What is Dermatochalasis?
Dermatochalasis is a condition where the eyelid skin and muscle becomes droopy or baggy due to the loss of elasticity in the eyelid tissues. Dermatochalasis is extremely common and can be both a cosmetic and functional concern. Dermatochalasis can become so severe that it can block part of a patient’s field of vision or cause eyelid irritation and inflammation. It can also hinder a patient’s ability to use glasses or contacts lenses. This is known as functional blepharoplasty.
What Does Blepharoplasty Surgery Do?
The most effective treatment for dermatochalasis and droopy eyelids is surgery. Blepharoplasty surgery corrects droopy eyelids by carefully surgically removing excess skin, muscle, and fat.
Am I a Candidate for Blepharoplasty Surgery?
In order to determine candidacy, Dr. Abroms will carefully examine your eyelids and medical history. 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 & Results
After your procedure, you may experience some bruising around the surgical area. Postoperative pain is typically minimal. Dr. Abroms will remove the stitches about 10 days after your surgery. It is important that you avoid strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks postoperatively to ensure that you do not open your incisions.
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.
Is Blepharoplasty Covered by Insurance?
Certain types of blepharoplasty can be covered by insurance if there is a medical concern like compromised vision. During a blepharoplasty consultation, Dr. Abroms perform a visual field test and formal evaluation to help you determine if you meet the requirement.s
Is Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
If your dermatochalasis is impacting your field of vision, causing you skin or eye irritation, or impacting your self-confidence, blepharoplasty may be the right choice for you.
By conducting a comprehensive exam and review of your medical history, your doctor can determine if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty Surgery at ADV Vision
Dr. Adam Abroms of ADV Vision is an experienced blepharoplasty surgeon who is happy to help patients understand their options for treating Dermatochalasis. If you would like to learn if blepharoplasty is right for you, call or schedule an appointment at one of our locations in either Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, or Paso Robles today. During this consultation, Dr. Abroms can help you determine your options for treatment and better vision.