the swelling.
Day 10 no change.
Day 11 Woke up feeling a little depressed. Did my usual morning maintenance of cleaning and applying heat and then photographing for the Blog. But on this day I decided to call my plastic surgeon's office and talk to Janet, the Director of Business Affairs & Patient Consultant, because I didn't see her on my day 5 appt or my day 8 appt. I told her how I was feeling and asked if she could take a look at the photos that i've been uploading here on my Blog and let me know what she thought. As she viewed them she asked if I could email her my most current photos.... so I did. She told me that she would forward them to the Doctor who was out of town for the week.
Day 12 I had to take my car in for an early service appt and knew that I would be leaving it for the entire day. Since my husband had to follow me to the dealer, we decided to go to breakfast afterwards, this gave me a chance to finally play in makeup. Later while checking emails, I received an email from Janet letting me know that the doctor was putting me back on the Medrol Dose Steroids Pack for 6 days. So I picked up my prescription and started the pack which is for inflammation, swelling and bruising. I'm pretty sure this was the push that my body needed to get me over the hump!
May 4, 2015
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.
May 1, 2015
There's so many emotions going through my head as I lay with the ice peas across my eyes. I'm excited and terrified at the same time. I'm so excited to log my journey and become a reference point of other AA/Ethnic people out there that might be interested in having this procedure.
April 26, 2015
April 13, 2015
I don't normally expose too many personal details about myself but since I don't have any real friends to confide in (I know it's sad) I have to write my feelings here on my Blog. Sometimes I feel a little isolated from other AA women in my age range (55-65) because I'm a little eccentric. I love beauty, hair and makeup and I've had quite a bit of plastic surgery.... something that's quite taboo for AA women.
Plastic Surgery isn't something you discuss with everyone, especially if you're African American. We grew up thinking it was taboo. My generation of AA women were taught by our mothers to never do anything to alter your looks, accept what God gave you and just be happy and thankful that you're healthy. So the stigma of having something done weigh heavily in our minds between what we were taught and what would make us happy. Now i'm no stranger to Plastic Surgery... but my venture into it was quite odd.
April 4, 2013
I made a 2 minute video on how the Clear Care works, it cleans the most difficult residue and protein buildup on contacts and leaves them so clear it's amazing. Prior to using Clear Care, I was having the hardest time cleaning my contacts for some reason. I just couldn't get the buildup off and I would spent a lot of time rubbing.
March 3, 2013
I was born with Coloboma. Coloboma is a rare genetic condition of the Iris where it does not close up before birth. One out of 10,000 children are born with this condition.... I was one of them. As a result, I have very blurred vision, ptosis, astigmatism and limited peripheral vision in this eye which is my right eye. Also, the Retina failed to close all the way in this eys so I had laser eye surgery at 25yrs of age to close up the gap in my Retina.
December 25, 2012
I wanted to share one of my favorite primers for the eyes that I stumbled upon and come to love. To be honest, I have hooded eyelids due to aging, but I realized there's certain eye primers that are so matte and sticky that they actually help my eyelids stay up.
Guerlain's Eye Primer is one of those really matte sticky primers that perks up my lids and keeps them from sagging, so now this has become my everyday eye primer for now.
Beauty Editor Lily Seymour at 7:49 PM Labels: #beautyover50, #brownskin, #guerlain, #womenofcolor, Beauty, beauty over 50, brown skin, Eye Care, Eye Primers, Eyes, Guerlain, Hooded Eyelids, Over 50, swatches