Sticking it to the Cyclops: The Upper Eyelid Surgery That Got Rid of An Unsightly Problem for Good!
By Amelda Jacobs
I suppose I should’ve seen it coming. Ptosis, a drooping or falling of the upper eyelid is apparently a genetic thing in my family. My grandfather on my mom’s side had ptosis, my mother had ptosis, and by the age of 38, I was its next victim… along with my older sisters.
At first, people were telling me that I looked tired, asking if I’d gotten enough rest the night before. Of course I had, but one of my eyelids was telling a very different story, despite 8 hours of consistent sleep. I dealt with it for a while, but about 2 or 3 years later, I really started to notice a significant change. The one lid was now drooping so low, that it almost appeared to be closed – and with the other one wide open, I basically looked like a Cyclops… not exactly what I was going for. The unsolicited comments from others had escalated, and I could see the concerned expressions even on the faces of those who chose not to mention it.
So, I finally broke down and saw a board-certified member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. When I went in for my consult, the doctor told me what I pretty much expected to hear: Ptosis doesn’t improve with age. In fact, quite the contrary – it would undoubtedly get worse. Outside of blepharoplasty (eyelid) surgery, there were no alternative viable treatments to correct it. I knew my doctor was right – and decided to proceed, since I was ready to kiss the Cyclops goodbye forever. He took my eye measurements, explained how the procedure would work – and I was in his office the following Monday ready to go.
When I came to, I was informed that the surgery went off without a hitch and that I’d start to see results within a matter of days, and that it would only take a few weeks for the signs of my surgery to disappear and that was a conservative estimate! I was thrilled with what I saw in the first few days alone! By day three, I was already out shopping wearing dark sunglasses. I flew home one week later, right after the stitches were removed. Even just after one week, the difference was dramatic. Most importantly, nobody was telling me how tired I looked anymore. In fact, I was hearing the opposite… how refreshed and well-rested I looked. It was a very nice and welcome change. In addition to Lasik to correct my vision, undergoing blepharoplasty was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Combined, my peepers have never looked, (literally and figuratively) better!