Get Rid of the Monolid: What You Need to Know About Double Eyelid Surgery in Singapore and Foods for Aftercare

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Common to many Asians, especially Southeast Asians, are eyelids that do not have creases or monolids. Having a monolid makes the eye look smaller. Although it is not a beauty flaw (monolids actually look good on men), a lot of women desire to have double eyelids to make their eyes look bigger and brighter.

Many South Korean celebrities are known for undergoing double eyelid procedures to achieve creases in their eyelids and alter the shape of their eyes. This type of aesthetic enhancement is no longer a taboo, as getting a double eyelid surgery is already a usual gift presented by South Korean parents to their teenage daughters.

According to the popular medical portal Ubiqi, the demand for getting a double eyelid in Singapore is on the rise as well. In fact, this procedure topped the list of aesthetic procedures done in Singapore last 2018. If you clicked on this article in the hopes of knowing more about getting a double eyelid, you are in luck! This post will walk you through the available procedures, cost, and other things you need to know about getting double eyelid in Singapore.

First of all, skip the tape or glue.

The easiest way to get a crease, no doubt, is to apply tape or glue to create the illusion of having an eyelid fold. Doing this on a daily basis can take up so much of your time and effort. Getting a double eyelid surgery, on the other hand, is a one time fix that can give your eyes a permanent crease.

What is double eyelid surgery about?

Double Eyelid Surgery

Double eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is done to create a crease in the upper eyelid that would make the eyes appear larger. There are two ways to do this procedure:

  1. Incisional blepharoplasty or cutting method
  2. Suture blepharoplasty or stitching method

The first type of blepharoplasty, which is the incisional method, is the most popular choice among Singaporeans. In this method, the doctor makes an incision in the eyelid where the crease should be located and, when needed, removes excess fats, skin, and tissues, that weighs down the upper eyelid. After these are removed, the eyelid skin is anchored and stitched to the muscle to create the double eyelid. Healing period will take two weeks to one month to complete.

The other method, suture blepharoplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure that is done by puncturing holes in the eyelid where sutures are then stitched through and tightened to create the double eyelid. This option is recommended for people who are hesitant to go under the knife. At least five to ten days is needed for downtime for this procedure.

Which of the two methods is better?

If you want to get the most out of your money and do not care about how long the recovery time would take, go for the incisional or cutting method. This procedure offers results that are more permanent as compared to the suture method. Likewise, the incisional method can make other alterations to your eyelids, such as giving it shape and extending the opening of the eye, especially if you are going for a doe-eyed look.

Are there risks or side effects involved?

Yes, scarring may happen with the cutting method, although this will blend in with the colour of your skin about four to six months after your procedure. If your skin is prone to keloids, then the scars will be more obvious. On the other hand, the suture method leaves no scar after the punctures have healed fully.

Aside from the possibility of scarring, there are other side effects that can happen, including:

  • Bruising in the treated area
  • Dry eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Numbness
  • Pain

These side effects are temporary and should subside within days after your procedure.

Aftercare tips

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After completing your double eyelid surgery, it is important that you take ample time to rest and allow your eyes to heal. Activities that may cause strain to the eyes should be avoided (e.g. driving, reading, screen time, and other activities that need to exert effort when doing). Consumption of alcohol and salty foods is forbidden as these can cause a buildup of fluids in the treated area and delay the recovery. Drink lots of fluids and consume fibrous vegetables to avoid constipation, which normally happens when taking pain medications.

Is double eyelid surgery done for cosmetic purposes alone?

No. Double eyelid surgery can also be done for medical reasons, such as correction of droopy eyelid or ptosis.

Double Eyelid Singapore Cost

The range of cost for double eyelid surgery in Singapore is between $3,500 to $6,000. The range of cost according to the method of double eyelid procedure is:

  • Incisional blepharoplasty – $5,000 to $6,000
  • Suture blepharoplasty  – $3,500 to $4,000

Using Medisave or any health insurance to cut on cost for your double eyelid surgery is subject for the Ministry of Health’s approval. If the double eyelid surgery is tagged as medical or done for functional improvements to correct ptosis, Medisave claims can be filed. However, if the procedure is done for cosmetic purposes, Medisave cannot be of use.