Better than Potions

Creams, lotions, and potions cannot correct eyelid skin issues. Instead, a delicate combination of surgical techniques to remove excess skin and fat must be employed to restore the youthful appearance of the eyes. At Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) in Port Saint Lucie, FL, Dr. William J. Vinyard cares about and prioritizes the form and functionality of your eyelid skin.

What is Eyelid Surgery?

The eyes are an attractive facial feature that deserves to be visible; however, abundant skin around the eyes can produce a tired and unflattering look. As your facial skin begins to age, it is very common to experience wrinkling, sagging skin, and/or puffiness of the eyelids. You may observe an increased laxity in the skin of the upper and lower eyelids or the development of fat deposits in the lower eyelid region, which causes the "puffy" appearance in the mirror. Board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. William Vinyard uses blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) in Port Saint Lucie to reduce unwanted skin and rejuvenate the upper or lower eyelid, giving you a younger, more awakened facial appearance. In addition to brightening the eye area, Dr. Vinyard can improve vision for patients with large amounts of upper eyelid skin that may be blocking their sight.

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Who is a Candidate?

At your first visit, treatment alternatives will be explained by Dr. Vinyard based on your areas of concern that need to be addressed. Generally, ideal candidates are impaired by excess, drooping skin and folds on the top eyelid or bloated skin below the bottom eyelid. These conditions can cause vision difficulties that can hinder everyday life. For a rejuvenated look, eyelid surgery may be appropriate for you. If you have hanging skin that folds over on the upper eyelid or bulges and puffiness under the eyes, blepharoplasty can treat this to give you a more youthful appearance.

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Your Consultation

Dr. Vinyard appreciates your time spent in consultation to communicate your needs and goals with blepharoplasty in Port Saint Lucie. Our intake nurse or patient care coordinator will take your detailed health history. Once she has conveyed this information to Dr. Vinyard, he will then begin the consultation. You can expect to talk about the analysis of your facial aging process and facial structure. Dr. Vinyard will also perform a physical exam. During this conversation with Dr. Vinyard, you will be able to see your images while going through your options for surgery. You will meet with a patient care coordinator who will explain your quote to you. This quote is based on the plan you and Dr. Vinyard made together.

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What is the Technique?

General anesthesia or IV sedation will be provided depending on the type and complex nature of the blepharoplasty. This cosmetic procedure may be done on the upper eyelid alone, under or on the bottom eyelid, or a combination of both. In some cases, non-surgical laser treatment can assist with discoloration, while fillers can be used for more smoothness and softening if desired.


Upper blepharoplasty assists in decreasing the folds of skin that droop over the eye. This will create a more awakened and appealing look. An incision is usually made along the lid crease to excise loose skin and fatty tissue. The procedure takes about an hour to complete. Dr. Vinyard typically does not remove underlying fat in an upper blepharoplasty because it can cause a hollowed-out appearance later in life. In the rare case of significant upper eyelid fat, he will make an exception.


Eyelid correction on the lower lid is performed to reduce puffy and bulging skin beneath the lower eyelid. The incision is carefully made along the lash line to remove tissue and fat, and the skin is subtly lifted to allow for a softer look. Lower blepharoplasties take about less than two hours to complete. The lower eyelids take additional time due to the excision of the unwanted fat pads in conjunction with the excision of excess skin.

Laser Blepharoplasty

At Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, we have introduced a state-of-the-art way to perform eyelid lifts called laser blepharoplasty. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vinyard utilizes an advanced laser system to precisely remove the excess sagging skin on the upper eye. A blepharoplasty procedure gives our patients a more youthful and refreshed look while maintaining a natural appearance. 

The traditional blepharoplasty is performed with a scalpel, and Dr. Vinyard has performed this procedure for over ten years with excellent results. The new laser blepharoplasty procedure uses a CO2 laser with a surgical handpiece, allowing Dr. Vinyard to have even more precision during the procedure. His patients report less bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which has led to faster recovery.

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What to Expect

Blepharoplasty of the upper or lower eyelid can last up to two hours, considering whether one or both eyes are treated. After this outpatient surgery, you will need a week to recover and rest at home. A cold compress can help reduce discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The results of eyelid surgery in Port Saint Lucie can last years; however, the aging process does not stop. Other non-surgical cosmetic treatments at VIPS, such as fillers, peels, and lasers, can help you maintain a youthful-looking appearance.

The tissues surrounding the eyes are the thinnest on the body. Therefore, they are very susceptible to swelling and bruising. You can diminish the degree and length of time this takes to resolve by following Dr. Vinyard's post-operative instructions with a constant application of a cool compress to the eye region for 72 hours after surgery. This will decrease the amount of bruising and swelling so that you experience less irritation as you facilitate the healing process. Most people return to sedentary work after one week.

You will be able to return to light activities within one week utilizing a touch of concealer for bruising that may have occurred. However, you will need to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous work. You may also drive at one week post-operatively as long as you are not taking any pain medication and your vision is unobstructed. While outside, it will be helpful to wear sunglasses as your eyes will be sensitive to light. Four weeks after your eyelid lift, you can return to all activities looking and feeling refreshed.

Why Choose VIPS?

The Vinyard Institute for Plastic Surgery is the Makeover Destination, offering world-class cosmetic transformations by Dr. William Vinyard, a seasoned practitioner with over 12 years of experience, and his skilled team. Dr. Vinyard is known as the Makeover Master for his natural-looking, artistic results. Taking his artistic approach one step further, Dr. Vinyard serenades his patients with their favorite country songs as they go under anesthesia. Knowing the power of music to ease anxiety, he uses this compassionate approach to enhance the VIP experience.

Our Port Saint Lucie-based practice thrives on a unique blend of clinical expertise and exceptional customer care. Our emphasis on VIP-level service, familial atmosphere, and top-notch results sets us apart. With a focus on building patient relationships, safety, and cutting-edge technology, VIPS offers a world-class experience that guarantees unparalleled quality and successful outcomes. Join our community to embrace a warm, skilled, patient-centered approach that prioritizes your aesthetic journey.

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How much does eyelid surgery cost?

How long can I expect the bruising and swelling to last after my blepharoplasty?

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and crow's feet?

What about non-surgical treatments instead of eye surgery?

How much does eyelid surgery cost?

Blepharoplasty costs can vary depending on whether you have an upper eyelid lift, lower, or both. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Vinyard can go over estimated costs. To get natural-looking results that last a long time, it is better to choose a skilled plastic surgeon you trust, like Dr. Vinyard, instead of trying to find the cheapest place. To make it easy to afford an excellent eyelid lift, VIPS accepts many payment methods, and we can help you find low-interest financing.

The cost of blepharoplasty will be determined once you have consulted with Dr. Vinyard and decided on the best single procedure or combination to provide you with the most refreshed look. Your eyelid surgery costs include Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee, and any facial garments. His professional fee consists of the initial consultation, pre-operative visit, and all post-operative visits associated with the blepharoplasty.

How long can I expect the bruising and swelling to last after my blepharoplasty?

Bruising after a blepharoplasty will usually remain for 10-14 days. By the end of week one, most of the bruising can be covered with some concealer. We can suggest some options for concealer during your post-op visits. Swelling after blepharoplasty is the most obvious during the first week. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and tends to hold tissue swelling. However, you can minimize this by consistently placing cool, moist gauze over the eyes for the first 72 hours. Most of the swelling will resolve in three weeks, but the amount that persists toward the third week will most likely be perceived only by you. You are examining yourself in the mirror much more closely than others do after your eyelid surgery. You will see Dr. Vinyard ten days after your procedure to have your sutures removed and at three weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, and one year.

What are some other benefits of an eyelid lift?

Eyelid surgery not only helps refresh your appearance but can also improve other aspects of your life. You may find your field of vision expanding when hanging skin from your upper eyelid is removed. Applying eye makeup when your upper eyelid is smooth can also be easier. Eliminating fine lines, “crepey” skin, puffy bags, and dark circles under your eyes can make your eyes look brighter and fuller without cosmetics.

Will an eyelid lift fix wrinkles and crow's feet?

Wrinkles on your forehead and the corners of your eyes (crow's feet) may be better corrected with a facelift or brow lift because the results of the eyelid surgery are confined to the eyelids only. Eyelid surgery can be combined with a nonsurgical procedure such as BOTOX, which combats wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. An injectable filler can also be effective because it adds volume to hollow areas for a smoother appearance.

Commonly, eyelid lifts can be performed in conjunction with one or a combination of the following procedures: mini-facelift (cheek lift), facelift (cheek and neck lift), endoscopic brow lift, traditional brow lift, and micro-liposuction of the jowls and sub-mental (area under the chin) regions.

What about non-surgical treatments instead of eye surgery?

Non-invasive skin tightening procedures and injectable treatments (for example, Restylane, Juvéderm, and BOTOX) can provide some improvements. However, if you have moderate-to-severe sagging skin or want long-lasting results, an eyelid lift would be better than non-surgical treatments. After you have talked to Dr. Vinyard about your concerns and goals for your eyes, he can explain his recommendations for your non-surgical or surgical treatment plan. He may also suggest both surgical and non-surgical procedures for your best results.

Eyes That Look Years Younger

If you find it difficult to see or apply makeup because of folds of skin on the upper eyelid or suffer from puffy bags under your eyes, then upper or lower blepharoplasty at VIPS may be right for you. This enhancement can help you look refreshed and youthful while offering a beautiful answer to your vision impairment from the skin. Whether you live in Fort Pierce, Palm Beach, or beyond, indulge in a world-class VIP experience. We welcome you to join the Vinyard-VIPS family, where our warm team will lavish you with personalized care and acclaimed artistic mastery, celebrated through numerous glowing five-star reviews. We invite you to contact our Port Saint Lucie, FL office to learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Vinyard.

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Plan Your Procedure

  • Recovery time: 1 week
  • Average procedure time: 1-2 hours
  • Post-op follow-up: 1-3 days
  • Procedure recovery location: Outpatient
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