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Asian Blepharoplasty

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Double Eyelid Surgery

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A person with natural upper eyelid folds, tends to appear more alert and approachable. Some may describe the eyes as more expressive and visually appealing.

Fortunately, those born without or with less prominent upper eyelid folds, can undergo double eyelid surgery to create or enhance their eyelids.

Have you ever felt like your eyes just don't stand out or feel as expressive as you want them to?
Contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve your dream look.
What is double eyelid surgery? 

Double eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is a procedure to create or enhance the appearance of the crease over the upper eyelid.

There are two main types of double eyelid surgery—suture blepharoplasty and incisional blepharoplasty. Both procedures can be completed as out-patient procedures, meaning you do not need to stay overnight at the hospital.

How does double eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty work?

The eventual result of both types of blepharoplasty are double eyelids, the only difference is the method to get this result. The two types of blepharoplasty are as follows: 

Suture blepharoplasty 
  • Uses limited access and manipulation to place key sutures along the intended crease
  • Quick procedure with short downtime and less invasive
  • Usually reversible within the first two weeks
  • Results may not be permanent
  • May not be suitable for some eyelids (e.g., thickened skin, puffy eyelid, excess skin)

Incisional blepharoplasty 
  • Involves the removal of some skin, muscle, and fat 
  • More access for correction of any eye muscle weakness or asymmetry
  • Allows scarring in a directed manner for the crease to form
  • More permanent result 
  • May involve more downtime for swelling or bruising to resolve

Benefits of double eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty

  • Youthful and alert appearance
  • Long-term improvement
  • Short downtime
  • Quick procedure, approximately 45 minutes
  • Minimal scarring 
  • Increase confidence
  • Aesthetic upper eyelids with a more expressive gaze

What should I expect before the procedure?

During your first consultation, our surgeon will go through the following details with you:

Medical history

You will be asked about your history with regards to medications, surgeries, and allergies. You will also be asked about any eye issues such as glaucoma and dry eyes. Inform your surgeon if you have diabetes, circulatory problems, and thyroid problems. This is to help your surgeon make informed decisions with regards to your double eyelid surgery. 


Your surgeon will then examine your problem area and give advice on the most suitable procedure for you. The examination will consist of the following things:

  • Eye examination: measurement and tear duct testing.
  • Visual field testing: identify blind spots in the corners of the eyes.
  • Photography: pictures of your eye from different angles to help your surgeon plan the procedure giving you the most aesthetically and functionally pleasing results.

In the days leading up to your procedure, you may be asked to refrain from the following things:

  • Certain medications: aspirin and some anti-inflammatory drugs act as blood thinners making you more prone to excessive bleeding during surgery.
  • Smoking: smoking hinders blood flow and may result in slow wound recovery.

By the end of your first consultation, you and your surgeon will have discussed the type of double eyelid surgery most suited for you and what to expect.

What should I expect during the procedure?

A double eyelid surgery/blepharoplasty takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. It is conducted in an out-patient setting, meaning you will be able to return home on the same day. The steps of a double eyelid surgery depend on the type of procedure you chose. If you were diagnosed with blepharoptosis and brow ptosis, you may need concomitant correction of the eyelids and eyebrows.

Suture blepharoplasty
  • Intended eyelid crease is marked out.
  • Anaesthesia is administered at the procedure site.
  • Tiny punctures are made on the skin along the marked-out lines.
  • Sutures are then used to go through and tighten the tiny punctures. 
  • Sutures will remain there once the desired crease forms.

This method is reversible and suitable for individuals with no excess skin, fat, or muscle to remove.

Incisional blepharoplasty
  • Intended eyelid crease is marked out.
  • Anaesthesia is administered at the procedure site.
  • Small incisions are made at the site.
  • Marked skin, muscle, and some fats are removed.
  • Skin is closed using skin glue or sutures.

This method is permanent and suitable for individuals with excess skin, fat, or muscle to remove.

Say goodbye to uneven or monolid eyelids and hello to bigger, brighter eyes that stand out.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve your dream look.

Double eyelid surgery with Dr Andrew Cheah

Choosing a blepharoplasty goes beyond the method used. Dr Andrew will need to understand your specific aesthetic goals and evaluate your overall facial features so he can customise the technique to your unique needs and anatomy. Together, you will decide on details like the crease height, shape of the fold, and management of any associated epicanthal folds. 

It is often misunderstood that the procedure will erode your unique features and cause you to look “less Asian”; however, the right technique can enhance your eyelids that are congruent with your ethnic identity and specific aesthetic needs.

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. The procedure should be carried in a safe environment and in an accredited clinic. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome could occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

who is a candidate

for Asian Blepharoplasty

Double eyelid surgery can help individuals with the following problems:

  • Asymmetrical/uneven eyelid crease
  • Absent eyelid crease
  • Saggy or droopy eyelids (ptosis)
  • Puffy, tired looking eyelids
  • Trichiasis or inward turning eyelashes
  • Previous botched double eyelid operation (considered revisional surgery)

What to expect?

for Asian Blepharoplasty

Following the surgery, you may experience some eye issues:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Bruising 
  • Numbed eyelids
  • Mild pain and discomfort around or at the eyelids
  • Watery eyes

You must also refrain from intense physical activity for two to three weeks if you underwent the incision method and three to five days if you underwent the suture method. Limit activities that may tire your eyes such as excessive screen time and reading. Do not rub your eyes and do not wear contact lenses until you are completely healed.

Asymmetry may occur in some patients due to the relaxing effects of the anaesthetic drugs and change in forehead muscle tone. Some patients may require a minor office procedure to correct it.

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