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Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

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For a rested, alert appearance that communicates the youthful vigor you feel inside, it all begins with the eyes. Genetics and age-related changes, however, can result in heavy upper lids or puffy bags below your eyes that may cause people to think you're tired or sad. Blepharoplasty, also called eyelid surgery, performed by Orlando facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward J. Gross can provide dramatic results with a minimal recovery period.

You can learn more about eyelid surgery from Dr. Gross, one of the few double board-certified facial plastic surgeons in the region, by requesting a consultation online. Or call our office at (407) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment.

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Case 326, Christa- Mini Lift & Fat Grafting

Christa.  This patient was bothered by a drooping neck, loss of volume in her face and heavy lower eyelids. Dr. Gross performed Mini lift, Lower Eyelid Lift, and Fat Grafting in the cheeks to help refresh her look. She looks younger and her neck line is restored. The incision is hidden around the ear and is not visible in this 1 month After photo. She is very happy.

Case 259, Facelift/Mini-Lift Case

Blanca. Facelift and Upper Eyelid Lift. She saw Dr. Gross in consultation for drooping cheeks, neck sagging and tired eyes. We performed Mini lift, Neck lift, and Upper eyelid lift to erase years of aging.  Her facial volume is restored with a more youthful appearance and tighter jawline. Upper eyelid is brighter and she looks 10 years younger.  Neck skin is smoother and wrinkles gone. Results shown at 3 months and Blanca is very happy with her new look.

Case 256, Blepharoplasty Case

Pat developed sagging of the upper eyelids and desired cosmetic improvement. Dr. Gross performed an Upper eyelid lift and her eyes are more open, inviting, and bright. A natural yet beautiful result is seen at 3 months, which was enhanced with the use of Botox. This is an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center in Lake Mary, FL with minimal down time.

Case 252, Facelift/Mini-Lift Case

Dr. Gross performed Nose surgery, Minilift, and Eyelid lift to help Debora achieve these results. Incisions are hidden and she looks very natural. She is very happy.

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Proven Techniques, Outstanding Results

Blepharoplasty is an extremely effective option for removing extra fat and loose, lax skin from the upper and lower eyelids. Although the surgery is a relatively simple procedure with a quick recovery, it can significantly improve the entire face by brightening and smoothing the area around the eyes. This versatile surgery can treat many common concerns when topical products fall short. These include:

  • Excess skin that can obscure the natural folds of the upper eyelids
  • Loose skin that hangs down from the upper eyelids, which is sometimes severe enough to impair vision
  • A puffy appearance in the upper eyelids that can make you look tired
  • Excess skin and fine, "crepe paper" wrinkles along the lower eyelids
  • Bags, dark circles, and shadows beneath the eyes
  • Lower eyelid droopiness

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Our practice is among the few that use computer imaging to show potential results. With the help of this technology, Dr. Gross can reliably tailor a surgical treatment plan for the unique needs of each patient.

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Blepharoplasty With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist

In addition to removing excess tissue from the eyelids, Dr. Gross makes necessary adjustments to the eyelid muscles for smoother, long-lasting results. Using a refined procedure called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, or TCB, Dr. Gross performs lower lid blepharoplasty without sutures or stitches. This leads to a quicker recovery and no visible suture line, because incisions are placed within the lower eyelid.

Dr. Gross may recommend a forehead lift for patients with an upper eyelid condition accompanied by sagging of the eyebrows. He may also suggest BOTOX® Cosmetic or laser resurfacing procedures to smooth crow's feet or other fine wrinkles. To treat circles beneath the eyes caused by dark pigmentation, Dr. Gross may recommend fillers such as Restylane®, RADIESSE®, or a fat transfer. Other options for rejuvenation around the eyes include prescription strength bleaching cream or a light chemical peel.

For best results, Dr. Gross often combines eyelid surgery with eyebrow lifting using brow lift techniques, endoscopic forehead lift, and Endotine® products or other complementary treatments such as BOTOX, a TCA chemical peel, or laser peels such as DOT CO2 or Fraxel®. Dr. Gross finds that combining treatments in this way often result in a much better overall rejuvenation that looks more natural.

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Gross has a keen understanding of the anatomy of the face. He uses this knowledge and his extensive practical experience to make surgical recommendations that fit your anatomy and lifestyle, creating beautiful results that you can enjoy for years.

How Much Does Blepharoplasty Cost?

The cost of any plastic surgery procedure is highly dependent on several different factors, including your geographic area, the severity of your symptoms, you surgeon's experience, and whether your surgery is performed in a hospital, surgical center, or another facility. Therefore, it's difficult to provide a precise number over the Internet. At Primera Plastic Surgery, the total cost of most blepharoplasty procedures falls between $3,000 and $6,000, although outliers on the high or low end of the spectrum are always possible.

During your consultation, you and Dr. Gross spend plenty of time discussing your surgical options. He also offers you a written quote that reflects the specifications of your surgery. Dr. Gross is pleased to offer his patients financing options to help them work eyelid surgery into their budgets. Our staff will help you navigate a plan that suits your lifestyle.

A Smooth Recovery

Eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center. Upper blepharoplasty takes place under local anesthesia with oral sedation or general anesthesia. When performed together, upper and lower blepharoplasty call for light general anesthesia, with a comfortable, easy recovery.

Temporary side effects include discomfort, bruising, swelling, and dryness. Patients can generally resume reading after 2 to 3 days and driving after 7 days. Most patients can resume work after 7 to 10 days, wearing contact lenses after 2 weeks, and strenuous activities and drinking alcoholic beverages after 3 weeks. Results can last 10 years or more.

To learn more about this procedure, please view our Eyelid Surgery FAQ.

"Blepharoplasty is one of the most gratifying plastic surgery procedures. The eyelid area is also the most common area of need for both men and women."

– Dr. Gross

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