For many years now, one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in Singapore is double eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. Double eyelids are a signifier of beauty according to most Asian beauty standards, and thousands of Singaporean men and women (who are often born with single eyelids or monolids) flock to plastic surgery clinics yearly to undergo double eyelid surgery and achieve this goal.
But what exactly is a double eyelid?
A double eyelid is really an easy way to describe a feature of the eyes where there is the presence of a crease of skin above. Almost half of the people of Asian descent are born without this crease, which is unfortunate since double eyelids are considered as a standard of beauty among many Asian cultures, including Singapore.
Throughout the years, several quick fixes have emerged in the market, such as eyelid tapes and fake eyelashes, but these fixes only last temporarily. For a more permanent solution, Singaporeans undergo double eyelid surgery to address this issue. There are also non-surgical options available for those who don’t want the risks attached in an invasive procedure, but the effects of these only last for a year at most.
How is the procedure done?
Allure Plastic Surgery, one of the leading cosmetic surgery clinics in Singapore specializes in double eyelid surgery. To give you an insight on how the procedure is performed, here’s a quick rundown from Allure:
- Double eyelid surgery is actually a very safe and quick procedure, unlike most surgical operations which tend to last for more than two hours. A typical double eyelid surgery only lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, and although there is a bit of downtime due to some swelling, patients can recover relatively quickly.
- There are actually two main types of double eyelid surgery – one involves only stitching, while the other requires making an incision. In the stitching method, the surgeon stitches each eyelid to create the aforementioned crease. This is the slightly less invasive option, as there is no cutting of skin involved, however, it can only be done for people who have relatively thin skin around their eyes. Since most of those who undergo double eyelid surgery are below 30 years old and have thinner skin around the eyes, the stitching method is the more popular procedure.
- In the incisional option, the double eyelid crease is created by making incisions along the eyelid for both eyes. It achieves a more permanent effect compared to the previous method and also gives the eye a more elongated shape. This is recommended for those with thicker skin around the eyes, which is often the case for men and women over 30.
How to take care of one’s self after undergoing double eyelid surgery?
After double eyelid surgery, the specialist will prescribe some pain medication to deal with slight eye pain. In both types of double eyelid surgery, it is vital that a person focus on his/her recovery and healing. Allure has the following tips for people recovering from double eye surgery:
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for a week or two after the surgery.
If you have bad vision, then wearing contact lenses may irritate your eyes while the eyelids are still healing. To minimize the chances of complications, wear eyeglasses instead for about two weeks as they do not directly touch your eyes compared to contacts.
- Wear sunglasses or tinted lenses.
You may also become very sensitive to light. Sunglasses or shaded eyeglasses are a great way to deal with this acquired light sensitivity while you are still on the road to recovery.
- Avoid the sun if possible. If you can’t do that, wear a wide-brimmed hat or just bring an umbrella.
The sun’s UV rays can darken or even damage your incision. The best way to prevent his from happening is by never going out into the sun if you can. If you can’t, then get yourself a wide-brimmed hat or an umbrella to protect your eyes from the sun.
- Don’t panic if your vision becomes slightly blurry after the procedure.
An ointment is usually applied to the eyelid area before the surgery to numb the eyelids from pain and discomfort. A common side effect of this numbing ointment is that it can cause a slightly blurry vision. Don’t panic! This effect usually wears off within 24 hours and there is no need to worry.
- Don’t wear any eye makeup or apply eye creams to avoid irritation.
Do this for about two or more weeks. The skin around your eyes will be much more sensitive after the procedure, and it is important that you give it time to fully heal first.
- Skip the workouts and other strenuous activities for now. Focus on recovery.
Although some light exercise may be ok, it is often recommended that a person avoids any heavy activities during recovery. To speed up healing, your body will want to expend a lot of energy on recovery, and strenuous activities may hinder that.
- Get plenty of rest.
Finally, one of the best ways to take care of yourself after double eyelid surgery is by simply getting enough rest. After a blepharoplasty, your eyes will often feel tired and sore. Sleeping will help in recovering faster, as your body can focus more of its energy into the healing process.
Food and Nutrition Tips for Double Eyelid Surgery
- Eat soft foods, and small, bite-sized chunks.
You will feel a bit sore on your eyes after double eyelid surgery, and this soreness can extend to your whole face. To lessen the general discomfort, add soft foods to your diet like soups. These are easier to chew and digest and would help you relax and focus on your recovery. If you really want some juicy steak though, then cut up your food into easy-to-bite chunks before eating.
- Avoid salty foods, which are high in sodium.
Sodium will increase the swelling on your eyes if you ingest a high amount. It is also known that salty food may increase the pressure on the stitches or incisions, so avoid them for now.
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