This review will be all about my lower eyelid surgery. Hopefully, if you’re interested in the surgical procedure, you find it helpful. For those of you that don’t know, blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes the excess skin, muscle, and fat around the eyes. For some, droopy eyelids are a result of aging while for others (like me), it is hereditary. Before having the procedure, the doctor performs a standard physical which also includes taking photographs of your eyes and asking you various questions about your medical history. He also goes over the various substances you have to avoid before and after surgery, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Before blepharoplasty, there were noticeable loose skin under my eyes in every picture. I couldn’t help but notice it every time I looked in the mirror or saw a recent photo of myself. When I decided to go forward with the surgery, I was very excited to have this taken care of. The surgery itself was a breeze. It was done with a local anesthesia and I was up the entire time and didn’t feel a thing. Since I had my lower eyelids done, the plastic surgeon made an incision just below the lashes in the natural crease, which is of course where the stitches went.
I went home the same day and extra strength Tylenol and some cold compresses were all I needed. I would place the cold compress over both eyes for 10 minutes, remove for 5 minutes, and then resume for another 10. It was meant to reduce some of the swelling and bruising. They recommended I eat and drink only jello, crackers, or water, but I ate french fries because I needed some comfort food! After surgery, I spent most of the day in bed. As for any pain, I would say it was mild. There was a noticeable tightness around the lower lid of my eye, maybe from the stitches, but it wasn’t painful. There was definitely swelling under my eyes as well, but again, it wasn’t painful.
On the day after plastic surgery, the area around my eyes felt more swollen but I still didn’t have any pain, probably because I was taking the Tylenol. As for the look of it, aside from the swelling one of my under eyes had a small crease that eventually cleared up, so not to worry if this happens to you! And of course, there are the stitches which of course get taken out as well.
By Day 3, I was already back to work, but as you might have suspected I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up just yet. Aside from that minor inconvenience, there were times where my eyes would start watering, to the point where it would build up and start burning. It happened when I was driving home from work and I almost had to pull over. My face itself was also super dry for some reason. I had been washing and moisturizing my face as usual, being careful not to go near my eyes, but my skin was flaky and I had dry eyes.
One week after surgery, the stitches started to fade and the swelling went down significantly. One of the issues I encountered was an itching sensation around my eyes. Not being able to scratch them was very hard! As the days went on, it got easier and the swelling continued to go down. By Day 10, it was still dark under my eyes and nowhere close to being done healing. There was also a tiny bump or scab by the corner of one of my eyes, but not the other. That same day I went back in to the plastic surgeon to check in and the nurse recommended gently massaging both corners of my eyes which would help. Also, everything looked good and normal. Apparently, it takes around 6-8 weeks for the final results to show, but the nurse said 3 months is more accurate in her experience.
As for some of the questions people have and the advice I would give, make sure when you do your research that you not only look into the place, but also the doctor. My eyelid surgery cost was $1,299, but I know that varies depending on the place. I’ve read that it can range anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for a lower blepharoplasty. If you are getting your upper eyelid done it may cost more. I'm not really sure. The surgery itself took around an hour and as I mentioned, was a total breeze. There wasn’t any pain, except for a minor burning sensation that occurred once the numbing went away. That only lasted about an hour. As for any scars, I can confidently say it is completely unnoticeable. That little bump I mentioned on the corner of my eye disappeared and so did any remnant of the stitches.
Anyway, it’s been almost 2 years since I had the blepharoplasty surgery and I could not be happier with the results of my cosmetic procedure. It is literally like night and day. I can’t tell you what a relief it is to not look tired all the time or have big puffy eye bags. While I love beauty and fashion, I’ve never been one to base my self-worth on superficial things, but I have to say my confidence has definitely grown since the surgery. I am happier overall and it has led to many beneficial changes in my life. For anyone considering the cosmetic surgery to the eyes, I cannot endorse it enough.