42 Year Old's Experience With a Upper Belpharoplasty - $3,200 w/ Dr. Mabourakh
Lower eyelid lift
My name is Joy. I’m 42 years old and I received upper blepharoplasty, also known as upper eyelid surgery, in October of 2016 from Dr. Mabourakh in Folsom, California. The cost of my procedure was $3,200. Here's my experience before, during and after my procedure.
I’ve always had extremely hooded eyelids my entire life. I finally decided to see an eye specialist and he was the one who recommended I have eyelid surgery, as he felt my eyelid skin would eventually impact my vision. Another reason I wanted to have the procedure done was I always looked tired, even when I was not. I just always felt uncomfortable and I would have a hard time putting my contact lenses in, as I would have to struggle to raise my eyelids due to my excess skin. It also took a lot of work for me to put on my eye makeup, as I was not able to see my eyeshadow and I was no longer able to wear eyeliner because of my hooded eyelids.
After years of dealing with my upper lids, I decided to have an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in my area. I met with Dr. Shahriar Mabourakh, who has a plastic surgery practice in Folsom, CA. Dr. Mabourakh made me feel very comfortable during my consultation. He was also very gentle and kind and told me that I was an ideal candidate for upper blepharoplasty surgery. At the conclusion of the consultation, I decided to schedule my procedure.
The surgery itself was very quick. The entire procedure from start to finish only took 20 minutes. I did not get knocked out with general anesthesia and only required local anesthesia in and around my upper eyelids. Before I knew it, the procedure was over and I was ready to go home with only some fine sutures in my upper eyelid skin.
After the surgery, I went home and applied cold compresses to my eyes for the rest of the day and just relaxed. I avoided all strenuous activities too.
The next day I was fine except for some small swelling, which is completely normal and expected after any surgical procedure. I did, however, have bruising under and around my eyes because of a large vein that my doctor couldn't avoid. Other than that, there was no pain or discomfort. I did not require any painkillers post-surgery. If it wasn’t for the bruising, no one would have known I had the procedure done, because the stitches are hidden by the natural eyelid crease.
I must say that the only downside during the 2-week period when I had the stitches in was that I could not wear my contacts, so I had to resort to wearing my glasses. I do not like my glasses as they are heavy and thick, and feel very uncomfortable. At the end of 2 weeks, I returned to the doctor and my stitches were removed. Drm Mabourakh said I could now wear my contact lenses. Also, while the stitches were in I did experience some itching, but as soon as the stitches came out the itchiness disappeared.
I went back in to see the doctor 4 weeks after the date of my surgery, as he wanted to make sure everything was healing well, which it was. He told me during that appointment that I could go back to my normal routine and all I had to do was apply Aquaphor daily to the scar.
Since having the procedure I feel and look more awake. My face now has a refreshed appearance and my once heavy eyelids now felt so light. I am now able to put my contacts in without a problem. I can wear eyeliner and apply mascara without getting it on the loose skin of my upper eyelids I used to have. I can now see my eyeshadow as am applying, without the usual masked or double vision. I love my results!
If you're interested in an upper or lower blepharoplasty, my advice is to do some research and find a doctor who is going to be right for you. Even though eyelids don't seem like a big deal, it's still cosmetic surgery and your eyelid surgery results will vary significantly from doctor-to-doctor. Not to scare you, but I have heard some bad stories of doctors removing too much extra skin from the upper eyelids, making it hard to shut your eyes. This will not happen to you if you do your research. Ask to speak to other patients who've had the same procedure you're interested in and ask to see many of his/her before and after photos. If you're not happy with the doctor after your initial visit, go elsewhere! There are plenty of plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons who are very well trained at eyelid lifts.
Overall my experience was wonderful! I had realistic expectations going into my procedure and my results are even better than I expected. No one can tell I had anything done, as the faint scar from where my incision was is hidden by the natural fold of my eyelids. The only regret I have, is I wish I had opted for plastic surgery sooner! I would have this procedure again in a heartbeat! Good luck to all of you who are considering having a procedure to improve your life!