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Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) addresses drooping eyelids and bulging or wrinkling lower eyelid bags.  Blepharoplasty is most often performed on both upper and lower eyelids. It is also common to add blepharoplasty to a Facelift or laser resurfacing surgery. *

Laser Eyelid Lift: Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty are two separate eyelid surgical procedures that, when done together, can help turn back the hands of time against visible facial aging. The upper blepharoplasty addresses drooping upper eyelids caused by excess skin and protruding fat. The lower blepharoplasty repairs lower eyelid bagging from three asymmetrically bulging fat pads, and lower lid skin wrinkling caused by age-related increases in skin laxity. Unfortunately, this is a process associated with aging that everyone eventually faces.

      If 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 specialized cosmetic procedure which is notoriously difficult for non-specialized physicians to achieve natural results. People will have this type of surgery just once in their lives. Our happiest patients have had both their upper and lower lids treated together.  They report feeling the immediate benefit of increased confidence and engagement when interacting with family, friends, co-workers, bosses and customers.

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

Fortunately for our patients, instead of using a scalpel Dr. Yeilding has perfected a unique surgical approach using a precise laser beam to make incisions for eyelid lifts. Dr. Yeilding’s laser incisions are clean and extremely precise, outperforming scalpel-based procedures for highly favorable healing and almost imperceptible scars. Another unique attribute of her lower lid lift technique is that she uses a highly customized laser resurfacing technique to tighten and rejuvenate lower eyelid skin. About half of our patients referred from Central Florida area doctors for drooping upper lids, find that their upper lid surgery is covered by insurance because they meet the criteria for “excess skin blocking vision”. Regardless of your situation, all of Dr. Yeilding’s patients who have received both upper and lower eyelid surgery represent our happiest patients because they have a more complete treatment, achieving a more natural, 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. *  Richard believed that his tired-looking eyes were hurting him in the job market.  Listen to him reveal how Dr. Yeilding helped him get the job he wanted. To Richard’s surprise, his upper lids qualified for insurance coverage which helped him afford to have his lower lids bags fixed as well.

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View our Blepharoplasty Before and After Photos *

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There is no doubt that “seeing is believing” for the amazing difference Dr. Yeilding’s modern laser scalpel techniques make in eyelid lift treatments and facial cosmetic surgery! See the difference Dr. Yeilding’s aesthetic eye and facial plastic surgery skills and experience makes to patients. Patients say that 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. For two years Suzanne could not wear mascara.  She could tell that people were not listening to her in sales meetings. But everything changed after her lid lift by Dr. Yeilding,

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

Laser blepharoplasty, or laser lid lift, is one of the most advanced plastic surgery procedures performed by a small number of super-specialized facial plastic surgeons nationwide. For Central Florida area patients seeking blepharoplasty (eyelid lift, eyelid tuck), sagging lids can be a thing of the past.  Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding, at YMD Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser and Plastic Surgery, has the unique training and experience to become one of that very small group of experts using this highly effective laser surgery technique for blepharoplasty.

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

During her fellowship Dr. Yeilding became highly specialized in Oculofacial plastic surgery and cosmetic facial plastic surgery. During her first 1000 procedures she developed an approach to developing a customized treatment plan for each person.

Dr. Yeilding refined and perfected her laser lid lift by first becoming a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, (an expert in the eye and surrounding facial anatomy). She then earned 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.  Her office is located in the Orlando area at 328 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park, FL.  The office is convenient to serve local communities such as Longwood and Lake Mary. If you would like to learn more, 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 extensive experience helping the approximately 50% of East and Southeast Asian woman who were not born with a supratarsal 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”. Dr. Yeilding ‘s surgical techniques offer 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.  According to noted psychology Professor, Dr. Paul Ekman, of the 43 facial muscles, most are connected to the eyebrows, upper eye lids or lower eye lids. These muscles are largely responsible for the way we express our human emotions. Dr. Yeilding is passionate about helping people achieve their own facial aesthetic goals.  Special consideration is given to the aesthetics of the eyes to “get it right”.  For patients considering any facial rejuvenation including blepharoplasty, the eyes are the most critical element.

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.  By correcting some of the changes that have taken place over the years, that natural beauty may be enhanced. The effects of aging that have caused puffiness, sagging, droopiness, and wrinkles degrade our natural youthful beauty.  But they can be improved by the conservative but confident techniques of a skilled surgeon.  Dr. Yeilding’s extensive experience achieving excellent results can help patients feel more at ease when making and living with these important surgical decisions.

Dr. Yeilding’s laser blepharoplasty (laser lid lift) uses the laser as a precision pinpoint laser scalpel. The small, precise incisions 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 by causing the skin to tighten and appear 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. She completed 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 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, Central Florida 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 may 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.
  • Drooping eye lids that may interfere with vision can be corrected.
  • Asymmetry between the appearance of the left and right eyelid can be repaired.

The most troubling element of having one or more of these items is that it can change our projected appearance into looking sad, mad, or tired. When this happens, friends and coworkers may misunderstand and treat us differently. However, it may be as simple as looking much older than the age we feel. During your consultation, Dr. Yeilding will give you an honest assessment of your situation and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. Dr. Yeilding is expert at addressing these issues and producing results that can feel life changing.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) Before and After Photos*

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. *

Over her career, Dr. Yeilding has refined her Laser Lid-Lift by first becoming a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, an expert in the eye and the surrounding facial anatomy.  She then earned a second Board Certification in Facial Cosmetic Surgery after completing intensive oculoplastic and facial plastic surgical training during her fellowship. *


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 Facial Plastic Surgery 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 Facial Plastic Surgery 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 Facial Plastic Surgery.