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Droopy eyelids and pockets of fat can change the shape of the eyes, leaving you looking tired, listless, and even sullen or angry. 

Dr. David Mills provides blepharoplasty procedures to smooth, define, and open the eyes, restoring an attractive, alert appearance.

Learn more about customized blepharoplasty procedures at our Pensacola, FL, practice…

What Is Blepharoplasty?

A blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can eliminate signs of aging around your eye. Your procedure may include removal of excess skin, tightening wrinkles and muscle tissue, and repositioning of fat deposits. Dr. Mills customizes every blepharoplasty procedure to address the unique needs of our patients at our Pensacola, Florida, surgical center. 
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A blepharoplasty can address sagging or bulging eyelids for a more youthful appearance. 

Am I A Good Candidate for Blepharoplasty?

​We treat a wide range of adult patients with eyelid surgery at our Pensacola, Florida, practice. To qualify for blepharoplasty patients should...

Be in Good Overall Health

Dr. Mills will perform a physical examination prior to recommending surgery. You will need to provide a thorough medical history and any prior surgery you have undergone in the past. Current or past conditions such as glaucoma, auto-immune disorders, thyroid problems and uncontrolled diabetes can increase the chance of risks during a blepharoplasty. 

Not Smoke

We never recommend plastic surgery for patients who smoke because of how tobacco interferes with recovery. Patients that do smoke must quit several weeks if not months before their procedure to reduce the chances of complications and blood clots. Additionally, you must refrain from smoking after surgery to allow your body to properly heal. 

Have Realistic Expectations

While blepharoplasty can create a significantly more youthful appearance, it will not eliminate all facial wrinkles and signs of aging. We will discuss your goals from the procedure and may recommend additional treatments to achieve the results you desire. Facial-liposculpture, Botox, skin resurfacing, and facelifts, all help to enhance your appearance for more dramatic cosmetic rejuvenation.  

Learn More about Mills Eye and Facial Surgery

With extensive experience in oculofacial and cosmetic facial surgery, Dr. Mills has the artistic and surgical skills to effectively treat the delicate anatomy of the eyelids. One of the few surgeons to be certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mills has specialized training to address a wide range of patients in the greater Pensacola area. 

Recognized as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists,” Dr. Mills utilizes advanced techniques to minimize pain and scarring from eyelid surgery. Patients trust our level of knowledge in the field as our personalized care to deliver superior results. If you are considering a blepharoplasty, schedule a consultation at our Pensacola, Florida, office today. You can reach a member of our friendly staff online or by calling:

(850) 266-7500

Dr. Mills

Read What Patients  Have to Say...

"After having surgery here my sight is better than I could have imagined.   The staff is always kind and courteous.  Dr Mills and Dr Mayes are on top of their game.  They have the latest equipment and technology.  All of this is apart of the A team that they lead.  So no you know why they are the best in their field hands down and vote number 1."
Warren Blount

What happens during eyelid surgery?

Treatment Timeline

Here is what patients can expect at our Pensacola, Florida, practice when they undergo eyelid plastic surgery...
"...we utilize advanced techniques to minimize pain and scarring from eyelid surgery."

Day of Procedure

"...we utilize advanced techniques to minimize pain and scarring from eyelid surgery."


We will meet with you to discuss your aesthetic concerns and any vision trouble you are having. From there, you design a custom surgical plan to target the areas of your eyes that need enhancement. 


When you arrive at our Pensacola surgical center, we begin the procedure by administering anesthesia to numb the eye area. We can also administer IV sedation to induce a state of relaxation.


If you are opting for both upper and lower blepharoplasty, we typically begin with the upper. The surgeon makes an incision along the fold of the upper eyelid. On the lower eyelid, and an incision is made just below the lashes.


The doctor will remove excess skin, fat, and muscle tissue from these access points. We will redistribute the fat and muscle tissue, and redraw the newly tightened skin to ensure everything lays smoothly before closing the incisions. 


Blepharoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home and rest after the operation. We recommend applying ice packs to the eyes the night after the surgery. You will need to return to the office in the next few days so we can remove any stitches and assess your recovery.

Look at the Difference Blepharoplasty can Make

Notice the heaviness and sagging of the eyes before the upper eyelid blepharoplasty. After the procedure, the patient has a more defined eyelid crease adding youthful definition to the eye area. 
Before treatment
After treatment

You Are in Expert Hands With Dr. Mills...

"Every visit I have made gave me confidence that my eyes were in expert hands.  Not just "hand-holding," but information, honesty, answers, and great outcomes." Fran Clement

Recovering from Eyelid Surgery

Mitigate Pain and Side Effects

Some pain, swelling, and bruising are expected, especially are the first few days after your eyelid surgery. We recommend applying ice packs to the eyes several times in the first 24 hours post-op to alleviate the swelling. Dr. Mills can prescribe medication to help reduce your level of pain and discomfort.

Avoid Strenuous Activity

It is important to refrain from anything other than light physical activity for at least one week after eyelid surgery. Do not swim, lift heavy objects, or partake in aerobic exercises. While you can walk around and perform simple tasks, make sure to get plenty of rest in the days after surgery and contact the doctor if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath.

Follow Instructions for Eyelid Care

Dr. Mills will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your eyes after your blepharoplasty. Clean the eyelids with any prescribed drops or ointments as recommended. Do not rub your eyes or apply anything that can irritate the area. If you typically wear contacts, do not wear them for at least two weeks post-op.

See Your Results

It may take 10 to 14 days for swelling and bruising to subside after your operation. You will begin to see your results once these side effects subside. However, it may take several months for the scars from the incisions to fade. Maintain your skin with minimal sun exposure and moisturizer. For some patients, the results of a blepharoplasty can last several decades and even a lifetime.

David M. Mills, MD, FACS, and Wes Mayes, OD

Mills Eye + Facial Surgery

Mills Eye + Facial Surgery is a premier oculoplastic practice offering advanced surgical options and effective, non-invasive cosmetic treatments. Our surgeon, David M. Mills, MD, FACS, has won several prestigious awards and is affiliated with various organizations: 

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons

Together with Wes Mayes, OD, Dr. Mills is proud to provide state-of-the-art ophthalmology and optometry to the Pensacola community. To discuss your goals with our doctors, request an appointment online or call us at (850) 266-7500.

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