Eyelid Surgery

Expert upper or lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) in Nashville and Memphis

Lifting and Tightening Eyelids for a Younger Look

Eyelid surgery – also called blepharoplasty or eye lift – is a common surgical procedure that can be performed on your upper or lower eyelids (or both) to improve the appearance of your eyes. It can reduce puffiness in the eyelids brought on by fatty deposits, bags under the eyes, or baggy and wrinkly skin around the eyes. It can also be used to alleviate functional problems brought on by aging, such as impaired vision from sagging skin on the upper eyelid.

We offer lower and upper eyelid surgery to Tennessee patients at our cosmetic surgery centers in Nashville and Memphis, each led by a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. 


Each patient is unique. What your treatment will look like is determined by you and the plastic surgeon who you will meet with in a personal consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia and IV sedation. It is easily combined with other facial cosmetic surgery. The physical recovery is not difficult and typically achieved within days, however the “social recovery” varies from patient to patient depending on swelling and bruising.

When plastic surgeons speak of a facelift, this typically refers to the lower face and does not include the eyes. Eye lifts and brow lifts are distinct procedures that can be performed separately or together with a facelift, and are typically priced as as standalone surgeries.

No. Our plastic surgeons perform all procedures under local anesthesia combined with IV sedation. This ensures your comfort, and considerably speeds up your recovery.

Most elective surgeries, such as eye lifts, are not covered by insurance. If you have a functional impairment, your insurance may cover it. Make sure you check with them beforehand, since NuBody Concepts cannot process any health insurance on your behalf.

Yes, absolutely. Many patients combine both upper and lower eyelid surgery to take advantage of one single recovery period. It depends on your situation whether upper, lower, or both lids need to be lifted.


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Additional Information about Eyelid Surgery

Why is Eyelid Surgery Performed?

Upper and lower eyelids surgeries are performed to remove excess eyelid skin and fat that tend to create a heavy looking eyelid, aged appearance, puffiness, and at times, impede the field of vision. Often these procedures can help contour brow and eye shape and, when combined with laser skin resurfacing, can improve wrinkles and skin texture around the eye.

Different Types of Blepharoplasty

Depending on the individual needs of a client, our board-certified plastic surgeons can help choose the right procedure to address a variety of cosmetic concerns. There are typically two different cosmetic procedures used to perform a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery): upper eyelid surgery and lower eyelid surgery.

Upper Eyelids

During an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, your surgeon will incise along the natural eyelid crease. Through this incision, the surgeon will begin to remove any excess skin, muscle, and fat to correct a drooping upper eyelid. Some surgeons use lasers to help remove the tissues in order to reduce swelling and bruising.

Lower Eyelids

Lower eyelid surgeries can be performed in several different ways.

During a traditional lower blepharoplasty, your surgeon will incise just below the eyelashes. Once complete, the surgeon may trim or reposition any skin or fat in the location and tighten the lower eyelid muscles.

Another technique may include a transconjunctival approach. This eyelid surgery is performed in order to improve lower eyelid bags and puffiness. This procedure has its limits though, as it can only be used to remove excess fat but does not remove excess skin in the lower eyelid.A “skin pinch” blepharoplasty removes the least amount of skin. This procedure is effective if you happen to have strong lower eyelid support and only a little extra skin.

Radio frequency assisted lipolysis can also be an effective method to help tighten the excess skin and remove any unwanted wrinkles.

How Long is the Recovery Time for Blepharoplasty?

Recovery time after a blepharoplasty is typically fairly short. After your surgery, your surgeon will place thin bandages over the incision sites. These can be removed a few days post-op. Your stitches will remain in your skin for about a week and, if the surgeon used self-absorbing stitches, will typically not require an additional visit to have them removed. Typically, for the first few days after your surgery, you will notice considerable swelling and bruising. However, this will gradually clear. Using a cold compress for the first 48 hours post-operation will help significantly reduce painful swelling around your eyes and face. Your doctor may recommend light activities, such as walking, to help your body recover.

In most cases, many patients are able to return to their daily activities within the first seven to ten days following their procedure. By the end of the second week, most of the bruising and swelling will resolve.

Limitations and Risks of Blepharoplasty

Fortunately, major complications and high risks from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) are very rare. Every year, thousands of patients undergo successful eyelid surgeries and are pleased with their results. Blepharoplasty procedures are the ‘gold standard’ for eyelid rejuvenation and are commonly performed without any complications.

However, as with any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty does have some degree of risk. Some of the potential, but rare, complications may include:

  • Adverse/allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin requiring removal)
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Visible scarring
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory results that may require additional surgeries.

You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your eyelid surgery.