Nashville, TN Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty) with Dr. Deborah Sherman
As a board-certified and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Deborah Sherman is Nashville’s leading expert on eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) surgery. Leveraging her extensive background in ophthalmology, she takes great care to enhance and protect her patients’ eyes and vision when performing cosmetic eyelid surgery. She strives to use her expertise to create an alert, refreshed, and line-free look without altering her patients’ unique features or expressions.
If you have questions about cosmetic eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty in Nashville, TN, feel free to reach out to us by phone at (615) 297-5798, or schedule a consultation today.
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Enhance Your Appearance With an Eyelid Lift at Our Nashville Clinic
Our eyes define our beauty and shape our interactions with others. In business and personal relationships, eye contact communicates where words cannot. Unfortunately, the aging process can alter the attractiveness and eloquence of the eyes. Decreasing skin elasticity often causes the eyelids to droop, creating a permanently tired, sad, or angry expression.
In extreme cases, sagging eyelids can also partially cover the irises, obstructing the patient’s field of vision. For these reasons, over 100,000 men and women choose to undergo eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) surgery every year. This procedure restores the eyelids to their natural position, smooths out unflattering creases around the eyes, and eliminates under-eye bags.
What is a Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Lift?
Blepharoplasty can meet both functional and cosmetic goals, depending on the patient’s needs. Eyelid lift surgery can correct drooping upper and lower eyelid skin created by natural aging. It can also flatten puffy under-eye bags. When eyelid skin is lax enough to impair your vision significantly, Dr. Sherman can perform a functional blepharoplasty surgery to improve peripheral vision. Aesthetically, the goal of blepharoplasty is to restore a more rested, youthful appearance to the eyes and face.
To achieve these objectives, Dr. Sherman carefully removes excess fat and skin from the upper and lower eyelids. She may also adjust the levator muscles within the upper eyelids to correct age-related muscle laxity, if necessary.
Many people opt to have cosmetic surgery performed on both the upper and lower eyelids simultaneously, but some patients elect to have just upper or lower blepharoplasty. Dr. Sherman uses only upper blepharoplasty when the patient has sagging upper eyelids without prominent under-eye bags. Lower blepharoplasty smooths out puffiness below the eyes without adjusting the position of the upper eyelids, so it’s generally suitable for younger patients who do not yet show signs of advanced skin laxity.
Frequently Asked Questions
What else would you like to know about eyelid lift surgery for its cosmetic and functional benefits? Read on to learn answers to many of our patients’ most commonly asked questions.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty might be right for you if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:
- Excess or loose skin that hides the natural fold of your upper eyelids
- Creases and fine lines around your upper and lower eyelids
- Puffy upper or lower eyelids that give you a tired appearance
- Reduced peripheral vision due to droopy upper eyelids
Why Should I Choose an Oculoplastic Surgeon to Perform My Eyelid Lift?
Unlike general plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons have an in-depth understanding of both facial and ocular anatomy. They’ve received advanced training that allows them to balance their patients’ cosmetic objectives with their ocular health needs, which is essential due to the fragility of the eyes and surrounding tissues.
Dr. Sherman also has access to specialized equipment that helps her effectively assess and treat each of her patients. She will examine your eyes under a biomicroscope both before and after your surgery to gain a thorough, three-dimensional understanding of your orbital region. This detailed approach looks to provide you with personalized, flattering results and will hopefully eliminate the need for revision surgery.
Does Blepharoplasty Surgery Require a Hospital Stay?
Eyelid lift surgery is rarely an inpatient procedure. Dr. Sherman performs the operation in an accredited outpatient surgery center, and most patients can return home on the same day they have surgery.
What Happens During Eyelid Surgery?
To perform upper eyelid surgery, Dr. Sherman first measures the excess skin and marks the incision sites within the natural creases of the lids. Using this incision location ensures that these creases will hide scar tissue. After making incisions along the eyelids, Dr. Sherman removes excess fat, muscle tissue, and loose skin. Then, she uses fine sutures to close the incisions, thereby further minimizing the visibility of scar tissue.
During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Sherman makes incisions either behind the eyelid (the “hidden incision” or transconjunctival blepharoplasty technique) or along the lower eyelash line. Then, she trims away excess fat, muscle, and skin before closing the incisions with self-dissolving sutures.
Most blepharoplasty procedures take just one to two hours to perform, depending on the complexity of the operation.
Will My Health Insurance Cover the Cost of My Blepharoplasty?
If you need to have an eyelid lift to improve your vision, your insurance may cover part or all of your procedure. To be eligible for coverage, you will need to provide documentation proving that drooping eyelids are impairing your vision. You will also need to review the details of your insurance plan to verify your policy covers this type of procedure.
Will Having Blepharoplasty Affect My Vision?
When performed by a trained and experienced oculoplastic surgeon, blepharoplasty has a very low rate of complications. Most patients recover quickly from this minimally invasive procedure. Having cosmetic eyelid surgery will not harm your vision; indeed, it may improve the clarity of your peripheral vision.
What Should I Expect After Surgery?
For both men and women, blepharoplasty surgery can result in a younger, more energetic appearance with minimal downtime. Most patients have only mild bruising and swelling, and most can return to work after just one week.
Before you leave our clinic, a nurse will cover your eyes and eyelids with ointment and ice packs to reduce inflammation and expedite healing. Your eyelids may feel tight and sore as the numbing medicine wears off, but we’ll provide pain medication to alleviate these symptoms. We also recommend keeping your head elevated as much as possible for several days. At least three times per day, place cold packs over the treatment area to reduce swelling and bruising.
Incision lines may remain slightly pink for six months or more after surgery, but you’ll be able to hide these marks with makeup if you wish. They will usually fade eventually to thin, nearly invisible white lines.
How Long Do the Results of Eyelid Surgery Last?
The more alert and youthful look created by eyelid surgery typically lasts from five to 10 years, depending on the age of the patient and factors like sun exposure, smoking, and overall health.
In lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Sherman makes the incision either behind the lid in a “hidden incision” or in the natural lower lid fold so that it is inconspicuous along the lashline and hidden in the 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 hidden-incision transconjunctival eyelid lift or blepharoplasty. The incision, in this case, is made inside, behind the lower eyelid, and excess fatty material is removed and rearranged. 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.
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Arrange an Eyelid Lift Consultation in Nashville, TN, With Dr. Deborah Sherman
Eyelid lift surgery aims to eliminate signs of premature aging around the eyes, hopefully restoring a naturally rested, youthful look. By refreshing your eyes, oculoplastic surgery can change how you feel about yourself, as your eyes are the first place people look when meeting you.
If you’re ready to discuss blepharoplasty with an expert, contact Dr. Deborah Sherman to arrange a personal consultation. We look forward to helping you strive for clearer vision, greater self-confidence, and a renewed outlook at our friendly boutique clinic in Nashville.