Upper Eye Lift Blepharoplasty: Why I Did it
Featured on Home - December 30, 2021

Are you thinking of getting an eye lift? I didn’t, until now. Let me tell you why I decided to get an Upper Eye Lift Blepharoplasty at 50 years-old.

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This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.

I just turned 50 years-old. I’ve never done peels, Botox or collagen injections.

I have friends who have had facial plastic surgery, Botox, Lip Injection parties and some get liposuction. But I never considered it, or any cosmetic surgery. 

I have really good genes, with big lips I used to get teased about in grade school and my skin looks healthy and clear. 

I’ve also worked in the cosmetics field so I know a thing or two about skincare and makeup.

There are so many makeup tricks to lift the eyes. I know how to make my eyes bigger and brighter using shading and makeup.

But for the last year, I’ve felt so tired and my eyes have felt so heavy. 

I started curling my lashes but they would bend back straight because my droopy eyelids would push them down.

Then I stopped wearing makeup because I couldn’t see my eyelid crease in my eyes anymore and I had too much excess eyelid skin. 

After doing some research and came up with the option of having eyelid surgery.

These are my eyes at age 21. This was a job for laundry detergent when I was a model in Europe.

My eyes are my best feature and most of the reason I made money 30 years ago.

I’m vain. There, I said it. I want to keep my best feature looking its best so I booked an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Berbos.

Ever since my surgery my girlfriends (and guy friends too) have been asking questions about the procedure and the process. So I’ve put together a short Q&A to go over the questions I have been asked the most.

My Experience with Barnet Dulaney Perkins

I had a great experience with Barnet Dulaney Perkins when I got my Lasik. I was so happy, I was curious about their cosmetic eye surgery, specifically for my droopy eyelids.

My appointment went well with Dr. Berbos. At the consultation he gave me options and told me what he could do for me. He measured the eyelid margin and wrote down measurements. 

I booked the surgery. The process was simple, even in a pandemic.

What is an Upper Lid Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty graphic before and after

An Upper Lid Blepharoplasty (also known as an Eye Lift Blepharoplasty or ptosis repair)) is a surgical procedure in which a cosmetic surgeon removes excess skin or sagging skin and tissue on the eyelids. It’s also called eye lift lid surgery.

How Much Does Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty Cost?

The cost of an eyelid lift depends on different factors. Prices vary according to whether or not you are doing the lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty) at the same time as the upper eyelid.

A Lot of people get the lower eyelid surgery done at the same time as the upper eyelid surgery. I did not think it was needed. 

In many cases, blepharoplasty is covered by your insurance company when the excess eyelid tissue reduces your visual field or there may be other medical reasons that make the surgery necessary.

How do I Find the Right Plastic Surgeon? 

The most important thing to look for is a board certified ophthalmologist that specializes in ophthalmic plastic surgery. This procedure requires highly specialized skills and the right surgeon will make all the difference. 

If you live in Arizona, I highly recommend Dr Berbos at Barnet Dulaney Perkins. If you are paying out of pocket, or if your insurance covers doctors outside of your State, I highly recommend making the trip to Arizona to see Dr. Berbos. Your eyes are worth it! 

Pre Surgery Appointment

After I made a decision to go back for the surgery we booked an appointment for a physical to rule out any medical conditions, check my medical history and make sure I don’t take any blood thinners before or after surgery. 

All was clear at my physical.

Again, the process was seamless.

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

This was an outpatient procedure. The day of surgery I was nervous about having surgery – but I knew it would be worth it in the end. I wasn’t nervous about my safety with Dr. Berbos, because he’s a board certified surgeon with an excellent reputation and experience performing eye lifts.  

But being in the operating room was scary. Dr. Berbos agreed that it is normal to be nervous, otherwise I wouldn’t be human.

My Procedure

My procedure went very well. 

I was under local anesthesia and general anesthesia.The actual removal of skin took about one hour. I was awake, and could observe the entire procedure as it happened. But I was very relaxed. 

surgeons performing eye surgery
Close up of the face of a patient who is undergoing blepharoplasty. The surgeon cuts the eyelid and performs manipulations using medical instruments

When I got home after surgery, I rested most of the day and just watched TV. I did use an ice pack for a few days afterward too. 

Is Upper Blepharoplasty Painful?

The procedure was not painful. Your eyes are numbed with topical lidocaine. Then they give you an intravenous sedation which will put you in a sort of twilight state. I did not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. 

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Upper Eyelid Surgery?

Recovering from blepharoplasty is not hard. But, as in any recovery from surgery it is critical to  listen to your Surgeon’s directions. 

The first week of recovery time is crucial for healing. Your surgeon will probably recommend using an antibiotic ointment and icing your eyes for 20 minutes every hour.

Are There any Side Effects?

You may experience dry eye, however, preservative free drops can relieve that uncomfortable feeling and it’s temporary. I used Tylenol for mild pain and I used eye drops for a few days, mostly because they felt so soothing.

I resumed normal activities within a couple of weeks.

How Long Until I see results?

I saw results within a week. Of course my eyes were swollen, but I could see that my eyes were open and big. There was no skin hanging over them anymore. That was obvious.

Two Weeks After Blepharoplasty

After two weeks, my eyes were noticeably refreshed.

I went to get a checkup with Dr. Berbos and get my stitches out. This was really easy and I went about my day as planned.

Six Weeks After Blepharoplasty

After six weeks I started to apply makeup, although the scars are still healing.

The healing process could take up to three months. From day to day my eyes looked different, so it’s easy to overthink things. 

collage of eyes after Blepharoplasty surgery

Of course my eyes were swollen because of the surgery, but I could see that my eyes were open and big. There was no skin hanging on them anymore. That was obvious.

Below is 30 days after surgery. I already have a much more youthful appearance.  Below is a before and after blepharoplasty.

Before and after Blepharoplasty

The scars take a few months to go away, but they do go away. 

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I have never been happier with my results. People tell me that I look refreshed and rejuvenated. I love wearing makeup and I’m even getting lashes done soon! I love this “new me!”

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