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Double Eyelid Surgery

Many people inherit what’s called a double-eyelid. On some faces, this can lead to a sleepy-looking facial expression or the appearance of smaller-looking eyes. The reason is that there is no distinguishable eyelid crease; instead, there’s double-folded lid anatomy. The eyelid skin folds over itself instead of having a crease on the curve of the eyeball, meaning the eyelid skin covers more of the eyes than the patient desires.


This leads to the expression of ‘having a double eyelid’. It’s not a medical concern, it is a genetic trait and an aesthetic concern for some people. Fortunately, if this is troubling you or if its impacting your vision, plastic surgery can help.


Double-Eyelid Surgery can change the double-eyelid to create a crease and more open-eyed expression to enhance the overall facial appearance in patients with suitable anatomy for the procedure.

Double Eyelid surgery is one of the top requested Blepharoplasty facial plastic surgery procedures in Sydney.

  1. It is a complex plastic surgery best performed by an expert Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in eyelid procedures, due to the high risk of complications if you choose a less-trained, less qualified surgeon.
  2. The surgery reduces sagging skin above the eyelid. It surgically creates a single fold (a single crease versus a double skin fold). This is why the surgery is called Double Eyelid Surgery. It is also known as ‘Asian Blepharoplasty’ or ‘Asian eyelid surgery’, simply because double-eyelid traits are more prevalent in individuals with Asian heritage.

Double eyelid surgery is a focus area of Dr. Naveen Somia's Sydney plastic surgery practice.

If having a double-folded eyelid is a concern to you about your appearance or vision, this trait can be altered by expert Plastic Surgery. This can lead to an altered appearance where the eyes appear ‘brighter’ and more open. This can enhance the facial expression and overall appearance of the face, particularly the upper third of the face; but it also has an overall pleasing effect given the eyes are such a focal point.

What is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery or East Asian Blepharoplasty is a Plastic Surgical procedure that reshapes the eyelid and creates an upper eyelid crease in an eyelid that does not have a crease. The main aim is to improve the appearance of the upper eyelid.

Why Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery creates an upper eyelid crease, an upper eyelid fold making the eye look bigger and improving the overall facial appearance in people of east Asian heritage who are born without an upper eyelid crease.

How long does the operation take?

Double eyelid surgery is a surgical operation and hence it is performed in a licensed facility. It usually takes between 1 to 1.5 hours and can be done as a Day Surgery case which means you don't have to stay in hospital overnight.

How long is the healing process?

The healing process usually takes up to 2 weeks.

 

Factors affecting cost of Double Eyelid Surgery

  1. Is it an operation for appearance reasons or is it an operation with a medical benefit and medical indication?
  2. Does the operation qualify for Medicare Assistance or a Medicare rebate?
  3. Do you have Private Health Insurance?
  4. Does your Private Health Insurance policy cover the operation?
  5. Is it a straightforward operation, or is it a particularly complex operation, such as a revision eyelid surgery? Are there other complications involving the eyelid skin or your facial anatomy or overall health?

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on 5 factors

  1. Is it a Cosmetic Operation or a Operation with a medical benefit
  2. Does the operation qualify for Medicare Assistance
  3. Do you have Private Health Insurance
  4. Does your Private Health Insurance policy cover this operation
  5. Is it a simple straightforward operation or is it a complex operation.

 

The Range of costs of upper eyelid surgery

3 – 7 K

6- 14 K

 

"Here are the procedures that my patients commonly get done during double eyelid surgery"  - Dr. Naveen Somia

Procedures commonly performed with Double eyelid surgery

  1. Lower Eyelid Surgery (Eye Bag Surgery)
  2. Epicanthal (over-hanging fold in the corner of the eye)
  3. Brow Lift Surgery
  4. Facial Injections (Filler or Muscle Relaxing Injections)
  5. Cheek Augmentation / Fat Pad Elevation
  6. Skin Resurfacing/Pigmentation Reduction

Epicanthal (over-hanging) fold in the corner of the eye

Suggested option: Upper Eyelid Surgery

 

Expected Result: Epicanthal fold is corrected by redistribution of skin. Eye looks bigger and hence attractive. Patients comment their face appears 'brighter'.

 

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Before, During & After Eyelid Surgery

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Researching and preparing for the surgery

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