It is no secret that double eyelid surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedure in Singapore and other Asian countries. There’s really nothing wrong medically with having single eyelids or monolids. Having monolids doesn’t make your vision worse or give your eyes less protection.
Every year, thousands of men and women born with monolids go to aesthetic clinics to get a double eyelid in Singapore. If you are thinking of getting double eyelid surgery, then read this article from trusted doctors at Ubiqi to learn more about the procedure.
Why is Double Eyelid Surgery Very Popular?
Many Asian men and women still get double eyelid surgery because double eyelids are believed to be more attractive, especially in Asian cultures like Singapore. Double eyelids also give the eyes a more alert and lively appearance compared to monolids. Also, since a lot of Singaporean women use eye makeup or eyelid tape regularly to achieve that double eyelid look, getting double eyelid surgery is a logical next step for a more permanent result.
Besides these cosmetic reasons though, there are also other reasons that a person may seek double eyelid surgery. For example, there are cases where a patient has a monolid on one eye and a double eyelid on the other one. Due to the asymmetry of their eyelids, patients decide to get double eyelid surgery to make their eyes look even and symmetrical.
Two Types of Double Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Double eyelid surgery is a delicate procedure, and depending on the patient, he/she may have different goals with the procedure. For example, some patients want to have a quicker and less painful experience while some want results that last for a lifetime. Depending on what they want, patients could choose from two types of double eyelid surgery:
- Non-Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery
- Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery
Each of these two types has its own advantages over each other, and there are certain cases where one is preferred over the other. Read on to learn their differences.
Non-Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery
This type of double eyelid surgery is also known as the stitching method. This method uses sutures that are stitched through cuts along the top eyelid which are then pulled and tightened to form the desired eyelid crease.
Before the stitching, you will first be administered some anaesthesia to reduce your discomfort during the procedure. Your eyelid will then be measured and marked carefully. After this, multiple tiny punctures are made along the marks. These sutures are then stitched through these punctures, which will not be visible on your eyelid. There’s no need for you to have these sutures removed in the future.
The procedure is done in about 15 to 40 minutes depending on the complexity. There may be some mild swelling and bruising around the eyelid area, which should disappear in a few days. When it comes to downtime, it usually only lasts for about a week for the recovery of most of my patients. The full results should also appear around a month after the procedure and will last for 1 to 2 years.
Although the effects of this procedure aren’t permanent, many patients prefer this due to the quicker procedure, shorter recovery time and being a reversible process. This method also requires better care and discipline so take note of this before making a decision.
Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery
The other method of doing double eyelid surgery is by making an incision on the eyelid to create the crease. In addition to creating the eyelid crease, extra fat from the eyelids is also removed. Once this is done, the incision is then stitched to form the desired crease.
Similar to the non-incisional method, you will be put under anaesthesia as well. The whole procedure takes about an hour to finish, and you will have to get the sutures removed after about 4 or 5 days. There will be a longer downtime compared to the stitching method, lasting about 2 weeks to a month.
One advantage of this method over the stitching technique is that it can also be used to fix other eyelid problems such as extra skin and droopy eyelids. Take note that the effects of the incisional double eyelid surgery are permanent and irreversible. If you want a tighter-looking and more defined appearance of your double eyelids, then you’ll want to get the incisional method.
Which Type Should You Choose?
As mentioned, there are distinct differences between the two methods of double eyelid surgery.
Experts at Ubiqi recommend the non-incisional type to patients who:
- want to try out a double eyelid look but wants the fallback of being able to reverse the effects
- want a quicker recovery time and lesser downtime
- don’t want any visible scars
- have thin eyelids
On the other hand, the incisional type is recommended to patients who:
- want a clearly defined eyelid crease
- want results that last permanently
- have thick layers of eyelid fat
- have asymmetrical eyes