The majority of people have visible creases or folds on their eyelids, known as double eyelids, while some have not had eyelid creases since birth, which is known as a single lid or a monolid. This condition is not a big problem, however, it’s associated with some noxiousness.
Dr. Ali Gaber, the expert, and the plastic surgeon, will discuss all we need to know about double eyelid surgery, its types, how it works, risks and alternatives, as well as the differences between this procedure and blepharoplasty to find the first step in deciding whether double eyelid surgery is right for you or not.
What is double eyelid surgery?
Double eyelid procedure is a specific type of cosmetic eyelid surgery where creases or folds are formed in the upper eyelids to create a double eyelid to treat what’s known as an Asian eyelid or monolid. In this condition, the upper eyelid is without a natural fold between the eyelashes and the eyebrow.
Monolids are known as Asian eyelids since they are more common in Asian communities. People with monolids desire Double eyelid surgery for many reasons that Dr. Ali Gaber will mention later.
The difference between double eyelid surgery and blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty is a wide medical term for eyelid surgeries, however, it commonly refers to the correction of the appearance of the eyelids such as droopy eyelids or eye bag correction. While double eyelid procedure is a cosmetic procedure to create a crease or fold in the upper eyelid to increase the space between the upper and lower eyelids, to make the eyes appear larger.
Reasons for performing double eyelid surgery
Many people all over the world get double eyelid surgery, in addition, It’s the most common aesthetic surgery in East Asia.
Dr. Ali Gaber, the blepharoplasty expert, clarifies that double eyelid surgery is carried out for aesthetic reasons or to fix functional problems associated with monolids.
Double eyelid procedure is performed for one or more of the following reasons
- Fix a functional problem associated with the single lid, such as extra skin that droops over the eye, or improving eyelid position that causes the eyelashes to scrub against and irritate the eye.
- Create the appearance of a fold above the eye
- Obtain an almond eye shape
- Remove excess fat around the eye to decrease eye puffiness.
- Make the eye seem larger since permanent creases could make the eyes appear larger.
- Improving vision in case eyelids are interfering with the vision.
- To make both upper eyelids of both eyes match in the case where one eyelid is single and one is double.
- It is easy to apply certain makeup styles.
What are the types of double eyelid surgery?
Dr. Ali Gaber answers this question and explains that double eyelid surgery is carried out through three main techniques. According to both goals and individual needs, the best technique is chosen. For example, in some cases, there’s no crease on the eyelid so we need to create an eyelid crease, while in other cases, we need only to make an existing crease more distinct.
Full incision double eyelid surgery
This procedure includes a full incision along the new eyelid crease, and the eyelid is held in place using removable sutures during healing. This technique is typically suitable for those with excess fat and skin in the upper eyelid that needs to be removed, or those seeking permanent results.
Incisional double eyelid surgery steps
Dr. Ali Gaber enumerates the basic steps for double eyelid surgery using the incisional techniques:
- The double eyelid line is measured and marked with a pen.
- IV sedation will be administered, along with the local anesthesia.
- Several small incisions are created along the double eyelid line.
- The marked skin and the excess fat tissue are removed between the incisions.
- Incisions will be closed with stitches that will be removed a few days after surgery.
Risks might be associated with the incisional techniques
The results of this technique are permanent and irreversible, but it might be associated with some potential risks, which are:
- allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
- visible scarring.
Partial incision double eyelid surgery
The partial incision technique is performed similarly but the surgeon makes smaller incisions to minimize the size of the scar. This technique is suitable for those who need to get rid of excess skin but not fat from the eyelid.
Non Incisional double eyelid surgery
A double eyelid can also be created in the least invasive way without an incision. This procedure is also known as the buried suture technique, and can be performed either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation.
This technique is a good option for those who don’t need to remove any skin or fat. The surgeon in this technique performs small incisions in the eyelid and lines permanent sutures through the incisions to create a fold. This method is the most reversible of all double eyelid surgery procedures in that the fold may come undone over time
Non Incisional double eyelid surgery steps
Dr. Ali Gaber states that the steps of this technique resemble the incisional technique, as the following:
- The eyelid is carefully measured and marked with a pen.
- Then, a series of tiny incisions are made in the skin along the eyelid line.
- Sutures are seated through the punches and tightened until they form the desired fold.
- Finally, the sutures will remain under the skin, invisible, and you won’t have to return to remove them.
Risks might be associated with the non-incisional techniques
a non-incisional procedure is associated with less scarring as well as it can be reversed. However, it might be associated with some potential risks such as:
- Asymmetric results or loosening of the double-fold.
- Annoyance from the sutures
- Visible puncture marks are noticed when the eyes are closed.
Dr. Ali Gaber the best plastic surgeon to perform double eyelid surgery
Double eyelid surgery as well as all aesthetic eyelid surgeries should be performed by a highly skilled and qualified plastic surgeon experienced especially in this type of procedure. Dr. Ali Gaber is one of the best plastic surgeons specializing in this type of surgery since he has performed a wide number of successful surgeries with incredible outcomes and patient satisfaction.
During your first consultation with Dr. Ali Gaber, he will discuss with you
- Your expectations regarding this surgery
- Exam if you are suffering from any problems with your eyes or the area surrounding.
- Your medical history, including pre-existing conditions, medications, and known allergies.
- Clarify to you the available techniques and whether the incisional or non-incisional method is the best option for you.
- Discover all you need to know about the potential risks and recovery.