Brow Lift, Upper & Lower Eyelids... Couldn't Be Happier! - Phoenix, AZ
- updated 2 years ago
I’m 59 yrs old. I had a brow lift and upper...
- 14 Sep 2011
I’m 59 yrs old. I had a brow lift and upper & lower eyelid surgery 7 wks ago, and I am VERY pleased with the results! Sagging eyebrows & drooping eyelids run in my family, and a couple years ago I realized that my “neutral” expression didn’t look very pleasant. People actually commented that I looked like I needed a nap or that I didn’t look very happy when I felt perfectly fine & relaxed! I discussed brow lift options with my surgeon and decided a coronal incision was best to achieve the result I wanted. My natural hairline was rather low, so increasing the height of my forehead was actually a plus, and the scar is well hidden by my hair.
The first 24 hrs post-op were a bit rough, mostly because the anesthesia made me nauseated. I took a prescription painkiller every 4 hours, so even though I looked ghastly, I felt no pain whatsoever. After 2 days, I no longer needed anything for pain – not even aspirin! My eyelids were red & swollen, and there were bruises below my eyes. My forehead felt slightly swollen & tender, but surprisingly never had any bruising. I used ice packs religiously for 4 days following surgery: 2 gel masks with eyeholes so I could read or watch TV and 2 rectangular packs for the top of my head so there would always be one set chilling while I used the other.
I was able to shower and wash my hair the day after surgery, being careful not to disturb the 40-50 small staples across the top of my head, which looked pretty creepy but fortunately didn’t hurt at all. Stitches were removed at 5 days post-op (with some uncomfortable stinging & tugging), and staples were removed 10 days post-op. Most of the top of my head and half of my forehead was completely numb at first. Now at 7 wks post-op, the numb areas are much smaller and are expected to continue improving over the next several months.
I felt comfortable going out in public with a dab of concealer on what remained of the bruises on my cheeks after just 10 days. I took it easy for the recommended 2 wks after surgery, then gradually resumed my usual exercises & activities.
Initially, I was concerned that I might not “look like myself” after surgery. I finally concluded that I no longer looked like myself anyway, and that not looking tired or angry would be an improvement, no matter who I looked like after surgery! In the end, I think I look EXACTLY like myself again. I recently attended a family wedding, and the only comment I heard this time was “you don’t look old enough to be a grandma!” Worth every penny!
I’m now 3 months post-op and realizing that...
- 18 Oct 2011
I didn’t spend a lot of time with my doctor prior to surgery; she came highly recommended by 3 other excellent physicians I’ve gone to for years, so I felt pretty confident about her skill. I did my homework on the procedures before the initial consultation, had clear goals & reasonable expectations, and really didn’t require much additional information or “hand-holding” before surgery. Everything went very smoothly, and I couldn’t be happier with the entire experience!