Most Singaporeans are born with eyes that do not have double eyelids. This is the reason why cosmetic procedures to achieve double eyelids in Singapore is very popular not only to women but to a lot of men as well. Why endure makeups and tapes just to create an illusion of a double eyelid when you can have it permanently?
Prepared by one of the trusted doctors at Ubiqi, this article reveals what double eyelid surgery can do to give you that natural-looking crease. If you are considering double eyelid surgery but still have some doubts about the procedure, this article can help and guide you.
Achieving Double Eyelids in Singapore
Some people are born with eyelid crease or double eyelid, some without. There is nothing wrong with both. But choosing to undergo double eyelid surgery is a personal choice. Some of my patients want double eyelid surgery to make their eyes appear bigger. Others want to match their eyelids because one of their eyelids seem to droop and interfere with their vision. To achieve a double eyelid in Singapore with cosmetic treatments, there are three common types of procedures you can choose from: Incisional, Non-incisional, and Partial-incision double eyelid surgery.
The incisional procedure involves cutting the upper eyelid skin. It is ideal for all types of the eyelid. It creates a natural-looking and permanent crease by removing excess tissues and fats then firmly stitching back the muscle. Here is a brief rundown of the incisional procedure:
- The preferred double eyelid will be measured and marked
- General anesthesia or IV sedation will be injected into the treatment area
- Incisions will be made on the double eyelid line
- The skin that was marked will be removed
- Excess fats and tissues will be removed in between the incision
- The incision will be stitched closed
- The stitches will be removed 5-7 days after the surgery
The recovery periodis longer compared to other double eyelid procedures. The downtime may take 7-10 days and this procedure is not reversible.
The non-incisional procedure is also called a buried suture technique. It creates double eyelids without an incision but performed under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. Like the incisional procedure, the preferred double eyelid crease will be measured and marked. Then,instead of making incisions on the skin, tiny punctures will be made along the marked line in the skin. To achieve the desired crease, sutures will be inserted into the punctures and tightened.
You do not have to worry about the sutures for they do not need to be removed but they will not be visible. Another good thing about the non-incisional procedure is it can be reversed and there is less scarring. This is the procedure I recommend to my patients that do not have excess fat and skin to be removed on their upper eyelids. The downtime is shorter compared to the incisional procedure (about 3-7 days).
Partial-incision will give you a natural-looking double eyelid. It is a combination of incision and suture method. To create a crease, it removes the excess fats first through an incision and stitches the skin into the muscles. This procedure takes up to two weeks to fully recover.
After discussing the procedure with my patients, they never forget to ask the side effects of double eyelid surgery. And as a doctor, I must let them know the possible side effects before we proceed with the surgery. Here I share with you the common side effects of double eyelid surgery that you should look out for:
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Irritated eyes
- Numbness and pain
- Asymmetry of losing the double fold
- Visible puncture marks
- Visible scarring
- Sensitivity to light
- Permanent or temporary changes to vision
I always tell my patients that these side effects can be avoided if they follow my aftercare tips post-surgery and if there are any medications prescribed, they have to take them on time.
Another question my patient always asks is “Doc, is it possible that double eyelid surgery can fail?” the answer is YES! In every surgery, there is always a risk of failure and that mainly depends on your doctor’s skills and your body’s reaction to the surgery.
- Inexperienced surgeon: The surgeon uses a poor and outdated technique or miscalculated the number of stitches which cause failure to create the desired crease.
- Failure of scar tissue to form: For the incisional method, scar tissues ensure the double eyelid to be permanent. One factor that affects the failure of scar tissue formation is the excessive rubbing of your eyes that will loosen the sutures and weaken the attachments. Also, if you have thick or heavy upper eyelids, a non-incisional procedure is not recommended because it will be difficult for the stitches to stay in place.
The incisional method costs around $3,500-$5,500. The non-incisional procedure is much cheaper which costs around $3,000-$4,000. This just the cost of the surgery, there may be additional costs like pre-surgery tests, surgeon and surgical facility fees, anesthesia and prescription after the surgery (in case complications are developed).
If your reason for having double eyelid surgery is that it affects your vision, then Medisave and your insurance might cover the cost after a proper assessment of your eye condition by a reputable eye specialist in Singapore and subject to approval by the Ministry of Health. But if it is for cosmetics reasons, then it cannot be covered by Medisave or your insurance.