Why I Got Brow Lift Surgery at 53 With Pictures, Recovery and Cost
Brow lift surgery was basically a necessity for me. By the time I had my surgery, I had lost most of my vision due to how much my eyelids had drooped. My eye doctor told me during a routine examination that my vision was so poor it’d be unlikely that I would be able to pass the vision test to renew my driver’s license. That was pretty scary, as I wouldn’t be able to get around without the ability to drive!
I ended up picking an ocuplastic surgeon for my brow lift surgery. The doctor I picked was Dr. Zachary Berbos (he was great) in Phoenix, Arizona. I opted for an ocuplastic surgeon at the recommendation of my regular ophthalmologist.
My brow lift surgery was done as an outpatient procedure at a surgical center. I was placed under twilight anesthesia and was not aware of what was going on. I did experience some tugging, but absolutely no pain or any uncomfortable sensations during my procedure.
Recovering from my brow lift was not pleasant — I had bruising, swelling and tenderness under my eyes. The tenderness prevented me from wearing makeup for a month. The swelling did start going down quickly after my surgery and by two weeks post-op, I looked very presentable.
The first thing I noticed once my swelling had gone done was how much better my vision was! It had greatly improved and my field of view greatly increased. The second thing I noticed was how much younger I looked. For the first time in a while, it felt good to look in the mirror.
I am now a little over 1 year out from my surgery and I am very happy with my results. My scars on my eyelids and forehead are nearly invisible. The scars on my forehead turned white and blended into my hairline, and the ones on my eyelid have healed perfectly except for a 2 mm area, which is a bit darker than the rest of the incision. I have been applying silicone gel to the imperfect portion of my scar for 7 months and it has been gradually diminishing. I wear glasses for my vision, so no one notices the slight imperfection.
My brow lift surgery cost $6,100 and my results were worth what I spent. I did have to put the surgery on a zero percent interest credit card and I just finished paying it off after a year. Cosmetic surgery isn’t cheap, but it has really improved the quality of my life. I do not regret getting this surgery and would do it again if I had the choice.
My last piece of advice to the women on Zwivel contemplating brow lift surgery would be to wear sunscreen and large hats to protect your incisions from darkening from the sun.