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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Eyelid Surgery (known medically as blepharoplasty) addresses droopy eyelids and bulging or wrinkling lower eyelid bags. When blepharoplasty is performed, its most often done with both upper and lower eyelids. Also its common to add blepharoplasty to a facelift and or laser resurfacing surgery.*

Laser Eyelid Lift: Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower Blepharoplasty are two different eyelid surgery procedures that can, especially when done together, turn back the hands of time against aging, specifically, facial aging. Upper blepharoplasty addresses droopy upper eyelids caused by excess skin and protruding fat. Lower blepharoplasty repairs lower lid bagging from three different bulging fat pads (often asymmetrically) and lower lid skin wrinkling caused by age related increases in skin laxity. This is an aging process everyone faces.

When your vision is sufficiently blocked to qualify and your insurance covers upper lids, patients gain a financial and recovery advantage when they elect to add the cosmetic lower blepharoplasty to their upper lid surgery. We encourage patients to seriously consider their lower lid condition prior to their consultation. Dr. Yeilding has unique skills and experience to offer patients this super specialized cosmetic procedure which is notoriously difficult for non-specialized physicians to achieve natural results. People will get this type of surgery just once in their lives. Our happiest patients get both upper lids and lower lids together and feel the immediate benefit of increased confidence and increased engagement when communicating with family, friends, co-workers, bosses and customers.

Dr. Yeilding’s Unique Surgical Approach To Laser Eyelid Lifts

Fortunately for patients, Dr. Yeilding has perfected a unique surgical approach using a precise laser beam to make incisions for eyelid lifts, instead of a scalpel as most surgeons do. Dr. Yeilding’s laser incisions are clean and precise, outperforming scalpel-based procedures for highly favorable healing and almost imperceptible scars. Another unique attribute to her lower lid lifts is that she uses a highly customized laser resurfacing technique to tighten and rejuvenate lower eyelid skin. About half our patients, referred to Dr. Yeilding from Orlando area doctors for droopy upper lids, find their upper lids are covered by insurance because they meet the criteria for “excess skin blocking vision”. Whether your upper lids qualify for insurance, or whether you become a cosmetic-only patient, all of Dr. Yeilding’s patients who receive both upper and lower eyelid surgery represent our happiest patients because they have a more complete treatment, achieving a balanced and harmonious look.


See What Blepharoplasty Can Do For You! Watch Richard’s Story…


Hear what our Orlando patient, Richard, says about Dr. Yeilding’s Blepharoplasty procedure* and how Dr. Yeilding helped him get the job he wanted despite feeling that his tired-looking eyes were hurting him in the job market. To Richard’s surprise, his upper lids qualified for insurance which helped him afford to get his lower lids bags fixed as well.

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View our Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos *

Eyelid Surgery Before and After Photos Thumbnail ImageWhen it comes to the difference Dr. Yeilding’s modern laser scalpel techniques make in eyelid lift treatments and facial cosmetic surgery, seeing is believing! See the difference Dr. Yeilding’s aesthetic eye and facial plastic surgery skills and experience makes to patients. Patients say they receive dramatic yet completely natural results. “Why would I trust my face to anyone else besides Dr. Yeilding?” – Blepharoplasty Patient, Robyn Benge

Watch How Suzanne’s Laser Eyelid Lift Changed Her Life…


Hear what our Winter Park, FL (Orlando) patient, Suzanne, says about Dr. Yeilding’s Blepharoplasty procedure* and how it changed her life. Suzanne for two years couldn’t wear mascara and in her sales meetings, she could tell people were not listening. But after her lid lift by Dr. Yeilding, everything changed.

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Did you know that your saggy eye lids can be rejuvenated with laser precision?

One of the most advanced plastic surgery procedures being done today by a small number of super-specialized facial plastic surgeons nationwide is laser blepharoplasty, or laser lid lift. For Orlando area patients seeking blepharoplasty (eyelid lift, eyelid tuck) those saggy lids can be a thing of the past because of Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding, at YMD Eye & Face, Laser and Plastic Surgery, Winter Park, FL. Dr. Yeilding has gained unique training and experience to become one of that very small group of experts who utilize this highly effective laser surgery technique for blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is a high art. Achieving an attractive aesthetic outcome that is natural and youthful is one of the most challenging tasks in plastic surgery.  Detailed knowledge of the of the complex network of facial muscles, facial nerves, and facial blood vessels, especially those near the highly sensitive eye, is the domain of a super-specialized surgeon.

During her fellowship Dr. Yeilding became super-specialized in Oculofacial plastic surgery and cosmetic facial plastic surgery. During her first 1000 procedures she developed an approach to providing customized treatment planning for each person.

Dr. Yeilding has perfected her laser lid lift by first becoming a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, expert in the eye and surrounding facial anatomy, and then achieving a second Board Certification in Facial Cosmetic Surgery after completing intensive oculoplastic and facial plastic surgical training during her fellowship.*

Click here to make your consultation appointment with Dr. Yeilding.  She is located in the Orlando area at 328 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park, FL, convenient to serve local communities such as Longwood and Lake Mary. If you want to learn a bit more first,  please feel free to ask questions of our staff by clicking here.


Asian Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery)

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 has strong experience in helping the approximately 50% of East and Southeast Asian woman who were not born with a supratarsel crease (double eyelid) achieve this goal.


Latin American Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery)

For Latin American individuals, the loose skin that causes tired and older appearance has a skin texture that is uniquely ‘doughy’ and Dr. Yeilding ‘s surgical technique offers optimal results.


Laser Lid Lift (Laser Blepharoplasty) in Orlando from Dr. Yeilding

Regarding any facial plastic surgery, and especially, blepharoplasty, Dr Yeilding’s believes:

“Achieving beautiful eyes is key to achieving a naturally youthful face.”

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The classic reference about the eyes being the window to the soul, is emblematic of the importance of our eyes and how we relate to the world.  Of the 43 facial muscles, according to noted  Psychology Professor, Dr.  Paul Ekman, most are connected to the eye brows, upper eye lids or lower eye lids. These muscles are responsible for the way we express our human emotion. Dr. Yeilding is passionate about helping people achieve their own facial aesthetic goals and the consideration of the aesthetic eyes as the most critical element to “get it right” is her primary mantra for patients considering any facial rejuvenation including blepharoplasty.

Although it is not possible to get Elizabeth Taylor’s or Angelina Jolie’s eyes, Dr. Yeilding believes every patient has their own natural beauty which can be enhanced by undoing some of the things father time has put upon us. Those pesky effects of aging that have caused puffiness, sags, droopiness, & wrinkles to degrade our natural youthful beauty can be improved by a skilled surgeon with that magic combination of a conservative but confident technique. Dr. Yeilding’s extensive surgical experience in laser blepharoplasty surgery and achieving excellent results can help patients feel more at ease in making and living with  these important surgical decisions.

Dr. Yeilding’s laser lid lift, or laser blepharoplasty uses the laser as a precision pin point laser scalpel to make incisions that are self-sealing and have favorable wound healing, for minimal scaring.  She also uses the laser in scanning mode to resurface the lower eye lid, which causes the skin to tighten and be rejuvenated.

In your consultation with Dr. Yeilding you will be asked about your concerns, feelings and desires about your facial appearance.  Dr. Yeilding will conduct a clinical analysis of your face and skin. She will evaluate your facial proportions, skin type and texture as well as  muscle functions. Dr. Yeilding will use her best judgment and experience to provide her recommendation for you to most realistically meet your goals.

A leader in laser blepharoplasty, Dr. Yeilding is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She received her Medical Doctorate from the University of Alabama Birmingham, magna cum laude, did a surgical internship at University of Texas at Austin, and Ophthalmology Residency at Vanderbilt University which included oculoplastic research.  Dr. Yeilding then did a surgically intensive fellowship in oculoplastics and cosmetic facial plastic surgery with the highly regarded Dr. John P. Fezza at the very busy Center for Sight in Sarasota, FL.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Yeilding.


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“I had a laser lid lift with Dr. Yeilding and quite franky it has changed my life…. I couldn’t wear mascara and my lids came over my eyes and when I was in a sales meeting, I could tell people weren’t really paying attention….

After I got the lift, everything changed”

-Patient Suzanne


Understanding Blepharoplasty

In the hands of a skilled facial plastic surgeon, Orlando area residents can expect their laser blepharoplasty with Dr. Yeilding to address several important aesthetic and functional concerns.  Some of the most troublesome elements that can be addressed are:

  • Elimination of excess skin.
  • Elimination of excess fatty deposits that cause a puffy appearance.
  • Bags under the eyes can be reduced or eliminated.
  • Droopy eye lids that may interfere with vision can be corrected.
  • Asymmetry between left and right eyelid appearance can be repaired.

The most disturbing element of having one or more of the items above is that often it changes our projected appearance to looking sad,  mad, or tired. When this happens our friends and coworkers can actually treat us differently. Other times it is  as simple as looking much older than the age we feel. During your consultation, Dr. Yeilding will give you an honest assessment of your condition and your options and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Dr. Yeilding is expert at addressing these issues and produces results that can feel life transforming.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Before and After Photos*

Dr. Yeilding has performed blepharoplasty (laser eyelid lift surgery) on a wide range of patient ages both male and female. Most candidates in the greater Orlando area, are seeking to address droopy lids, a tired, or angry appearance, or an aged look beyond how they feel. At YMD Eye & Face, Dr. Yeilding takes these patient complaints seriously and is able to offer her special laser blepharoplasty, or Laser Lid Lift to patients with high confidence in achieving a positive result.


Lower Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Male, Age 36 *


Upper Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Female, Age 41*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Asian Female, Age 43*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Latin Female, Age 47 *


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Laser Upper Blepharoplasty – Female, Age 48 *


Upper Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Female, Age 52*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Female, Age 54 *


Upper and Lower Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Male, Age 56 *

Upper Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Surgery) – Female, Age 61*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty – Male, Age 63 *


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty – Male, Age 63*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty (Laser) – Asian Female, Age 69 *


Upper Blepharoplasty – 72 Year Old Latin Female*


Upper Laser Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) – 77 Year Old Female*


Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty – 78 Year Old Male*


Upper Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyelid Lift Surgery) – 78 Year Old Female*

Dr. Yeilding’s Eyelid Surgery Patient Stories *


Robyn’s Story…

Click the video link above to hear Robyn’s story of her devastating facial asymmetry from Bells Palsy and how Dr. Yeilding helped her be the beautiful bride inside.

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Robyn is a very special lady that moved our team to tears because of her expression of happiness and gratitude at her results from Dr. Yeilding. Robyn just wanted to be a normal beautiful bride, but was dealing with severe facial asymmetry cause by Bells Palsy she felt devastated. Dr. Yeilding treated Robyn with highly customized Botox injections to her forehead, glabella, crow’s feet, upper lip and to her platysma muscle to dramatically improve her facial symmetry. Dr. Yeilding then performed both cosmetic upper eyelid blepharoplasty and cosmetic lower eyelid blepharoplasty with CO2 laser resurfacing to lower lids several months ahead of her planned wedding. As the wedding approached, Dr. Yeilding further improved Robyn’s symmetry with a renewal of prior Botox injections for symmetry, but now including her depressor angulioris (DAO- aka corner of mouth) and used Juvéderm filler injected to left side of lower lip to improve Robyn’s lip symmetry and overall facial symmetry just prior to her wedding. Robyn got married and had the wedding photos of her dream with a little expert help from Dr. Yeilding.

Richard’s Story…

Click the video link above to hear Richard describe how Dr. Yeilding helped him get the job he wanted despite feeling that his tired looking eyes were hurting him in the job market. To Richard’s surprise, his upper lids qualified for insurance which helped him afford to get his lower lids bags fixed as well.

According to Richard his eyes were so droopy and puffy he looked “past prime”. He felt his aged appearance was preventing him from getting a job after many months of job interviews. After getting his insurance upper eyelid blepharoplasty for excess skin blocking vision and also his cosmetic lower lid transconjunctival blepharoplasty for fat pad sculpting followed by Dr. Yeilding’s signature CO2 laser resurfacing for his lower lids, he not only got a job one month later, he got the job he specifically wanted.


More Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Stories…


Hear Lisa describe how upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with Dr. Yeilding helped her look as good on the outside as she felt on the inside. She wasn’t feeling her age, but felt she was starting to look it. Hear how Dr. Yeilding helped make Lisa look more alert, awake and rested.


Hear Coco describe the whole new world he felt after his upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with Dr. Yeilding. As a minster, he described having a conversation with someone, when that person asked if they were boring him (because drooping eyelids made his eyes look half closed, even though he was fully engaged). It was affecting his entire life outlook and he was getting concerned.


Hear how fitness trainer Yatska describe how upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) with Dr. Yeilding helped her feel more confident, look younger and feel more alive, after looking tired all the time.

Preparing for Blepharoplasty

Generally all surgery carries some risk, however the risks associated with blepharoplasty and laser blepharoplasty are low.  Dr. Yeilding will perform your laser blepharoplasty at on an outpatient basis at the Downtown Surgery Center, 801 N. Orange Avenue Orlando 32806. Dr. Yeilding brings her own 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.

Make sure you have a friend or family member provide transportation for you to and from the surgery center.  Smoking is not allowed during recovery from blepharoplasty surgery as your ability to heal rapidly and without scaring depends on your blood supply and smoking constricts capillaries that are critical to good healing.


Recovering from Eyelid Surgery

Orlando area patients who receive laser blepharoplasty from Dr Yeilding are often surprised that it is easier than they expected with less pain. Some bruising and swelling is expected; however, the diligent application of ice packs is helpful in reducing these effects. YMD Eye & Face is happy to provide you with plenty to take home, so they can be rotated in your freezer

Patients should avoid excess bending, heavy lifting or vigorous activity for at least 10 days. After an upper blepharoplasty, the  stitches are removed before the end of the week and makeup can then be applied.  Typically Dr. Yeilding’s lower blepharoplasty patients do not need stitches.


Your Blepharoplasty: Taking the Next Step

There is no reason to spend another day looking tired, sad, angry or just plain old when you can take the next step and make an appointment to get an expert consultation with Dr. Yeilding. Visit our before & after gallery to see prior results. Click here to request an appointment on line, or call 855-YMD-FACE (963-3223). Dr. Yeilding and our team will treat you with special care.


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Does Insurance Cover Eyelid Surgery?

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 Eye & Face and are billed through your insurance carrier.

Dr. Yeilding accepts insurance from many different providers. Learn more and schedule a consultation.

Insurance for Blepharoplasty

Insurance may cover upper eyelid blepharoplasty in the case when your upper eyelids are sufficiently droopy due to excess skin. 

In order to qualify for insurance coverage for blepharoplasty, several criteria must be met.  Also, your specific insurance plan must not exclude blepharoplasty. Certain employers obtain better insurance premium rates for their employees by excluding certain medical procedures such as blepharoplasty. Patients are responsible for learning about what their insurance covers.  Most importantly, the amount of Deductible you have, and the amount of the Co-Insurance will predominately determine what you will have to pay out of pocket.

Detailed Conditions That Must be Met for Insurance Coverage for Upper Blepharoplasty

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.


In order to qualify for insurance coverage, the medical testing and documentation of items 1 to 4 above are subject to insurance charges associated with your initial consultation, and are typically around $200 to $300. The conditions may seem difficult to meet, but Dr. Yeilding’s experience is that these criteria are often met for Senior citizen patients who have reached age 65 or 70, while younger patients may not.

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."



* DISCLAIMER: With all Before and After images, stock photos, Patient Testimonials or Reviews shown on the site, no claims are made that results are typical. Results vary with each individual patient, and results are cannot be guaranteed. All Before and After images and Patient Testimonials are Dr. Yeilding patients; however, all photos, testimonials and stock photos are shown for informational purposes only. All Patient Testimonials are individual patient opinions and do not represent claims or guarantees of results by YMD Eye & Face.