Blepharoplasty: “Dermatochalasis” is the medical term for excess or droopy upper eyelid skin. With age, this excess skin can hang onto the eyelashes and even obstruct vision. The outer and upper parts of the visual field are most commonly affected and the condition may cause difficulty with activities such as driving or reading. Blepharoplasty is a surgical modification of the eyelid to treat this condition. Excess tissue such as skin and fat are removed or repositioned, and the surgery may be performed in the clinic as a minor procedure or in the operating room.
Minor “lumps and bumps” around the eyes can affect vision or cause discomfort, and an in-office surgical procedure is all that is needed to resolve the problem. These can include bumps on the lid caused from the obstruction of the meibomian gland called a chalazion or “stye”, benign eyelid lesions such as seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, nevi or (moles), or sebaceous cysts. The patient may have some minor bruising, swelling or discomfort after the procedure, but there are no restrictions afterwards. If the lesion looks “suspicious” for cancer, the specimen may be sent to pathology for further testing and the patient will be notified when the results come in.