What is Eyelid Surgery?

Also known as blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery is designed to improve the appearance of the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.

Over the course of time, many people find that the eyelid skin begins to sag. Droopy upper eyelids and puffy bags under the eyes can make you look older and more tired than you feel, but Nashville eyelid surgery patients working with Dr. Moran can rectify the problem.

Additionally, upper eyelid surgery is performed in our office using local anesthesia combined with sedation, whereas lower eyelid surgery requires general anesthesia along with intravenous sedation.

  • Average Cost: Starts at $3k (not including facility and/or anesthesia) 
  • Typical Recovery Period: approximately 10 days
  • Discomfort Level: Mild
  • Anesthesia Options: Local (in office) or heavy sedation/general  

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis refers to a condition characterized by drooping or sagging of the upper eyelid, often resulting in the partial or complete obstruction of the eye's pupil. This drooping can occur due to various factors, including muscle weakness, nerve damage, or congenital abnormalities.

Treatment for ptosis typically involves surgical intervention to correct the position of the eyelid and improve both the cosmetic appearance and functionality of the eye. The specific surgical approach may vary depending on the underlying cause and severity of the ptosis but often involves tightening or repositioning the muscles responsible for lifting the eyelid.

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Why Choose Dr. Mary Lynn Moran for Blepharoplasty Surgery?

Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 28 years of experience. She completed her training at Tufts, Boston University, and the University of Michigan, and was elected as the first female president of the AAFPRS. In addition, she’s a renowned speaker and educator, and an assistant clinical professor in the department of otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

When you choose her for your eyelid rejuvenation, she will take the time to get to know you and understand your unique aesthetic goals. Dr. Moran and her team take great pride in providing each patient with a comfortable, low-stress experience, personalized care, and superb results. You can rest assured that Dr. Moran will approach your procedure with precision, attention to detail, and compassion. If you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery in Nashville, contact our office today and schedule your consultation.

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Advantages of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty can help individuals attain a rejuvenated, alert, and youthful look. In this comprehensive exploration, we will uncover the advantages and favorable results of eyelid surgery, offering valuable insights into the incredible enhancements it can bring to both the eyes and the overall facial balance. Achieving these remarkable changes involves addressing the following key aspects:

  • Remove excess fatty deposits and puffiness along the upper eyelids
  • Trim loose or sagging skin that creates folds and disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid
  • Remove excess skin and wrinkles along the lower eyelid
  • Minimize heavy bags
  • Correct lower eyelid droopiness

By addressing issues such as these, Nashville blepharoplasty recipients become more empowered to face the world with renewed vitality and positivity.

What is the Difference Between Blepharoplasty and Eyelid Surgery?

Blepharoplasty and eyelid surgery are often used interchangeably, but technically they refer to slightly different procedures, explained more below:


This is a surgical procedure focused on improving the appearance of the eyelids. It can involve removing excess skin, muscle, and fat from the upper or lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty is commonly performed for cosmetic reasons to address droopy or puffy eyelids, which can make a person appear tired or older than they are. However, it can also be done for functional reasons if the excess skin obstructs vision.

Eyelid surgery

This is a broader term that encompasses various surgical procedures performed on the eyelids, including blepharoplasty. In addition to cosmetic eyelid surgery like blepharoplasty, eyelid surgery can also refer to procedures aimed at correcting eyelid abnormalities or functional issues, such as ptosis (drooping eyelids), ectropion (outward-turning eyelids), entropion (inward-turning eyelids), or eyelid tumors.

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How do Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty differ?

Upper Eyelid Surgery

  • Upper blepharoplasty targets upper eyelids, addressing issues like excess skin and drooping. Incisions are made along natural creases to minimize scarring and maintain eyelid contour.

  • Excess skin, muscle, and sometimes fat are removed or repositioned during the procedure. This tightens upper eyelid muscles, restoring a more open-eyed look.

  • Recovery is relatively short, with minimal swelling and bruising. Results are evident soon after surgery, providing a more youthful appearance.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

  • Lower blepharoplasty focuses on lower eyelids, addressing under-eye concerns. Incisions may be made below the lashes or inside the eyelid for optimal outcomes.

  • Excess fat, muscle tightening, or skin adjustment reduces under-eye bags and enhances lower eyelid contour.

  • Recovery may take slightly longer with potential pronounced swelling. However, most patients resume activities within weeks, with final results emerging as swelling diminishes. Lower blepharoplasty enhances the lower face's appearance, reducing under-eye puffiness and improving facial symmetry.

How Long Does Blepharoplasty Last?

While individual experiences can vary, the results of blepharoplasty are typically long-lasting. The procedure removes or repositions tissue that contributes to sagging, puffiness, or hooded eyelids, effectively reversing signs of aging in the eye area. Once the excess tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is reshaped, the effects of the surgery are generally enduring.

It's important to note that while blepharoplasty can provide significant and long-lasting improvements, it does not stop the natural aging process. Over time, the skin will continue to age, and some degree of sagging or wrinkling may reoccur. However, the benefits of blepharoplasty can still be appreciated for many years following the procedure.

Factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and skincare practices can also influence the longevity of blepharoplasty results. Protecting the skin from sun damage, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and following post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Moran can all contribute to prolonging the outcomes of the surgery.

Are You a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

The best blepharoplasty candidates in Nashville and other areas are men and women who:

  • Have healthy facial tissue and muscles
  • Are non-smokers and in good general health
  • Aren’t diagnosed with serious eye conditions
  • Have specific and realistic goals for how they’d like to improve their appearance 

In addition, please alert Dr. Moran if you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, dry eye, a detached retina, Graves’ disease, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, as these conditions may impact your candidacy.

Eyelid Surgery Scarring: What to Expect

Blepharoplasty involves strategic incisions along natural creases or below eyelashes to minimize scarring visibility. Though some scarring is inevitable, it typically fades discreetly over time. Upper eyelid scars are hidden within folds, while lower eyelid scars are placed below the lash line for concealment. Most patients find scars become inconspicuous within months to a year post-surgery, rarely affecting long-term appearance. Dr. Moran will guide you through blepharoplasty for optimal results.

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Will my Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?

Insurance may provide coverage if eyelid surgery is deemed medically necessary to correct vision impairment caused by severely drooping eyelids (ptosis). While health insurance coverage for blepharoplasty varies depending on the circumstances, it's crucial to consult with your insurance provider to understand the specifics of your coverage. They can provide guidance tailored to your situation and help determine if insurance will cover the procedure or if other financial arrangements need to be made. If alternative financial options are necessary, patients are encouraged to discuss this with CareCredit. See Dr. Moran and her team for further assistance and guidance on this.

Blepharoplasty Procedure: What to Expect

Eyelid surgery is one of the most commonly performed facial plastic surgery procedures. First, patients will be given an anesthetic to help maintain comfort throughout the process. Dr. Moran will then actively work to remove any excess skin and recontour the remaining tissue in the treatment area.

Removing small amounts of excess skin and fat can transform the eyelid region into a more youthful and refreshed look. The upper eyelid incision is hidden in the eyelid's natural crease and is barely perceptible. The lower eyelid incision is so close to the lashes that it can barely be seen with the naked eye.

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Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is a specialized eyelid surgery technique designed to rejuvenate the lower eyelids. Unlike traditional blepharoplasty, this approach conceals incisions inside the lower eyelid, eliminating external scarring. It primarily addresses under-eye bags caused by fat deposits, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance. This minimally invasive procedure is popular for its reduced recovery time and risks compared to conventional methods. Those seeking to reverse signs of aging around the eyes often choose it without conspicuous surgical marks, offering a natural and revitalized look. Dr. Moran conducts thorough assessments of her blepharoplasty patients to determine whether they are suitable candidates.

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery

After your eyelid surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruising for approximately one to three weeks. It will be important to rest frequently for the first week, but you’ll also want to start taking light walks around the house as soon as you feel up to it. Most blepharoplasty patients are able to resume their normal routines and return to work after around 10 to 14 days. Follow these key post-operative routines for a smoother recovery:

  1. Rest and avoid strenuous activities.
  2. Use prescribed eye drops and medications.
  3. Sleep with your head elevated.
  4. Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  5. Protect your eyes from sunlight with sunglasses.
  6. Attend follow-up appointments.
  7. Avoid makeup around the eyes.
  8. Be gentle when cleaning the treated area.
  9. Limit screen time and digital device use.
  10. Gradually resume normal activities and wear prescription glasses as advised by Dr. Moran.

Remember that everyone's recovery experience can vary, so it's essential to communicate closely with Dr. Moran and follow the above specific post-operative recommendations to ensure a successful healing process and optimal results.

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“Dr. Moran is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. I love that she listens and takes time to answer my questions. I have had many visits and have had Botox, fillers, and my upper eyelids done and have been thrilled with the results…. I would recommend Dr. Moran to all my friends.”

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Can Blepharoplasty Handle my Hooded Eyes?

Hooded eyes occur when excess skin partially or fully covers the upper eyelid, often making the eyes appear smaller and contributing to a tired or aged appearance. This condition can be present from birth or develop with age due to skin laxity. Cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty can address hooded eyes by removing excess skin, rejuvenating the eye area for a more youthful look.

Is Eyelid Surgery or a Brow Lift Right for Me?

When considering cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate the upper face, you may wonder whether a or eyelid surgery is the best option. A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, targets sagging brows and forehead wrinkles, providing a more youthful and refreshed appearance. On the other hand, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, focuses on addressing droopy eyelids, under-eye bags, and excess skin around the eyes to create a brighter, more alert look. Deciding between these procedures depends on your concerns, facial anatomy, and desired outcomes. Dr. Moran will help determine the most suitable approach to achieve your aesthetic goals.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

How long does eyelid surgery take to preform?

What is the best age to have blepharoplasty?

What is double eyelid surgery?

Why is double eyelid surgery popular with koreans?

Does male blepharoplasty work the same way?

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Can seniors get eyelid surgery

Will health insurance cover my blepharoplasty?

How long does eyelid surgery take to preform?

Dr. Moran performs eyelid surgery on an outpatient basis, which means you’ll return home the same day to begin the healing process. You will need a friend or family member to drive you home from a nearby, fully accredited outpatient surgery center in the Franklin, TN area.

What is the best age to have blepharoplasty?

There is no set age that is best for blepharoplasty, but typically between one's 30's and 40's is best to address aging concerns in this area.

What is double eyelid surgery?

Double eyelid surgery creates a defined upper eyelid crease for those with monolids or less pronounced creases.

Why is double eyelid surgery popular with koreans?

Blepharoplasty, popular in Korea, is sought after for its ability to create symmetry and a youthful appearance by addressing monolids, which affect around 50% of Asians. This procedure reshapes the eyelids, providing a defined upper eyelid fold and enhancing the eyes' aesthetic appeal.

Does male blepharoplasty work the same way?

Male blepharoplasty aims to maintain masculine features while addressing concerns like droopy eyelids or puffiness.

Is eyelid surgery painful?

Eyelid surgery is performed under local anesthesia and sedation, minimizing discomfort during and after the procedure.

Can seniors get eyelid surgery

Yes, seniors can undergo eyelid surgery, but individual health conditions are considered to ensure safety.

Will health insurance cover my blepharoplasty?

In most cases, health insurance does not cover blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) when it is performed solely for cosmetic reasons. However, if your blepharoplasty is considered medically necessary due to functional issues that impair your vision, such as ptosis (droopy eyelids) affecting your eyesight, insurance may provide coverage for the procedure.

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