Apologies 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.