Leading up to my decision.

None of us like ageing, we try our best to fight the inevitable but we won’t go down without a fight right?

I’m 47 and happy with my skin in general. I have the odd fillers here and there to try and plump my skin a little and that helps. However, my main worry has always been my loose skin on my eyelids. I can’t afford upper bleph surgery so this was the next best thing. I’d seen some amazing before and afters so decided to take the plunge. Albeit hesitantly!

 

Before

Day of Treatment

I was numbed on the treatment area about 20 minutes beforehand and sat and completed the medical and consent forms. Still thinking to myself what the hell am I doing. When I was called in, I was given a full consultation and went through the medical questionnaire I had completed to make sure there were no contra indications. The practitioner listened to my areas of concern and looked at my eyelids and skin.

She explained that the method she would use she would be able to enable the skin to heal and tighten in the areas I wanted. She did say I may need more than one treatment but everyone is different and a review in a couple of weeks would show the results so far. She also noticed a line/wrinkle I had on one side of my head from my eye line and said she would treat this too as was an easy fix.

So I was feeling a little apprehensive yet slightly excited for my treatment as I lay on the couch with my eyes closed. She asked me if I was ready after she had cleansed the area to which I said yes. (I think I meant no but I still said yes haha.)

I kind of wasn’t prepared for how much I felt it. I thought the numbing would have worked more but it’s a really sensitive area so I had to be brave. I’m not going to sugar coat it, it hurt. The only thing that counter acted this was that it was over really quickly. A lot quicker than I had imagined. I’m sure other areas would be less sensitive and maybe take a little longer if it’s a bigger area so swings and roundabouts I suppose. And the sizzling sound and smell of burning flesh took a little getting used to!

I sat up when I was ready and I was handed the mirror. Not sure what I expected but it was nowhere near as bad as what I had thought it would be. The small dots were still a little white as it was so fresh and the area was only a little red. I was actually impressed that I wasn’t walking out looking like I’d had a fight with a cat! It had a bit of a sunburn feeling too which was normal and I could still smell the burning but apart from that I felt I had got away pretty unscathed. So much so, my friend actually asked what area I’d had done when I left!

By that night, the sunburn sensation had gone and it only looked like it had swollen a tiny amount. I was pleased with this and wondered what all the talk about the downtime was about!

I didn’t shower that night to make sure I kept it as dry as possible and used the aftercare cleansing solution I had bought as per my instructions.

 

Immediately after

Day 2

I woke up and immediately knew I had some swelling. I’d tried (unsuccessfully) to sleep propped up to aid drainage but woke up lying flat (Haha.) The lids had swollen and I had pockets of fluid on the inner lids next to the treatment area. I cleansed and put on my SPF. As the day progressed this spread to my under eyes (apparently this is quite normal) and I looked a bit like I’d gone a couple of round with Mike Tyson. If I had to give any advice, it would be to hide on day 2!

Plan your treatment around your life where you can take a couple of days to yourself and not leave the house. It’s kind of a good excuse to have some me time.

However, by the evening this fluid swelling had pretty much disappeared. I thought it would be there for days but was pleased that it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. It felt loads better too. The under eye swelling had also gone down a little. I showered, being really careful not to get the area wet and cleansed again. I went to bed not even knowing what the next day would bring!

Day 2 AM

Day 2 PM

Day 3

I woke up pleased how I looked. Only slight swelling on my under eye bags which virtually completely went by the end of the day. I could see the dots were starting to

 

put on my SPF. As the day progressed this spread to my under eyes (apparently this is quite normal) and I looked a bit like I’d gone a couple of round with Mike Tyson. If I had to give any advice, it would be to hide on day 2!

Plan your treatment around your life where you can take a couple of days to yourself and not leave the house. It’s kind of a good excuse to have some me time.

However, by the evening this fluid swelling had pretty much disappeared. I thought it would be there for days but was pleased that it had disappeared as quickly as it had appeared. It felt loads better too. The under eye swelling had also gone down a little. I showered, being really careful not to get the area wet and cleansed again. I went to bed not even knowing what the next day would bring!

Day 3 AM

Day 3 PM

Day 5

No swelling for the last couple of days and just the small scabs. They are a little darker as they have healed and I have been using my dry healing balm morning and night and SPF during the day. I had minimal itching which surprised me so haven’t had to use and additional healing balm at all.

Day 7

This morning whilst gently washing my face the small scabs just came away. I didn’t need to rub at all and pretty much all came off except the odd couple. Not even a week and the healing has completely gone full circle. As much as I hated Day 2 this has made me feel much better that there is no sign of treatment in less than a week. Today someone even said I looked really well and ‘fresh’. Haven’t been called that in years so this made it all worthwhile!

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