In Pittsburgh, blepharoplasty 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.
Upper Eyelid Surgery
Upper eyelid surgery removes excess skin from the upper eyelids; reducing hooded, droopy and heavy-looking eyelids. During upper eyelid surgery, your surgeon will made an incision along the crease of the upper eyelid, removing the excess skin. Tiny sutures are used to close the incision which are hidden within the crease of the eye. If needed, a chemical eye peel is performed to tighten the surrounding eye area and soften wrinkles.
However, with advancements in fat transfer, invasive upper eyelid surgery is being performed less frequently. Instead, our clients are often opting for a minimally-invasive and scarless fat transfer to the upper eyelid that results in a natural-looking, refreshed appearance with little downtime.
Fat Transfer to Upper Eyelid
Fat transfer to the upper eyelid is a two-step process. Typically, fat is removed from the belly, thighs, love handles or back through liposuction surgery if body contouring is needed; or with a small cannula attached to a syringe if fat reduction is not needed.
The fat is purified and then injected using a special topographical layering technique (Figure 1) developed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dominic Brandy, MD. With the topography map, the smallest circle indicates the highest point and the largest circle indicates the lowest point (Figure 1: the black circle is the highest point and the green circle is the lowest point.) The fat is layered into the different circles, creating the desired shape and fullness. Layering the fat also guarantees the highest rate of retention. Typically 50 percent of the injected fat is retained, therefore the injected area is slightly overfilled to achieve the desired result.
Following the fat transfer to the upper eyelid, the skin is tightened with a physician-grade chemical peel. Fat transfer to the upper eyelid completely eliminates the need for a scar in the upper eyelid area and results in a very youthful, well-rested appearance.
EyeQ® Eye Lift
Lower eyelid surgery, or EyeQ Eye Lift, eliminates dark under eye circles and puffy, tired-looking eyes with minimal downtime and no visible scar. During surgery of the lower eyelid, the surgeon makes a tiny incision inside the lower eyelid or the pink of the eye and gently trims the under eye fat pads until the desired result is achieved. A single, dissolvable stitch is used to suture the small incision. Following the lower blepharoplasty procedure, a physician-grade chemical eye peel may be performed to tighten and tone the skin surrounding the eye area.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery) Recovery
Recovery from blepharoplasty will vary from patient to patient. Following surgery, the eyelid area will sometimes be swollen and bruised. The application of cold compresses and rest are recommended for three to five days. After this period, most patients feel well enough to resume normal activities. Strenuous exercise should, however, be avoided for about two 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 7-10 days.
When fat transfer to the upper eyelid is performed, recovery is very minimal as there are no incisions. Typically, some mild swelling and bruising will be present for three to five days following surgery.
Cost of Blepharoplasty
The cost of blepharoplasty 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.
During a surgical consultation in Columbus, your reasons for wanting eyelid surgery will be discussed as well as 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.