People of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean descent have one thing in common—monolid eyes. Otherwise known as epicanthal folds, a monolid eye is identified by the absence of a crease that parts the eyelids into two. Asians are not the only folks who may have this type of eyelids. Some genetic conditions (e.g. Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc.) can also cause this distinct eyelid form, so it can happen to anyone regardless of race. Having a monolid does not have a negative impact on the body’s physical health, but some undergo eyelid surgery in Singapore in order to get double eyelids and improve their face’s aesthetic features.
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Double eyelid surgery is one of the top surgeries requested in South Korea. In fact, many South Korean celebrities have undergone eyelid surgery and there are claims that this type of procedure is a common gift to teenage girls graduating from high school. This process of altering the eye’s shape and giving it a wider pop can do wonders for the face. It can make your facial features look more balanced, give the impression of being more alert and awake, and keep you looking younger than your actual age. Because of the aesthetic perks that a double eyelid can bring, a lot of women and even men in Singapore have shown interest in getting rid of their monolids. In fact, during the recent years, double eyelid surgery in Singapore has seen a spike in demand.
If you are contemplating of trying out a different look this year, then this article will serve as your guide on how to achieve double eyelids.
Blepharoplasty 101: How to create a permanent double eyelid crease
Blepharoplasty is the medical term used for double eyelid surgery. This procedure involves the removal of excess fat, muscle, and skin from the eye that causes the monolid. Blepharoplasty can be done to improve the function of the eyes, like in the case of a condition called Ptosis, or change their aesthetic appearance.
Double eyelid surgery can be done in two ways:
- Incision technique
- Stitching technique
The incision technique is done by making an unbroken slit on the eyelid right across the eyelid’s skin and muscle where the crease is to be placed. This technique involves fat removal, which the doctor is able to do through the cut, and then later on revamp the eyes following the desired shape. Because the skin is subjected to a cut, this procedure can leave a scar along the incision area when not properly done. The result from this type of surgery is permanent and cannot be reversed.
The stitching technique, also known as the suture method, does not create any cuts into the skin. Instead, biocompatible and medical grade sutures are used and stitched into the eyelids to create the double eyelid effect. To do this, your doctor will place a line across your eyelid where the fold will be situated. Next, the sutures are stitched through the guide mark and pulled to tighten, creating the fold. The sutures are not noticeable as they are hidden beneath the skin. Stitching technique can be undone when you are not satisfied with its results. Likewise, this method is not perpetually permanent as the sutures may loosen when the eyes are subject to habitual rubbing. Aside from this, the fats underneath the eyelids’ skin can continue to build up and cause sagging over the course of time, affecting the appearance of your double eyelid.
Choosing the right surgery for your eyelids
If you want a procedure that is not invasive and done with minimal downtime required, then go with the stitching method. However, do note that this method is usually recommended for patients under the age of 35 and without too much fat in the eyelid area. For patients over the age of 35 or those that fail to obtain the requirements of the stitching method, your only surgical option to achieve an eyelid crease is the incision method.
There is no need to worry about pain when undergoing either of the double eyelid surgery as your doctor will use anaesthesia to numb the target area before proceeding with the operation.
Common side effects experienced after surgery
Your eyes will be very sensitive following a double eyelid surgery. It is important that you have a companion with you during the day of your surgery as you will definitely have challenges doing activities after. Anticipate that there will be side effects, such as:
- Bruising around the treatment area
- Minor discomfort
- Puffy eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery eyes
Cost of a double eyelid surgery in Singapore
Double eyelid surgery in Singapore can cost around $3,500 to $6,500. Unfortunately, Blepharoplasty done for aesthetic purposes cannot be claimed through Medisave or insurance.
Other ways to achieve a double eyelid crease without undergoing surgery
If you are not able to afford a double eyelid surgery yet, then you can use these temporary hacks to achieve a new look while saving up for Blepharoplasty.
- Apply double eyelid glue – Double eyelid glue is a sought after product and is available at beauty and health stores. To use this, an applicator brush is soaked in the glue and applied to the lower part of the eyelid. A fork applicator is then used to create the crease by gently pushing it onto the marked area of the skin where the desired fold should be.
- Stick double eyelid tape – This product contains thin strips of nude tape that are attached to the part of the eyelid closest to the lashes. Once attached, the tape hinders the lower part of the skin to be completely hidden, thus creating a double fold.
- Try double eyelid lace – A double eyelid lace uses glue, a pair of tweezers, and thin piece of lace cloth that is shaper to fit the lower part of the eyelid. To apply, the piece of lace is placed at the back of the hand and is thinly covered with glue. Next, use the tweezers to attach it to the lower portion of the eyelid to make the crease visible.
TES Clinic for Face & Jaw, an aesthetic clinic that has a 5-star rating in Google reviews, offers double eyelid surgery in Singapore. You can check out their website to know more about their gold-standard procedures.
TES Clinic for Face & Jaw – Dr Seah Tian Ee
304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites
#05-42, Orchard Medical Specialists
+65 6737 0552
+65 9735 9930