Upper and Lower Lift + a Tighten-up - Santa Monica, CA

In addition to the upper and lower lift, the...

In addition to the upper and lower lift, the doctor performed a mini cheek lift while she was doing the uppers. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I was tired of my mother telling me how tired I looked but, more than that, I was tired of looking older than I felt.

The entire process went very smoothly and they worked with me to accommodate my schedule for an event I didn't want to miss. I think her office staff could do a little better at follow-up, but their kind and cheerful nature was amazing, not to mention providing me with some extra tips.

I found the frozen peas to do the best job at reducing the swelling. I tried the gel eye masks, but they didn't seem to hold the cold as effectively and, since I have a large head, they applied too much pressure on my eyes. I also bought a wedge pillow from a large home and bath chain store which helped to keep my head elevated. I had only one tiny spot of bruise under one eye one week after surgery. There is still some very minor residual swelling under both eyes but I'm amazed at how quickly I'm returning to normal.

I look a bit different than waaay back when, but after looking at some pictures taken 20 years ago, I've had sagging eyelids and dark circles for ages. Lord knows what I would have looked like without them, so I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Thanks so much for your detailed review!  How long would you say the entire healing process was for you?


The bruises disappeared completely under one eye in 15 days, the other at 19 days. Swelling was about 15 days for both eyes. There is a tiny bit of swelling that persists under each eye today but it just looks just a tad puffy and not at all like I'm tired. If I apply some ice or peas to the puffiness, it will disappear but comes back the next day. If not for the scars which are fairly easy to conceal, no one would guess I've had surgery. Those that know I've had surgery are amazed at how "mahvelous" I look and that I've recovered so quickly.

For those first few days of lying down with peas covering your eyes, daytime TV is not that interesting particularly when you can't see what's going on. I did discover that I Love Lucy reruns aren't that funny when you can't see the sight gags. To counter the boredom, I recommend books on tape.
Santa Monica Oculoplastic Surgeon

Dr. Low has a great bedside manner and is very outgoing and congenial. When I went in for a consultation, I felt like I was her only patient all day. She kindly answered my long list of questions and I was extremely satisfied and at ease in making my decision. She's also the Chief of Ophthalmic Surgery at St. John's Hospital and is a professor at UCLA. I can't recommend her enough. A real professional.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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