I am the most unphotogenic person I know, but with no makeup, 6 days post-surgery, this isn’t the most unfortunate picture I’ve ever taken. Trust me, we did like four of these, and usually my mouth is open, my eyes are half-closed and I look sad/drunk/tired/irritated. I’m being very
brave stupid oblivious posting a picture this, um… unvarnished.
There’s still considerable swelling under the chin and in the neck, but it’s gone down a lot since last week, I can see my cheeks again. The swelling/brusing under my eyes is much, much better, too. Everyone says that continues to subside noticeably for two weeks, then it continues for up to six months after that, but in much more subtle ways. My right eye (your left) is more swollen than my left eye, which is why you see more of my lid and the stitches in the crease, where on the other side, the swelling is down so much, the stitches are less noticeable — hey, it looks like an “almost normal” eye again! Man, I should have done something with my hair.
Am I happy? Ecstatic. It’s a subtle change, nothing dramatic, I don’t look decades younger, I still look just like me and I put up one of my pictures taken back in May of this year on the right for reference. I just have my eyelid back (well, I will eventually) and a nice, more defined, less jowly jawline. Okay, now, seriously, don’t look at my before picture where I had my hair all done, full makeup, etc., and think… you really are insane, you know. There was a moment or two mid-week last week as I peered in the mirror that I felt that way, but now I can see what the end result is sorta gonna be like, and my face has come a long way from where it was four days ago.
Now, one thing you should know, this is not a piece of cake surgery where you’ll be back at work in a week looking spiffy. The pain won’t keep you at home, I have/had almost no pain, just a little soreness. You may be able to camouflauge, but you can’t wear makeup or put on mascara or do any of those things, so you’d be going in bland/bruised. Better to plan on two weeks of working at home or working in the office with dark glasses. The pain post-surgery is almost nonexistent, just some headaches for me and minor achiness in my neck from the lipo.
Let me think here, this is… Oh! a perfume blog. And I snagged a sample of the new Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique. Not sure if it is the edp or the parfum. Notes are geranium, white amber, angelica and frankincense. The geranium is the most prominent note in the open, a little bitter, distinct, crisp, and it takes a little while for that bitterness to fade back. Now, musc isn’t listed in the notes, but I assume there’s some botanical equivalent in the notes because you start to get a musky smell along with a light amber. It’s not super-animalic, but it has enough there to take this out of the lightweight poofy musk area. I;m loving this treatment of musk and will be anxious to try the parfum if this is the edp, which I suspect it is – it just doesn’t have the chewy smell thickness that most of SIP parfums have. If you don’t like SIP in general, there won’t be anything here to change your mind. It’s just a base thing. For me, I need to go layer this with Lady Day and make some magic.