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 double board-certified Orlando facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward J. Gross can provide dramatic results with a minimal recovery period.
Men and women come from Tampa, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, and beyond for eyelid surgery with Dr. Gross, one of the few double board-certified facial plastic surgeons in the region. You can learn more about eyelid surgery by requesting a consultation online. Or call our office at
(407) 333-3040 to schedule an appointment.
Case# 289. Blepharoplasty and Botox in Orlando. This 58 year old woman noticed her eyelids were sagging and frown lines were becoming noticeable. Dr. Gross performed an upper and lower eyelid lift, known as a blepharoplasty to achieve these results. Botox was used to soften her appearance and provide a more youthful looking forehead. Re... Read More
Case # 115. Blepharoplasty for Men | Orlando. Larry wanted relief from the heavy upper eyelids. His results after upper lid lift are clean and natural. His recovery was 1 week from the outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center in Lake Mary, FL. Read More
Case# 18. Results of lower eyelid lift, blepharoplasty in Orlando, FL by expert facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward Gross. He has been voted best, #1 by Orlando Magazine readers and is a thought leader in his field. Call 407.333.3040 for a Consultation Read More
Case# 274. Lower Eyelid Surgery. This Orlando woman was bothered by lower eyelid puffiness, a tired look, and sagging of the lower eyelids. Dr. Edward Gross performed a cosmetic lower eyelid lift, known as lower blepharoplasty, to erase the bags under her eyes. We used the trans-conjunctival technique (TCB), also known as stitchless. Pho... Read More
Case# 123. Upper eyelid lift results. This patient was bothered by extreme heaviness of the upper eyelids with stretchy skin called Dermatochalasis. It is an aging issue. Dr. Gross helped him with Upper Blepharoplasty in our Orlando/ Lake Mary surgery center. His vision improved after the eyelid lift. Read More
Case# 288 | Blepharoplasty | eyelid surgery in Orlando. This patient consulted Dr. Gross in our Lake Mary office for tired eyes and heaviness of the upper eyelid. Her diagnosis was dermatochalasis and Dr. Gross performed a cosmetic upper blepharoplasty (bleph) in our accredited, on-site Surgery Center to achieve these results. Her procedure w... Read More
Case # 66. Eyelid Surgery in Orlando, FL. Dr. Gross performed Upper Eyelid lift at Primera Surgery Center in Orlando to correct upper eyelid drooping. Surgery was followed by Dysport 60 units in forehead areas to improve the final outcome. She is very happy and looks natural. Read More
Case# 99. Results of upper and lower eyelid lift for 60 year old Orlando man. He had sun exposure and elastosis of the eyelids. This was followed by Botox therapy to produce a younger, more youthful looking eye with a natural shape. Botox therapy is used following all eyelid surgeries to allow the muscles to relax and create an optimal outcom... Read More
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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
If you are looking for a nonsurgical alternative to eyelid surgery, ask Dr. Gross if you are a candidate for fibroblast lift therapy.
Candidates for Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery candidates are healthy non-smokers who have cosmetic or even functional concerns, such as heavy upper lids that obstruct vision, bags underneath the eyes, puffiness in the upper lids, crepey skin, and sagging eyelids. The best candidates for this procedure must have a BMI below 30.
Edward J. Gross, M.D.
Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
With 24 years in practice, Dr. Gross’ quality of care and results have earned the confidence and referrals of doctors throughout the region. His emphasis on patient education helps the men and women he treats feel comfortable and supported during their treatment.
Blepharoplasty With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist
In addition to removing excess skin 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 may perform lower lid blepharoplasty without sutures or stitches. This leads to a quicker recovery and no visible suture line, because incisions are placed inside the lower eyelid. In certain cases, he may place a thin incision just beneath the eyelash area of the lower eyelid to perform a more comprehensive lower eyelid lift that tightens a sagging muscle, removes a small amount of fat and excess skin. This procedure is called skin-muscle flap or SMF. A natural look to the eye with concealed incisions is paramount to achieving successful blepharoplasty results for men and women in Orlando.
“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
Commonly Combined Procedures
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® or a fat transfer. Other options for rejuvenation around the eyes include prescription-strength bleaching cream with hydroquinone (HQ 4,6,8,10%), a topical retinol 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, Dysport, ICON IPL, or laser peels such as DOT CO2 laser or Fraxel® laser. Dr. Gross finds that combining treatments in this way often results 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.
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The cost of any plastic surgery procedure is highly dependent on several different factors, including your geographic area, the severity of your symptoms, your 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 $4,500 and $7,500 (NOT including anesthesia or facility fees), 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.
Eyelid Lift 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.
Days 1 to 3
You will return home the day of your surgery. We will prescribe pain medication to help you manage any discomfort. You can generally resume reading after 2 to 3 days.
Days 7 to 14
You can resume working and driving after 7 to 10 days and wearing contact lenses after 2 weeks.
Week 3 to 6
You can resume engaging in strenuous activities and drinking alcoholic beverages after 3 weeks. For these first few weeks, you may experience dry and itchy eyes, tearing, and increased light sensitivity. Temporary episodes of blurred vision are also possible. Swelling at the corners of the eyelids may last weeks, and you may notice the formation of tiny whiteheads.
Results typically last 10 years or more. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring is possible, although scars are usually well hidden. Rare complications include difficulty in closing eyes completely (usually temporary), a downward pulling of the lower lids (possibly requiring further surgery), or blindness (extremely rare).
From A Patient's Perspective
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How long does eyelid surgery take?
Each procedure is unique and the total time in surgery depends on whether it involves the upper eyelids or lower eyelids, or both. Most cases take about 1 to 2 hours.
What type of anesthesia do you use?
When upper eyelid surgery is performed as a stand-alone procedure, a local anesthetic combined with an oral sedative is enough to keep a patient comfortable without using general anesthesia. Combining upper and lower eyelid surgery requires light general anesthesia.
Is this an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
Dr. Gross performs all blepharoplasty surgeries as outpatient procedures at Primera Surgery Center, our on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgical and recovery facility designed with integrated surgical amenities. The surgical center features a private, confidential entrance.
How will this procedure help me?
Upper and lower eyelid surgery can correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscle. Patients who undergo eyelid surgery are typically very satisfied because they appear refreshed and alert. Also, they no longer have to answer questions about whether they’re feeling OK or whether something is wrong prompted by the appearance of their eyelids.
How long will the effects last? Eyelid surgery, just like all facial plastic surgery, doesn’t stop the aging process. But it will turn back the clock, and the results should last at least 10 years.
Can I combine eyelid surgery with other procedures? Eyelid surgery is often performed as part of an overall facial rejuvenation plan crafted by Dr. Gross. For example, he often recommends combining a brow lift with eyelid surgery to ensure the overall results look seamless and natural. Other complementary procedures performed around the eyes include BOTOX Cosmetic injections, a TCA chemical peel, or a laser peel to improve the appearance of the skin.