Heidi’s experience before and during fixing her drooping upper eyelid with ptosis surgery
In this eyelid surgery blog post, I interview with a young lady (aged 24 years) who had a left drooping upper eyelid (also known as ptosis) and had ptosis surgery one week before. I asked her about her experience with the whole process of eyelid surgery and how she found it.
Jane: Hello Heidi. Thank you very much for agreeing to be interviewed for the Clinica London blog. How old are you?
Heidi: I´m 24.
Jane: And how long have you had a droopy left upper eyelid?
Heidi: About three years.
Jane: And how did it bother you?
Heidi: Very much so that I couldn’t look people in the eye. I thought they were looking at my eyelid and not me. So yeah! It is very hard to communicate with people.
Jane: Was it very apparent?
Heidi: Yeah! Yeah! It was. For me, it was very obvious, but I think that, like my mum, most people didn’t really notice. I didn’t want to point it out to people so that they would look at me.
Jane: And what it did look like? Can you describe it? What it looked like before the surgery? Is it your left upper eyelid?
Heidi: The left eyebrow was much higher than the right eyebrow, and then the eyelid was almost closed some days, and the right eye was pretty normal.
Jane: So the reason why the left brow was elevated is that it was doing a compensatory lift trying to lift the eyelid up, because it was ptotic and when you are tired of course your eyebrow cannot work so hard and the eyelid… well, it just goes to its lowest position at rest.
And then you had surgery done a week and a day ago here at Clinica London under local anaesthetic. Tell me about your experience on the day of the surgery. How did you feel that morning?
Heidi: I felt fine actually. I was very calm. You and your colleague prepared everything and explained the procedures and everything very clearly. I felt calm, and the surgery didn’t hurt. There was no pain at all. When I was lying there, I just saw the light really and not anything that was going on. I would say it was very easy to just lie there for 20 minutes, yes!
Jane: That’s terrific. It certainly was very helpful to me as a surgeon having you wide awake because it meant that we could sit you up at the beginning if we wanted to. Did we sit you up at the beginning?
Heidi: You did. Yes! You drew.
Jane: That’s it. We drew the skin crease incision with you in the sitting position because that is a natural position. That’s called the marking the skin crease height. You see, things change a little bit when you lie down flat. Of course, I also wanted you awake because I could ask you to look up, look down, and that helped me identify the muscle that opens the eyelid called the levator. I am very pleased you did not feel anything. At the end of the surgery, did you have an eye pad?
Heidi: I did. Yeah!
Jane: And how was that?
Heidi: It was okay. The depth perception afterwards was a little bit off, I went to grab my cup of tea, but I missed!
Jane: Oh! No. You didn’t spill it did you?
Heidi: No. But, yeah, it was fine.
Jane: Great! And then how long did your eye pad stay on?
Heidi: It was on 24 hours. I took it off on Friday.
Jane: So, Heidi, tell me about day one after your surgery… first of all, tell me how did you sleep the first night?
Heidi: I was okay. I was turning quite a bit. I had two pillows and laid down flat. Yeah, overall it was good.
In our next post, we’ll discuss Heidi’s experience after her drooping upper eyelid and ptosis surgery.