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Dermatochalasis, or excessive eyelid skin, is a common condition that affects the eyelids. While more common on the upper eyelids, dermatochalasis can appear on both the lower and upper eyelids, impacting both form and function of the eyes. This skin condition can make the eyes look droopy and tired, as well as interfere with vision. The best solution for dermatochalasis is blepharoplasty to remove excess skin and reshape the eyelids.

What Causes Dermatochalasis?

The most common cause of dermatochalasis is aging. The majority of people with sagging, excess eyelid skin on the upper or lower eyelids are older, usually in their 60s, 70s or beyond. However, people experience this condition at younger ages, too, due to genetics. In severe cases of upper eyelid dermatochalasis, the skin hangs over the eyelashes and into the line of vision. Eyelid lift surgery can remove sagging eyelid skin and create a more youthful and functional eyelid.

Blepharoplasty for Excess Upper Eyelid Skin

Dermatochalasis is a noticeable condition that makes the eyes look sad, tired and older. There are many cosmetic treatments that can help improve the skin around the eyes but the only effective treatment for severe dermatochalasis is plastic surgery. Upper blepharoplasty is performed through a small incision that is usually placed along the crease in the upper eyelid. Excess fat and skin are removed, then the eyelid skin is tightened and sutured in place. The incision is well hidden once it heals and the eyes look larger, youthful and more alert.

Lower Eyelid Lift Surgery

Dermatochalasis of the lower eyelid usually presents as bags and hanging skin under the eyes. While this does not impact vision or eye function, it can add years to the face and portray an exhausted or sickly appearance. Lower eyelid lift surgery can remove the sagging skin and undereye bags through a small incision inside the lower eyelid, refreshing the appearance of the eyes and face.

If you have dermatochalasis that is impacting your eyes’ form or function, call us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Cerrati. Contact our office in Park City, UT to book your eyelid lift surgery consultation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Eric Cerrati, Facial Plastic Surgery

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Ling W.

Eric is such a great doctor! He treated me as family and was very thorough and diligent. I was very nervous but he made me feel comfortable at all times especially when undertaking a 7 hour surgery. I flew in all the way from the East Coast to see him as I heard he was the best in his field. His staff is friendly and caring. You can tell he has a good heart. I recommend!

Elizabeth M.

I am one month out from my procedure with Dr. Cerrati and could not be happier with my results. From my initial inquiry to today, both the doctor and the staff could not have been more helpful. Dr. Cerrati has a wonderful team that makes scheduling, payments, and follow up questions easy. The doctor himself is attentive, happy to answer questions and did a great job of listening to my concerns and ideas, while presenting his professional opinion in a respectful and helpful way. My recovery was a breeze, thanks to his careful techniques. At just one month, I am seeing a drastic improvement in both form and function. So thankful to have Dr. Cerrati based in my home of Utah, but I would have traveled across the country to see him!

Cinaman A.

Dr. Cerrati performed a facelift (w/ neck tightening), upper and lower blepharoplasty, and CO2 laser resurfacing for me in February 2021. I’m 3.5 months post op and the results have exceeded all my expectations; beyond what I ever could have imagined. I experienced minimal pain, swelling and bruising, after my 8 hour surgery and was ready to be seen in public in less than 10 days. Dr. Cerrati and his team are without question, second to none in their field. I have been treated with nothing but the utmost professionalism, compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional support from the beginning of my journey to today. Any questions or concerns I have ever expressed have ALWAYS been given the utmost respect and Dr. Cerrati pays attention to every detail in his patient care. His artistic talent and surgical skills are remarkable. In my opinion, he is a truly gifted plastic surgeon. The best you’ll find in the industry. If you’re considering any facial plastics procedures, Dr. Cerrati, and his team, is the place to come, even if it means traveling to do so. Thank you so much for changing my life for the better and giving me back my self confidence that I was sure I’d lost forever.

Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!