So you have mono-eyelids, and you want to give those peepers a more rejuvenated look and definition.
But before you go and finally decide on it, it is always best to educate yourself on what to expect rather than going in for consult without any knowledge about the procedure whatsoever. So here are 10 basic questions about double eyelid surgery to give you a start.
1. What is double eyelid surgery?
Double eyelid surgery is also known medically as blepharoplasty. This procedure is done to change the shape of the eyes by defining the crease above the eyelid more. It creates the appearance that is more refreshed and awake while the wrinkles near the eyes are significantly reduced. Some fats and skin may have to be removed with careful judgment and technique to create a more refined appearance.
2. Is double eyelid surgery different from Asian double eyelid surgery?
Basically both procedures have the same goal but the techniques used would have to be changed in order to fit the different eyelid profiles of the patients. The Caucasian eyelid is different from that of an Asian because it takes an inverted U shape that tapers closer to the eyelashes while it increases laterally. An Asian eyelid on the other hand is more parallel to the eyelid margin. To create the changes, the surgeon has to consider these specific forms so that appropriate manipulation can be done.
Certain techniques would have to be used particularly for Asian or Caucasian blepharoplasty. Asians request this procedure to decrease the prominent hooding or puffiness, while others request it to define their eyelid crease better.
3. What is DST?
This stands for double suture and twisting method, and is one of the most intricate techniques used in double eyelid surgery. The typical suture technique created future problems because of its high breakage rate and poorly defined fold, which is why DST is created to address this issue.
The sutures made in DST don’t break easily because the sutures are secured structures which make it less likely to tear. At the same time, the folds and creases created are virtually scarless. Another advantage is that it heals easily, and it can also be reversed.
4. What is the anesthesia used in double eyelid surgery?
This procedure commonly use local anesthesia along with mild intravenous sedation.
5. How would I know if I am a good candidate for double eyelid surgery?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are men and women who are generally of good health. This means, they have good skin quality so that it creates a tighter and more defined result. For individuals who are predisposed to baggy or saggy eyelids, it is best that the surgery is performed at a younger age.
If you have chronic conditions or disease such as high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, glaucoma, retina detachment, Grave’s disease, circulatory or clotting problems, you are at a higher risk for complications.
A patient should also be psychologically stable and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
6. How long does the surgery take?
The length of surgery depends on the extent of work that has to be done. But usually it takes one to three hours to accomplish. In some cases a patient may request to only have the upper eyelids altered, while some opt to have the upper and lower lids worked on.
7. What are the possible side effects after the surgery?
Swelling and bruising is an expected effect which extends from the eyes to some parts of the face. The eyes may also become sensitive to light, experience blurred vision and in some cases might have some difficulty closing the eyelids.
8. How long is the recovery time for double eyelid surgery?
After two to three days after surgery, you can already watch TV or read, but you must limit this to avoid prematurely stressing the eyes. You might need to take some time off work for at least a week to relieve the swelling and bruising. Strenuous activities may have to be avoided for at least six weeks and to protect your lids during this time; you need to wear sunglasses and special sunblock.
9. What is the approximate cost of the surgery?
The price for double eyelid surgery in Sydney is around $3000 for the upper lids while the lower lids could range from $3000-$6000. These prices slightly vary depending on the clinic and the surgeon who performs it.
There are also clinic offering free consultation on rhinoplasty in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, Australia.
10. Will there be scarring and how do I prevent this?
The incision that the surgeon creates will be strategically placed within the crease created; this technique will hide the scar more effectively. Some approaches requiring fat tissues to be removed, the incisions may have to be made beneath the lower lid, which can also effectively hide the scar. With an experienced surgeon, you don’t have to worry about scarring because this will just be a small fine line that runs across the eyelid that lightens over time.
Seek Professional Advice
While it is great to have better knowledge and understanding about double eyelid surgery procedure, no amount of research is substantial than getting a professional advice from your doctor. A consultation with your doctor will allow for a proper assessment of your condition. This is also a great opportunity for you to raise some concerns, hesitations and your expectations in getting a cosmetic surgery. Plus, your doctor will be able to explain to you how best you can achieve the eyelid surgery results that you are longing for.
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