Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD | Winter Park, FL


Specialized Laser Eyelid Surgery in Central Florida by YMD

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. 

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Eyelid Surgery

What does Blepharoplasty treat?

Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty are two separate eyelid surgical procedures that, when done together, can help reverse 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.

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:

How Can I Prepare for a Blepharoplasty Procedure?

 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. 

Patients will only need this surgery once throughout their life. Our patients commonly have had both their upper and lower lids treated together.  They report feeling the immediate benefit of increased confidence and engagement when interacting with others in daily life.

The Benefits of a Blepharoplasty 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 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

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

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.

Blepharoplasty Before and After Gallery

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 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


Blepharoplasty recovery is relatively mild. Patients should rest their eyes and avoid direct light for several days after their procedure. Recovery may take between 5 and 7 days before returning to daily activities and work. 


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 by checking out our before and afters. Patients say that they receive dramatic yet completely natural results.

Our Technique

Meet YMD's Expert

Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding

Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Dr. Yeilding is looking forward to meeting you!