Sagging Brows and Eyelids Pushed Me To Get Plastic Surgery
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Upper eyelid lift
The reason I decided to have eyelid and brow lift surgery is because I had droopy eyelids and my brows sagged over my eyes. I looked older than I wanted to look. I'm 62, made the foolish mistake of smoking for years when I was younger and think I looked about 75 when I decided plastic surgery was my only hope. I wanted to have a more youthful appearance, not look like a 21 year old again. Looking good for my age was important to me, even when some of my friends thought I was foolish for going under the knife at my age.
One of the members of my church had undergone a brow lift procedure 3 years earlier and I spoke with her about who she went to and what her recovery was like. She told me the name of her plastic surgeon and said getting a brow lift was one of the best decisions she had made. She also highly recommended the doctor who did her procedure, so I took her words of advice and went to him. He was great and I ended up picking him for my surgery.
My doctor gave me the option of going under general anesthesia or using a sedative with local anesthesia. I have a fear of being put to sleep, so I opted for the local anesthetic. At my age, I preferred not to take any unnecessary risks if I did not have to.
On the day of my surgery, I was a little bit nervous but feeling good. The local anesthetic injections hurt but as I became more numb, the pain eased. Then the surgeon made incisions on each side of my hairline, a bit above where my temples are. Then I think he began sticking his tools through the incisions towards my brow. I was totally numb but it was strange to think he was running tools between my forehead skin, skull and forehead muscles.
The entire endoscopic browlift and eyelid surgery took 1.5 to 2 hours. It was uncomfortable to say the least. I guess the saying 'no pain, no gain' holds some truth.
I looked worse than I felt during my recovery. My eyes felt very tight and swollen. For the first few days, I had a headache and pain in my eyes. My eyes were also very dry but I was given eye drops to help with that. My upper eyelids were especially sore and painful and I had more pain in my left eye than my right. I had to frequently apply an antibiotic ointment to my incision lines too.
On the 6th day after my surgery, I had a post-op appointment with the doctor and my stitches were removed. The swelling in my eyes continued to decrease and so did the bruising.
In total, it took about 3 months before I was back to normal. I'm happy with the way my eyes and brows look though. My incisions have healed well and my brows have been lifted. It was worth a long recovery time! I now feel years younger and feel I was left with a very natural look.