Update post eyelid gold weight surgery complications

Complications of Gold Weight SurgeryApologies to people following my blog because I haven’t updated it until now.  Things got really hairy just after my last post and I ended up having to have the gold weight removed.  You can see in the image on the left (taken 22 February 2011) that things got worse and I ended up with alien eye!  I have never felt such horrendous discomfort in my life!  It seems however that I was just one of the unlucky ones and I had an allergic reaction to the gold.  I have talked to many people who absolutely LOVE their gold weight so please don’t let this put you off trying the surgery.  I am glad however that I had this surgery done, because apparently scar tissue adds a little weight to the eyelid and at the moment I am still getting better closure than I did before.  In fact I haven’t needed eye drops since before the first surgery in December.  The surgeon told me to try pulling the eyelid down really hard once it got to the level I was happy with and I have been doing this.  I can feel the eyelid starting to return to where it was before but I am hopefully if I keep pulling on it that I might still see some improvement.

I also have an appointment to see a plastic surgeon next week about options for the paralysed side of my face which is starting to look a bit limp and sorry for itself!  As your face gets older it tends to hollow under the eyes and because I don’t have the same muscle tone on the paralysed side, it is aging faster than the good side, so I feel a bit flat on that side.  I have the option of botox for the good side but I don’t think botox is really for me, botox works to paralyse the good side and improve symmetry to the face, but as I don’t have a huge smile on the good side I don’t think I need it, I have also perfected the art of flat/wide mouth frog smiling. :-)  What I am interested in is cheek fillers to pad out my bad side, but I’m not in any hurry to have more surgery, I just want to find out my options for the future.

The surgeon was correct in saying the gold weight surgery was easily reversible, you can’t really see I have had surgery because the incision and therefore scar is in the crease of my eyelid.  I am definitely glad I tried it, even though it didn’t work.  I know there are other options like platinum and cartilage implants, but I really didn’t like the feel of something foreign in my eyelid so I won’t be trying anything else unless I get desperate.

I will post a picture soon of how my eyelid has healed.

3 thoughts on “Update post eyelid gold weight surgery complications

  1. Cookie

    First time I’ve replied to a blog and not sure if you will get this. I am 68 yr old and had BP aroundt 2 yrs old with residual paralysis of left side of face. Just had platinum implant surgery yesterday (9/6) on upper lid. So far so good, but little concerned about allergy to the weight, but time will tell. Found your information to be very helpful. Thank you.

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    1. Karen Post author

      I hope you are getting on okay, I think allergic reactions are rare so hopefully you will have a better time than I did.

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  2. Louise

    Hi, please could you let me know how you are finding your platinum chain implant. I am considering having this surgery for my facial paralysis. I have an eye spring at present but its causing complications. Do you find that you are blinking with your platinum chain and how is the movement, would be so grateful to hear from you.
    thankyou, from louise

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