Hey guys! Back with an update on my double eyelid surgery.
Today is DAY 11 post-surgery and I’m so glad that most of the swelling have went down.
Why the surgery?
I contemplated over doing the surgery for a pretty long time already (in fact, I wrote a post about it last Aug). Reason being that my eyes were not really just single to begin with… I had uneven eyelids (one side being double and the other, single).
I often feel that…
1) I look weird without make-up on as the difference is obvious.
2) Make-up takes up a lot of my time as I have to literally colour eye-liner over half my eyelids to mask the difference.
… and I finally decided. That I only have one life to live and I’m going to fix the thing that’s been bothering me.
For those of you who didn’t know, there are two major types of technique for double eyelid surgery, the non-incision & incision method.
Non-incision (Suture/sewing method)
– Effects are temporary (lasts years depending on individual but not permanent)
– Not suitable for people with a lot of eye fat/bulge and sagging
– Fast recovery time
Incision (Cutting method)
– Effects are permanent
– Suitable for people with excess fat/eyelid skin as they can be removed
– Long recovery time
I did the double eyelid non-incision surgery (suture method) as I have thin eyelids and I don’t have a lot of leave to take.
Note: Double eyelid surgery creates a crease in your eyelids but it does not make your eyes bigger.
This is one thing I have to point out, in case you’re considering double eyelid surgery to have bigger eyes, cause it really doesn’t work that way. Double eyelid surgery basically creates a fold/crease, and that’s about it.
For those who want big dolly eyes, you have to do a lateral canthoplasty / epicanthoplasty (they basically open up the corners of your eyes so you’ll have wider, bigger eyes).
Xiaxue blogged about her experience here
Who did I go to?
First, I did a lot of research by reading forums like Flowerpod / Cozycot, emailing forumers who have done theirs, read many blogs (Jolene Zhou’s, Jeannie Phang’s and pdxkitty’s) before deciding on a surgeon.
There are basically a few popular ones on the forum but most of them have mixed reviews which made me really unsure. What if I’m the unlucky one?!
Decided to go to Dr Andrew Tay at Novena Medical Centre (same as pdxkitty and Jeannie Phang) as his reviews are generally good. And the two bloggers look so pretty after surgery with Dr Tay!
The Plastic Surgery Practice http://www.andrewtay.com.sg/
I didn’t regret my choice. Dr Tay wasn’t pushy and he was very knowledgeable when he explained about the various types of folds that could work for my eye shape. I guess that’s why I booked the surgery immediately after the consultation cause I trusted that he would do a good job. He’s pretty packed so my surgery date was fixed for Feb when my consult was in late Dec.
Day of the Surgery
I was quite nervous the night before and my stomach kept churning. Didn’t have to do anything special, except to fast in the morning before my surgery at 2.30pm.
Went in to the clinic, and the doctor spent most of the time showing me using a tool the different heights that I could go for. I asked for a natural look, one where I wouldn’t look weird without make-up on.
Decided on 7mm, tapered in the end.
This is quite a low height compared to what I read on forums.
I laid down on the operating chair and he started drawing dots on where the suture points will be and did a final measure. This also took quite a bit of time.
And finally the op started. I was sedated quite quickly so I kinda drifted in and out during the op. I didn’t feel any pain during the op AT ALL. The op ended quite fast and before I knew it, I was up in a chair with an ice pack on my eyes. I just felt that my eyes were very heavy and I had to use more force than usual to keep them open.
For more recent updates of how my eyes look now, view my recent blog posts here
It’s looking pretty natural already but I am listening to the doctor and staying off make-up for 2-3 weeks. The whole process was surprisingly bearable and I only had to take painkillers on the first day. So glad I finally went through with it.
This will definitely be my first and last surgery cause I can’t imagine going under the knife (ouch!).
Disclaimer: Not promoting plastic surgery here, just sharing my experience with girls and guys looking for information on the net.
If you’re going for double eyelid surgery and have any questions at all, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help wherever I can.