Eyelid Surgery in Jacksonville, FL

The surgeons at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida are experts in many eyelid surgery techniques that are sure to improve the appearance of the eyes and create an overall more youthful appearance.

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Eyes That are Awake and Refreshed

As people age muscles weaken, the skin stretches, and fat may bulge around the eyes causing the appearance of fatigue and stress. The blepharoplasty procedure may be performed on either the lower or upper eyelids, but many patients prefer to have surgery on both for a more balanced correction. In addition, eyelid surgery is frequently combined with other facial procedures. It’s important to select a skilled surgeon who has expertise in eyelid surgery. We take great care during this surgery so that the eyes themselves are left untouched and unharmed.

“Recently I had a blepharoplasty by Dr. Rumsey, and my results turned out to be superb! Even after the initial consultation, I fell at peace and confident that it would be successful. I could sense the professionalism of Dr. Rumsey. His calm and kind demeanor made me feel confident moving forward. Thank you so much, Dr. Rumsey, for the beautiful transformation of my eyelids and that I can finally see better.” 

A.K., Yelp

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Surgical Technique for Blepharoplasty

Upper Eyelid Surgery

During upper eyelid surgery, an incision is made within the natural fold of the lid and extended outward. The incision will go out as wide as possible so that additional skin folds on the outside of the upper eye can also be addressed. Once the incision is made, excess skin, tissue, and in some cases a small portion of the orbicularis oculi muscle are removed. The incision is closed with absorbable sutures and the scar remains almost completely hidden because of where it resides in the natural crease.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

During lower eyelid surgery, an incision is made along the bottom of the lash line. This allows the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue. In patients who have puffy lower eyelids but good skin tone, an approach known as a “transconjunctival blepharoplasty” can be performed. This technique puts the incision inside the lower eyelid rather than outside. Patients who have dark circles under their eyes will sometimes have a deficiency of fat in these areas. Injectables can be used to help fill these soft-tissue deficiencies and can improve the appearance of these circles.  

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Eyelid Surgery at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery

We’re more than cosmetic procedures — we’re a lifestyle. And we’re more than just Ponte Vedra; we’re all of Northeast Florida. And with multiple providers and locations, we have the ideal specialist for every patient. Since 1993, PVPS has been serving the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL area. What sets us apart is our continuing education, our national trainers on staff, our Care Teams, and our reputation for exceptional results. If you’re in the Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, or Ponte Vedra Beach, FL area and you’re considering eyelid surgery, we invite you to book a consultation with us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Blepharoplasty Surgical Details

Eyelid surgery is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. It generally takes up to two hours for both the upper and lower eyelids to be addressed. 


Following surgery, the area around the eyes will be bruised and swollen. Patients should apply ice packs, keep their heads elevated, and apply medicated eye ointment for a few days. Some patients will experience dryness and minimal irritation following surgery. If these side effects occur, we can recommend ointments and eye drops to assist during the healing phase. Patients should protect their eyes against wind and sun irritation for the first several months by wearing dark sunglasses.


After surgery, scarring will not be visible because of where the incisions are placed. In the upper eyelid, the incision follows the natural crease of the eye. The lower eyelid incision will run just under the eyelashes or inside the eyelid. Scarring will be inconspicuous. Patients often comment on the fact that friends and family tell them they look great, but can’t quite put a finger on what is different. These subtle yet dramatic results restore a softer, more youthful appearance.


Does blepharoplasty correct crow’s feet?

Does an eyelid lift help improve vision?

Does blepharoplasty correct crow’s feet?

While eyelid surgery will reduce puffy bags and excess skin and may help contribute to some minimization of crow’s feet, to truly treat them, one will need a different approach. Botox® injections and procedures such as a brow lift are better options to help eliminate crow’s feet.

Does an eyelid lift help improve vision?

Yes, eyelid surgery actually helps improve the vision for many patients. Not only does it restore a fresh, younger look from a cosmetic standpoint; it eliminates the excess skin that may have been impairing vision.

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