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All About the Crease: The Complete Guide to Getting Double Eyelid Surgery in Singapore

Categories : Aesthetic Doctors, Aesthetics

There is no doubt that the world is obsessed with big, doe eyes. After all, who does not want those illuminating eyes that Lee Sung-kyung has? However, not all of us are blessed with naturally big and bright eyes. Now, with double eyelid surgery, you can say goodbye to tired-looking eyes and wake up looking like bright and fresh instantly!

Beauty Insider gives you the lowdown on the know-hows of double eyelid surgery in Singapore.

What is Double Eyelid Surgery?

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Blepharoplastry  — or double eye lid surgery —  is a cosmetic procedure that creates a crease in the upper eyelid for the appearance of bigger eyes. This surgery is most often performed on people with hooded or uneven eyelids to form attachments between the eyelid skin and the eyelid opening muscle.

How Does Double Eyelid Surgery Work?

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There are two types of methods used for double eyelid surgery: Incisional and Non-incisional.

Incisional surgery, known as the ‘cutting’ method, is a highly popular method in double eyelid surgery procedures. This method involves ‘cutting’ the eyelid to remove excess skin and fat and form a deep eyelid opening.

For the more curious readers, we have a video below that shows the process. of double eyelid surgery.

Whereas, the non-incisional method, also known as the ‘stitching’ method or the ‘buried suture technique’, uses surgical sutures, which are used to hold body tissue together, to create a double eyelid.

Similar to the incisional method, the new crease line would be carefully measured and marked. However, instead of incising the skin, the stitching method involves placing sutures to form bonds between the underlying tissue and the eyelid skin to create a double eyelid effect. This method has been widely loved as it does not cause scarring.

Incisional vs Non-incisional: Which is Better?

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Both incisional and non-incisional methods create double eyelids, so what is the difference? Here are the key differences between the incisional and non-incisional method:

  • The incisional method takes 45 minutes to 60 minutes. As compared to the incisional method, the non-incisional method takes lesser time and lasts for around 15 to 30 minutes.
  • For the non-incisional method, natural-looking results are visible after 4 to 6 weeks. In contrast, the incisional method takes around 8 to 12 weeks before natural-looking results are visible.

If you are afraid of going under the knife, the non-incisional method might seem like the perfect solution. However, this method may not be for everyone.

For people with significant amount of excess eyelid skin and fat, the stitching technique might not deliver optimal results as the strengths of the sutures may not be strong enough to hold the bonds over long periods of time. Hence, the incisional method may be the ideal fit for you. What’s more, the incisional method boasts more dramatic and permanent results!

What are the Side Effects of Double Eyelid Surgery?

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After the double eyelid surgery, you may face the following side effects:

  • Dry eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Pain and numbness

Although these side effects will typically subside after two weeks, it is best to visit a doctor in the event these side effects persist for too long. During the recovery period, doctors advise patients to avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or lifting heavy objects. Additionally, sunglasses will be your new best friend as it is important to keep your eyes protected from the sun and other environmental irritants.

How Long is the Downtime?

Taking time off may seem like a hassle for some with busy schedules, but it is important to give your eyes some rest after double eyelid surgery. Firstly,  incisional method, the recovery period lasts from 2 to 4 weeks as it takes longer for the wounds to heal. Alternatively,  for the non-incisional method, only 5 to 10 days of downtime is required because there are lesser wounds involved.

What to Expect During Double Eyelid Surgery?

During the first consultations, you and your doctor will talk about the eye shape you want, and the best eyelid surgery method to achieve that. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or show photos to explain what you want.

The actual procedure takes about an hour. You’ll be given a local anesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing! You don’t have to be hospitalized, and you can go home right after it’s done.

Is Double Eyelid Surgery Permanent?

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Yes, double eyelid surgeries are permanent, at least for the incisional method. This is because a deep scar tissue is formed between the eyelid muscle and eyelid skin during the ‘cutting’ procedure of this method.

The incisional method is a permanent method, however, the non-incisional method is not. Factors such as having eczema, rubbing your eyes too much or even wearing false eyelashes too often can increase your chances of losing your defined crease line over time. So be sure to give your eyes some TLC after the double eyelid surgery.

How Much Does Double Eyelid Surgery Cost?

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In Singapore, the price of a incisional double eyelid surgery starts from $5000. For a non-incisional double eyelid surgery, the procedure costs around $3200 to $4000. Take note that these prices are an estimated guide.

Where Should I Go for Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgeries are increasingly popular in Asia and even Singapore. Western beauty ideals are often portrayed in the media, thus, leading people to believe that double eyelids are the more beautiful option. Singapore has a variety of clinics who cater to these treatments.

Asia Health Partners

Asia Health Partners offers a myriad of health services and of course, cosmetic surgery! Located in the heart of Orchard, the clinic’s Aesthetics services department is headed by Dr Colin Tham, who has over 20 years of experience in the cosmetic surgery field. As with choosing a medical procedure do consult your doctor before making a decision to get a cosmetic procedure.

Address: 304 Orchard Road, #05-06 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm, Sat: 8.30am to 12.30pm

Contact: 6235 7888 

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Ivor J. Lim Plastic Surgery

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Ivor J. Lim Plastic Surgery has earned its title as one of Singapore’s leading plastic surgery clinics for good reason. Headed by the award-winning Dr Ivor J. Lim himself, he has over 15 years of experience under his belt, so you can be sure you are in highly-qualified hands. Additonally, he is the only Singapore-trained surgeon to receive the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) qualification for plastic surgery!

Address: Suite #11-60/61/62/63, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am to 6pm, Sat: 9am to 1pm

Contact:  6887 3852 

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SWENG Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery 

SWENG Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery is a well-known name in the medical aesthetic realm. It is helmed by Dr Ng Siew Weng, the plastic surgeon who was one of the first few in Singapore to have undergone intensive training in South Korea, plastic surgery capital of the world. He is familiar with reconstructing Asian features and has experience in this sector. However, it is important to do your research and do note that double eyelid surgery is an extensive medical procedure.

Address: 1 Farrer Park Station Rd, #16-08 to 10 Connexion, Singapore 217562

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am to 6pm, Sat: 9am to 1.30pm

Contact: 6600 6868 

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Shens Clinic

Getting those K-drama worthy doe eyes just got more accessible that Shens Clinic. Dr Shens uses Korean-style plastic surgery techniques to alter facial features. Dr Shens, is the mind behind Shens Clinic and has undergone years of training in South Korea before honing his expertise in Singapore. As with any medical procedure, it is important to do a thorough consultation with a medical professional before deciding on getting double eyelid surgery.

Address: 3 Killiney Road, Winsland House 1, #09-08, Singapore 239519

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am to 6.30pm, Sat: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Contact: 6904 4488  

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Dream Plastic Surgery

Established by the Dream Medical Group in South Korea, Dream Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive range of procedures while maintaining the high quality expertise of the Dream Medical Group. Plus, the resident surgeons, Dr Vincent Yeow and Dr Por Yong Chen have decades of experience between them in such medical procedures. However, before trying double eyelid surgery, have a consultation with a medical professional to determine if it is the right course of action for you.

Address: 290 Orchard Road, #17-03/04 Paragon, Singapore 238859

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am to 6pm, Sat: 9am to 12pm

Contact: 6871 8888

For more information and to book a visit, click here.