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What You Need to Know About Double Eyelid Surgery

In recent years, there is a trend in East and Southeast Asia. No longer are people crazy about nose jobs and breast augmentation, but it seems interest has shifted to having double eyelids. It is so popular in the region that double eyelid surgery is the most common aesthetic procedure in Singapore in 2018.

What is double eyelid surgery, and do you need it?

Why it is Done

Double eyelid surgery is usually recommended to people with droopy upper eyelids, baggy eyelids, and those who have excess skin on the upper and/or lower eyelids and baggy eyes. Moreover, it can also improve peripheral vision especially if the skin around the eyes is sagging. However, the recent trend is mostly for cosmetic purposes. People with no folds on the upper eyelids feel that having double eyelids is more attractive because they make the eyes appear younger.

Risks of Double Eyelid Surgery

Any surgical procedure, even double eyelid surgery entails risks. If not done properly or if done by an inexperienced beautician, double eyelid surgery can result in infection, irritated or dry eyes, bleeding, scarring, eye muscle injury, blurred vision, negative reactions to anesthesia, skin discoloration and difficulty closing the eyes.

There are even cases that resulted in loss of vision. Which is why blepharoplasty should only be done by a plastic surgeon or an ophthalmologist, not a beautician. There are also some guidelines that you need to follow prior to the scheduled operation especially if you are taking medications.

Blepharoplasty Options

Currently, there are three approved methods for double eyelid surgery. Which technique suits you will depend on your anatomy, the effect you want to achieve, quality of your skin, and the fat tissue volume on the upper eyelids.

  • Buried suture and beads. Scarring is minimal with these methods even if the skin of the patient is not ideal, plus they do not need an incision. However, these are not recommended for people with a lot of fat tissue on the eyelids.
  • Incision. This method is recommended for those who want the eyelashes to angle upwards and to have wider double eyelids. However, it can sometimes leave visible scars on the eyelids, so it is important to determine if the person has skin conditions that can result in ugly scarring.

Non-Surgical Options

If you are hesitant about undergoing plastic surgery, there are non-surgical options that you can try. All you need are tools to make your eyes appear livelier and rounder. The most common materials used are eyelid glues and tapes.

These are temporary and can be removed when you need to wash off your makeup. There are some risks involved but as long as you don’t have allergic reactions to the materials and you use the glue properly, the eyelid tapes are safe and convenient.


5 Precautionary Actions to Avoid Age Lines

Wrinkles – who isn’t afraid of them? They make us look a little older than we really are, lowering our self-esteem every time they appear. We almost feel a little less than ourselves when these lines steal the scene.
Our lifestyle and pollution contribute to their formation so we might want to regulate these factors as much as we can.

Add to that some other measures that could help curve the chances these unwanted lines from forming.
Here are a few tips to help avoid wrinkles:

1. Sleep well
Getting plenty of sleep is just as important as its quality. When we sleep, our bodies replenish HGH or human growth hormone. This is responsible for growth and cell production (even on the integument or skin). If we are fond of pulling all-nighters, our bodies produce cortisol, which in turn slows growth, disrupts tissue maintenance and causes dry skin. As we age, we produce lesser HGH, so you might want to push back those nightly schedules and catch up on some zzz.

2. Eat lots of saturated fats
Not all fats are harmful, and saturated fats are one of the safe ones. Good saturated fats take part in a healthy diet and therefore produces healthy glowing skin. Consuming generous amounts of grass-fed butter, coconut oil and avocados in your diet is the key for more elastic skin. It also helps keep skin resistant to oxidative damage caused by exposure to the sun.

3. Use face masks
If your aren’t fond of sparing a few minutes before bedtime to pamper your skin, you might want to reconsider. One way to keep those unwanted wrinkles out of the way is to apply moisturizing masks at least once a week or in two weeks. Of course, stick to natural moisturizing masks, which may include but not limited to avocado honey mask, gelatin and egg mask or clay masks.

4. Switch to non-toxic sunscreen
You may have heard of this advice to chase away those wrinkle lines. But check your product first and take a good look at its toxin levels. We hate to break it to you, but most products actually have high levels of toxins, which defeats the purpose altogether, since toxins actually produce wrinkles. So re-check before you grow older way before your time.

5. Incorporate gelatin to your diet
Our bodies start harboring wrinkles as we age because of lesser collagen levels. So to augment this given fact, try adjusting your diet with a few doses of collagen from gelatin derived from cooked collagen. This basically comes from pigs and cows. Gelatin supplements are added to juices, yogurt or cereals. Whatever suits your liking, this go to wrinkle-buster does the trick.


What to Expect During Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery is a procedure that should be done by a certified medical practitioner. It takes time and proper planning before the procedure is performed so that there are no complications post-surgery. Remember that regardless of the type of procedure you want done, plastic surgery needs incisions.

How to Prepare Before the Procedure
There are several things the patient needs to observe before the scheduled procedure. When the person books an appointment, a consultation is done first before the operation is done. This will allow the doctor to assess what needs to be done and to determine if the patient is qualified for the procedure. Besides the standard medical examinations, the following should be observed:

1. Know your plastic surgeon. Read reviews and ask your friends about the best plastic surgeons. Research about the doctor’s credentials and the procedures available.
2. Inform the doctor of your medical history. Most competent doctors will look at your medical records. This is to avoid giving procedures to patients who might not be qualified for it.
3. The weight must be normal and maintained before the procedure. Fluctuations in weight can affect the result.
4. Inform the doctor about all the medications you’re taking including vitamin supplements and herbal remedies.
5. Smokers cannot undergo plastic surgery because it causes poor blood supply and will interfere with healing. As with most procedures, the concern is usually the recovery of the patient. Avoid smoking until the wound has completely healed.
6. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. This will make the procedure more difficult and will even affect the healing process. Avoid drinking until you are completely healed.

What to Do After Plastic Surgery
The doctor will usually give instructions post-surgery including proper care of the wounds. Most people, however, still practice their usual routine and that can affect the healing process. You should observe the following:

1. Never apply cosmetics while the sutures are still healing. Even if the plastic surgery is done on your face, you should not try to cover it with makeup because it might cause infections and allergic reactions.
2. You should limit your exposure to sunlight. You are not advised to apply sunscreen on the area because the wound must be kept clean. Only antibiotics and ointments recommended by the doctor should be used, so you should stay indoors while you’re still healing to avoid complications.

3. Avoid taking supplements and drinks that are not recommended by the doctor. Never self-medicate to speed up your healing. Chances are, the medicine you decided taking will interact negatively with your antibiotics.
4. Don’t forget the check-ups with your doctor. He/she will be able to monitor the healing process and schedule the removal of the sutures.
5. You need to monitor your diet while you’re healing. The doctor will probably recommend antibiotics for the wound to avoid infections. Some patients will be on a liquid diet for a time while others are recommended to have better intake of proteins for fast recovery.