Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Pittsburgh, PA & Columbus, OH
Eyelid Surgery can be performed on either the upper eyelid to remove excess skin and improve sagging or drooping eyelids or on the lower eyelid to eliminate puffy eyes caused by fatty pouches, under eye bags and improve the dark circles under the eyes.
Benefits of Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty):
Puffy eyes, under eye bags, dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes become more prominent with age.
Eyelid surgery is performed on both eyes during the same surgery, which is why many people refer to it as "double eyelid surgery".
When healed, eyelid surgery offers dramatic improvement to the overall appearance of the face, giving men and women a more rested, energetic and youthful eye area.
Eyelid Surgery Procedure
In Pittsburgh, eyelid surgery is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD, at our state-of-the-art; AAAHC accredited surgical facility located in Mt. Lebanon, PA. For clients who live in Columbus, eyelid surgery is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD at our nationally-accredited (AAAHC) surgery center.
During cosmetic eyelid surgery of the upper eyelid, your surgeon will make an incision along the crease of the upper eyelid, removing excess skin. Tiny sutures are used to close the incision that is hidden within the crease of the eye, making the scars virtually undetectable.
During surgery of the lower eye lid, the surgeon will remove the fat pads or under eye bags beneath the eye by making a tiny incision inside the lower eye lid where it is completely hidden from view. The scars will be completely undetectable when healed.
Recovery from Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Recovery from eyelid surgery will vary from patient to patient. Following surgery, the eyelid area will be swollen and bruised. Pain medication and bed rest are recommended for three to five days. After this period, most patients feel well enough to resume light daily activities. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for about three weeks. Bruising may take two weeks or longer to completely diminish, however makeup can be applied to help conceal the bruising.
Most individuals are able to return to work in about a week after surgery, depending on their occupations. When lower eyelid surgery is performed alone, cover-up makeup may be applied after 48 hours to conceal any bruising. If a chemical eye peel is performed with either type of eyelid surgery, camouflage makeup cannot be worn for 10 days.
Cost of Eyelid Surgery
The cost of eyelid surgery will depend on the type of surgery performed and if other eye enhancements are performed at the same time.
At The Skin Center Medical Spa, we approach surgical consultations with a highly customized, patient-centered process. In Pittsburgh, eyelid surgery will be discussed during your surgical consultation. We discuss your reason for wanting the surgery, the results you wish to achieve and your expectations. You will leave the consultation understanding the cost and recovery for eyelid surgery and you will have a reasonable expectation of the results you can expect.
During a surgical consultation in Columbus, your reasons for wanting eyelid surgery will be discussed as well and the cost of eyelid surgery. The cost of eyelid surgery will be determined based on your decision to have the surgery alone or if you choose to have additional eye treatments as well.
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FAQ's: Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eyelid surgery results are permanent, but it is important to remember that the aging process does continue. Over time the eye will show signs of aging, however the eyes will always look more youthful than they would if the surgery was never performed.
Can both the upper and lower eyelid surgery be performed at the same time?
Yes. Both the upper and lower eyelid surgery can be performed during the same surgery. Each eyelid surgery addresses different problem areas such as drooping upper eyelids (upper eyelid surgery) or removal of under eye fat pads (lower eyelid surgery). Eyelid surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
How long does it take to recover from eyelid surgery?
Most people find that they are well enough to perform daily tasks about five to seven days following surgery and can return to work, depending on their occupation, in about ten days to two weeks following surgery.
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual's physical appearance, but also to their self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.
Eyelid Surgery Alternative Treatments
Eyelid surgery is the only permanent solution to improve the appearance of puffy eyes, under eye bags and dark circles. However, at The Skin Center we offer a number of effective non-surgical or minimally-invasive eye enhancement treatments to soften the subtle signs of aging. These treatments include:
Chemical Eye Peels use a precise chemical solution to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin, revealing a bright, healthy, more vibrant complexion. Chemical peels can dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin tone and texture.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer that offers individuals with dynamic wrinkles smoother skin and a natural well-rested appearance.
Dysport® Wrinkle Treatment is an FDA-approved wrinkle relaxer that offers a non-surgical option for the correction of expression-related wrinkles, or dynamic wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes.
Dermal fillers are used as a wrinkle treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, add volume and fullness to the contours of the face and increase the fullness and plumpness of the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Latisse® Eyelash Growth is the first and only FDA-approved eyelash growth treatment for woman and men with thin or sparse eyelashes.
Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss all treatment options and decide which is right for you!
Eyelid Surgery Testimonials and Stories
Michrenee (9.95 / 10 stars) Everyone in the office was extremely helpful from my consultation to my post op visit. I am so pleased with my results and I would recommend Dr. Brandy to anyone, and I already have!!
Bhollerich (5 / 5 stars) Bags are gone thanks to Dr. Brandy and great staff. I had the bags under my eyes removed and a chemical peel in early May. It is the best thing I have ever done for myself. As an older mom of 4 children, 3 of them are in grade school, I was always tired and it showed. For years I had considered getting lower eye surgery and never did. When I finally decided to have the surgery I went to the Skin Center in Mt. Lebanon. Dr. Bandy and his staff were so through and caring. They explained everything and followed up many times after the surgery. The price they quoted was the price I paid. No surprises and I have many appointments. I am so happy with the results. I cannot say enough about the nursing staff, they were knowledgeable and fun. The entire experience was great. When I wake up in the morning no more bags. I am so happy. I say go for it! You won't regret it!