Last fact-checked: 16 October 2019
Looking to save on double eyelid surgery in Thailand? This Medical Departures guide outlines everything you need to know about having the procedure carried out in the Land of Smiles, as well as how you can find reliable, top-quality surgeons who are experienced in Asian blepharoplasty.
With roughly half the Asian population having so-called ‘single eyelids’, this ranks as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. There’s an assumption that Asians embark on the procedure to make their eyes look more 'western', and that may well be true in some cases, but not all. Double eyelids are desirable, mainly because they do open up the eye area making them appear larger, to which is a beauty ideal many people aspire.
One of the world’s favoured medical tourism countries, Thailand was one, if not the pioneer of modern medical tourism in the 1990s. With modern, purpose-built hospitals, top-class surgeons and a customer care ethic considerably better than Western tourists were used to at home, it soon became the place to go for patients looking for cosmetic surgery options. Of course, one of the considerable benefits besides the internationally-recognized hygiene & safety standards and good quality care were the prices – at least 50% less and substantially more in some cases.
This is still true today, and Thailand is as popular as ever with foreigners – both medical and regular tourists alike. From the buzz of Bangkok to island hopping in the Andaman Sea, there’s something truly fascinating about this country, whether you find yourself on a remote stretch of deserted white beach or enjoying the cheeky humour of a lady-boy cabaret show. Amenities and leisure facilities are excellent, getting around relatively easy and accommodation and food options running from cheap-and-cheerful to blow-the-budget. Something definitely for everyone.
Booking double eyelid surgery with Medical Departures gives you peace of mind that you have chosen a quality-checked surgeon and facility you can trust. We conduct a number of background checks so you don’t have to, including legal and criminal records as well as doctor qualifications and professional memberships. Onsite visits are also part of our processes and collecting real patient reviews, which we publish on our site, along with high-definition clinic photographs.
While no surgery can ever be guaranteed to be successful no matter who does it or where – at least ensuring your surgeon's credentials stack up will set you off on the right path.
Double eyelid surgery is a relatively quick procedure that can be done as an out-patient – so you won’t need to stay in hospital. You will typically be given local anesthetic and sedation rather than a general anesthetic, and the whole procedure should be completed between 30-60 minutes (although do factor in more time for an initial consultation and planning at your chosen facility.
A number of techniques can be used for double eyelid surgery, and the method chosen will be down to your surgeon’s preference, as much as to your own particular anatomy.
This method is suitable for patients with fatty, thick or excessive eyelid skin. An incision is made across the lid and unwanted fatty and other tissue are removed before stitching the remaining skin together to form an eyelid crease.
This is suitable for patients with thin eyelid skin who don’t have noticeable fatty deposits. Here the eyelid skin is folded and stitched to form a crease. This used to be the most popular technique, but it is considered to be non-permanent, and so many people prefer to opt for the incision technique instead.
The recovery time will seem slow. Bruising and swelling will be at their worst after about 48 hours, but will subside quickly after that, although it will take between two to four weeks to disappear altogether.
Stitches may be dissolvable or removed between five and seven days after surgery. You will then be able to wear makeup to disguise bruising, swelling and scarring. Many people return to work after two weeks – some before. You may experience dry eyes, tightness, tingling and blurred vision for a few weeks, which is normal.
You should refrain from vigorous activity for six weeks and by about three months, your eyes should be looking relatively natural. Altogether it takes six months to a year to heal completely.
On average, double eyelid surgery in Thailand is likely to cost AUD $3,900 (EURO €2,600; UK £2,100; US $3,000; CAN $3,900). This is compared to Australia, for example, where it’s around AUD $8,000 (EURO €5,300; UK £4,200; US $6,000; CAN $7,800).
Note. These are average prices; check out three of medical Departures' most popular partner clinics in Thailand that offer double eyelid surgery to patients from all around the world:
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