As we age it is very common for the skin on and around your face and eyes to start sagging or dropping. Because the skin of the eyelid areas is much thinner than the other facial skin it is understandable why eyelid skin may start to droop. Of course cigarette smoking and overexposure to the sun’s UV radiation will worsen this condition. As your eye muscles weaken the skin around the eyelids will start to form bags and will begin sagging. Many people do not like this because it makes them look old and tired.
The Regional Eye Center does offer cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) for patients hoping to look and see better. By rejuvenating the eyelids, patients look more alert, less tired, and refreshed. In some cases, drooping eyelids become a medical issue and can obstruct vision. In these cases, insurance may cover the cost of eyelid surgery.
Every year, thousands of men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve their vision and the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you appear older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags around your eyes that make you look worn and tired.
Successful facial plastic surgery will involve a good rapport between a patient and the surgeon. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, develops in the consulting stages before surgery. Your oculoplastic surgeon at The Regional Eye Center can answer specific questions about your specific needs.
In upper eyelid surgery, the surgeon first marks the individual lines and creases of the lids in order to keep the scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. The incision is made, and excess fat, muscle, and loose skin are removed. Fine sutures are used to close the incisions, thereby minimizing the visibility of any scar. In lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon makes the incision in an inconspicuous site along the lash line and smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and skin are then trimmed away before the incision is closed with fine sutures.
Eyelid puffiness caused primarily by excess fat may be corrected by a transconjunctival blepharoplasty. The incision, in this case, is made inside the lower eyelid, and the excess fatty material is removed. When sutures are used to close this kind of incision, they are invisible to the eye. They are also self-dissolving and leave no visible scar. Under normal conditions, blepharoplasty can take from one to two hours.
If you are interested in Blepharoplasty in Tennessee our staff and physicians are willing to help guide you through this process. The ophthalmologists who perform eyelid surgery in Tennessee are also called oculoplastic surgeons and go through additional training to be able to do this type of eyelid surgery.