Lower Eyelid Surgery (Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty) Conveniently located to serve Franklin, Nashville, and Brentwood
Lower Eyelid Surgery Overview
When possible, Dr. Moran performs a special lower eyelid surgery called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, or TCB. Instead of a skin incision, a small surgical incision is made inside the lower eyelid, usually with a electrocautery, to remove a portion of the fat pads. No stitches are required and patients have no visible scars. Unlike conventional blepharoplasty methods, TCB does not harm the muscles under the eyelids and there is a lower chance of lid pull-down.
Am I a candidate for lower eyelid surgery?
If there is significant skin excess and hypertrophic orbicularis muscle are present, an external approach to lower blepharoplasty is indicated. If the excess skin is more modest and management of orbital fat is the primary goal, a transconjunctival approach may be a good option.
Lower eyelid surgery (transconjunctival blepharoplasty) is typically performed on younger patients with bulging fat and no extra skin.
Good candidates for cosmetic eyelid surgery are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for blepharoplasty
- Individuals without serious eye conditions
You must tell your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
- Eye diseases such as glaucoma, dry eye, or a detached retina
- Thyroid disorders such as Graves’ disease and under or overactive thyroid
- Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders or diabetes
Where is lower eyelid surgery performed?
Lower eyelid surgery is performed on an out-patient basis, at a nearby fully accredited outpatient surgery center.
Benefits of Lower Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids can help improve various aspects of the eyes. It is capable of reducing the early signs of aging, loose skin in the eyelids, dark circles, and under-eye bags. To get the best results, a specialist eye surgeon should carry out a thorough examination to decide upon the correct procedure.
Anesthesia and Medication
This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
Preparing for Your Lower Eyelid Surgery
Before undergoing lower eyelid surgery, there are a few pre-operative instructions that you should adhere to in order to ensure that the best results possible. These instructions will include stopping the use of certain medications, tobacco products, and alcohol.
A medical examination will also be performed on the eyes and the surrounding treatment area. We’ll test your vision and tear ducts along with taking a measurement of your eyes to help prepare a surgical plan to fit your needs.
Recovering From The Lower Eyelid Lift
Lower eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that allows patients to return home soon after it is completed. Patients will have to take some time off work to rest and recover after the surgery. Most patients recover well enough to return to the work and most normal activities, including vigorous exercise, in about 7 to 10 days.
Contact Our Office
The lower eyelid lift is a safe and effective surgical procedure that’s designed to improve the look of the eyes by rejuvenating their youthful appearance. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your consultation. Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon who will help guide you through the entire process and address any questions or concerns you have along the way.