Dermatochalasis, also known as droopy or baggy eyelids, involves the skin around the eyes. The condition can be congenital or develop over time. It occurs when excess skin appears along the lower or upper eyelid. The result is a saggy or baggy look around the eyes.
Dermatochalasis and the Effects of Aging
Aging can cause dermatochalasis as the connective tissue is weakened and skin loses its elasticity. Gravity weighs loose skin down, producing a hood along the upper eyelid. A weakened orbital septum and herniation of orbital fat add to the puffy appearance. Dermatochalasis can also happen after trauma, inflammation, systemic disease, or surgery.
For mild cases, patients can use temporary transparent eyelid tape. This doesn’t fix the problem. The only way to remove the cause is through blepharoplasty, a surgical procedure that involves removing the excess skin, fat, and muscle. It can help improve the field of vision when performed on the upper eyelid but may be done on the lower eyelid for cosmetic reasons. Ancillary treatments may also be recommended, including:
- Topical antibiotics and lid hygiene
- Topical steroid treatment
- Temporary or permanent punctal plugs
- Punctal cautery
Finding the Right Treatment for Dermatochalasis
The most effective way to address droopy eyelids is to talk to an ophthalmologist. A professional can provide advice and answers to help you make the best decision for your vision. Call Eye Michigan to schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options for dermatochalasis.