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  
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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.

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.

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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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Eyelid Surgery Testimonial

“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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Hooded Eyes Further Explained

Hooded eyes refer to a specific eye shape or condition in which the upper eyelid appears partially or fully covered by an excess fold of skin. This extra skin can hang down over the eyelid, partially or completely obscuring the eyelid's natural crease and, in some cases, even obstructing the line of sight. Hooded eyes can make them appear smaller and are often associated with a tired or aged look.

Some individuals are born with hooded eyes, while others develop them as a result of aging, as the skin loses elasticity and sags. Hooded eyes can be addressed through cosmetic procedures like blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to remove excess skin and restore a more youthful and open-eyed appearance.

Eyelid Surgery Scarring: What to Expect

Blepharoplasty typically involves the creation of incisions along the natural creases of the upper eyelids or just below the lower eyelashes. While these incisions are strategically placed to minimize the visibility of scars, it's important to understand that some scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure.

However, the good news is that the scarring from eyelid surgery is usually very discreet and tends to fade over time. The scars on the upper eyelids are typically hidden within the natural folds of the eyelid, making them less noticeable. On the lower eyelids, the incisions are often made just below the lash line, where they can also be well-concealed.

In most cases, patients find that the scars from eyelid surgery become quite inconspicuous within a few months to a year, and they are rarely a significant concern for the long-term appearance of the eyes. Dr. Moran will expertly lead you through your blepharoplasty to ensure the optimal outcome.

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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

Where is eyelid surgery performed?

Which do I need: a Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?

What kind of anesthesia is required?

What is the recovery period like?

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Will health insurance cover my blepharoplasty?

Where is eyelid surgery performed?

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.

Which do I need: a Brow Lift or Eyelid Surgery?

The need for a browlift or eyelid surgery depends on your specific concerns and the areas of improvement you desire; a consultation with Dr. Moran can help determine the most suitable procedure for you.

What kind of anesthesia is required?

Upper eyelid surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation, while lower eyelid surgery is done under general anesthesia with intravenous sedation.

What is the recovery period like?

The healing process from eyelid surgery depends on the extent of the procedure. However, most of our patients can return to work and their normal daily routine within ten days.

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

The price of every cosmetic procedure varies from patient to patient depending on their individual needs. During your consultation at our Nashville area office, we’ll assess the current state of your eyes and develop a surgical plan that’s tailored to your specific needs. Once we have a plan of action, we’ll discuss the cost of your eyelid surgery. We also provide affordable financing options through CareCredit.

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 (drooping eyelids) affecting your eyesight, insurance may provide coverage for the procedure.

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