Follow up

Firstly sorry for the lack of updates. I was planning to do an update and pics this week after my follow up with Mr Shoaib but then the big light in the hall blew and now I don’t have decent lighting (it’s the only area with really bright lighting) to take the pics.

So on to my follow up on Thursday 15th. Mr Shoaib said things looked how they should at this stage (just shy of 2 months). I showed him my scarring and he said some people scar badly and others have very little and I was probably in the middle of that scale. He said they would continue to fade and he would expect to see good improvement by 6 months. While having the consult I mentioned my lower eyes again as they feel a bit more obvious now (probably just in my mind) and he suggested again we could laser them to tighten the skin or use some fillers. Tempted to try the fillers but it’s £600 a tube and he said prob about half on each side. If I was confident of a great out come I’d do it in a heart beat but I’m worried that I won’t be happy with the outcome (worried that it will look puffy or lumpy). Might do a bit more research into the laser side of things. Anyway we left it that I’d come back to him if I wanted to proceed with the fillers or laser, otherwise I’d see him again at the 6 month stage.

As soon as the light is back working I’ll do some updated pics.

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1st Jan 2015

Happy New Year everyone. So it’s now just over 7 weeks since my surgery. I haven’t posted many pics or updates lately and to be honesty that’s partly down to things being hectic at work but also the fact that there isn’t really any major change happening. The first 2-3 weeks really saw almost daily changes and improvements but it all seems to have settled down and I guess the changes will be gradual over the next several months.

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As those who’ve read my earlier posts will know, I was using a little concealer on the eyes to cover up the scarring and redness. Since this week I haven’t bothered. It’s not that it’s now not noticeable but I think it’s at the stage that I can get away with it, I guess it just make it look like my eyes are a little sore. The scar from the mole by the eye is still visible but I think it’s flattened down a little. Will be interesting to hear Mr Shoaib’s thoughts when I see him on the 15th.

Anyway that’s it for now. Will try and do some close ups from the side this weekend.

Christmas

Sorry been at home in Wales for the last week for Christmas. Will do some updated pictures when I get back this weekend. BTW, I haven’t worn any concealer since the first night in Wales (I was out for a special occasion) and when I’ve mentioned to people about the surgery they have all commented that they wouldn’t have noticed and could really see anything scar wise unless I keep my eyelids closed.

It’s odd because it is quite a subtle surgery and I wasn’t looking that bad before. Part of me likes that they haven’t noticed (certainly the scars etc) while part of me wants someone to notice and say something. Hopefully even though it’s not standout noticeable, the overall effect is a more youthful look. Keen to have my follow up with Mr Shoaib in Jan and to hear his thoughts.

Saturday 13th December

So turns out the dark patch was nothing to worry about. The clinic emailed back and said it was normal and would settle down and since I last posted, it already has.

Although nobody’s really cottoned on to the fact that I’ve had surgery, I should say that a few people have commented over the past week about my eyes looking sore. I’ve used the ‘dermatitis’ excuse and it seems to keep people off the scent. 🙂

I’m really looking forward to finishing work next Friday so I don’t have to wear the concealer any more. I guess its not a massive chore to use it, but I’ve noticed by late afternoon it sorted of starts to seperate and looks oily, leaving my eyelids lookinbg really greasy and kinda sore and I think thats part of whats promoted people to comment.  Really praying that by the time I go back after the Christmas break that I’ll be healed enough for no concealer at all.

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Sat 13th Dec

BTW, I should also mention that the scar from the mole removal just below one of the eyes seems to be flattening out finally. Still wish I hadn’t gotten that mole removed due to the scarring, but its a positive step at least.  Don’t know if its all in my mind, or whether I just didn’t notice it as much previously, but I swear my lower lids are looking worse. Going to wait until I see Mr Shoaib for my follow up in January, but I think I might definitely get some kind of skin tightening treatment on them. 

A little worried ..

Okay, so I’m probably overly worrying, but I’m emailed the clinic this evening as I seem to have developed a dark patch on part of one of the lids and that has me concerned.

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I only really noticed this last night. Previously while you could clearly still still see the scars (as you can still now) the bottom of the lids (near the lashes) themselves were a good consistent colour/tone, where as now one part looks a little bruised, deep purple-ish colour.

I’ll guess I’ll have to wait to see what Mr Shoaib comes back and says. I do wonder again if its to do with my sleeping. As you may recall, I mentioned that same eye/lid was a little swollen first thing in the mornings last week. I think thats subsided but now there is this dark patch. I have definitely caught myself sleeping face down a couple of nights (which I try to avoid for reasons related to some neck issues), maybe its something to do with the pressure its putting on the eyes.  I guess I should also mention  that I also noticed these past 2-3 days that I’d have fuzzy vision (only occasionally) when reading text from across the room (say text on TV screen) and as a result I stopped using the Dermatix and the ointment the last two nights as I was worried that perhaps it was seeping into my eyes and causing issues. Anyway, I’ll see what Mr Shoaib says and how things play out these next few days. I have also happen to have a general eye test booked on Sunday so if there is any reason concern I guess they would probably flag it up. Hopefully I’m just being super paranoid (again).

Subtle changes

Evening all. Haven’t posted for a few days as there isn’t a huge amount of change happening. The general redness around the area is definitely deminishing as time goes although the scar lines are still fairly evident if I close my lids. I’m just thankful for the concealer. Although saying that, outside of work I’m not really bothered about using the concealer and I headed out this past weekend with out anything on.

I also finally made it back to the gym yesterday. This was my first workout post surgery. Although it’s been 2 1/2 weeks and it’s probably safe to exercise again, I just did some light cardio. Going to restart resistant training (weights) later this week.

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BTW, I’m still noticing that the left eye (my left) lid is still a little swollen in the mornings but seems to settle down during the day. Again, I’m putting this down to perhaps how I sleep.

Day 16

Evening all. So not a huge amount of change, but subtle improvements as the days go on.

Here are some pics from this evening.

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Not sure why but I seem too loose the sharpness when I zoom the pic up to fill the page more. I’ll have to check my settings somewhere. Above pic is me without any concealer. Still got some slight swelling on the lids close to the eyelashes. Seems to be more evident in the mornings. I’m wondering if this is related to how I’m sleeping. Now sleeping fairly flat with one pillow (hated being propped the the first week) but the downside to sleeping how I use too is that I occasionally naturally try to sleep on my side which I think could be related to the swelling. Perhaps pressure on the side of the face? Anyway, I’m sure it will settle down.

Here are some close ups of each eye.

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Still quite pinky, but from my perception there are definitely diminishing in how red/pinky they look and i find myself using a little less concealer, As you can see from the first pic, got some flaky skin on the end of the scar. Overall my skin is quite dry at the moment. I’m putting that down to the cold weather and indoor heating. Treatment wise I’ve only been putting the ointment in the corner of the eye (one that had that stye type spot in the corner), thats still there (although you can’t quite see above), but seems to be slowly going. Might put it on the lids tonight to help with the swelling.

I have to remind myself constantly that I’m only just over two weeks post surgery and for that such a short period, things are looking pretty good.  I think I mentioned in my last post that I might be concealer free by the end of next week-ish, but I think in reality it will probably be after Christmas. Thankfully I only have two weeks of work left after tomorrow and then I have 10 days off. So fingers crossed by the time I get back at the end of Dec I’ll be concealer free.

BTW, for those of you who have read my first intro post, you’ll know that I’m locking to get some other treatments done once the eyes are healed.  I think my next treatment is going to be Pelleve on my neck/jaw line and my lower eyes. My neck isn’t that bad but I definitely do have a little sagging of the skin. It was particularly evident last year when I lost quite a bit of weight. I’ve gained a bunch of weight again since then (I yo yo like Oprah in the 90s 🙂 ) so I’d like to get back down to my happy weight first and then get the neck done. That’ll probably be end of Jan/Feb. I’ll probably wait until about March until I do under the eyes as I want to ensure that the scar from the mole by the eye is fully healed before I start messing about with that area.