Double eyelid surgery is probably the most common and requested type of cosmetic surgery in the world. In 2017, an estimated 1.3 million people worldwide were recorded to have undergone it – with more than 30% of it done in Asia. This procedure helps in defining, reshaping, and improving the upper eyelid – usually creating visible creases. Unsurprisingly, this is very popular among people with Asian descent as most of them have monolid or single eyelids.
Having monolid or single eyelid is not a medical condition or abnormality, but in one way or another may affect a person’s everyday life. As eyes are considered very important in doing daily activities and also a factor in leaving impressions (e.g. beauty, attitude), it is expected that many women and men would undergo procedures to improve it.
Reasons for deciding to have double eyelid surgery is different from one person to another but some of the most common reasons are the following:
- Eyelids are interfering with vision
- Eyelids don’t match – one is single eyelid, while the other is double eyelid
- Improve droopy eyelids
- Wants to have bigger and rounder eyes
- Easier to put on makeup (usually for women)
What is double eyelid surgery?
If you are one of those who would want to have eyelid surgery, read on to know more about it. As cosmetic surgeries are more of a personal decision than a medical requirement, whatever your reason for continuing with the procedure, it is very important that you are well informed. This article gives you five things you should know about double eyelid surgery in Singapore that will help guide you identify what you need, what’s best for you, and many more!
Double Eyelid Surgery is also known as Asian Blepharoplasty.
There are actually three types of eyelid surgery: upper, lower, and double eyelid. Each has a targeted area of improvement and the one you should be getting will depend on what you want and you need to improve on your eyelids.
The double eyelid surgery is also known as Asian Blepharoplasty. Allure Plastic Surgery, a specialist in this field, explains this is a type of surgery that gets rid of fats and excess skin on the eyelid to create a crease. There is no wondering why it’s popular among Asians as this makes their eyes look bigger, brighter, and alert, thus it was named in such a way. However, it does not mean that only Asians are allowed to take this kind of surgery. Other races that need it can also undergo it.
There are two methods for Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and you can choose to either do it in an incisional or non-incisional method. The better option for you can be discussed with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr Samuel Ho from Allure Plastic Surgery. Here is an overview of what to expect if you would go for an incisional or non-incisional method:
Normally, you will want to have this type of double eyelid surgery if you are after a permanent result as this is not reversible. In this type of method, the cosmetic surgeon will make a mark the targeted double eyelid with a pen then let it approve to the patient. Once they are on an agreement where the improvement will be made, general anaesthesia will be administered before an incision is created on the marked double eyelid line. Then, he/she will remove the skin, muscles, and fat tissues between incisions. It will then be closed with skin glue or stitched that will be removed five days after the surgery. This method is recommended if you have thick skin around your eyes.
- General anaesthesia is used
- Removes excessive fats, muscles, skins around the eye
- Visible scarring
- Possible infection
This type of method is for those who still consider reversing the surgery. In this type of method, the eyelids are marked and punctures are made along with the eye. This is all done after the administration of general anaesthesia. Then, sutures are buried on those punctures and will be tightened until you advise the surgeon of your desired crease it will create. The sutures will not be visible and there is no need to go back for it to be removed. No excess skins, muscles or fat is also removed.
- General anaesthesia is used
- Less to no scarring
- Does not remove excess fats, skin, or muscles
- Possible infection
After surgery, you might experience swelling, bruising, and other side effects.
During the recovery period, it is normal for you to experience some side effects especially swelling. Side effects may also include, but not limited to, the following:
- Dry eyes and sensitivity to light
- Bleeding on the part of the eye where the incision was made
- Moderate to the extreme pain
These side effects are just temporary and will subside once the recovery period had passed.
Double eyelid surgery has a downtime.
Even though double eyelid surgery is an outpatient type, patients who underwent it needs time off of their daily activities for it to completely heal. The cosmetic surgeon would usually advise a minimum of two weeks downtime.
If you have had undergone an incision method, expect a longer downtime of up to four weeks or one month. For those who opt to have a non-incisional method, two should be enough for healing and you’ll be ready to go back to your daily routines.
It is important to follow your surgeon’s recommendation and instructions for faster healing time.
Your surgeon will give you discharge instructions and it is very important to follow it diligently to yield successful results and heal faster.
Some of the recommendations your surgeon may give when side effects mentioned above are experienced:
- Cold compress for swelling
- Prescription drugs or medications (antibiotics for infections)
- Lubricating ointments
- Protect eyes by wearing sunglasses
Also, anything that is out of ordinary or that gives you discomfort during your healing time should be reported back to your surgeon. This will allow him/her to give you additional recommendations for the next steps to be taken.