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I had an upper (transcuteneous) & lower (transconjunctival) blepharoplasty on April 1, 2009. I was the family guinea pig - Mom had an upper bleph with the same surgeon in July 2009, and is very happy with her results.

2 wks prior to surgery, I ate lots of FRESH pineapple, which contains Bromelain that reduces the potential for bruising & swelling. I bought SinEcch, an oral homeopathic Arnica regimen taken prior to surgery, which is especially formulated to minimize post-surgical bruising & swelling, www.alpinepharm.com. I also applied topical Arnica gel to the bruises often, until they were gone. I feel very strongly that these preparations have made a difference.

I then used MEDscar topical silicone scar treatment, www.medscar.com. I did a lot of research & it's one of the top 2 recommended scar treatments by the Scar Treatment Association, www.scartreatmentassociation.com. It minimizes old & new scars, so I've also used it on some older scars.

The one thing I would stress is: If the stitches start to itch and come loose on their own - DON'T pick at them!!! It's hard to leave them alone but very important to let the incision heal without disturbing it for as long as possible. I have an area where my scar is thicker and more noticeable because I was fussing with the stitches.

I informed myself about every little detail involved with blepharoplasty & asked a lot of questions. This website & www.drmeronk.com were very helpful! I felt good about my choice of a surgeon & I stayed very positive prior to the surgery & was excited about it.

My doctor:
Dr. Phillip Rizzuto, MD
Providence, RI
(401) 274-6622


Comments (7)
stw273From: stw273 | 2011-04-07 14:27:42

Thank you for sharing your pictures and results. I had a lower bleph March 28th, 2011 and couldn't be happier! You look really fresh and great!
ClaireRoseFrom: ClaireRose | 2011-04-05 04:18:41

beautiful results.
njenkinsonFrom: njenkinson | 2010-02-13 10:09:12

It's over 10 months post-op and I've added some newer photos. My upper eyelids aren't even...but they weren't before, either! At least I can SEE them now. I think I look more refreshed and my eyes are prettier without the upper lids weighing them down.

I'm very happy with the results.
Lalala161From: Lalala161 | 2009-09-08 04:34:46

Well done! Thank you for taking so much trouble with all the pics'. This site is really helping me prepare myself mentally for my imminent ops'.
CayolindaFrom: Cayolinda | 2009-04-19 08:15:38

Your eyes look beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I'm having my eyes done in a couple of months and worry about the brusing and only taking 2 weeks off (14) days. Can you post a before and after picture of yourself, side by side and what you looked like on day 14?
GarfyFrom: Garfy | 2009-04-08 07:30:39

thanks for sharing your photos. You seem to have made fabulous progress even with your setback of the bleed. Even by Day 3 you can see just how good your eyes are looking, I bet you are really pleased!!
Hope you keep posting, as when I get mine done, fingers crossed, I'll only be able to have about 2 weeks off work, so I'm watching your photo with interest to see how quickly the swelling and bruising is fading.
GarfyFrom: Garfy | 2009-04-08 07:26:52

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Member Details

Username: njenkinson
First Name: Nancy
Location: RI, United States
Gender: F
Age: 62
Height: 5'6"
Ethnicity: Caucasian

Procedure Details

Date of Procedure: 04-01-2009
Results: 5 (Thrilled)
Weight: 137 lbs
Doctor Name: Dr. Philip R. Rizzuto, MD, FACS My Profile
City of Procedure: Providence
Sate of Procedure: RI
Country: United States

Eyelid Surgery, Blepharoplasty:
Eyelid Surgery Type: Transconjunctival (incision inside eyelid)
Lids Treated: Both Upper And Lower Lids

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