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What is dermatochalasis and how is it treated?

What is Dermatochalasis? This is the medical term for excess skin of the upper eyelids. So it’s more colloquially known as eyelid hooding, or baggy eyelids, or drooping eyelids.
Essentially, dermatochalasis is an aging phenomena and it can occur if you’ve had inflammation in your eyelid. But most commonly it is because you’re becoming slightly older and it runs in your family to get excess skin.
The treatment of dermatochalasis is eyelid surgery with upper eyelid blepharoplasty.
You can also get dermatochalasis of the lower eyelids. That’s less frequent. Lower eyelids get more eye bags, fatty protrusions. Some patients have a rather loose skin all around their eyelids, and so they are going to need a skin lower eyelid blepharoplasty, as well.

More about Jane Olver

Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.


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