Here are some very common mistakes that first-timers make. I made some myself. The best way to avoid these is to learn from other people’s mistakes.
Not consulting multiple doctors
Different doctors will have different opinions. You want to make sure all of them say it is safe and ok for you to proceed before you do it. Listen carefully to how each doctor explains his method and what they recommend. You’re looking for a general consensus among the majority of the doctors you consult.
Going for price
You’re playing with your body here and the results are permanent. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t fuck around. Don’t go for the cheapest. Go for the best YOU CAN AFFORD. If that shady $500 doctor from Indonesia with no real track record (no offence) is the best you can afford, then my advice is DON’T DO IT. Go for a surgeon who has performed this surgery successfully multiple times. Make sure he is a board-certified y the American Society of plastic surgeons. You can check out Dr. Shens from Shens Clinic – Korea Trained Plastic Surgery. Not only is he experienced, but he’s also charging the lowest for this surgery in Singapore for now. Prices might go up soon but it’s now only $2600 or so. He has done many ops before and my friends and I all had our stuff done with him without any problems.
Not doing it in Singapore
Once again, this relates to cost. I personally will choose to do most operations in Singapore if I can find a qualified surgeon here. It’s harder to find very experienced rhinoplasty or jaw implant surgeons here, but we have quite a few experienced double-eyelids surgeons here. The main reason for this is post-op checks and reviews. One of my friends had her double-eyelid surgery in Thailand botched.
She couldn’t find the doctor when she went back and has to walk around looking like a goldfish until she can do a surgery to fix it. Another friend did her epicanthoplasty in Korea and when she came back, she kept feeling like her left eye vision was a bit blur. She wasn’t sure if it’s a natural result of the surgery and she couldn’t go back to check. In the end, she had to pay extra to have it checked by a local surgeon.
I’ve also encountered post-surgery issues twice. You won’t understand HOW GLAD YOU WILL BE that your doctor is just a call away and you can meet him on the same day. When something looks wrong with your face and you’re very worried, the LAST thing you want to do is to plan your leave and a trip to another country. The stress involved just isn’t worth it. Trust me on this.
You are still smoking
If you are considering blepharoplasty (the medical term for double eyelid surgery) or you need reconstructive surgery, starting a smoking cessation program earlier is very important and it is usually four to six weeks preoperatively. Most plastic surgeons don’t even consider operating on people if they smoke.
Smoking can adversely affect you. We know smoking is bad for general health but in terms of cosmetic surgery, smoking has a really bad effect. According to researches, smokers have a higher likelihood of wound healing complications and infections no matter what the operation is that is being performed. In an ideal case, you should stop smoking, and if failing that, you should avoid it at least two weeks before the surgery.
Taking Aspirin and Ibuprofen
If you want to optimize the results and to minimize the risk of the following surgery, the foremost thing you need to know is that you shouldn't use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as well as any variety of these. They can increase the chances of bleeding so it’s recommended to stop them 10 days before surgery. If you take aspirin for example for general health indications either with your heart or you have previous strokes then you need a conversation with your GP (if your GP is looking after you) or with a specialist who has to balance the risks and benefits. However, in an ideal case, you have to stop these medications to reduce the chances of bleeding.
Not providing full information to your surgeon
Your surgeon needs to know about your conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes as well as drugs which are blood thinners ( aspirin, ibuprofen), or herbal supplements ( Ginkoba, Echinacea). You also need to present your eye conditions, if you have any, such as dry eyes, blepharitis, or if you wear contact lenses. Eyelid surgery removes excess skin and it can have a significant impact on the health and function of the eyes.
If you have dry eyes, it's important to have a regimen that maximizes the lubrication of your eyes to prior surgery. In addition, discuss with your surgeon the potential need for specialized methods of performing eyelid surgery to maintain the position of the lower eyelid so the tear film is properly distributed over the eyes.
The more information you provide your surgeon about your medical history including any eye conditions, the more prepared your surgeon will be for your procedure.
Going to extremes
Do you know how you can tell with one look that certain girls did plastic surgery? They’re still beautiful, no doubt. And if that floats your boat, please go ahead. But if you’re like me, and want to look beautiful AND natural, then listen to your doctor’s advice. Certain features and traits are not natural in Singaporeans.
Unless you are mixed-blood or something, if you have those traits, people can tell with 1 look you’re plastic. One example is the Asian eyelid fold vs the Caucasian eyelid fold. Though, that said, at the end of the day, your happiness is what counts.
Those are some of the most important things about preparation for eyelid surgery. As long as these questions are addressed at the clinic and with written information that you read then there shouldn’t be any last last-minute problems.