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Double eyelid surgery, also known as Asian blepharoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures undertaken by Asian patients.
Approximately half of all Asians are born with eyes that have no crease when the eyes are open. These ‘single eyelids’ tend to make the eyes look smaller, and extra fat and skin can exacerbate this, creating a heavy, hooded look.
Sometimes this may cause vision problems, or other issues such as eyelashes grazing the corneas (lenses).
There are several techniques (as outlined below) that can be used; this is dependent on your own individual circumstances, aesthetic goals and your surgeon's preferred method.
The procedure takes only between half an hour and an hour and can be carried out as an out-patient, meaning you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight. You will normally be given local anesthesia and sedation, which means most patients are able to return to their hotel after only a few hours at the clinic.
The double eyelid procedure can be performed using varying techniques based around either the incision or non-incision varieties, as summarized below:
This involves a small incision being made across the eyelid to form the double crease. It is most suitable for patients with thick or excessive eyelid skin, or fatty tissue. The advantage of the incision technique is that results are permanent, although it is worth noting that recovery times are longer and that scarring may be slightly more visible.
Non-Incision (Suture) Techniques:
These techniques are suitable for patients with thinner skin and who do not have obvious fatty deposits. Creases are formed by folding the eyelid skin and stitching the fold. The main advantage of suture techniques over the incision method is the downtime – many patients can return to work after a week – and little or no scarring. The disadvantage is that this is not a permanent solution; although results should last for several years, sometimes it is much less.
Read more about eyelid surgery and different techniques here.
After surgery, you should expect to be swollen and bruised, and this may take a frustratingly long time to disappear. For the non-suture technique, it may take one or two weeks; for the incision technique, recovery may be twice as long.
Most Westerners can save at least 50% by heading abroad for double eyelid surgery.
In the United States, the average cost is around $5,000 - $6,000, compared to $2,000 - $3,000 in South Korea, for example.
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