The skin of the eyelids is the thinnest of any part of the body. Over time, the eyelid skin becomes loose and starts to droop and fold. If this drooping becomes extensive, it can drop over the eyes and cause vision problems. Droopy lids, or dermatochalasis, is a common condition that can also make a patient feel tired, because the brow and forehead have to constantly lift the lids up in order to see. Check out the following videos to learn more.
Patients often also complain that their lids feel "heavy" due to the force of the weight that the excess skin places on the eyelids. Some patients report that they look sleepy all the time. Many women say they have stopped using eye shadow and eyeliner because they have "lost" their eyelids under the dermatochalasis.
Fortunately, there is a procedure known as blepharoplasty that can eliminate this problem. This short surgical procedure removes the drooping skin and restores the natural contour of the upper eyelids. It not only eliminates the patient's visual problems and complaints of lid heaviness, but also provides an aesthetic compliment to the eyes.
Blepharoplasty is performed under light anesthesia in either an outpatient setting or in Georgia Eye Associates' in-office surgical suite. Patients can easily resume normal activities the next day. There is little to no discomfort postoperatively, with the majority of patients reporting only minor dryness in the few days after the procedure.
Blepharoplasty is covered by most medical insurances, including Medicare. If dermatochalasis is a problem of yours, contact the surgeons of Georgia Eye Associates and ask if blepharoplasty is right for you!