What is Dermatochalasis?
Dermatochalasis is an extremely common condition where the upper eyelid skin becomes droopy and overhands the eyes. It is a common aging change but some people have an anatomy or family history that makes them more prone to this condition. When dermatochalasis becomes severe enough, it interferes with the upper field of vision. It also creates a heavy sensation on the eyelids, limits ability of women to apply makeup, and has negative cosmetic effects. When the condition becomes visually significant, medical insurance covers bilateral upper eyelid blepharoplasty or eyelid lift.
Benefits of Blepharoplasty Surgery
Dr. Abroms has a great deal of experience performing this procedure. In fact, it is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the U.S, on both men and women. After surgery, patients appreciate an increase in their field of vision, have more comfortable and “awake” feeling eyelids, and note significant cosmetic benefit.. Visual field testing is performed at ADV Vision to determine if your dermatochalasis is severe enough for treatment to be covered by insurance. If it is not, there are options to undergo the procedure for cosmetic reasons and pay out of pocket.
Blepharoplasty Surgery Recovery
There may be bruising around the eyes for a few weeks postoperatively but pain is minimal. Stitches are removed approximately 10 days postoperatively. Heavy exertion must be avoided for 3-4 weeks to avoid opening of your incisions.