Cosmetic Surgery

Misconceptions and Fun Facts about Double Eyelid Surgery

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As one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Singapore, there are many misconceptions when it comes to double eyelid surgery and it can be a struggle to know where to turn to when you want to find out more. As specialists here at Medora Centre for Medicine and Surgery, we are here to provide you with some fun and interesting facts about the procedure from all stages of the process and hopefully we can provide enough information to make you feel comfortable when choosing the right option for you.

Why is Double Eyelid Surgery so popular?

Double eyelid surgery isone of the many forms ofBlepharoplasty available through cosmetic surgeons. It is a procedure that is most well-known across the world for its popularity in South Korea but its appeal has swept across Asia over the last decadeand it is now a highly requested treatment in Singapore as well.

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There are many reasons why patients opt for double eyelid surgery although the procedure is most commonly carried out in Singapore for aesthetic purposes only. The treatment’s popularity among celebrities has led to claims that many young Asian men and women feel the need to adopt more Caucasian features, although there is some debate surrounding this as having bigger and more enhanced eyes is something that has always been considered desirable in East Asian countries, and has now become popular in Singapore too.

If you hear the term ‘Blepharoplasty’ used on its own then it could include a range of eyelid procedures including the removal of excess skin or fat around the eyes in order to reduce blocked vision or puffiness. The term ‘double eyelid surgery’ is slightly more specific, however, as it refers to a procedure performed mostly on Asian patients who wish to obtain a natural-looking eyelid crease.

One of the main reasons why the surgery is so popular is because there are simply no other methods or natural remedies that can permanently alter the skin around the eyes. The only way to reshape or reposition the eyelids is to opt for surgery.

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Dispelling some of the myths about Double Eyelid Surgery

First of all, as surgeons we must stress that we never aim to create results that go against the natural contours and structure of your face. While double eyelid surgery might help to enhance your natural beauty, it is not a transformation procedure.

The surgery is most commonly carried out as a series of incisions used to create a skin fold by a removing and tightening certain areas of the eyelid. A less invasive but more uncommon procedure involves minimal incisions, sometimes none at all, and has much softer results that are less obvious but reduce the potential for scarring.

The latter procedure is less painful after surgery but it can have almost no effect on patients who have a lot of excess skin that needs to be removed. It’s also worth noting that even the standard incision method is not completely permanent for everyone and might require revisions every 5-7 years.

Potential Side Effects after Double Eyelid Surgery

On the whole, double eyelid surgery is considered to be a mostly safe procedure when carried out by specialist surgeons. This doesn’t mean it is completely without risks, however, and these are always worth considering before you opt for the surgery.

Directly after surgery patients often experience a mild infection as the eyes try to recover from the adjustment. This can also lead to some temporary visual disturbances including dryness, mild bleeding from the eyes and impaired vision. If these problems persist then you should consult your cosmetic surgeon immediately.

Applying antibiotic cream and taking anti-inflammatory drugs is compulsory after surgery as it helps speed up recovery time and reduces the risk of infection. Mild pain, bruising, and light sensitivity might persist for a while but is expected to reduce over time.

The biggest risks that come with the procedure, all of which are very uncommon amongst patients, include fatal allergic reactions and blood clots during the surgeryand abnormal positioning, lid lag, or even blindness after surgery. Even the most severe of complications are treatable and you should always contact your cosmetic surgeon if you think you might be at risk.