28 Year Old - Ptosis Repair and Eyelid Crease - San Jose, CA
I am a week or so post-operative and I found Dr....
I had ptosis on my left eye that has bothered me for very long. I'm pretty sure it's genetic on my father's side: I was sitting with my cousins once and one pointed out that everyone around the table had a smaller left eye than the right eye. And she was right, all 7 of us did. It was scary/uncanny/funny. In my mind, I typically refer to the eye as my "wonky eye". I hated taking pictures from that side of the face because the eye would always be mostly closed when I was smiling. Ugh.
My mother asked me to find her facelift surgeons and I spent a while googling and reading this site. I put together a list, and on impulse, I called Dr. Lay for an appointment to see if he could fix my left eye. He said yes, and also informed me my right eye also had a lot of skin that can be removed to open the eye more. (It did and it was difficult to apply makeup!) He also suggested parallel creases.
Local anesthesia. The numbing needle is the most painful part, but the rest of it is surprisingly pain-free, even the recovery period. Dr. Lay spent quite a while drawing pre-surgery to make sure my eyes were even, which shows attention to detail. Probably the only sensation I really felt was a "pulling" sensation as he tightened my levator muscle.
It's only been 9 days or so since the surgery, but the swelling has dramatically reduced and look human again. The eyes look good so far (they match!!!) and I am very glad I chose someone who knows Asian eyes well. I'm very excited to see how they'll turn out. The main goal was to have my eyes match, and anything above that is icing on the cake. I also am planning to fully geek out on makeup once the skin allows more makeup adherence.
As for my mother, she was horrified when she first saw me (she greeted me a few days post-surgery with "WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOURSELF!") but now that it's swelled down, wants to come with me to my checkup for her own consultation now.
Highly recommend the doctor. It's important to choose a doctor who will customize things based on your face and has artistic capabilities. He's very skilled and took the time to make sure they look good. Also, he offers extremely inexpensive revisions in case the surgery doesn't turn out well (I hear revisions are typically very expensive), so the guarantee is comforting.
Thorough, responsive, and knows what he is doing.