Our eyes come in different shapes and sizes. What determines how our eyes look like are our eyelids? Asians of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean descent all have a thing in common when it comes to the composition of their eyes; they have monolids.
A monolid is characterized by an eyelid that does not have a crease. This makes the appearance of the eye’s opening seem smaller. Monolids can be caused by genetics or other causes, such as the drooping eyelid, which is a muscular flaw.
A lot of people have gone through eyelid surgery to augment their eyelids for aesthetic as well as functional purposes. And it is not only the upper eyelid that is usually the problem. The lower eyelid can pose challenges as well.
Eyelid surgery can be done on both the upper and lower eyelid. See those bags under your eyes? That can be corrected by eyelid surgery. This article is for people who want to learn more about this surgical procedure.
Here are the subjects about eyelid surgery that are discussed in this post:
- Background of the procedure
- Reasons why eyelid surgery can be done
- Benefits of an eyelid surgery
- Best Candidates for an eyelid surgery
- Techniques used in an eyelid surgery
- Eyelid surgery costs in Singapore
- Where to go for an eyelid surgery
Double Eyelid Surgery
Blepharoplasty is the medical term used for double eyelid surgery. This is a surgical and invasive procedure that is done to improve the eyelid’s aesthetic appearance or function. Eyelid surgery entails the removal of excess skin, fat, and muscle tissues that cause the eye not to have a crease (upper eyelids) or have unsightly bulges (lower eyelids). Eyelid surgery can be categorised according to:
- Cosmetic Blepharoplasty
- Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
- Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty
- Functional Blepharoplasty
- Ptosis surgery
Cosmetic Blepharoplasty is focused on improving the overall appearance of the eyes. The upper eyelid blepharoplasty or eye lift is an in-demand procedure in plastic surgery. Its goal is to create a crease in the upper eyelid, making the eye appear bigger in shape. This procedure should not be confused with Ptosis surgery. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is a procedure done to remove skin sagging or fat protrusion under the eye that causes eye bags.
Functional Blepharoplasty is a surgery done to repair the eyelid’s ability to retract. This is a procedure done to patients diagnosed with Ptosis or drooping eyelid. Functional Blepharoplasty works to tighten the levator muscles to enable the eyelid to open and close properly. The levator muscle is responsible for that purpose.
Where to go for an eyelid surgery
Cosmetic and functional Blepharoplasty can be done by an ophthalmologist or an oculoplastic surgeon. For special cases that need medical attention, an ENT surgeon, general plastic surgeon, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr Seah from TES Clinic can perform the procedure.
Double eyelid surgery cost in Singapore
Double eyelid surgery in Singapore will you cost around $3,500 to $6,000. This is affected by factors, like doctor’s consultation fees, surgeon fees, medication, surgical fees, anaesthesia, special sutures, and eye evaluations.
Benefits of double eyelid surgery
Eyelid surgery can bring several benefits, depending on why you are getting it:
|Type of Eyelid Surgery||Benefits|
Upper Eyelid Surgery (Eyelift)
Lower Eyelid Surgery
Best candidates for an eyelid surgery
The surest way to know whether you are an ideal candidate for eyelid surgery is to visit and get assessed by a doctor who is qualified to do evaluations for this type of procedure.
For Ptosis surgery, eyelid surgery can be done if you exhibit its symptoms:
- Dry, watery eyes
- Mild to severe drooping of the eyelid
- Vision obstruction
Eyelid surgery methods
The upper eyelid surgery has two methods:
- Incision method
- Non-incision method
The incision method is performed with the use of IV sedation or general anesthesia. To do the procedure, the doctor will first put marking on your eyelid. Next, your doctor will create small incisions along the double eyelid line. This part of the skin will then be removed along with fat and muscle. For eyelid surgery that is done to correct Ptosis, tightening of the levator muscles will be done as an added step. The incision is sutured closed and the stitches removed after the eyelid has completely healed.
The non-incision method, or buried suture technique, is performed using either general anesthesia or IV sedation with local anesthesia. In this procedure, the first step will be the marking of your eyelid. Then, tiny punctures are done on the skin along the double eyelid line. Sutures are then placed through the punctures and tightened to form the crease. The sutures will not need to be removed after the procedure.