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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

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One of the most popular procedures we offer is eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, for our Orlando-area patients. This relatively simple procedure can produce a dramatic enhancement, especially when performed by a specialist such as Dr. Edward J. Gross. Here, we provide answers to some of the most common questions our Orlando patients ask about eyelid surgery.

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Case 492, Lower Eyelid Lift

Suzanna | Lower Eyelid Lift | Orlando, FL. This is a hereditary conditon (blepharochalasis) that bothered her many years. Dr. Gross peformed a lower blepharoplasty with the SMF (skin-muscle flap technique). The lower lid is supported and smooth. Recovery was 1 week.

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 259, Facelift | Mini-Lift | Orlando

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 554, Patty | Mini Facelift | Eyelid Surgery | PRP

Patty | Mini Facelift | Eyelid Surgery | PRP.  This woman was bothered by sagging lower eyelids, droopy cheeks, and loss of elaticity in her face. Dr. Gross helped her with an outpatient procedure including a Mini lift, lower blepharoplasty, and PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections. Photos at 3 months show a marked improvement.

Common Questions

Who is a candidate?

Good candidates for eyelid surgery have cosmetic or even functional concerns, such as heavy upper lids that obstruct vision, which can be corrected with blepharoplasty. Some of the most common reasons that people come to Dr. Gross for eyelid surgery include:

  • Excess skin that obscures the natural folds of the upper eyelids
  • Loose upper eyelid skin that impairs vision
  • Puffiness in the upper eyelids that makes you appear tired or sad
  • Lower eyelids with skin that looks like crepe paper
  • Bags and dark circles under the eyes

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 much does eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of eyelid surgery at our Orlando practice depends on whether the surgery involves the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both sets; as well as other factors. At Primera Plastic Surgery, on average the cost ranges from $4,500 to $7,500, but your costs may differ.

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.

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.

"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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