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Asian Double Eyelid Surgery

Another type of Blepharoplasty is called Asian Eyelid Surgery. This procedure is popular amongst persons of Asian ethnicity, whereby a single eyelid fold is surgically reconstructed to form a double eyelid fold.

Who Is Suitable For Double Eyelid Surgery?

Those who wish to transform their natural single lids, who are also physically and emotionally healthy and have a good knowledge and understanding of the procedure, are generally suitable. Relative contraindications include dry eyes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, glaucoma, or Graves’ Disease. Major medical illnesses and medications must be discussed with your doctor.

How Do I Prepare For
Double Eyelid Surgery?

You should stop all aspirin, blood thinners, and anti-inflammatory medicines 1 week prior to the procedure. However, first please speak with your doctor. Excessive drinking and all forms of smoking/vaping should cease 2 weeks before and after the procedure. Following a cosmeceutical skincare routine at home in the weeks or months leading up to your surgery will also improve your skin quality and therefore improve its healing abilities.

What Is The Post-
Procedure Care?

Your eyes will likely be lubricated and covered with bandages after surgery. Oral medications will be advised to reduce pain and discomfort. The doctor will also prescribe antibiotics (topical cream and oral tablets) to prevent infection.

The following care needs to be strictly undertaken as follows:

Your stitches will be removed about 5 days after surgery. Normal activities can resume after around 10 days, although strenuous activities such as lifting, bending, and carrying heavy loads need to cease for a period of three weeks. You will be advised to report any unmanageable pain or blurred vision to your doctor immediately.

What Are The Risks?

Following surgery, you may experience teary eyes, itchy, burning, dryness, light sensitivity and/or blurred or double vision, which may persist for several days. Lubricating eye drops can relieve these complications. There will also be swelling and redness around the eyes. These are normal. Sometimes, patients have difficulty closing their eyes whilst sleeping; and although rare, this complication can be permanent. On rare occasions, the lower lids may also appear to be pulled down (called Ectropion) and if so may require additional surgery. The eyes may also look somewhat asymmetrical. As with any surgery, eyelid surgery risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, and reaction to the anaesthesia.

When Will I See Results?

The eyes will remain swollen and bruised for 1-2 weeks, and the incision site becomes less obvious after around 3 weeks. Best results will be noticed around the 6 month mark.

When Can I Return To Work?

On average we recommend at least 4-5 days off work, depending on what procedures were undertaken, and the nature of your work. In the case of additional Laser Resurfacing procedure, an extra 2 days downtime will be required.

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