Treating Eyelid, Eyebrow, & Cheek Problems With Plastic Surgery

Treating Eyelid, Eyebrow, & Cheek Problems With Plastic Surgery

Our oculoplastic and facial plastic surgery team treats abnormalities that affect the eyelids, eyebrows, cheeks, orbital tissues, bones, and tear drainage system. We specialize in both functional facial reconstructive surgery and cosmetic facial plastic surgery.

Functional Oculoplastic & Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Functional oculoplastic and facial reconstructive surgery involves repairing areas that are blocking or otherwise impairing vision. These can include:

  • Congenital defects
  • Eye/facial disorders
  • Aging
  • Burns
  • Tumors
  • Other traumatic injuries

Any of these conditions may require functional reconstructive and plastic surgery on and around the eye or eyelids.

Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery

With cosmetic facial plastic surgery, we understand that although surgery is not need to improve your vision, you may elect to have surgery to help improve your self image by enhancing facial features such as the eyelids. We can discuss your vision with you and work towards helping you look your best.

Because we are a part of University of Utah Health Care, we have an extensive team that includes other specialists in otolaryngology, neuro-radiology, neurosurgery, dermatology, and craniofacial structure.

Specific Services

  • Ptosis (droopy eyelids)
  • Brow lift/eyelid rejuvenation
  • Removal of excessive eyelid tissues
  • Botox and facial wrinkles
  • Eyelid bumps & tumors
  • Periocular skin cancer (skin tumors around the eye)
  • Orbital tumors
  • Eyelid malpositions
  • Eye Traumas
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Blepharospasm and squeezing disorders on the eyes
  • Facial nerve palsy
  • Eyelash abnormalities
  • Congenital lacrimal obstruction (tearing in children)
  • Dacryocystorhynostomy , DCR (creating a new tear drain)
  • Entropion (eyelids that turn in)
  • Ectropion (eyelids that turn out)
  • Thyroid eye disease (protruding, irritated eyes)
  • Enucleation and evisceration (loss of an eye)
  • Artificial eye and an ophthalmic socket disorders
  • Graves' eye disease
  • Dry eyes and tearing problems
  • Temporal artery biopsies
  • Congenital disfigurements

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Common Oculoplastic & Facial Plastic Surgeries

Ptosis (Pronounced Tosis)

Ptosis Is the medical term for drooping of the upper eyelid, a condition that may affect one or both upper eyelids. When the level of the upper lid margin falls, it can interfere with the upper field of vision. Symptoms include the following:

  • Decreased ability to keep the eyes open
  • Eyestrain
  • Eyebrow fatigue from the increased effort needed to raise the eyelids

Outpatient Procedure

The outpatient surgery for ptosis is performed under local anesthesia, so there is no need for an overnight stay.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty (Eye Lift)

An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (ectropion) reduces excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids. The overlapping skin often blocks normal vision and has to be corrected to regain a more normal field of vision.

Outpatient Procedure

During the outpatient procedure, excess skin and fat is removed. Usually the incision is barely visible and fades over time. A physician might recommend blepharoplasty if a it can improve the field of vision significantly.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

A lower eyelid blepharoplasty (entropion) reduces excess fat and skin in the lower eyelids. As with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the incision is barely visible and fades over time. A physician might recommend this procedure if it can improve the field of vision significantly.


Entropion is a condition where the eyelid margin turns inward. The lower lashes rub against the eye, causing irritation, scratchiness, tearing, and redness.