Heavy eyelids run in Jeannie’s family, so when she realized they were impacting her everyday life, she had plenty of places to turn. “My mother and my sister both had blepharoplasties done,” she says, and several of her friends had also undergone the procedure. She scheduled a visit with Dr. Scott after people she knew sang his praises.
Thanks to her relative familiarity with the procedure, Jeannie reports not feeling nervous before undergoing surgery. “It was impairing my peripheral vision, and I knew I needed it done,” she says matter of factly. Jeannie underwent an upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty on both eyes and received CO2 laser treatment to remove signs of aging. “Not that I have wrinkles at age 72,” she says with a wink.
Jeannie reports the recovery period as “intense,” but she believes it was more the result of the laser than the blepharoplasty. “Dr. Scott did a blepharoplasty on a friend of mine the other week. I saw him on the second day, and he looked fabulous,” she notes. As for her, “It wasn’t terrible, but I did have to ice the area all the time.” Her biggest stressor was her caretaker. “I had to fire my husband from nursing duties after a few days of him taking care of me,” she laughs.
Once the swelling subsided, Jeannie became excited about the results. “It looks 100% better,” she says. Her peripheral vision has also improved dramatically. “Now I can see without lifting my eyebrow,” she jokes.
Jeannie has been married for 44 years. Her children are now grown, and she lives with her husband and a Great Dane. In her spare time, she tries to exercise as much as possible. “That’s why I needed to see!” she says. In particular, she loves to hike with her friends across the country and throughout Europe. Her goal is to go hiking in every U.S. national park, and she’ll soon be hitting all five in Utah. “I know I won’t be able to do this forever, so I’m crossing items off my bucket list while I can,” she explains.
Jeannie remains grateful for how her surgery has improved her appearance and kept her out on the trails. “Dawn is fantastic, and Dr. Scott is a fabulous doctor,” she says. “He’s very specialized because he just does eyes, which was huge to me. The office was wonderful, and I would recommend it in a second.”