There are three types:
- Skin only Blepharoplasty
- Comprehensive Blepharoplasty and
- Comprehensive Blepharoplasty and Ptosis (droopy eyelid) Correction
Skin only - Only the excess upper eyelid skin is removed, usually done under local anaesthesia and takes about 1 hour. Seen in people over 50 years old.
Comprehensive - Treats excess skin and simultaneously addresses deeper tissues such as fat, muscle and connective tissue. Excess skin is one aspect of eyelid ageing but the other aspects such a as excess fat, increased muscle activity and bulk, loose connective tissue, weak tendons and droopy eyebrows are equally important and all need to be addressed for the best results. This can take up to 90 minutes.
Ptosis (droopy eyelid) correction - In this condition, the muscle that opens the upper eyelid becomes overstretched and loses its ability to open the upper eyelid. This is similar to an overstretched rubber band that has lost its elasticity. Surgical tightening of this loose muscle restores the function of this muscle and fixes a droopy eyelid. Since a droopy upper eyelid co exists with multiple ageing changes of the upper eyelid, both these operations can be combined to restore the function and aesthetic of the most important part of your face. This combined operation can take upto two hours.