So you’ve decided that you want a blepharoplasty. Also known as double eyelid surgery, getting one is definitely an exciting prospect. Double eyelid surgery is very popular with East Asian women, and is regarded as an important standard of beauty (it makes first place on my list!).
But like any big decision it’s a good idea to find out more before taking the plunge. It’s big enough deal that any decent surgeon should most definitely run you through the details first. Note: if they don’t here’s some advice: look elsewhere – you don’t want some crook messing with your face!
Nevertheless, here’re a few things you should know about double eyelid surgery in Malaysia before you even think of meeting the doctor D:
Types of double eyelid surgery.
There are basically three tiers of double eyelid surgery. They range from low risk and low commitment, to more serious treatments that are permanent but give better results.
So what are the procedures that are available? How are they different?
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1. Buried Sutured Method.
The Buried Sutured Method was the first double eyelid surgery (or at least to my knowledge) and continues to be popular. Its relative simplicity and, more importantly, its non-permanence makes it the first method one should consider. It is also the best option for those who don’t have enough fat on their lids for doctors to work with.
While some people might find the results slightly unnatural, it’s a big step up for anyone who’s so far been satisfied with simply taping their lids. Aesthetically, buried sutures look practically flawless. Now here’s the best part: the procedure is pretty much reversible.
This surgery involves only a miniscule incision (about 1-2mm) which leaves no visible scar since it will be hidden away behind the fold itself. Even with the eyes closed the scar is barely visible. The entire operation shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. There will be swelling and tenderness but it should subside after 4 to 7 days.
However, although suture-based double eyelid surgeries last a long time, they don’t last forever. You will need to periodically get it renewed when it starts to go away.
2. Partial Incision Method.
Originally favoured over Full Incision in the past, improvements in surgery methods have largely diminished the advantages that Partial Incision Methods had, that is, scar minimization. This method is best suited to people who have mono-lid droopy eyes.
As the procedure implies, a partial surgery takes less time to recover from. In this procedure, small incisions are made in sections all along the eyelid to remove excess tissue and fat, but not muscle. The incisions also do not extend all the eye like in full incision surgery, but only two thirds of the way.
Incision methods, although more painful, take longer to recover and are irreversible, give the best results. For those who need something more than Buried Sutures can offer but do not want to get a full incision, the partial incision method is that line in between.
3. Full Incision Method.
Full Incision Surgery are for those who want to go all the way. Full incision surgery gives, by far, the best results in terms of permanence and naturalness. The latest developments in full incision surgery manages to keep scarring to a bare minimum.
Keep in mind, though, that like all double eyelid incision surgeries it is necessary to have some fat in the eyelid for this method to work. And unlike partial incision, full incision involves removing fat, skin and muscle tissue all across the eye. The recess is then stitched, creating the fold.
Because of the amount of tissue being removed the procedure is only suitable for those who aren’t too old. Anywhere in between 20-30 years old is ideal. As time goes by and the wounds heal the result is undeniably the best.