Lisa S. Bunin, MD, an Ophthalmologist & Oculoplastic Surgeon; Medical Director of Athena MedSpa & Laser Surgery

Get to know Ophthalmologist & Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr. Lisa S. Bunin, who serves patients in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the tri-state area.

Dr. Bunin is an award-winning, board-certified ophthalmologist & oculoplastic surgeon specializing in eye and vision care, custom cataract surgery, as well as eyelid, facial, and skin rejuvenation. She is the Founder of Athena MedSpa & Laser Surgery in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

With the talent of an artist and the training of a surgeon, Dr. Bunin is passionate about helping people look better, feel better, and see better. From custom cataract surgery to diabetic eye care, she offers expert medical eye care services for a wide variety of eye issues. An expert at custom cataract surgery, she was the first lehigh valley surgeon to implant a Multifocal Intraocular Lens, and uses the most advanced technology to improve both the vision and lifestyle of her patients. 

Aesthetically, her unique expertise with lasers, fillers, and aesthetic procedures, in combination with her extensive specialty training in the eyelid and facial tissues, allows Dr. Lisa Bunin to safely and artistically provide the best aesthetic results for all of her patients. 

Known for her gentle, steady hands, her artistic ability, and her expertise, Dr. Bunin can also be found on the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the Center for Specialized Surgery. She offers surgery with anesthesia in the privacy of her office for patient comfort and convenience. Many of the newer techniques she offers require little or no down-time.

In practice since 1988, Dr. Bunin has pioneered many techniques in the Lehigh Valley. While Botox was not available to other doctors in the region until 2003, she was the first doctor in the Lehigh Valley to use Botox medically in 1988. She was then the first physician to use the injectable for cosmetic purposes in 1991. She was also one of the very first doctors to train in and perform laser skin resurfacing. Dr. Bunin introduced laser resurfacing to the Lehigh Valley in early 1995, and has successfully performed thousands of cases. Even today, she continues at the cutting edge, developing and teaching new techniques in laser skin rejuvenation and dermal fillers to other physicians.

With a commitment to quality and attention to detail, Dr. Bunin was the first to use Radiesse to fill lines and folds and to recontour faces, the first to use Restylane to fill fine lines and plump lips, as well as the first to use the Titan, a light-based treatment to tighten lax skin on faces, necks, and the body. In fact, she is considered an expert on Titan, as chosen by the manufacturer and by her peers, and has developed the most successful protocols on its use. She teaches other doctors nationally and internationally, and has been the featured speaker at multiple medical meetings and webinars. She participated in studies for the FDA, and was the course director for Titan workshops in Switzerland, Spain, and England.

Among the doctor’s professional affiliations, she is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, the Foundation for Facial Aesthetic Surgery, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Bunin graduated near the top of her class from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1984, annually ranked as one of the top two medical schools in the country. She did a sub-internship in dermatology and extra work in plastic surgery while there. After receiving her medical degree, she completed a medical internship at Winthrop University. She then served a three-year residency in ophthalmology at one of the top programs in the country, Emory Medical Eye Institution in Atlanta, Georgia. She did additional specialty training in ophthalmic plastic surgery, which is plastic surgery for tissues around the eyes including the eyelids, eyebrows, and face, in Atlanta as well as at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

As the Lehigh Valley’s first oculoplastic specialist, Dr. Bunin is board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), whose mission is to serve the public by improving the quality of ophthalmic practice through a process of certification and Maintenance of Certification that fosters excellence and encourages continual learning. 

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery.

Recognized for her modern, yet conservative approach, Dr. Bunin has consistently been voted Best Aesthetic Physician, Best Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgeon, and Best Eyecare/Ophthalmologist by Lehigh Valley Magazine since 2006. She has been a featured expert on several radio and television programs, has taught many laser and aesthetic courses, and has written several articles about lasers, fillers, and new techniques. She has also performed research on a wide variety of projects, including cosmetic products and their effects on the eyes, eyelids, and skin; Botox and fillers; and cosmetic lasers. 

On the subject of her philanthropic endeavours, she is a supporter of: Susan G. Komen, the  American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Allentown Rescue Mission, Make a Wish, and the SMA foundation.

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