I had bilateral repair of upper eyelid retraction surgery yesterday, and it was much easier than I expected and MUCH easier than my bilateral orbital decompression back in September.
The surgery took one hour, and I had sedation with local anesthesia. My body doesn't tolerate general well (I get very sick) so this was great. I was asleep for the first half but the surgeon woke me up for the second half as I had to keep opening my eyes so he could make sure the eyelids were symmetrical. I felt pressure and could hear him cutting, but no pain. He is from Chicago so we discussed the Stanley Cup finals and my upcoming move to Boston while he was snipping away at my upper eyelid muscles. Before I knew it, surgery was over.
I spent about 90 minutes in recovery, and chugged four things of apple juice and downed three packets of graham crackers. I laid with ice on my eyes for a while because the right eyelid turned black almost immediately. I bruise easily so we knew this would happen. As soon as I could stand up and dress myself, they let me leave. As we were driving home, the novacaine was wearing off so I took a percocet and a half, which quickly took the edge off. I ate a LOT, dozen on and off, slept like a baby, and didn't need any pains meds past 7 last night.
Today, I woke up feeling great. I was slow to get moving but walked my dog, took a shower, washed my face, accidentally peeled the DermaBond off my right eyelid incision (but the incision is still intact, so I'm not worried). I have an ointment for the incisions that I'm supposed to apply four times a day. I don't know if the stitches are dissolvable or not (they were for my OD) but I see the surgeon on Monday morning. He called last night to check up on me.
Right now, my eyelids look droopy but that's probably a combination of the swelling and the fatigue. I hope they look a little more natural in a few once when the swelling and bruising resolve. I'm just so relieved to know that I can drive (since I'm not taking painkillers) and throw this bridal shower on Saturday. I just can't lift anything but that's what the bride's fiance is for! I've invested in giant Jackie O sunglasses and a big floppy hat to A. hide the bruises and B. protect the incisions from the sun - I don't want ugly scars!
I'll be posting photos and a bigger post on my personal blog for those of who already have it from when I documented my OD journey. If you'd like the link, just send me a PM.