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Aesthetics/Eyelid Surgery

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Aesthetics/Eyelid Surgery

Eye Associates of Tucson is proud to offer ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery to adults and children in Southern Arizona. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a specialized area of ophthalmology that deals with the management of disorders of the eyelids, eyebrows, lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (the bone cavity surrounding the eye), and the adjacent face.

Dr. Melanie McCarty is a fellowship trained oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon. She has a special interest in surgical rejuvenation of the face and eyelids. She has performed thousands of functional and cosmetic eyebrow and eyelid surgeries.

Dr. McCarty graduated Summa Cum Laude from Birmingham Southern College where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee where she served as chief resident. Dr. McCarty did her fellowship training in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. McCarty evaluates people of all ages for a wide range of concerns including medical and cosmetic conditions of the face and eyelids. Medical conditions include droopy eyelids, eyelid lesions or neoplasms, orbital diseases, tearing, and complications from previous eyelid surgeries. Treatment for these conditions are often covered by insurance plans. Cosmetic conditions such as puffy eyelids, heavy eyebrows, facial aging and wrinkles are also addressed by Dr. McCarty and her team at Eye Associates of Tucson.

Dr. McCarty assesses each patient individually to create a thoughtful and comprehensive treatment plan for all patients, reconstructive, functional and cosmetic. Each patient and each surgery is done with the same degree of thoughtfulness and attention to detail to achieve the most natural and effective result.

Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatment Options


  • Excess skin on upper eyelids - Blepharoplasty (Dermatochalasis)
  • Droopy eyelid repair (Ptosis)
  • Eyelid malposition repair (Ectropion, Entropion, Eyelid Retraction)
  • Reconstruction of eyelid after tumor removal or injury
  • Upper and Lower Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)


  • Brow lift

Tear system

  • Congenital tearing surgery
  • Acquired tearing surgery to open or bypass tear drain

Orbit (eye socket)

  • Repair of orbital injury
  • Biopsy/removal of orbital lesion
  • Thyroid related eye disease
  • Removal of blind painful eye
  • Reconstruction of eye socket after loss of the eye


  • Neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport)
  • Facial Fillers (Voluma, Juvederm, Radiesse)

Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty

Blepharoplasty is the clinical term used for eyelid surgery. Also sometimes referred to as an eye lift surgery, a blepharoplasty can be an effective way to treat eyelid ptosis, the sagging excess skin of the upper and lower eyelids. A common cosmetic procedure in patients age 30 and older, eyelid surgery is used primarily to fight the effects of aging skin. As skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity, and this, combined with the constant pull from gravity, leads to excessive skin collecting in the upper eyelids causing drooping of the eyelids. This loose skin above the eyes or bags under the eyes can be improved dramatically with eyelid surgery.

Eyelid surgery can involve the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both eyelids depending upon the goals of the surgery and recommendations of your surgeon. The final results of your eyelid surgery will appear within several weeks. While eyelid surgery will not stop your eyes from aging, the procedure is typically very long lasting. Typical recovery time for blepharoplasty patients is about a week to ten days. The effects of upper eyelid surgery can last many years to an entire lifetime, while lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated. While often deemed medically necessary, eyelid surgery is often performed in combination with non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, including injectable wrinkle fillers such as Juvederm and Restalyne.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

Upper eyelid ptosis is often corrected with an incision made along the natural fold of the upper eyelid, making them well hidden even when your eyes are open. Your oculoplastic surgeon will then reposition/remove fat deposits and unwanted skin, allowing them to tighten the upper area of the eye. Upper eyelid surgery may be combined with an eyebrow lift to achieve optimal rejuvenation, if the eyebrows are too low.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

Issues involving the lower eyelid are often addressed with either an incision hidden within the eyelid (transconjunctival incision) or just under the lower lash line. After your procedure, cold compresses, pain medication and eye ointment/eye drops are often used to minimize any post-operative discomfort.

Learn more about eyelid surgery.

Cosmetic Injectable Fillers - Aesthetic Medicine

Botox TucsonFor both women and men, obtaining a more youthful appearance is easier than ever before thanks to Eye Associates of Tucson’s advanced, non - surgical approach to facial rejuvenation. Cosmetic Injectable Fillers, such as Botox®, Dysport®, Radiesse®, Juve’derm® or Restalyne, can be used to soften facial lines and wrinkles, restore volume and fullness in the face, create fullness in the lips, enhance shallow facial contours or improve the appearance of recessed scars. These non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are safe, effective, and economical alternatives to invasive surgery, and produce exceptional, natural looking results.

DysportJuvederm Radiesse

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines. With real, noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, there are many reasons why BOTOX® has been chosen by millions of women and their medical professionals.

  • Dysport® is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.
  • Radiesse® offers ideal wrinkle reduction by replenishing your skin's lost volume. Upon injection, RADIESSE® immediately provides the volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise the product. But what's unique about RADIESSE® is that it acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. Best of all, the natural results are clinically proven to last a year or more in many patients.
  • Juve’derm® is an FDA approved injectable gel, and one of the newest, most well received treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Juve’derm® can be used for lip enhancement, creating fuller lips, while reducing wrinkles around the mouth. After treatment, results are visible immediately, and can last for six to eight months or more.
  • Restalyne® is another injectable that is used by countless men and women to restore the loss of volume in the skin that often occurs with age. Treatment generally lasts for six months to a year.

Learn more about Cosmetic Injectable Fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of procedures can be done in the office?

Dr. McCarty often does biopsies, excisions, eyelid surgeries, punctal plugs, and tear duct probing in the office.

Will I have a procedure during my first appointment with Dr. McCarty?

No. During the initial appointment, Dr. Mccarty will perform an exam and assess the need for a procedure. She will decide if the recommended procedure is appropriate for the office setting.

If Dr. McCarty recommends an office procedure, when will it be scheduled?

After Dr. McCarty recommends an office procedure, you will be given a “procedure” appointment. Prior authorization for the procedure will be obtained by the office prior to the date of the procedure appointment.

Will I need someone to drive me to my appointment?

No. You may drive yourself to and from the procedure appointment, but if you feel more comfortable with a driver that is perfectly fine.

Can I eat and/or drink on the day of the procedure?

Yes. You may eat and drink on the day of any office procedure. If you are having surgery at Catalina Surgery Center or Tucson Medical Center, you cannot eat or drink 8 hours priorto the procedure.

Will I need to take any medications after my procedure?

Yes. You will be given a prescription for an antibiotic ointment on the day of the procedure to be used for one week at bedtime.

If I have a biopsy, when can I expect to get my results?

Biopsy results are typically available one week after the procedure. The biopsy results will be reviewed during the follow up appointment after the biopsy.

Please call us to schedule a consultation to determine the best treatment option for your individual needs.