Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Offered at our convenient location in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

We are born with a twinkle in our eyes.

It’s a signature spark that defines who we are and how we see the world. But how does the world see us? Over time, our twinkle may fade. Aging causes the eyes to droop and wrinkle, often obscuring the glimmer within.

Dr. Dave Clayton can help rekindle your inner light with an eyelid enhancement procedure. Conveniently located in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, Clayton Plastic Surgery caters to the needs of the greater Salt Lake City community. If you are unhappy with the look or feel of your eyelids, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Clayton or one of his friendly, knowledgeable associates. 

Before and After Photos

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, can rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes so they look more rested and alert. It can be performed on the upper eyelids to lift the lids and make the eyes appear larger. It can also be performed on the lower lids to get rid of puffiness and sagging.

Upper Eyelid Surgery

The average upper eyelid hangs approximately one or two millimeters over the top edge of the cornea. When a person’s lids droop further than that, it can obstruct their view and alter their appearance. Sagging upper eyelids may be a symptom of blepharoptosis, a muscular disorder that prevents an individual from keeping their eyes fully open without excessive straining or difficulty.[1]

Eyelid surgery can remedy the effects of blepharoptosis and raise your upper lid along with your spirits!

You may also struggle with a condition called dermatochalasis, characterized by excess skin along the top ridge of your eyelid. Regardless of the cause of your sagging upper lids, Dr. Clayton can help. Blepharoplasty surgery removes any unwanted skin and fat deposits as it contours the eye to your specifications.

Lower Eyelid Surgery

If your lower lid droops away from your eye, it may be a symptom of ectropion. There are several possible root causes for ectropion, including a subcutaneous cyst, Bell’s palsy, skin irritation, or even simple aging. Over time, our bodies produce less elastin and collagen, the building blocks of healthy skin. When these support structures begin to falter, saggy pockets and wrinkles set in. Getting older can make your lower eyelids droop. 

By tightening the skin and muscle under your bottom lid, blepharoplasty surgery can restore your eye’s youthful luster.

Dr. Clayton will study the underlying lateral canthi and fat supporting your lower lid before performing an incision.[2] By understanding the unique composition of your physiology, Clayton Plastic Surgery is able to deliver optimal results for your overall aesthetics.

The Benefits of Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery can perk up your appearance and put your insecurities in the rearview mirror. If you are dissatisfied with the way your lids look, consider the many remarkable benefits of blepharoplasty:

  • Lifting heavy, uncomfortable upper lids
  • Vision improvement
  • Removing bulges of fat around the eyes
  • Slimming and contouring upper facial features
  • Tightening and firming delicate skin
  • Supporting eyelid muscles as they weaken with age
  • Restoring elasticity on and around the lids
  • Removing excess skin

While it is impossible to turn back time, Dr. Clayton can do the next best thing: replenish your vigor. When you look in the mirror, you want an eager set of eyes to gaze back at you. Recapture that zest for life by contacting Clayton Plastic Surgery.

Ideal Eyelid Surgery Candidates

If you are a healthy individual in the Cottonwood Heights or Salt Lake City vicinity and you seek sleeker, tighter eyelids, then blepharoplasty might be perfect for you. Dr. Clayton will help manage your expectations and maximize your aesthetic splendor

Please let the doctor know if you have been diagnosed with eye diseases such as glaucoma, a detached retina, or chronic dry eye. Your health is paramount, and blepharoplasty is not for everyone. If you are a possible candidate for eyelid surgery, Dr. Clayton will bring your lids to the next level!

Book a Personal Consultation in Cottonwood Heights, Utah

It is important to be seen, but it is equally vital to be heard. The first step in your consultation process is telling us how we can help. Our attentive staff is ready to listen and eager to improve your outlook. We will assess your eyelids, formulate a plan, and inform you of every decision we make. After all, we are on this journey together.

Past patients have been gracious enough to shower us with rave reviews. Their kind words are flattering, but our main focus is delivering even more 5-star results to prospective clients like you. 

Preparation for Blepharoplasty

During your individualized consultation, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for eyelid surgery. Please arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from the clinic on the day of the procedure. Do not wear makeup to the surgery.

We ask that you carefully follow Dr. Clayton’s advice regarding which medications to stop taking in the weeks leading up to your procedure. Some supplements and anti-inflammatories impede your clotting ability, so be aware of which ones to avoid. 

Eyelid Surgical Procedures

The exact nature of your blepharoplasty procedure will depend on the issue you want to address. Dr. Clayton will tailor your treatment to the cosmetic goals you wish to achieve. After administering the proper anesthesia, your medical team will contour your lids to the specifications you desire.

Ptosis Correction

For most people, the iris is 80-90% visible to onlookers. But if someone struggles with heavy, sagging upper eyelids, their irises can be obscured. This is a condition called ptosis. Dr. Clayton can help repair ptosis by supporting the eyelid muscles. An upper blepharoplasty procedure removes excess fat and tightens skin. This lightens the proverbial load for eyelid muscles, lifting their shape and opening the eyes.

Lower Lid Reduction

Over time, lower eyelids can get puffy and bulky. Fat accumulates in the small pockets below the eyes, causing them to protrude in an unappealing manner. Dr. Clayton can firm up these lower lids with blepharoplasty techniques designed to trim and slim. First, the doctor makes a small incision along the natural crease below the lashes. Then, he removes sagging skin and unwanted fat. When the incision is closed, the lower eyelid is contoured to create a pleasing overall aesthetic.

Recovery from Blepharoplasty

Immediately following your eyelid surgery, a trained medical professional will monitor your progress. You may be given ice packs to lessen swelling and discomfort. Rest up for the remainder of the day and focus on a productive, positive recovery at home.

In the weeks to follow, please avoid rubbing your eyes. Wear sunglasses to keep out UV rays, but make sure they are not too tight. You don’t want to irritate your eyelids as they heal. Dr. Clayton will schedule a follow-up visit to remove any remaining stitches and check on your recovery. In a matter of a couple of short weeks, you should be able to enjoy the full splendor of your new look!

Complementary Procedures 

Dr. Clayton approaches beauty in a holistic way. He can achieve wondrous results through blepharoplasty, but you may want to explore some of his other services to enhance the surrounding features of your face. For example, you can reduce wrinkles around your temples and plump the contours of your lips with the help of injectables. A simple, minimally-invasive procedure can frame your beautiful eyelids and reshape the way you see yourself.

Eyelid Surgery Results

Blepharoplasty does more than enhance your eyelids; it brightens your whole face. Dr. Clayton meticulously crafts the lower lids to blend with their adjacent cheek lines, creating a subtle, seamless effect.[3] And when your upper lids are raised, your eyes connect with loved ones more openly. 

Eyelid surgery can liberate your look and cast aside insecurities. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, contact Clayton Plastic Surgery in Cottonwood Heights.


What Does Blepharoplasty Cost in Utah?

Every case is unique, therefore every procedure is priced individually. The cost of your eyelid surgery will depend on the specifics of your aesthetic transformation. Please call (801) 937-9650 to speak with one of our Utah consultants. We will deliver the results you want at a fair price.

Is eyelid surgery painful?

You will receive the necessary anesthetics to ensure that your blepharoplasty procedure is gentle and comfortable. Clayton Plastic Surgery prides itself on putting your needs first.


  1. Cahill, K., Bradley, E., Meyer, D., Custer, P., et al. (2011). Functional Indications for Upper Eyelid Ptosis and Blepharoplasty Surgery: A Report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology. 118, (12), 2510-2517. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2011.09.029
  2. Codner, M., Wolfli, J., Anzarut, A. (2008). Primary Transcutaneous Lower Blepharoplasty with Routine Lateral Canthal Support: A Comprehensive 10-Year Review. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 121, (1), 241-250. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000295377.03279.8d  
  3. Rohrich, Rod J. M.D.; Ghavami, Ashkan M.D.; Mojallal, Ali M.D., Ph.D. (2011). The Five-Step Lower Blepharoplasty: Blending the Eyelid-Cheek Junction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 128, (3), 775–783. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182121618