Everything you need to know about eyelid surgery is in the Beauty Diary.
In Australia, people are getting more and more interested in a cosmetic procedure that involves cutting away skin from the face while the person is awake.
I don’t remember exactly when I first noticed that my eyelids were starting to droop, but I’ll never forget the moment I decided to do something about it and called a plastic surgeon.
On a Saturday morning, I was scrolling through Instagram when a beautiful picture of Julia Morris popped up on my feed.
In the picture, the comedian, who is now 54 years old, had bright eyes and a healthy glow. She wrote that she had recently had a blepharoplasty, or, as Julia put it, “eye beef removal.”
The change in her face was very clear.
I knew right away that I wanted the same thing to happen to me. I’ve always had hooded lids, but I’ve noticed that they have sagged a lot in the last few years.
As a woman in her 30s who likes to wear makeup, it bothered me for a few reasons.
First of all, I thought it made me look older than I really am. But it also made eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara hard to use and enjoy.
I couldn’t really wear eyeliner because it would make a half-moon shape on my upper lid where it touched my lower lashline. I could only get around it by using a quick-drying liquid type that I had to let set before I could open my eye again. Not good at all.
On top of that, we had just gone through two years of lockdowns, and my self-confidence wasn’t at its best. When I saw Julia’s results, I was sold.
A top cosmetic surgeon in Sydney’s Double Bay, Dr. Michael Zacharia, told news.com.au’s The Beauty Diary that blepharoplasties, which is the medical term for an eyelid lift, are very popular right now.
“It seems like people are more open to cosmetic procedures now, and social media is a big part of that,” he said.
“I see younger people getting this done because of things like asymmetry, but I also see older people who have extra skin from getting older.
“When you open your eyes, it makes your whole face look more awake and younger without making you look like you’re surprised.
“Sometimes the brow needs to be lifted to help get rid of the extra skin, and each person needs to be evaluated on their own.”
During my consultation, Dr. Zacharia told me that the procedure, which takes about an hour, would be done while I was awake, with only local anesthesia to numb the area instead of putting me to sleep.
“All surgeries have risks and problems, but a blepharoplasty is usually very minor, and the eye itself isn’t at much risk,” he said.
“Upper blepharoplasty usually involves removing a strip of extra skin along the natural crease of the eyelid and possibly some of the muscle and fat underneath, then stitching the skin back together. This can be done in an office setting with only local anesthesia.
“The lower lids are usually more complicated, and most of the time, general anesthesia is used to do the surgery.”
Since I was only having work done on my upper lids, we went ahead with just local anesthesia, which was a little scary.
There’s something strange and a little scary about the idea of your eyelid being cut while you’re awake.
But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
The worst part was definitely getting the anesthesia injected. It hurt a little, but I was numb very quickly.
While I was in the chair, the doctor talked me through every cut he made. I could feel things happening, but it didn’t hurt at all.
When I first opened my eyes, my eyelids felt really heavy, which was very strange, but my vision was fine.
My face, on the other hand, was a little swollen, and the cuts on my eyelids were pretty raw.
“It takes one to two weeks for swelling and bruises to go away during the first few days of recovery,” my doctor said.
“Stitches are usually taken out between 5 and 7 days after surgery, and most people can go back to work after a week. It takes a few weeks for the wound to heal, and after three to six months, the scars are barely visible.
After that, my eyelids hurt right away, but it only lasted for 24 hours. The next day, I found that the pain was gone for good.
By the third day of my recovery, I was going for walks while wearing sunglasses. I couldn’t work out, though, because I still had stitches in.
I also had trouble taking a shower because I had to keep my cuts dry.
The worst part was how itchy the cuts were for a few days after the fourth day. This was because the wounds were scabbing, which is a normal part of the healing process.
But a week after the surgery, when the stitches were taken out, the scabs fell off and the annoying feeling went away.
Once the stitches were out, I could start to see Dr. Zacharia’s work. Even though my wounds were still pretty red, the difference was amazing.
My face looked brighter, like I’d had the best eight hours of sleep of my life. My eyelids were also much more visible now that they weren’t hidden by my droop.
So it’s not surprising that so many people think the surgery, which costs between $4000 and $6000 on average in Australia, is “worth every cent.”
“This was probably the most common cosmetic surgery done last year,” Dr. Zacharia said. “It can often be done in the room under local anesthesia, recovery is quick, and the results are great.”
“Its popularity has definitely grown in recent years, as more and more people are interested in plastic surgery.”
I had surgery almost a year ago, and I have no regrets about it. It’s such a small change, but it’s made a huge difference in how I look and how confident I feel.
My scars have healed really well, and even though I can see them, no one else can. They are almost invisible.
The best part is that I can now wear makeup completely differently, and it’s been so much fun to play around with different eyeshadows and eyeliners now that my “eye beef” doesn’t get in the way.
My only regret is that I don’t think I did it soon enough.