Showing posts with label Plastic Surgery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Plastic Surgery. Show all posts

April 27, 2016

Lifestyle ~ Blepharoplasty | Hooded Eyelid Surgery 1 Year Update (Part 10)

Blepharoplasty | Hooded Eyelid Surger
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. 

December 29, 2015

Lifestyle ~ My Botox Results | 8 Months Post-op from Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) + Video

 Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
 I have a standing two month appt with my Plastic Surgeon during my first year of post-op surgery as part of my continuing therapy on my upper eyelids.  Not every Plastic Surgeon does this but Dr. Sadati is an awesome Doctor that really cares about his patient's well being.  On this appt, I was interested in seeing if Botox would lift the muscle on my right eye (ptosis eyelid) or droopy eyelid as some may call it. Since Botox is not permanent and I was also wanting to have my frown lines smoothed out, I though now was better than ever to try it. I bought 20 units of Botox, which was the minimum and at $10 a unit, I paid $200 dollars and received 8 shots.

October 24, 2015

Lifestyle ~ 6 Month Post-op from Upper Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) + Video

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.

July 19, 2015

Lifestyle ~ 3 Month Post-op from Upper Eyelid Surgery with Comparison Photos

3 Month Post-op from Upper Eyelid Surgery

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

Lifestyle ~ 6 Weeks Post-op + Video Update #blepharophasty #eyelidsurgery

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.

June 3, 2015

Lifestyle ~ 5 Weeks Post-Op #blepharoplasty #eyelidsurgery #ethnic #africanamerican

I wanted to post an update for all of you that have been following my journey.  I feel wonderful, I'm able to wear my contacts all day without any dryness or irritation and I'm finally getting a good night's sleep.  I would say that i'm about 75% healed.  I feel some pull when I stretch my eyebrows up moreso on the left than the right, and I still feel some sensitivity if I wipe them too hard. I do have some concerns mainly about my right eye. They're the same concerns that I posted on my last update, not having a fold or crease and the Ptosis, the muscle not being strong enough to hold the lid all the way up.  However, I did post a question on the Realself website along with photos and quite a few of he doctors feel it's an easy fix going underneath the eyelid and not over it.  The recommended waiting 6 months before considering another procedure.

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.

May 14, 2015

Lifestyle ~ Home Remedies for Healing Blepharoplasty #eyelidsurgery

Healing Blephroplasty Eyelid Surgery Home Remedies

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

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 13 - Day 16

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Day 13 - Day 15 I am still in full healing mode and my spirits remain high.  I'm pretty active going to the gym and doing yoga, cycling and power walking occasionally.

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

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 9 - Day 12

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 9 - Day 12
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

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.

May 1, 2015

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Day 1 - Day 4

African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

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

Lifestyle ~ African American Ethnic Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Video Diaries

African American Blepharoplasty
I've decided to document my Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) in two in-depth videos to provide a source of reference for people of color that may be interested in having this type of surgery.  While there is tons of information on this surgery for people of other nationalities, there is only limited amounts of information for people of color.

April 13, 2015

Lifestyle ~ African American Women and Plastic Surgery

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.

January 29, 2014

Lifestyle ~ Tummytuck Tattoo on African American #beautyover50

Tummytuck Tattoo Photos of Goddesslily
It's been 12 years since I had my tummytuck.  I always wondered what I would look like having my scar tattooed. I was able to wear certain kinds of bikini's so that wasn't the problem, I guess I just never thought it was something that I would do.

One day while watching Windy Williams, she mentioned that she has her tummytuck scar tattooed, and also showed us a photo wearing an itty bitty black bikini.  Talk about jealous... that was the turning point for me and I was completely sold.

August 12, 2013

Lifestyle ~ Tummy Tuck Procedure on African American #beautyover50

African American Tummy Tuck Surgery

Since my Blog is dedicated to beauty over 50, I thought that I would share some of the things I had done while I was in my 40's... simply because I wanted to dispel the myth that... black girls don't have plastic surgery.  A very good friend of mine wants to have a tummy tuck, I told her that I would share my experience in a video on my Youtube for anyone that wanted more information on the procedure.