Double Eyelid Surgery: What You Need to Know

Double Eyelid Surgery

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Last Updated on June 24, 2023 by Steal the Style

According to a study, over than 15 million people had plastic surgery around the world. The most common aesthetic procedure is lipoplasty. It is immediately followed by breast enlargement surgery and double eyelid surgery. 

Double eyelid surgery in Singapore is a very popular procedure that reduces excess skin on the top of the eyelid. It adds a crease to the upper eyelid to make the eyes appear larger. Many Japanese, Chinese, Koreans and some eastern nationalities do not have their eyelids folded.

What is Double Eyelid?

The eyelids are a small part of the body that protects the eyes from perspiration. It makes a better eye function. The eyelids are not the same for different and they often vary between different population.  The term “double eyelids” means eyelid that has a crease of the skin over the eyes. Some people can have single eyelids as it is most common in Asians. The people with eyelid shape that doesn’t have a crease are also called monolid. Many monolid people undergo surgeries to create a double eyelid because they want to enhance the beauty of their eyes.

What is blepharoplasty surgery?

Blepharoplasty is a type of eyelid surgery that reshapes the eyelid skin to form a crease. It usually improves eyelids functions and appearance. The procedure makes specific changes to skin, fat, or muscle.

During blepharoplasty, for the upper eyelid, a surgeon like Dr Samuel Ho at Allure Plastic Surgery is removing excess skin. After this procedure, the removal of a portion of the underlying muscle follows. The middle and inner pouches with fat are reached and the some of the herniated fat pouches are removed. If sagging is present in the tear glands they will hang up. The cut skin is closed with dissolvable stitches and the operation is terminated. 

The procedure can be two different types: incisional and non-incisional double eyelid surgery.

Incisional double eyelid surgery

Incision double eyelid surgery is a procedure that incises the eyelids. This method makes the eyes look bigger and changes their shape. What this procedure does is it takes away unnecessary fats and muscles.

Also, the incision double eyelid surgery is appropriate for people who have to undergo further eye fat removal, ptosis correction or patients with eyelids which have sagging or excessive amount of skin. The benefit of choosing this method is that the resulting double eyelids stay permanently. It also has minimal risk of scarring. The surgery is performed with local anesthesia. Patients normally don’t need to be hospitalized. Recovery time is longer than non-incision double eyelid surgery because it involves cutting skin and tissues. It can take between one or two weeks as a stitch might be removed within two or three days.

Non-incision double eyelid surgery

Non-incision double eyelid surgery is less invasive because it does not involves skin incision. What this procedure does is it punctured multiple micro-holes along the double eyelid line. For creating double eyelid the thread should be inserted and sewed in the micro holes. The great advantage of using this method is that it gives much less swelling. The other thing is recovery time is within 7 days which is faster compared to incision surgery. The procedure usually has long-lasting results, but the crease height may reduce with age

Despite the procedure is having long-lasting results, it may change with age and loss of muscle strength.

Double Eyelid Surgery

How to choose Incisional or Non-Incisional Double Eyelid Surgery?

An incision technique will be applicable in order for patients where there is significant excess of broad lift skin that has to be removed. The other indication for an open or incisional double eyelid surgery is if a patient has ptosis. Ptosis is when a person has a weakness in the eye elevating muscle. Traditionally has been corrected with an open technique. It gives access for the surgeon to manipulate the muscle. The pros of the incisional eyelid surgery are that it is an easier method for a surgeon in terms of it gives access to the deeper eyelid structure. Patients with ptosis surgically it is easier for the surgeons to make an incision and to correct weakness elevating muscle. The disadvantage of that surgery is that it leads to scar and this scar is permanent.

The main benefit of a non-incision suture technique used for double eyelid surgery is essentially that there is no incision. There is no scar after the double eyelid surgery. The other advantage of this method is that follows the natural curves of the ocularist muscle. It is made along the natural path of the fold. The main benefit of a minimally invasive surgical technique is to do what surgeons would typically do without creating a significant incision.