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Oculofacial Plastic Surgery in Chattanooga, TN

Image close up of human eyeYour eyes are one of your most important facial features, and their appearance and proper function are essential for wellness. At Pomerance Eye Center, we offer reconstructive and cosmetic procedures to support your optimal eye health. Our services include treatments for improving periorbital and facial tissues, including the eyelids, eyebrows, tear ducts, and adjacent facial features.

Our team proudly collaborates with Dr. Melson to provide effective and safe functional and cosmetic surgical treatments. Dr. Mark Melson is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of eyelids, tear ducts, and orbital diseases. To schedule your eye surgery consultation, call our Chattanooga office today!


What is Oculofacial Plastic Surgery?

Image close up of mans face with focus on eyesOculofacial plastic (oculoplastic) surgery includes any surgery in or around your eyes. These procedures involve an extremely delicate area of the face vital to maintaining sight and appearance. In consequence, an oculoplastic surgeon must have an unparalleled level of experience and training to handle complex issues and intricate surgeries, as well as related vision care.

Oculoplastic surgery can be aesthetic or reconstructive and focuses on restoring areas around the eyes, eyelids, and eyebrows. These procedures can be medically necessary, and they are highly effective in reducing or eliminating pain and helping you achieve a better quality of life.

Our Oculofacial Surgery Options

At Pomerance Eye Center, we can assess and correct injuries, defects, disorders, and cosmetic problems that distort your vision or negatively impact your appearance. Oculofacial surgery can be done under local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Some of our treatment options include:

Blepharoplasty: Also known as an eyelid lift, this surgery removes extra tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. Droopy eyelids (ptosis) can block peripheral vision and interfere with the comfortability of reading, driving, or working. In less severe cases, the tissue can unbalance the aesthetics of the upper face and make you look older. Surgery removes or repositions the fatty tissue to improve function and appearance.

Eyelid Malposition: This condition can create eyelids that turn in (entropion) or out (ectropion). It can cause the lashes to rub against the eye and produce excessive tearing. Eyelid surgery can return the eyelid to its ideal position, restoring protection, tear production, draining, and proper blinking.

Droopy Brows: The brow area can lower with age, creating a tired, angry, or sad appearance. An excess of skin in the upper eye area can also impair vision. For mild cases, dermal fillers like Botox® offer a non-surgical treatment that will last for several months. Surgery involves small incisions along with sutures or anchors under the skin to lift the brow.

Excessive Tearing: This condition can have several causes, including abnormal eyelid position or a blocked tear duct. The tearing system is intricate, and a problem in any part causes pain and discomfort. If there is a blockage or an abnormality with the eyelid, surgery can correct the issue and restore eye health.

What to Expect During Surgery

Most surgeries are done as outpatient procedures using IV sedation and a topical anesthetic. Both eyes can be corrected with one surgery, and you may elect to have the lower lids treated during the same procedure. You can go home the same day but need to rest and apply ice to the treated area. We recommend taking a week or two off work to allow any residual bruising and swelling to disappear completely. If your surgery included the placement of sutures, these would be removed 1-2 weeks later.

What is the Recovery Time for Oculoplastic Surgery?

Your recovery time will vary depending on which procedure(s) you have done. You can shorten your recovery time by following your post-operative instructions carefully. In most cases, you will be able to return to daily activity 5-7 days after surgery.

Your Trusted Chattanooga Oculoplastic Surgery Provider

Our oculofacial surgeries can help you improve vision health as well as aesthetics. Whether you need cosmetic or reconstructive techniques, we will provide a tailored service for optimal results. The Pomerance Eye Center's vision care team is dedicated to providing you with personalized care and a comfortable experience. Our knowledgeable staff will help you with insurance coverage and financial options to ensure you get the best care possible. Call to set up your consultation today!