Skin can lose its elasticity with age, causing the upper eyelid skin to sag. This excess skin can not only create an appearance of tired eyes, but it can also obstruct peripheral vision, create a “heavy” or “tired” sensation of your eyes, and cause strain due to the extra effort required to raise your eyelids. Excess, baggy skin of the upper eyelid is called dermatochalasis. Surgery to remove this excess skin is called blepharoplasty and we perform this procedure for cosmetic purposes or vision (medical/functional) purposes.
There are multiple conditions that could cause your upper eyelids to droop. If your doctor determines that the underlying eyelid muscle is weakened (ptosis), or there is a component of eyebrow drooping (Brow ptosis), you may be referred to a specialized surgeon for a more complex procedure. Call us today to schedule your eyelid evaluation and determine if you are a candidate for blepharoplasty.
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Eyelid Surgery FAQ’s
What happens during your consultation?
Dr. Mackenzie Sward will evaluate the underlying cause of your drooping eyelids by performing a thorough examination and measuring the mechanical function of your eyelids. If we discuss surgery, we often take photos for pre-operative documentation and insurance verification purposes. At some point in the process, you may undergo formal visual field testing, which measures the amount of peripheral vision that is obstructed by the drooping eyelids.
Will insurance cover my eyelid lift?
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Ectropion is the term for a lower eyelid that droops away from the surface of the eye. The most common cause of ectropion is age-related changes of the skin. When the lower eyelid sags, there is not adequate tear coverage of the eye and the surface easily dries out. Patients may experience dryness, irritation, redness, excess watering, or foreign body sensation. Surgery can be done to correct the eyelid position.
Entropion is the term for a lower eyelid that rotates in towards the surface of the eye. The most common cause of ectropion is related to age, but it may also develop from previous surgeries around the eyelid, scarring, or spasms of the eyelid muscles. When entropion occurs, patients may experience irritation, redness, scratching due to eyelashes rubbing on the eye, and excess watering of the eye. Surgery can be performed to correct the eyelid position.