Our eyes say a lot about us. Unfortunately, as we age, what they tend to say is, “I’m tired.” If you wish you could have a more youthful look or are just unhappy with your eyelid type, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, could help you.
Eyelid surgery can address both the upper and lower lids, making the eyes look more open, improving the field of vision and even eliminating puffiness and under-eye bags. The surgery can be performed on its own, or combined with other procedures, such as a facelift for more comprehensive results.
To find out if you are an eyelid surgery candidate, contact us to schedule your consultation.
Why We’re Nashville’s Top Choice
- Stephen Davis is a talented plastic surgeon with certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
- We have helped Nashville residents achieved their desired look for more than two decades.
- Our team is focused on your comfort from your initial consultation through the aftercare process.
Is Eyelid Surgery Right for You?
Eyelid surgery candidates should be in good health and have reasonable expectations for what their surgery will achieve.
Reasons for considering eyelid surgery include:
- Having your field of vision limited by drooping eyelids
- Wanting to get rid of dark circles and bags under the eyes
- Having a tired appearance
- Desiring a different eyelid shape than the one you were born with
Types of Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery can be either cosmetic or functional. It may be performed on only the upper or lower lids, or both, depending on the client’s needs. The two main types of eyelid surgery procedures are upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty.
Upper blepharoplasty, or an eyelid lift, removes excess fat and skin and tightens surrounding muscles through an incision on the natural crease of the upper eyelid. This can address drooping skin that may cause you to appear tired or obstruct your line of vision.
Lower blepharoplasty also removes excess fat and skin and tightens surrounding muscles, but does so through an incision along the lower lid. Lower eyelid surgery can address puffiness and under-eye bags as well as reduce dark circles.
During Your Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Davis performs eyelid surgery at The Atrium, a specialty operating facility at Centennial Hospital. Depending on the invasiveness of surgery and whether you are combining procedures, a local or general anesthesia may be used during the procedure.
While the majority of clients are able to return home the same day as their surgery, there must be someone to drive you home as you will not be able to do so yourself. You also may need help the first few days after the procedure since blurry vision for a few hours to several days is a common after-effect.
If fine lines and wrinkles around the eye and face are also a concern, we may recommend combining BOTOX® injections or laser skin resurfacing to help smooth and firm up the surrounding areas.
Eyelid Surgery Recovery
After eyelid surgery, you will need to take at least a week off from work, possibly more, depending on the nature of your job. It is a good idea to take it easy during that time so you can heal. You will likely experience some bruising and swelling, but these should fade within a few weeks. Keep in mind that how you heal will not be exactly the same as others, so listen to your body and be sure to follow Dr. Davis’ post-operative instructions.
Eyelid Surgery Results
While the majority of bruising and swelling should be gone within a few weeks, it can take several months before you are fully healed and seeing your final results. Although individual results vary, many of our patients report looking more youthful and rested.
To help prolong your eyelid surgery results, it’s important to follow Dr. Davis’ post-operative instructions, take good care of your eye area and protect it from the sun. While we can’t stop the natural effects of aging, eyelid surgery can produce long-lasting results.
View before and after photos of some of our satisfied patients!
Take the Next Step
If your eyes are making you look more aged and tired than you feel, an eyelid surgery could help you restore a more youthful appearance. Contact us to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation.
Eyelid Surgery FAQs
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, eyelid surgery, on average, costs roughly $3,000. This is only for the surgery itself and does not include associated costs, such as anesthesia or facility fees. If you are worried about making eyelid surgery work with your budget, ask us about our financing options.
Numerous plastic surgeons offer eyelid surgeries in Nashville. The key is to work with the surgeon that best suits you. Meet with several surgeons in person and see who makes you feel comfortable. Make sure they are board-certified and have plenty of experience performing eyelid surgeries. Also, look at their blepharoplasty before and after photos and decide how closely their work aligns with your vision.
When we schedule your surgery, Dr. Davis will make it clear what you need to do to prepare. Expect things like getting bloodwork and stopping medications that promote bleeding. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to give us a call.