What is Double Eyelid Surgery?
Double eyelid surgery creates a new crease that divides the upper eyelid into two segments, making the eyes appear larger, more open, or more awake.
It is commonly used to create or augment the upper eyelid crease that may have been missing from birth or to reduce wrinkles around the eyes for a more refreshed look.
Also known as an Asian blepharoplasty or Asian eyelift, it is a popular procedure in the Asian community where many of the population naturally have a monolid or single eyelid. Asian eyelid surgery creates an upper eyelid crease (supra tarsal fold) so the eyes appear more symmetrical or almond-shaped.
There are specific defining features in Asian facial aesthetics that many Asian patients wish to keep while also appearing younger, with bigger, brighter eyes. Asian double eyelid surgery is a unique type of upper blepharoplasty surgery that offers a refreshed and vibrant appearance while maintaining important ethnic traits. There are two common procedures performed by a specialist cosmetic surgeon, which are:
Small incisions are made to the upper eyelid skin, removing any weak tissue that is not strong enough to support new folds and a new crease is formed with the eyelid contoured to suit and supported by tiny stitching. Sedation and local anaesthetic is used, and the eyelid procedure takes approximately 1 hour, with downtime expected at around one week. The open incision technique is normally recommended where skin or fat needs to be removed or more complex issues must be resolved.
The surgeon creates small holes in the upper eyelid where sutures are inserted, connecting the upper lid's muscle layer to the newly formed skin fold to create the desired look. The suture technique is non-incisional double eyelid surgery performed under local anaesthetic and is quick, taking anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, with patients able to go home the same day. Downtime is usually only a few days.
Other Reasons for Double Eyelid Surgery
Improving Vision: In some cases, the surgery is not solely for cosmetic reasons. If the upper eyelid's skin is overly heavy or drooping (ptosis), it can impede vision. The procedure can improve the individual's field of vision by removing excess skin and creating a second double eyelid crease.
Increased Options for Makeup: Creating a crease in the upper eyelid can make applying and showing off eye makeup easier. Many people find that makeup is more visible and can be used more creatively afterwards.
Correction of Asymmetry: Surgery can create symmetry between the eyes when one eye may naturally have a crease and the other does not.
Rejuvenation: In addition to achieving the desired eyelid shape and the removal of excess skin, fat, or muscle that causes a tired or aged appearance, the cosmetic surgery is designed to provide a more rejuvenated look.
Aesthetic Appeal: Many people choose surgery for cosmetic reasons, as the double eyelid is often considered desirable in many cultures. The surgery can make the eyes look more defined and can be tailored to fit the individual's desired appearance.
Like all surgical procedures, the double eyelid procedure comes with potential risks and complications, so it's essential to have a detailed discussion with a specialist plastic surgeon to understand what the procedure can and cannot achieve and to ensure that it's the right choice for you. Some of the possible complications are:
- Infection - antibiotics are provided
- Allergic reaction
- Blurry vision - because of initial swelling
- Pain - Treat with over-the-counter pain medication
- Scarring - The incisional technique is done in the double eyelid fold to minimise scarring
- Asymmetry - May need corrective surgery.
- Dry eyes - Use eyedrops
Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne are certified professionals who have successfully performed the surgery many times and can answer any of your questions regarding risks and complications.
Who is the Procedure For?
- Recommended only for patients who fully understand the treatment and the risks of the treatment
- Suitable for people over the age of 18
- Patients who would prefer wider-looking eyes
- People who have drooping eyelids
- Where there is excess sagging skin
- Correcting asymmetry
Who is it Not For?
Not suitable for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have neuromuscular disease, bell's palsy or any active skin disease. Not recommended if you are sensitive or allergic to biomaterials. If you have severe ptosis or a great deal of excess skin, consult your doctor.
Melbourne Double Eyelid Surgery
Chelsea Cosmetics in Melbourne offers double eyelid surgery and can perform a range of options that will improve the shape of your eyes to give a brighter, fresh-faced appearance to faces of any shape and size.
Contact us today to book a free consultation and get personalised advice on the various options from one of our highly-trained medical staff, who will answer all your questions.
Call (03) 8822 3472