Riverton UT Blepharoplasty with Dr. Derrick Gale, ENT
Blepharoplasty 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, 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.
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. Blepharoplasty 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 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.
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.
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. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 801-506-6344 or visit us online to arrange your consultation.