For many years now, double eyelid surgery has been the most popular cosmetic procedure in Singapore and other Asian countries. Recent Asian beauty standards dictate that bigger eyes equate to a more beautiful face, partly thanks to many Asian models and actresses on TV that have these double eyelids. In the early 2000s, double eyelid surgery in Singapore has already existed but not with the popularity it now enjoys here and in other Asian countries like Japan and South Korea. It was also generally a procedure only the rich and famous can afford or have access to.
Nowadays though, almost anyone in Singapore can visit their nearest aesthetic clinic and undergo a double eyelid surgery immediately. One patient was even quoted to have said that getting double eyelid surgery is “as easy as getting a haircut”. There are even patients as young as 15 getting the procedure, often as a gift from his or her parents. Double eyelid surgery has gone a long way from its early days as a cosmetic procedure.
What to expect before and during double eyelid surgery in Singapore?
Before you undergo double eyelid surgery, you first need a consultation with a plastic surgeon to achieve the best possible outcome. There are two main methods used in double eyelid surgery – either an incisional technique or a stitching technique for creating the desired eyelid crease. There are important differences between the two methods, and it will ultimately depend on what you want to achieve. For a less painful experience and faster recovery, most patients undergo the stitching technique as it is a less invasive procedure compared to incisional double eyelid surgery. However, if you want a longer-lasting outcome, the incisional method is better. Take note though that it takes much longer to recover from it.
Beauty and care tips after a double eyelid surgery
After the surgery, you want to be as careful as possible when it comes to your recovery. You don’t want to develop complications that will net another trip to the surgeon. TES Clinic recommends the following tips for recovering from blepharoplasty, as well as some eye makeup and beauty tips.
- Prepare for recovery ahead of time.
As is the case with any kind of surgery or medical procedure, there will always be some needed time after it for healing and recovery. In the case of double eyelid surgery, TES Clinic recommends that patients set some time away from work or school – about 10 days for stitching blepharoplasty and 3 weeks for incisional blepharoplasty. Your body needs to reduce physical activities during recovery to ensure that most of its resources and nutrients are focused on healing.
- Apply ice packs on your eyes regularly for about 3 to 4 days after the surgery.
Cold temperatures will relax your blood vessels, which will, in turn, numb you from the pain and discomfort while your eyelids are recovering. It will also reduce any bruising or swelling around the eyelid area.
- Protect your eyes from the sun and other possible irritants.
If you need to go outside during your recovery period, then it is important that you have some kind of sun protection for your eyes. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses will ensure that the sun’s harmful UV rays do not reach your eyes and hinder your recovery. Also, ask your clinic if they have specially designed goggles that shortens recovery time after double eyelid surgery.
- Get as much rest as you can.
When you’re napping or sleeping, your body devotes a lot more energy into healing. In fact, getting enough sleep each night is a great way to accelerate your recovery after double eyelid surgery. If you feel exhausted or tired when you wake up from a good night’s sleep, it just means that your body spent a lot of energy in healing your eyelids.
- Wait a bit before applying eye makeup.
Your eyes and eyelids are very sensitive after a blepharoplasty, and you should wait for about two to three weeks before applying any makeup on them. Your makeup kit can introduce bacteria, which could infect the wound left after surgery. It can also cause irritation that may delay your recovery, or even cause some more serious complications.
- Start with using water-based makeup and beauty products.
After two to three weeks, even if your eyelids have healed completely, they may still be a little sensitive. To avoid irritation, use non-comedogenic, water-based makeup. It is also preferable that you swap out your old makeup products with new ones as they may harbor bacteria. When your eyes no longer get irritated from the makeup, you can then start using oil-based makeup products as well. Just start slow and steady when you’re using cosmetic products.
- Be careful when removing makeup.
After double eyelid surgery, it is very, very important that you are steady and careful when removing makeup. Usually, water-based products are easier to remove than oil-based ones, but it is still important that proper care is observed when removing them. Invest in a gentle makeup remover, or better yet, don’t use makeup at all if you can.
TES Clinic for Face & Jaw
304 Orchard Road,
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+65 9735 9930