Eyelid Surgery

In St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

The skin on our eyelids and surrounding our eyes is among the thinnest on the entire human body. This enables subtle movement that can be important for forming expressions, but it is a detriment when it comes to aging. Because our eyes are constantly exposed to the sun, wind, and elements, the skin is prone to damage. When you add in the continuing decline of collagen production (collagen is the protein that provides the structural framework for our skin) as we age, you have the perfect formula for sagging eyelids, puffy skin under our eyes, and an overall older, more tired appearance.

Dr. Tarbet is a board-certified plastic surgeons and they perform eyelid surgery to rejuvenate the eyelids and surrounding skin for our patients in St. George, UT, and Mesquite, NV. Dr. Tarbet is also the owner of Amara Med Spa in St. George.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, clinically known as blepharoplasty, has the goal of reducing the age of the patient’s eyes. It can be done on either the upper or lower eyelids or on both. Dr. Tarbet removes excess skin and tighten underlying support muscles. Fat is usually repositioned rather than removed. This keeps the patient from acquiring a hollow appearance. Bags beneath the lower eyelids are improved. This procedure is very satisfying for our patients. It is believed that blepharoplasty takes about a decade off a person’s facial age.

What Is Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty?

We also perform what is known as transconjunctival blepharoplasty on the lower eyelids. Surgery on the lower eyelid can be performed through an incision made along the eyelash line, or through an incision made within the inner eyelid. This method is called transconjunctival blepharoplasty. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty leaves no outer scars, and it can involve less trauma and bruises around the eyes. This can make for a faster recovery but It isn’t right for all patient scenarios, however.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good age for Eyelid Surgery?

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    Most over the age of 40 can benefit, this is especially true is a sunny and dry climate like St. George and Mesquite. Its likely Eyelid Surgery would be a good procedure to reverse effects of sun on your Eyelids. 

Am I a Candidate?

  • Eyelid surgery is in the top 5 of cosmetic surgeries performed every year. Eyes that were tired are now refreshed, and more alert. Popular among Men and Women, as eyelid aging has no gender preference. 

How long will the results last?

  • While changes made in surgery are permanent, they won't stop time. Your eyelids will continue to age, but they will begin aging from a younger starting point. Excess skin removed and muscles tightened will deliver results that will last for the rest of your life!

What Our Patients Have To Say

“Excellent! Great atmosphere very neat and tidy office everyone is very friendly and very helpful I haven’t had my eyes checked in a long time and I’m glad I did because I got what I needed. Great experience!” – Rachelle O. 

The Blepharoplasty Procedure

Drs. Tarbet has extensive experience with this delicate surgery. Patients can opt to have surgery done on either the upper or lower eyelid, or both. For that reason, the surgery can take from 45 minutes to two hours.

Upper Eyelids

On the upper eyelid, a small incision is made in the natural crease of the eyelid. This conceals any visible scarring. Muscles are tightened as needed, fat is repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed. Unless there is an abundance of fat, the fat is repositioned rather than removed. This avoids the hollow look that you may have seen from other botched procedures. Repositioning the fat creates the natural look that we seek with these procedures.

Lower Eyelids

On the lower eyelid, we place the incision just below the lower eyelash or sometimes within the inside of the eyelid (transconjunctival method). This depends on the patient’s eyelid characteristics. Additional excess skin may be removed on the lower eyelid if it is causing puffiness and excessive wrinkling beneath the eye.

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Patient Testimonial

"Dr. Richens is amazing! Very professional and very knowledgeable. She is very caring and thoughtful. Gorgeous inside and out! My mom had an emergency and Dr. Sharon Richens made sure that she was in good hands. Thank you so much for recommending Dr. Marcos Reyes. He is amazing! Her surgery was successful. Love Richens Eye Center, St. George Eye Center and St. George Surgical Center! Thanks to all medical professionals who helped us!"

Recovery From Eyelid Surgery

Another great thing about eyelid surgery is that the recovery is not overly difficult. After your procedure, you’ll return home with a cold compress that we provide and some lubricating eye drops. If you are diligent with the application of your cold compress you can minimize swelling and bruising. This is not a painful recovery, either. Pain is usually manageable with over-the-counter medication.

After one week, your stitches will be removed and your eyelid recovery is usually mostly complete. You may have some on-again, off-again slight swelling, but this resolves in a few weeks. You can usually return to work in just 3-5 days.

Risks Of Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries every year because it delivers great results and the risks are very low. Still, there are the usual risks with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, and the like. Specific to this surgery, risks involve injury to the eye muscles, difficulty closing your eyelids, and potential dry eye. These are all very rare; this is an effective, safe procedure.

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