The eyes are often considered as the focal point of a person’s face, as these are the first thing that we look at and notice when we talk to other people. The eyes hold so much power that they can either draw you in or turn you away with a single look. And because of this, many people are willing to undergo surgical or non-surgical procedures to enhance their eyes. Eyelid surgery at the TES Clinic, in fact, is one of the most requested procedures and the trend does not show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. If you think you need an eyelid surgery in Singapore, this is the best time to consult with the experts at the TES Clinic to see which type of procedure is best for you!
Eyelid surgery is also known by its medical term, blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery changes the appearance of the eyelids – it can restore tired-looking eyes, reduce puffiness, eliminate wrinkles, minimize sagging skin, and remove signs of aging around the lower and upper eyelids. For those who were not born with an upper eyelid crease or visible eyelid creases, there is another type of surgery called double eyelid surgery, which can transform a monolid into a double eyelid (not that there’s anything wrong with a monolid – it is purely for cosmetic purposes).
To learn more about eyelid surgery in Singapore, we will answer the questions below in this article:
- Why should I consider getting an eyelid surgery?
- What is the difference between an upper eyelid surgery and a lower eyelid surgery?
- I just had an eyelid surgery – what should I do next?
Why should I consider getting an eyelid surgery?
Blepharoplasty is typically done for cosmetic reasons, but it can also help improve the sight of patients whose upper eyelids have sagged due to aging. The skin loses its elasticity as we grow older, and it causes the excess skin to gather on the upper and lower eyelid. When there is excess on the upper eyelid, it can cause vision impairment; if it is present on the lower eyelid, the excess skin causes bulges, eyebags, wrinkles. In order to prevent or treat these conditions, you should consider getting an eyelid surgery.
Bear in mind that an eyelid surgery will not address issues like dark undereye circles, crow’s feet, and other kinds of facial wrinkles, but it can be done together with other procedures like filler injections and lifts to achieve optimum results.
You should choose a plastic surgeon with experience in performing this kind of procedure to make sure that you will achieve the desired results. Eyelid surgery is a straightforward but delicate process – if you consider having it done by someone who does not have the right skills and experience, you might end up regretting your decision or worse, your health may be put at risk.
What is the difference between an upper eyelid surgery and a lower eyelid surgery?
An eyelid surgery may target the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both, depending on the patient’s goals. The upper eyelid surgery is ideal for patients who have droopy eyelids and feel that their eyes always appear tired or sad. This type of eyelid surgery removes the excess skin that obscure the vision, adds some contour to the upper eyelid, and brings back the natural shape of the eyelid to give the face a more youthful, refreshed vibes.
The upper eyelid surgery involves the creation of a cut or incision in the natural crease just above the eye. The surgeon will remove the excess fat and/or skin and then adjust the muscles the surrounding areas.
On the other hand, a lower eyelid surgery targets the puffy, sagging bags of skin under the eyes. Although these sagging bags are tell-tale signs of skin losing its elasticity due to the natural process of aging, puffy lower lids can also affect younger patients, some in their early twenties. As a result, they look a lot older that their real age! If you suffer from this condition, lower eyelid surgery is a good option.
In a lower eyelid surgery, the surgeon applies incisions on the outer portion of the lower eyelid. Afterwards, the surgeon repositions or removes the fat to achieve a beautiful and smooth contour in the undereye area.
I just had an eyelid surgery – what should I do next?
An eyelid surgery is classified as an outpatient procedure. This means that after the surgery is done, the patient will be free to go home. The entire process usually lasts about 45 minutes up to 2 hours. If you have another procedure aside from eyelid surgery, it will take a bit more time to finish. But do not worry! The surgeon will give you a local or general anesthesia before the procedure starts, so you will not have to feel anything.
You will experience swelling and bruising for one to two weeks post-surgery. You might notice that your eyelids feel tighter than usual, too. Mild pain and soreness should be expected, and these can be alleviated using cold compresses and making sure that your head is properly elevated while you are sleeping.
Most patients feel confident to return to their offices about two weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon will tell you that during the first few weeks after the surgery, you will feel that your eyes get tired faster than usual. The important thing to remember is to let your eyes rest as needed. If your works involves sitting in front of a computer all day long, make sure that you take frequent breaks to help your eyes recover from the possible strain.
If you need to go out of the house, bring a pair of dark sunglasses to protect your eyes from external elements (for example, dust, wind, UV rays from the sun, etc). And finally, you should avoid strenuous physical activities for three to four weeks after the surgery.
A Final Word of Advice
The results of an eyelid surgery can last for many years, with the help of a healthy lifestyle and good skincare habits. Listen to the guidelines that your doctor will provide to ensure that the wounds from the incision are healed properly and with the least amount of time.
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