Dermatochalasis (excess eyelid skin) is usually caused by skin ageing: the fibres in the skin lose their elasticity and the skin becomes slacker. Often, the collagen under the skin softens at the same time which can cause fatty fibres (which are normally found in the orbit) to be projected forwards.
Dermatochalasis rarely occurs in young patients: problems of the thyroid gland (Graves’ disease), congenital illnesses and smoking are all factors that can predispose patients to dermatochalasis.
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) involves removing the excess skin.
The amount of skin that needs to be removed will vary from one patient to another. It is always important to find the right balance between cosmetic appearance and practicality: we do not want to remove too much skin otherwise there is a risk that patients will no longer be able to close their eyes properly. It is also not advisable to remove too much skin if patients suffer from dry eye syndrome, because this can aggravate the problem.
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