Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD


A Blepharoplasty (BLEF-uh-roe-plas-tee) is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the upper and lower eyelids. As we age, the muscles around the eye become weaker, forcing the skin to droop over the eyelids. YMD employs a distinctive CO2 laser surgical method that surpasses conventional scalpel techniques with our outcomes boasting precision, clarity, and meticulous refinement. Recovery time can be reduced, any scars virtually imperceptible and the outcome is far more natural.


Upper Blepharoplasty

Lower Blepharoplasty

How Can I Prepare for a Blepharoplasty Procedure? ​

Before consultation, patients should assess their eyelid condition. Dr. Yeilding is renowned for her expertise in this intricate cosmetic procedure. Board Certified by The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery and The American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Yeilding had intense fellowship training in oculoplastics and facial cosmetic surgery. Dr. Yeilding specializes in Blepharoplasty, and is passionate about delivering results that exceed your expectations. Typically, patients of all ages require just one surgery for both upper and lower lids. This transformative procedure often results in improved vision, reduction of lower eye bags, and a more alert look. Expect to feel a heightened sense of confidence post procedure.

Unique Blepharoplasty Procedures

Asian Blepharoplasty

According to Dr. H.S. Hwang, “Asian individuals pursue cosmetic eyelid surgery not so much to ‘Westernize’ their eyes, but rather to appear more open-minded, energetic, and youthful.” Dr. Yeilding employs a distinctive surgical method that surpasses conventional scalpel techniques which accommodates to the supratarsal crease (double eyelid). With a focused laser beam for eyelid surgery and lifts, her outcomes boast precision, clarity, and meticulous refinement. Recovery time can be reduced, any scars virtually imperceptible and the outcome is far more natural.

Laser Lid Lift

Dr. Yeilding’s laser blepharoplasty (laser lid lift) uses the CO2 laser as a precision pinpoint laser scalpel. The small, precise incisions are self-sealing and have favorable wound healing for minimal scarring. She also uses the laser in scanning mode to resurface the lower eye lid by causing the skin to tighten and appear rejuvenated. This increases the turnover of new skin cells and promotes skin elasticity. 

What Can I Expect?


Orlando area patients who receive laser blepharoplasty from Dr. Yeilding are often surprised that it is easier than they expected with no pain. Some bruising and swelling is expected; however, our team at YMD seeks to make your post-operation experience as smooth as possible. 


Downtime may vary from patient to patient based on age, genetic factors, and lifestyle habits. Blepharoplasty recovery is relatively mild. Patients should rest their eyes and avoid direct light for several days after their procedure. 


There is no doubt that “seeing is believing” for the amazing transformation that Dr. Yeilding’s modern laser scalpel techniques have on her patients. Be sure to check out our gallery of before and afters for eyelid lift treatments and facial cosmetic surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, often raises questions among potential patients. This section addresses the most frequently asked questions, offering clarity and guidance for those considering the procedure.

For those patients whose upper eyelids are sufficiently droopy to begin blocking your vision, insurance may cover the upper blepharoplasty procedure. The medically necessary elements of the examination, including photography and visual fields testing, are done at YMD Facial Plastic Surgery and are billed through your insurance carrier.

When Dr. Yeilding believes your upper eyelids may be covered by insurance, the practice must collect evidence to show all four (4) conditions below are met simultaneously:

  1. Your functional vision is being impaired by your eyelids, with the patient visual complaint recorded in the exam notes.
  2. Photograph(s) show Your Margin Reflex Distance (MRD), the distance between your upper eyelid margin and the white reflex (white dot in your eye as seen in a photograph) is 2.5 mm or less, meaning the amount of eyelid droop is significant.  
  3. Photographs show the excess eyelid skin is significant, and specifically resting on your lashes. 
  4. Your visual fields measurement (on machine in Dr. Yeilding’s office) shows significant (30% or more) visual loss from your droopy lids.

Insurance + Cosmetic (aka Upper + Lower Blepharoplasty) Gives Patients the Highest Satisfaction

Dr. Yeilding will often recommend cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty for many patients being seen for droopy upper eyelids.  It’s a natural occurrence with age, and genetics. When patients get both upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, they will get the double benefit of vision improvement and cosmetic improvement; however, the cosmetic portion will NOT be covered by insurance.Grahic titled "Tired of Looking Tired? - Upper + Lower Lid Laser Blepharoplasty" that shows a before and after photo of woman that received both upper and lower blepharoplasty, and highlights insurance covered treatment area (droopy upper lids) versus cosmetic treatment area (tired-looking lower bags) and says "Our happiest patients get both upper and lower lids treated. However, the cosmetic portion is completely optional. The choice is yours - it's only about what makes you happy."

Generally all surgery carries some risk, however the risks associated with blepharoplasty and laser blepharoplasty are low. Dr. Yeilding is accompanied with a highly trained surgical assistant with over 10 years of experience, including years of working together with Dr. Yeilding. The discreet and highly trained surgical staff under Dr. Yeilding’s supervision will assure you receive outstanding care.

Dr. Yeilding has performed her laser blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) on both male and female patients of all ages.  Most candidates in the Central Florida area are seeking to address drooping eyelids, a tired or angry appearance, or an aged look beyond their years.  At YMD Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Yeilding addresses these concerns by offering her special Laser Lid-Lift to her patients with high confidence of achieving a positive result.

Blepharoplasty may be performed with other facial procedures facelift, necklift, rhinoplasty, cheek and/or chin augmentation, laser skin resurfacing and dermal fillers to achieve optimal cosmetic results.

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