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Riverton UT Blepharoplasty with Dr. Derrick Gale, ENT

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is a safe and effective surgery that tightens droopy upper eyelids and reduces bagginess under the eyes. With skin tightened and fat removed, patients enjoy a more youthful, energized look. Results can last for up to 10 years or longer with the skin aging from its new restoration point.

As sagging eyelids impair both the functionality and aesthetics of the eyes, it’s critical to use a facial plastic surgery specialist who has addressed the eye area in patients of all ages and ethnicities.

Dr. Derrick Gale is a specialized facial reconstructive and plastic surgeon. A unique combination of aesthetic sense and technical surgical skill will provide you with the best cosmetic and functional outcomes for your eyes.

Dr. Gale actively contributes not only to the community by treating his patients, but also the medical industry by publishing research and participating in national presentations. Whether your eyelid concerns are functional, aesthetic, or both, board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Gale at the Ear Nose and Throat Center of Utah will restore and refresh your appearance, so you look as good as you feel.

Dr. Gale Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery Utah

This page gives a thorough background on blepharoplasty in Riverton and Salt Lake City. If you have any specific questions that are not answered here or wish to make an inquiry, please contact us on 801-506-6344 or visit us online

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that modifies the skin and tissues surrounding the eyes, corrects abnormalities, or improves the aesthetics of the eyelids. Eyelid Surgery is a delicate procedure involving the surgical removal of excess skin and fatty tissue around the eyes and eyelids. By doing so, impaired vision can be improved, along with restoring a refreshed, youthful appearance.

What can Blepharoplasty treat?

Blepharoplasty can address most cosmetic issues associated with the eyes, including; 

  • Loose, excess skin that results in folding of the upper eyelid
  • Fat tissue that create puffiness in the eyelids
  • Drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of the eyeball
  • Fine lines and wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes

In some cases, droopy eyelids can be caused by a weak brow. If this is the case, occasionally injectables or more frequently a brow lift can be an effective solution to the problem.

Meet Dr. Derrick Gale, MD

Customized Consultations, Individualized Results

With a focus on improving both form and function, Dr. Gale applies experienced aesthetic judgment and surgical expertise to achieve each patient’s individual cosmetic and functional goals. While delivering the highest level of care and expertise, Dr. Gale and his team maintain a down-to-earth and comfortable atmosphere to put you at ease. 

What does the Blepharoplasty Procedure Include?

During your eyelid surgery consultation, Dr. Gale’s goal is to clearly communicate what to expect from the procedure and understand your desired results.

Leading up to your blepharoplasty, you should eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, and prepare your house and schedule for the post-surgery recovery. 

On the day of the procedure, you will need someone to drive you to the clinic. Before the procedure, Dr. Gale will be sure to address any last-minute questions and ensure you are completely at ease.

Dr. Gale will remove the necessary skin and fat tissue from your eye region. By expertly placing the incisions in natural skin folds, close to the eyelashes, or under the lower eyelids, he can conceal scars and ensure optimal healing.

Immediately following the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery room for a short period to ensure there are no complications. After this, a friend or family member can drive you home. 

As you recover from the procedure, you may temporarily experience some of the following; 

  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred or double vision (this is from lubricating ointment used to protect your eyes)
  • Puffy or numb eyelids
  • Symptoms similar to having a black eye

Improving Form & Function

Trust Dr. Derrick Gale to help you achieve your goals, whether they are aesthetic, reconstructive or both. View our before and after gallery to see the surgical skill and technical mastery of one of Utah’s leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.  

What will the Recovery Process Be Like?

Recovering from blepharoplasty should be a time of rest and ‘you time.’ It generally takes one week of proper relaxation, followed by a second week of reduced activity for the bruising and swelling to entirely subside. Scars will fade over a few months. To ensure you have a non-eventful recovery, you should follow these guidelines. 

  • The night following the surgery, apply ice packs for ten minutes on the hour. The next day, use ice packs for ten minutes every two hours. 
  • Sleep with your head elevated higher than your chest for the week following surgery, encouraging proper blood flow and minimizing swelling.
  • Do not wear contact lenses until the incisions have healed – usually two weeks after the procedure. Your glasses will come in handy.
  • Wear tinted, polarized sunglasses that fully cover your eyes and surrounding skin from sunlight and wind.
  • Clean your eyelids gently using the prescribed medication.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and submerging your face in water for two weeks after the procedure.

Salt Lake City Eyelid Surgery—FAQs

If you are in good general health, don’t have a severe eye condition, and are a nonsmoker, you are a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty. 

In some extreme cases, complications can include impaired vision, muscle damage, inability to close the eyes, and dry eyes. When performed by a trained and experienced surgeon, however, the risks are minimal.

Blepharoplasty generally takes between one and two hours, depending on the amount of tissue that needs addressing.

Many patients opt for blepharoplasty to be done in conjunction with another wrinkle-reducing procedure, such as a brow lift, or full facelift. You can consult with Dr. Gale as to how to best achieve the results you desire.

Ideally, blepharoplasty is a single surgery. In some cases, revision surgery may be necessary in the unlikely event you are not satisfied with the results.

The cost of eyelid surgery in Salt Lake City and Riverton depends on a variety of factors, including the scope of the operation and the time it takes to perform the procedure. Our team will provide you with a quote once you have met with Dr. Gale in a consultation. 

For a more rejuvenated and youthful look, patients often pair eyelid surgery with other surgical or non-surgical facial procedures, including a facelift, dermal fillers, Botox, or laser resurfacing. Be sure to let Dr. Gale know if you are interested in multiple procedures. 

  • Loose, excess skin that results in folding of the upper eyelid
  • Fat tissue that creates puffiness in the eyelids
  • Drooping lower eyelids that expose the whites of the eyeball
  • Fine lines and wrinkles of the lower eyelid
  • Bags under the eyes

For upper eyelid surgery, small incisions are made in the upper eyelid that hide well in the eyelid crease and often nearly disappear completely. For lower eyelids, external incisions are uncommon, and the surgery usually leaves no visible scar behind.

The procedure can be performed in the clinic or as an outpatient in the operating room, meaning you will go home the same day. If performed in the office, you will receive some oral medication to make you comfortable before the procedure. Some swelling is expected, and you will want to have someone with you to help you after the procedure.

The majority of swelling goes down within the first few weeks.

One nice thing about eyelid surgery is that the skin is not under tension, and because the incisions are well hidden, scarring is not typically severe, even for those with a history of poor scarring.

During your consultation, you will be thoroughly examined, and different options will be discussed based on the examination findings. The benefits of each option will be discussed, and recommendations will be made as to where to place the incision.

Typically, both eyes are corrected at the same time. This allows the best chance of having symmetric results.

Typically, patients only have one upper eyelid surgery in their lifetimes. However, in some uncommon circumstances, a patient may choose to have a second upper eyelid surgery down the road if they are unhappy with the results or accumulate excess skin laxity.

Upper eyelid surgery is typically performed by excising the excess skin of the upper eyelid, recreating the upper eyelid crease, and removing any excess fat if needed. The lower eyelid surgery is most commonly done through an incision under the lower eyelid. Fat is removed to smooth out the bags under the eyelids and improve the appearance. This can also be combined with skin resurfacing of the lower eyelid to optimize results. Removing lower eyelid skin is occasionally done if there is a significant amount of excess skin in the lower eyelid.

Eyelid surgery is a relatively short procedure that usually takes less than 1 hour. It is frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures such as facelifts or laser skin resurfacing (such as co2 laser).

Because of the medications used during blepharoplasty as well as possible eyelid swelling, you will want someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

The majority of swelling subsides within the first two weeks; however, some swelling and tissue remodeling continues for several months.

Swelling and a small amount of bruising after blepharoplasty is to be expected and will subside within a few weeks.

We are extremely careful when considering blepharoplasty on a patient with dry eyes. Incomplete closure of the eye due to over resection of skin can exacerbate dry eye symptoms; therefore, you will be thoroughly examined if you have a history of dry eyes before we proceed with surgery.

There are several purposes for blepharoplasty. These include improvement in appearance to provide a more refreshed and youthful look and may result in improved vision if the patient has a visual obstruction due to excess skin.

This depends on the cause of your visual obstruction or cosmetic concern. Upper eyelid surgery is for patients who have excessive skin isolated to the upper eyelids. A brow lift is for those with drooping eyebrows who have already had upper eyelid surgery or do not have excessive upper eyelid skin. A Brow Lift is also for those with cosmetic concerns regarding lowering or drooping brows.

There is no age limit; however, as we age, the upper eyelid skin tends to stretch like all other skin, as is thus typically done for parents who have had time to accumulate upper eyelid skin.

Yes, if a patient has excess skin that is obstructing their peripheral vision.

The incisions made during an upper lid blepharoplasty are placed along the natural crease of your eyelid and are usually not visible.

With every type of surgery, there are complications and side effects. With eyelid surgery, the surgeon must be conscientious about bleeding, the technique used, and providing symmetric results.

We recommend you stay home to rest and recover for the first 1-2 weeks following surgery. During that time, you may be prescribed pain medication to help mitigate your discomfort, and we recommend that you do not drive or make any informed decisions while on this medication.

Depending on the amount of swelling, you will want to avoid exercise or other intense activity for 1-2 weeks following surgery.

1-2 weeks following surgery.

You can bathe immediately after eyelid surgery. We recommend waiting 48 hours before showering and recommend patients keep soap and other products away from the incision for the first two weeks.

It is typically best to use glasses for several days after surgery as the swelling goes down. If the patient doesn’t have any dry eye symptoms, they can resume wearing contacts.

Blepharoplasty in Riverton UT and Salt Lake City, UT

Blepharoplasty offers a long-lasting solution to wearied, aged eyes. Dr. Gale’s highly experienced and diverse team at the Ear Nose and Throat Centre of Utah constantly provides the highest levels of customer satisfaction and results.

Dr. Gale’s expertise as a reconstructive and plastic surgeon places him in a unique position to perform functional and aesthetic surgeries to the highest possible standard. His training makes him one of the best blepharoplasty surgeons in Utah. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 801-506-6344 or visit us online to arrange your consultation.