Utah Oculoplastic Consultants
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Providing expert care in eyelid and facial reconstructive surgery in the Salt Lake City and St. George areas. Eyelid lifts remove excess skin and fat, rejuvenating the eyes and improving the peripheral vision. Brow and forehead lifting take weight off the eyelids, smooth the forehead, and give a youthful appearance. Ptosis repair corrects drooping eyelids, improving vision and reducing a tired appearance.

Botox and facial fillers soften wrinkles, improve the appearance of lips, and rejuvenate the face. We specialize in facial reconstruction after trauma, complicated surgery, or congenital defects. Often I feel like a doctor is in a hurry to move on to next patient or whatever. Not the case with Dr. Harris. He is very thorough and even took time to discuss something not related to the procedure he performed.

Highly recommend Dr. Harris. Thank you for being so honest about the growths on my eye. There may be one day that I will have one of them removed cosmetically and I still will be coming to visit with you.

read more › Dr. Matheson Harris is a board certified Ophthalmologist and Ophthalmic plastic (oculoplastic) surgeon, also specializing in functional and cosmetic oculoplastic and facial surgery. A native of Utah, he completed his undergraduate education first at Dixie College, then Southern Utah University. He went on to complete medical school at Penn State University, followed by an internship at the Milton S. Hershey Medical center and residency in Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

read more › Dr. Matheson Harris, an eyelid surgery specialist in Salt Lake City and St. George, Utah, treats a variety of eye, eyelid, eye socket and facial disorders. He also performs numerous facial cosmetic procedures. Eyelid lifts remove excess skin and fat, rejuvenating the eyes and improving the peripheral vision. Brow and forehead lifting take weight off the eyelids, smooth the forehead, and give a youthful appearance. Ptosis repair corrects drooping eyelids, improving vision and reducing a tired appearance.

read more › Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you and are an important aspect of your overall appearance. As we age, the tone and shape of our eyelids can loosen and sag. Heredity and sun exposure also contribute to this process. This excess, puffy or lax skin can make you appear more tired or older than you are. Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty (pronounced "blef-a-ro-plasty") can give the eyes a more youthful look by removing excess skin, bulging fat, and lax muscle from the upper or lower eyelids.

read more › Brow lifts and forehead lifts address eyebrow position and loose or wrinkled forehead skin and underlying tissue. To fully understand the benefits of eyebrow and forehead lifting, one must be aware of the importance of the position of the eyebrows. Eyebrow position changes as we age. Our natural eyebrow position, the effects of gravity and fat deflation, how active our eyebrow and forehead muscles are, and previous eyelid, eyebrow or forehead surgeries (if applicable), all contribute to the position of our eyebrows.

read more › Botox, and the new products Dysport and Xeomin, are used to reduce facial wrinkles. They work by blocking a part of the nerve ending that causes muscles to contract, reducing the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that you see when you squint your eyes and furrow your brow, but relax away when your face is relaxed. Over time, dynamic wrinkles lead to the formation of static wrinkles, which are present whether you are flexing the facial muscles or not. Static wrinkles do not completely disappear with relaxation and are usually treated with facial fillers, dermabrasion, or other more invasive treatments or surgeries.

read more › The tears are made up of three key components. The outermost layer of oil is secreted by tiny glands along the edge of your eyelids. The middle layer is mainly water mixed with numerous enzymes and other protective molecules like antibodies that help to protect against infection. The innermost layer is mucus, which helps the tears to stick in a smooth layer on the cornea (see video at upper left). If any one of these layers is absent or out of balance, the tear film will not adequately lubricate or moisturize the eye and dry eye can result.

read more › Ptosis (pronounced "toe-sis") is the medical term for droopy eyelids (drooping of the upper eyelid) and can also refer to drooping of the brows. This lowering of the upper eyelid margin may cause a reduction in the field of vision when the eyelid either partially or completely obstructs the pupil. Patients with ptosis often have difficulty keeping their eyelids open. To compensate, they will often arch their eyebrows in an effort to raise the drooping eyelids. In severe cases, people with ptosis may need to lift their eyelids with their fingers in order to see.

read more › Ear gauge repair is often needed when someone decides they want to return their earlobes to a more ordinary size and shape. This is performed in our office using local anesthesia and takes 20-40 minutes on average. The earlobes, which are stretched out and now have redundant skin, are trimmed down and stitched to a normal size and shape. A thin linear scar will remain, but fades well over time. The ears could be repierced after a few months of healing, although replacing the gauges may not be a good idea as the scarring would cause the lobe to stretch irregularly.

read more › Festoons, also called cheek festoons, eyelid festoons or malar festoons, are pockets of swelling that usually form on the upper cheeks where they meet the thin skin of the eyelids. They are not your normal lower eyelid bags, but are collections of fluid under the skin, due to a combination of genetics, sun damage and poor lymph drainage. They can be worse in smokers or people with systemic diseases which affect fluid balance. Festoons can be unsightly and make the face appear tired and prematurely old.

read more › Pediatric eyelid problems, eye socket disease and tearing issues are rather common and require expert care. Children aren't just little adults, and need a physician with experience in treating their unique anatomy. Ophthalmic plastic surgeons, like Dr. Harris, are experts in treating many of these disorders and are available to assist in caring for your kids. Excess tearing from the eye is not uncommon in children. The tear drain is located in the inner corner of the eyelids and runs into the nose.

read more › Pterygium surgery is necessary when the skin of the eye (conjunctiva) gets inflamed and grows onto the clear part of the eye (cornea). This growth is called a pterygium and can cause blurred vision, eye irritation and eye redness. A pingueculum is a white or yellowish growth on the white of your eye adjacent to the cornea. It doesn't overlap onto the cornea like a pterygium. A pingueculum can get red and irritated and in certain people grow yellow and nodular. A pterygium is thought to be caused by damage to the skin of the eye, usually from sun exposure.

read more › Facial scar revision is frequently needed after trauma and certain surgeries. A keen understanding of both facial anatomy, the nature of scar formation and healing are needed to get the best result. Any time skin and deeper tissues are injured or intentionally cut, as in surgery, they will form a scar. There is no getting around it. Certain people form more noticeable scars than others and thicker skin scars more than thinner skin. Preventing scarring is crucial in surgery, and we employ fine stitches and use gentle technique for skin closure.

read more › Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids, usually along the margins, with oily particles, crusting and bacteria stuck to the eyelashes near their base. It can cause irritation, itching, redness, and burning or stinging of the eyes. Blepharitis is often seen in patients with rosacea, but most of the time the cause is unknown. Lid hygiene is the primary treatment, including hot compresses once or twice daily along with eyelid scrubs using a gentle soap. This helps to remove bacteria and built up oils as well as aids in the flow of oils from the meibomian glands along the eyelid margin.

read more › Skin cancer of the eyelids is relatively common and several types exist. The eyelid skin is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on your body. As a result, this is often the first area on your face to show change from sun damage and aging. Unfortunately, sun damage and other environmental toxins not only cause the skin to age but can cause serious damage. The presence of a bump or growth on the eyelid that is enlarging, bleeds or ulcerates should be evaluated. This involves examination and sometimes a biopsy.

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