Double Eyelid Surgery

Double eyelid surgery in Singapore is a very popular plastic surgery procedure. Many Singaporeans, due to genetics, do not possess double eyelids. They are formed by the attachments between the inner eyelid muscle and the skin of the upper eyelid. For people who have single eyelids, these attachments are either absent or weak.

Double eyelids are considered to be attractive as the extra fold can make the eye look brighter and fuller. This allows the eye to look more prominent and thus more attractive.

What is double eyelid surgery in Singapore?

There are two main ways that double eyelid surgery is done.

1. Incisional surgery

In this procedure, an incision is made on the skin of the eyelid at a pre-determined height. Then, the eyelid skin is permanently attached to the inner eyelid muscle (levator) in order to create a double eyelid crease.

2. Non-incisional surgery (stitching)

In this procedure, sutures are placed in each eyelid which creates an attachment between the skin and inner eyelid muscle. This will create a double eyelid crease.

The experience of getting a double eyelid surgery at The Clifford Surgery

Before the procedure, you will have to go through a comprehensive consultation with our doctor. Your relevant medical history, existing conditions and current health status will all be discussed.

When the procedure starts, our doctor will use a marker in order to indicate the exact position of the incisions or stitches on your eyelids in order to that the end result is precise and symmetrical.

Local anaesthesia will be injected into your upper eyelids. Light sedation may be administered if necessary. This will reduce the pain and discomfort during the surgery.

Depending on the method of surgery, the surgery can last from anywhere between 15 minutes to an entire hour.

Are there any side effects? What is the downtime like?

There are no major adverse side effects that are associated with double eyelid surgery. There is a small chance of complications occurring, such as infection of the incision sites or asymmetry. In these cases, contact the doctor who performed your procedure immediately.

For non-incisional surgery, there is very little chance of scarring. This will also mean that the downtime is much less than incisional surgery and you should be able to return to work and regular activities soon afterwards, even as quickly as 3 to 5 days.

For incisional surgery, scarring will definitely occur and the downtime is much longer. Scarring will take between 3 to 6 months to fade. The full effects of the procedure will also take time to manifest properly as your eyelids may look raised at the start. It will take around 1 to 2 months for the double eyelid crease to attain its final height.

For both procedures, there will be moderate bruising that occur around the eyelids. This shouldn’t be a cause for concern and will heal naturally over several weeks.

Are the effects of a double eyelid surgery permanent?

For incisional double eyelid surgeries, the effects will be permanent. This is due to the scar tissue that is formed between the attached eyelid skin and muscle. This will keep the skin and muscle connected and will make your double eyelid crease permanent.

For non-incisional double eyelid surgeries, the eyelid skin and muscle are only attached by the stitches. There is a chance that scar tissue will not form, due to various circumstances. This will reduce the chance of the scar tissue forming which might reverse the effects of the final surgery. The sutures may loosen over time and the double eyelid crease may fade as a result.

Excessive bleeding
Damage of nerves, leading to altered vision and other senses
Inflammation and infection
Damage of facial muscles, permanently altering facial expressions
Facial asymmetry

FAQs

Is aftercare needed?

Aftercare is very important for any invasive surgery. It is important to apply the antiseptic ointment regularly after surgery to prevent infection, particularly in the case of an incisional double eyelid surgery. Follow the instructions of your surgeon.

If you are someone who has the habit of rubbing their eyes, this might make the sutures loose and affect your healing and consequently your appearance. This is because the rubbing motion might disrupt the skin to muscle attachments, potentially causing some asymmetry.

For those of you who have skin problems like eczema, it can be very hard to avoid scratching your eyelid area. If you are experiencing this, please consult your doctor and ensure that a double eyelid surgery is suitable for you before commencing the procedure.

Are the effects of a double eyelid surgery permanent?

For incisional double eyelid surgeries, the effects will be permanent. This is due to the scar tissue that is formed between the attached eyelid skin and muscle. This will keep the skin and muscle connected and will make your double eyelid crease permanent.

For non-incisional double eyelid surgeries, the eyelid skin and muscle are only attached by the stitches. There is a chance that scar tissue will not form, due to various circumstances. This will reduce the chance of the scar tissue forming which might reverse the effects of the final surgery. The sutures may loosen over time and the double eyelid crease may fade as a result.

At The Clifford Surgery, our doctors are highly experienced in aesthetic procedures. Visit us for a consultation and they will assess your situation, before recommending the most suitable course of treatment catered for you.