Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon
Laura Phan, M.D.
Laura Phan, M.D.
  • 15055 Los Gatos Blvd Suite 320, Los Gatos, CA 95032. (408) 502-5000 0

Laura Phan, M.D.

Dermatochalasis is when there is excess skin of the eyelids. The excess skin can overlap the lashes, causing peripheral visual deficit. When this occurs, dermatochalasis can be repaired by blepharoplasty, a surgery to remove the excess skin. This surgery may be covered by insurance if the dermatochalasis is severe enough to block vision, which is demonstrated by a test done in the office.

What to expect after surgery
The skin of the eyelid is the thinnest of the body, which means the incision here heals well and tends to not significant scars. Furthermore, the incision is placed in the eyelid crease and hidden by the eyelid fold.

Blepharoplasty is ordinarily performed under sedation on an outpatient basis. Some patients are even able to undergo the surgery under local anesthesia right in the office. It is generally recommended that patients plan on staying home for three days after the procedure and apply ice to the eyelids to reduce bruising and swelling. It typically takes about 2 weeks for the bruising and swelling to disappear completely, although this can be effectively covered with makeup or sunglasses. Minimal restrictions are placed regarding exercise, bending and heavy lifting for one week to prevent bleeding or more swelling than necessary. Sutures are removed 7-10 days after the eyelid lift surgery, once the wounds are completely healed. Final results can be evident by 6-8 weeks when the last of the internal swelling resolves.