What You Need to Know Before Getting a Double Eyelid Surgery in Singapore

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Double Eyelid Surgery in Singapore

Getting an eyelid surgery done to correct the shape and size of the eyes has become ordinary. Many South Korean celebrities are widely known to have undergone this procedure in order to enhance the look of their eyes.

Having a single eyelid is not an aesthetic flaw. However, people choose to have their eyelids done to have creases for different reasons. Whatever reason that is, it is most certainly aimed to improve their quality of life.

If you are contemplating whether to undergo double eyelid surgery or not, medical specialists from Tes Clinic prepared this article first so you have an understanding of what a double eyelid surgery requires. It’s different from the droopy eyelid surgery or so-called blepharoplasty.

What is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery is a procedure done to augment the initial composition of the eyelid. It is an invasive procedure that involves incisions or punctures made to the skin.

What are the advantages of double eyelid surgery?

Double eyelid surgery has several advantages:

  • Creates natural-looking creases to the eyelid
  • Improves the shape of the eyes
  • Makes the eyes appear bigger
  • Requires moderate to minimal downtime
  • The procedure is done quickly
Illustration eyelid surgery
Illustration eyelid surgery


How is a double eyelid surgery done?

Double eyelid surgery can be carried out in two techniques: the incisional or cutting technique and the non-incisional or stitching technique.

Here is a table comparison of the two techniques.

Type of Double Eyelid SurgeryProcedureAdvantagesDisadvantages
Incisional or

Cutting Method

· Patient is placed under general anaesthesia

· Double eyelid line is marked

· An incision is made on the line where the crease is to be made

· If needed, excess fats, skin, and muscle tissues are removed

· Permanent attachments are made between the skin of the eyelid and the underlying muscle

· Incision is stitched closed

· Larger eyes

· Ability to alter the shape of the eyes

· Natural looking eyes


· 2 to 3 weeks needed for recovery time

·Possible allergic reaction to anaesthesia


· Some side effects that may be caused by general anaesthesia

· Visible scarring

Non-incisional or

Stitching Method

·Patient is placed under IV sedation and local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia

·Double eyelid line is marked

· The skin of the eyelid is punctured, creating 4 tiny holes

· Placement of sutures through the holes, which then creates the crease

· Larger appearance of the eyes

· Natural looking eyes

· Less scarring

· Shorter recovery time

· Asymmetry

· Allergic reactions to anaesthesia

· Loosening of the sutures creating the crease

· Infection

· Suture irritation

· Some side effects that may be caused by general anaesthesia



Incisional or non-incisional method—which of the two is better?

Patients who are more focused on getting their desired results without the need to consider costs and downtime should go for the incisional method. This method is more effective with regard to achieving accurate eye shape and size. The incisional method is also more permanent than the stitching method, as the crease made by the latter technique may have the tendency to be unfastened.

Despite providing better results, most Singaporeans prefer the stitching method as this requires less downtime.

Will there be pain during the procedure?

Patients will feel less discomfort with local or general anaesthesia. Likewise, they are asleep during the whole procedure, so they will not be aware of what is happening when the procedure is taking place.

Illustration of eyelid surgery.

What happens after the double eyelid surgery?

Patients will need time to allow their eyelids to heal. The recovery time needed will depend on the double eyelid method used to create the creases on your eyelids. The cutting method will require a lot more downtime (maximum of 3 weeks) as compared to the stitching method (two to ten days).

During your downtime, expect to feel discomfort on the area where the augmentation was made. Your eyelid will feel some pain and tension as it gets used to the crease. These sensations will improve in the following days as your eyelids continue to heal.

Be sure to avoid activities that will cause you to exert effort physically or bend over.

Also, remember to follow all the aftercare tips advised by your doctor or clinic staff to avoid complications following your double eyelid surgery.

What are the factors that affect the cost of double eyelid surgery in Singapore?

Double eyelid surgery involves several factors that can add up on costs. These are:

  • Anaesthesia/sedation fees
  • Consultation fees
  • Eye reviews
  • Medications
  • Operation fees
  • Surgeon’s professional fees
  • Suture fees

Below is an estimated range of costs for the two methods of double eyelid surgery:

  • Incisional method – $5,000 to $6,000
  • Non-incisional method – $3,500 to $4,500


The success of your double eyelid surgery will not only rely on the method suitable for you but most importantly on the person handling your operation. Choose a plastic surgeon that has the right skills and technique to perform this procedure.

TES Clinic for Face & Jaw

Address: 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42, Medical Specialists

Phone: +65 9735 9930


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