Our GP & Patient Liaison Manager Sharon Cordingley recently had Eyelid Surgery. Read the update on her story here…
I decided to have this surgery because I felt slightly unhappy about how my eyes were ageing. My eyelids were drooping and there was a fair amount of excess skin. You may have read about my experiences of the surgery itself, how the healing process felt and how I looked two weeks after the procedure, but if you haven’t, you can read all about it in my previous blog post.
I thought it was time to share an update, as lots of people have been asking, so here goes! It has been four months since I had the procedure and my ‘new’ eyes feel like my normal eyes now. I will share some closeup pictures further down the page, but the results looks so natural that I don’t look in the mirror and instantly remember what I’ve had done, I just feel pleasantly surprised at the person looking back at me. Sometimes I look back at the photos I took from just before the procedure, to remind myself how much better the eyelid area is, because I look at my eyes every day and sometimes I forget how different they were. It’s quite shocking to look back at those old pictures actually. Looking at my eyes now, it’s a strange feeling, I still look like me, but me from my younger days (in the eye area at least!) I’m really pleased with the results and feel so much better now.
So, to recap (with regard to the pain and healing)…
AFTER TWO WEEKS (at the last blog post):
The eye area had pretty much healed. I still had some tightness around the eye area and when I look at the ‘after’ photos from the last blog post, I’m aware that they still look slightly swollen.
AFTER ONE MONTH:
Completely healed. I looked in the mirror and felt that my eyes looked very natural, just ‘better’. I didn’t experience any infections or complications during healing, so I was really pleased about that.
AFTER FOUR MONTHS:
My ‘new’ eyes are completely normal to me now. The only reminder that I have had the procedure is a slightly odd sensation when putting on eyeliner. It’s not painful, just a sensation which reminds me that the skin has slightly different nerve endings than were there before. I occasionally get a little tightness just in the corner of one of my eyes, but it’s getting less and less as time goes on.
WHAT WOULD I DO DIFFERENTLY?:
At one point during healing, I realised that I had been making things worse for myself. My eyes watered quite a bit in the days after the surgery and I would rub the moisture away with my fingers. A colleague at Good Skin Days reminded me that this would be rubbing the salt from my tears back into the sensitive skin and recommended that I just dab the moisture away with cotton wool and cold boiled water. After a few hours of this, my eyes felt completely soothed and I felt a little silly that I’d spent days potentially making my eyes sorer than they needed to be.
WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT ME?:
Nothing really. I just feel happier with my appearance and you are definitely more likely to see me without makeup nowadays as I just feel that I look less tired. The only problem now that this procedure was so successful is that I’m already starting to think…’what next?’
Sharon is more than happy to talk to anyone interested in this procedure at The Skin Surgery Clinic. If you would like more information or an informal chat with Sharon, please don’t hesistate to ask. Call 01943 882011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org