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Eyelid Surgery FAQ

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.

Dr. Gross is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is committed to patient education. Request a consultation today, or call our office at (407) 333-3040.

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:

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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