Patient Stories

Brow Lift / Forehead Lift Story - submitted by d.a.d.

find out more about this procedure: eyelid surgery

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

The reason I have a brow lift, eyelids and lower eyelids done was because I always looked so tired. The extra skin hanging over the eyes made me feel like I was 100. I knew eventually it would have to be taken care of as it would affect my vision, but, of course, that would not be until 20 more years. Why wait till then? I am not that old now and I did not want to wait till then when it would really would not matter how I looked.

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

Actually, my husband, daughter and only one friend knew that I was going to have it done. I told the surgeon that I was not looking to look like a twenty year old. I wanted him to be conservative and just correct it so I do not have that tired look. My mom is in her 90s and I did not want her to worry and I knew if I told my family it would get back to her. So, it's been two weeks and still they do not know.

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

When I called 1800mySurgeon, I spoke to Kelly. She asked me which area I was searching for a doctor in. I told her that a local doctor would be great. So, she told me about Dr. Gartner. I visited him and then decided to go for it.

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

Actually, my husband dropped me off and I went by myself. The doctor came in on time, took pictures and marked my face. When I woke up, I was nauseas from the anesthesia. If it was not for the nausea feeling, I would have been great. Till this day there was never any pain. My eyes were black and blue but not after 12 days, there is some yellow, two small bruises and some swelling below the eyelids. Sunglasses hide it all.

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

Well, if you feel your family would not get all over your case, it is best to share it. I say that because I had to avoid seeing family and friends. I did visit my mom of course, but I kept my sunglasses on the whole time. My other advice is to get a prescription ahead of time for nausea. This way you can get it right away if you need it.

How do you feel about your result?

It has not been two weeks yet and because I still have a little swelling under the eyelids, it is hard to tell. I will say that the brow lift looks good and took away the tired look. I guess I will have to wait until all is healed before I can give an honest result but I do not think that anyone is going to know that I had it done. I think that they will know that something is different but I do not think they will know that I did what I did. That is why I wanted him to be conservative - I wanted a refreshed look, not a drastic change.

find out more about this procedure: eyelid surgery