You probably have heard about the double eyelid surgery. It’s one of the most popular surgery procedures in Asia and increasingly across the world. The main goal of the surgery is to create a wider, more open eye by creating a double eyelid. There are many ways to do a double eyelid surgery, including surgical and non-surgical methods. If you’re interested in double eyelid surgery, then this article is for you. We will discuss all the important details about double eyelid surgery in Singapore – what is it, what types of surgery are out there, what’s the recovery like, and what are the side effects.
What is the double eyelid surgery?
According to doubleeyelidsg.com, of the most popular websites in Singapore that focus solely on topics around eyelid surgery, there are two main subtypes of double eyelid surgery – incisional and non-incisional.
During the double eyelid procedure, also called blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat tissue to create a double eyelid. In some cases, the surgeon won’t cut any excess skin but rather create the double crease by making tiny stitches along the eyelid.
Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
The incisional type of blepharoplasty involves making an incision on the eyelid to create the double eyelid. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will remove the stitches in four to five days following the surgery. As this is an incisional method, it requires around 3 weeks of downtime. During this time, you will recover and your swelling will subside. After the surgery, you may have bruising as well. It will resolve on its own in a few days and it’s not a cause of concern.
The incisional method is suitable for patients who have extra skin on their eyelids and for patients who want to achieve a more youthful look. With the incisional double eyelid surgery, the surgeon can remove some of the droopy skin as well.
Pros and Cons of the Incisional Method
The biggest advantage of the incisional method is that there is less chance of your double eyelids going back to their original state. The incisional double eyelid is also suitable for all types of eyes. Furthermore, with the incisional method, you can correct other problem areas as well. The surgeon can use the fat from the eyelids elsewhere on the face, or just correct other issues with your eyes.
A downside of this method is that you’ll have more downtime compared to other methods.
The non-incisional blepharoplasty involves making stitches on the lid to create a double crease. The benefit of this method is that it won’t leave any visible scars and you’ll need much less time to recover from the surgery. For a lot of patients, the non-incisional double eyelid surgery leaves natural results as well.
The procedure is suitable for anyone who doesn’t want to undergo the incisional type of surgery, usually young patients who don’t have sagging skin.
Pros and Cons of the non-incisional method
As we’ve mentioned previously, the biggest benefit of the non-incisional method is that it doesn’t require a long downtime period and you can go back to your daily schedule faster. Also, the recent advancements in the technique won’t allow for your old eyelid to recur.
The disadvantage is that in some cases, the crease will not be durable and you’ll have to repeat the procedure.
Partial Incision blepharoplasty
The most recent innovations in cosmetic surgery allowed for a new and improved technique to create double eyelids. That procedure is a combination of incisional and non-incisional blepharoplasty. That type of surgery involves making small incisions onto the eyelid and stitching the upper part of the skin.
The partial incision blepharoplasty is suitable for patients who have eyelid fat, sagging skin, or just people who want to avoid the longer recovery period from incisional double eyelid surgery.
Pros and Cons of the Partial Incision Method
The biggest advantage of the partial incision method is that you will have less downtime compared to the incisional method but your eyelids will still look natural. You won’t experience much swelling or scarring either. Similar to the incisional technique, your surgeon can remove unwanted fat from your eyelid and even lift saggy skin.
The disadvantage of this method is that it may not be suitable for people with very thick eyelids. This method can result in unnatural looking eyelids if that’s the case.
What are the risks of double eyelid surgery?
After double eyelid surgery, you may experience tearing, itching, burning in the eyes, dry eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred or double vision that may persist for several days. Eye drops and ointments can very successfully affect these symptoms.
There is a risk of asymmetry of the upper eyelid as well. Although very rare, bleeding may occur, which if not removed in time can make it difficult to see.
With good judgment and proper technique, complications can be minimized.
You can avoid or reduce the risk of complications by choosing a plastic surgeon with the appropriate experience and qualifications.
How to choose the right method of double eyelid surgery for me?
The final decision will depend on your personal case and goals regarding the surgery. The best thing you can do is to talk to your surgeon and they will give you recommendations. Usually, depending on your specific eye shape and whether you have excess skin, your surgeon will recommend a suitable method to create the double eyelid crease.
HP Thoughts: Eyelids are best left alone except if there is a need to operate on them. In the meantime, we prepared a post that deals with eyelashes, instead. Have a good read — Thick Eyelashes.