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Eyelid Surgery (Upper and Lower Blepharoplasty) – Pittsburgh, PA

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About Eyelid Surgery

Droopy eyelids or eyelid bags/puffiness can make patients look older, tired, or appear more serious than they would like. Certain eyelid conditions like eyelid ptosis can also affect eyelid function. At Today's Cosmetic Surgery, patients consult with our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Robert Chiu to determine if they are candidates for a blepharoplasty procedure, which removes excess skin around the upper and/or lower lids. The procedure also tightens and contours the overall eye area to achieve a more refreshed overall look. During a consultation for an eyelid lift with Dr. Chiu in Pittsburgh, PA, he will evaluate each patient's condition, their unique concerns, and goals, and determine whether there are special considerations and/or recommended approaches to ensure successful blepharoplasty results. Eyelid surgery has tremendous benefits when performed alone, but depending on the evaluation and examination, patients may also be a candidate for a combination of procedures, such as a facelift, browlift, or laser skin resurfacing, to achieve even better results and further rejuvenation.

Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for eyelid surgery:

  • Have eyelid sagging that causes them to look aged and older
  • Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
  • Have droopy, down-turned eyelids as a result of aging or genetics
  • Have bags and/or excess/crepy skin under the eyes
  • Desire a more refreshed, rejuvenated appearance
  • Desire a natural look
  • Have eyelid ptosis (droopy eyelids), which can be repaired at the time of blepharoplasty

What to Expect

In upper eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery, the incision is designed to follow the natural upper lid crease, and this keeps the resulting scars as invisible as possible along these natural folds. Excess skin, muscle, and fat are removed, depending on each individual situation. Dr. Chiu uses a meticulous suturing technique to close the incisions, minimizing the visibility of any scar and enabling a speedy recovery. Patients can return to work in as little as a few days, and swelling and bruising are usually resolved in 7-10 days. Most normal activities can be resumed after two weeks. In lower eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery, the incision is usually hidden under the lash line and laterally in the smile creases of the lower lid. Excess fat, muscle, and/or skin are then conservatively removed, trimmed, or repositioned. Occasionally, when lower eyelid bags are primarily due to excess fat, a transconjunctival blepharoplasty may be utilized, where the incision is made on the inside of the lower eyelid. At two weeks, most normal activities can gradually be resumed. Dr.Chiu's outpatient Blepharoplasty procedure usually takes from 1 - 2 hours, and slightly longer if droopy eyelid repair and/or multiple lid surgery are performed in the same setting.

Anticipated Results

With proper evaluation, diagnosis, and targeted cosmetic plastic surgery, results from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) generally make you appear at least 10 - 15 years younger, and results last even longer. Dr. Chiu believes that maintaining an aesthetically pleasing eyelid/eyebrow complex is crucial to maintaining a youthful, refreshed overall appearance. Eyelid surgery has tremendous ability to rejuvenate patients and offer a much more youthful appearance. Over time, some patients elect to have a revision eyelid surgery to preserve and enhance their results as long as possible. 

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No longer do you need to allow your eyes to age you beyond your years. Not only can you look younger and more revitalized, but recreating a refreshed eyelid/eye also rejuvenates your face overall. When you’re ready to transform your eyes and overall appearance, please feel free to give us a call to set up a consultation to learn more about eyelid surgery.

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