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.
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.
Blepharoplasty Before & After Photos
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Gary. Upper and Lower eyelid lift. Dr. Gross performed his treatment at Primera Surgery Center in Lake Mary/ Orlando, FL to remove the tired look. Recovery was smooth and he was able to resturn to work in 1 week. This a common procedure we do for men. A natural look is key, especially for guys. Results were enhanced with... Read More
Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty with Chemical Peel. Cheryl was bothered by the heaviness and puffiness in her eyes and the overall aging of her skin. Dr. Gross performed an Upper and Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty to give a younger appearance to her eyes and a 35% TCA Chemical Peel to give her fresh new skin. Upper... Read More
Kiara is a 35 year old Black woman living in the Orlando area. She was bothered by a tired look and swelling under her eyes. Dr. Gross performed a lower eyelid job with the stitch-less technique in about an hour to achieve these results. We also treated with Botox to soften the muscle contraction in the area. "This procedure is also known... Read More
Cesar was referred to Dr. Gross from Dr. Konrad Filutowski, after successful Lasik surgery. Dr. Gross evaluated for treatment of excess skin and hooding of the upper and lower eyelids. Following eyelid surgery, Cesar had a youthful look restored to his eyes that was balanced and natural looking. (Patients must wait 3 months between Lasik and... Read More
Facelift and eyelid lift | Orlando, FL. Dr. Gross performed a facelift, neck lift, neck liposuction, and upper /lower eyelid surgery to achieve these dramatic results. Her procedure was done as an outpatient at Primera Surgery Center in Lake Mary, FL and recovery was 7 days. Photos shown at 1 year with natural results and no scarring. The SMAS and... Read More
Denise was bothered by excess skin of the eyelid area and wrinkles, after years in the sun. Following Blepharoplasty and DOT CO2 Laser, her results are very natural and she look s younger. Dysport was used to enhance her results.
Debbie| Eyelid Lift | Blepharoplasty | Orlando, FL. This 58-year-old Orlando-area woman was bothered by heaviness of the upper and lower eyelids and a tired look. We performed cosmetic upper and lower lid blepharoplasty using a skin–muscle technique (SMF) for the lower eyelid. This tightens the orbicularis oculi muscle and maintains a... Read More
Blepharoplasty and Botox Orlando. Rebecca. 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. Results are shown 3 months after surgery and Botox... Read More
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 35.
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.
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.
“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
How much does eyelid surgery cost?
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.
What is blepharoplasty recovery like?
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.
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 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.
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What are the common side effects?
Eyelid surgery is a relatively simple procedure with minimal side effects. The most common are temporary discomfort, swelling, and bruising. In the 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 tiny whiteheads form. 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).
How long will it take me to get back to regular activity? While patient experiences vary, you should be able to read in 2 or 3 days, drive in 7 days, and go back to work in 7 to 10 days. You can resume wearing contact lenses in about 2 weeks. Strenuous activities and alcohol should be avoided for about 3 weeks. Bruising and swelling should dissipate in several weeks.
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.
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