Patient Stories

Eyelid Surgery Story - submitted by JPC

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Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

Although I am 70 years old, my face does not have that much wrinkles, perhaps due to my oily skin or even heredity, but I did have fairly large festoons under my lower eye lids. I was tired of looking "tired" and finally decided to look into cosmetic surgery to remove the festoons under my eyelids.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

I did not tell my friends until just before my surgery date because I figured I would be swollen and maybe even black and blue for awhile and I knew people would start asking questions as to why. My friends were very supportive and said that if it bothered me that much, then I should go for it. My family was just as supportive.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

They recommended a surgeon who was double Board Certified and had a lot of experience in eye lid surgery. They called me back several times to assure me that I was making a good choice with Dr Gartner.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

I was completely anesthisized and did not feel anything during the 2 hour procedure. I woke up and really had little to no pain. I was amazed that my eyes were not that swollen and I had very little bruising under my eyelids. In just two weeks I could go without sunglasses. My friends were amazed how good I looked. I didn't have to use the pain medication and with the exception of blotting my eyes all day, there was very little discomfort. In less than a month you could hardly tell I had any surgery.

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

Make sure you select a surgeon who is Certified by the American Medical Board as well as the Board of Surgeons. Do your homework in picking a surgeon who is experienced in the field of surgery you want to have done. At your initial consultation, make sure that you ask questions about the surgery,the pros as well as the cons and make sure you are confident with the surgeon that you chose.

How do you feel about your result?

I am very happy that I chose to have this surgery done. I no longer have that "tired look" and I feel much better about my appearance. I no longer have to hide behind my glasses so people don't notice my festoons. It has been an eye opening experience and the people who know I had the surgery keep telling me how great I look. My eyes are still in the healing process since it's not quite a month since my surgery, but the difference is remarkable already.

find out more about this procedure: eyelid surgery