Blepharoplasty--Droopy Eyelids

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Droopy Eyelids – Why do my eyes look so tired?

Sometimes as we age, the skin around our eyelid becomes loose and begins to bunch up. This can cause our eyes to feel weighed down and to look tired. Some women notice that they have a hard time applying makeup to the upper lid or that their makeup is always getting smeared because of the excess skin. In some cases, the extra skin is so severe, that the upper eyelid skin is sitting on the eyelashes and interfering with vision. The medical term for this extra skin is dermatochalasis and it is treated via a surgical procedure called a Blepharoplasty. During this procedure, an incision is made in the upper eyelid crease, the extra skin is removed, and the wound is sutured together. The scar is hidden in the upper lid and is not very visible.

Dermatochalasis can also occur in the lower lid and this, in combination with more visible fat pads, can lead to "bags" under the eyes. Lower lid dermatochalasis is also treated with a blepharoplasty.

Often during a lid evaluation for upper eyelid dermatochalasis, additional testing such as taped and untaped visual fields may be performed to determine if the extra eyelid skin is blocking part of your vision. 

Guest Blogger:
D. Chimene Richa, M.D. Oculofacial Surgeon, Baltimore Washington Eye Center