A study done in 2017 conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) showed that over one million people have undergone eyelid surgery in that year alone. Over one million!
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a minor surgical procedure done to address does not only aesthetic concerns but most importantly it also helps improve the lives of people who may have disorders in the eyelids. Whichever is the reason a patient may have when deciding to undergo an eyelid procedure, the goal that all have in mind is the same: to improve their quality of life.
This article will focus more on the type of Blepharoplasty that is popular among people of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean descent. That is the double eyelid surgery.
Definition of Double Eyelid Surgery
Double eyelid surgery, otherwise known as East Asian Blepharoplasty, is a medical procedure done to create a crease in the upper lid of an eye.
Double Eyelid vs. Monolid
Double eyelids are common to Caucasian races. This type of eyelid has a ridge that causes the skin to fold in and separate into two sections when the eyes are open. A double eyelid makes the eye appear rounder and bigger. On the other hand, a monolid causes the eyelid skin to extend beyond the eye’s lash line, causing the eye to look narrower.
Why undergo double eyelid surgery in Singapore?
A majority of Asians who have undergone a double eyelid surgery did the procedure in order to improve their appearance. For some, having a monolid has warranted comments saying their eyes make them look sleepy or disinterested.
What are the benefits of double eyelid surgery?
Getting a double eyelid surgery can significantly change the shape of your eyes, make your eyes look larger, and remove any unwanted excess fats from the eyelids.
What are the different techniques used in double eyelid surgery?
There are currently three different methods in practice when performing double eyelid surgery. These are the Buried Sutured Technique, the Full Incision Technique, and the Partial Incision technique.
The Buried Suture Technique – This technique is a non-invasive procedure that is performed without the need to cut through the eyelid. Tiny punctures are made to the eyelid to create the fold instead of an incision. Once the punctures are in place, sutures are stitched through the perforations and pulled to tighten resulting in a crease. These sutures will not need to be removed and will remain hidden underneath the skin.
The Full Incision Technique – This technique makes use of tiny incisions on the skin of the eyelid to create a fold. Once the eyelid is slit open, the orbicularis oculi muscle and fat tissue present under the eyelid will be removed. The cut is then closed with the use of either stitches or skin glue. When stitches are used to close the incision, the patient needs to be back to have the sutures removed at least 4 days following the surgery.
The Partial Incision Technique – This technique is done with the combined use of the Buried Suture and Full Incision techniques. First, an incision is made on the eyelid, but the cut is only done in the part where fats or muscle reduction is needed. The incision is then closed and allowed to heal.
More benefits: https://www.healthline.com/health/blepharoplasty
How long is the expected downtime for each double eyelid surgery technique?
These are expected downtime for each double eyelid surgery technique:
- Buried Suture Technique – 3 days to 1 week
- Full Incision Technique – 3 to 6 months
- Partial Incision Technique – 2 weeks
Who are the best candidates suited for double eyelid surgery?
Anyone who wishes to enhance the appearance of their eyes is a suitable candidate for double eyelid surgery. However, there are certain things to be considered. According to Health Ascent, when thinking of getting eyelid surgery, you should:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Be willing to take time off for the surgery and downtime;
- Have enough finances to cover surgery costs.
Aside from the factors mentioned above, it is important to know which double eyelid technique is best to address your condition:
- Buried Suture Technique – Ideal for thicker but not droopy eyelids.
- Full Incision Technique – Ideal for all types of eyelids.
- Partial Incision Technique – Ideal for droopy and thin eyelids.
What are the possible complications following double eyelid surgery?
The possible complications after double eyelid surgery are:
- Dry eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Loosening of the double fold
- Swelling of the eyes
How much is the cost of double eyelid surgery in Singapore?
The cost of double eyelid surgery in Singapore is quite hefty. The cost ranges from $3,500 to $6,000.