No matter how much trends and standards of beauty are changing at different times and in different countries there are some features that have always been considered attractive and these are shiny thick hair, healthy smooth skin as well as brighter and bigger eyes. However, not everyone is lucky enough to be born with such traits. Fortunately, nowadays there is a solution for everything. Thanks to some modern aesthetic and cosmetic procedures we have the opportunity to achieve both thicker hair and smoother skin. On top of that, there is a cosmetic surgery that promises to make your eyes bigger. It is called double eyelid surgery and this is one of the most desired and popular types of plastic surgery among the Asian community.
What are double eyelids? How to get bigger eyes? Can Asian eyelid surgery make your eyes bigger? If you are curious to find out the answers to these questions then read this article!
What are double eyelids?
Double eyelids are those upper lids that have a crease. Depending on the eye shape this crease can be less or more defined. The term double eyelid is used to contrast single eyelids known as monolids or in other words, upper eyelids without fold.
According to the position of the crease double eyelids can be divided into several types:
- parallel eyelid crease - there is a parallel line between the eye crease and the lid line;
- multiple eyelid creases - more than one upper eyelid folds are observed;
- tapered eyelid - when there is an epicanthic fold on the inner corner or outer corner of the eyes;
- partial eyelid crease - the fold is not clearly visible.
Monolids as well as some types of double eyelids such as tapered or partial eyelid creases usually make the eyes look smaller. In fact, their size is the same as all other types of eyes. The problem with people who have single eyelids is that they also have excess eyelid skin and fat that create the illusion of smaller eye size or slanted eyes. In some cases, this may affect their vision.
Can double eyelid surgery make your eyes bigger?
Double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty) can enhance the look of your eyes making them appear bigger and brighter. This is achieved by creating visible folds on the upper lids. In addition, the operation lifts up your eyes and can help you fix other issues including sagging or uneven eyelids caused by ageing.
There are two main methods for creating double eyelids or double eyelid creases. The first one involves the surgeon removing any excess skin as well as fat from the upper eyelid. This is a surgical method and the medical name for it is open blepharoplasty but people know it mostly by incisional double eyelid surgery.
The second method is by inserting suture in this area and since it doesn't involve surgery, it is referred to as a non-incisional double eyelid suture technique. Later in this article, we will talk in more detail about both treatment methods used in the creating of double eyelids.
How to get bigger eyes?
There are several surgical techniques that allow Asian people to get bigger eyes. Here are some of the most reliable methods.
Changing monolid to double eyelid through Incisional Blepharoplasty
In incisional double eyelid surgery, the excess fat and skin from the eyelids are eliminated in order to create visible folds. Thanks to this procedure the patient can achieve both double-lids and larger eyes. When hooding eyelid skin is removed the eyes appear bigger and more open. In case you have monolids and a large amount of excess skin and fat on your upper eyelids then incisional blepharoplasty is a great option for you.
Elongating the inner corner by medial epicanthoplasty
Medial epicanthoplasty is a surgery where the doctor elongates the inner corner of the eyes. Due to this operation, wide and bigger eyes can be achieved. The procedure will be good for people that have an epicanthal fold on the inner eyelid. Medial epicanthoplasty can be done at the same time with double eyelid surgery to achieve more harmonious outcomes.
Rearranging tissue in the outer corner of the eyelid through lateral epicanthoplasty
This procedure is similar to medial epicanthoplasty. The difference here is that instead of correcting the inner corner the surgeon addresses the outer corner of the eye. Lateral epicanthoplasty extends the length of the eyes making them present larger and brighter. As with medial epicanthoplasty, lateral epicanthoplasty can be also done in combination with double eyelid surgery to attain the best outcomes. Lateral epicanthoplasty will be a good option for you if your eyelids are "hooding" on the outer side of your eyes.
Tightening of the eyelid muscle or eyelid ptosis surgery
Ptosis or more commonly known in Singapore as droopy eyelids is a medical condition characterized by drooping and sagging of the upper eyelids. It causes a tired and sleepy look as well as vision problems. Through eyelid ptosis surgery the eyelid muscle known as the levator muscle is tightened and strengthened. This in turn makes the eyes appear wider and more open.
What kind of surgical procedure will be best for you depend on the type of eyelids you have.
How to get natural-appearing double eyelids?
A suture or non-incision double eyelid surgery is a type of aesthetic correction that can give you appearing double eyelids. The method goes by the name double eyelid suture and twisted technique. The desired eyelid creases are achieved by placing invisible sutures on the upper eyelids.
The advantages of the non-incisional technique include:
- No cuttings and incisions are required on the upper eyelid skin;
- Recovery time is faster compared to the other invasive methods;
- Minimal chance of side effects or complications;
- It does not leave noticeable scars on the upper eyelid skin
- Natural double-fold eyelids can be created.
However, it is important to understand that this procedure may not be suitable for everyone as it may not work for patients who have a large amount of excess eyelid skin and fat on the upper lids. But in case you don’t have thick eyelids and you are looking for a scarless and less invasive method then a suture technique might be a great option for you. A non-invasive Double Eyelid procedure produces brighter and larger eyes, as well as natural eye shape.
Can you get double eyelids without surgery?
Double eyelid tape and eyelid adhesive are products that can be used as a temporary alternative to Asian eyelid surgery. However, there are some problems related to these techniques. The first one is that you need to apply them every day. On the other hand, frequent use of eyelid tape may lead to sagging and loosening of the upper eyelid skin. The eyelid adhesive may also cause unpleasant irritation or inflammation on sensitive eye skin. Another disadvantage of using these popular beauty products is that they might be visible to other people.
If you want to get double eyelid surgery and create beautiful and bigger eyes you will need to find a good and board-certified plastic surgeon who is able to help you achieve your goals.
During your first consultation, you and your doctor will talk about what type of eyelid surgery technique is best for you as well as the results you can expect following the procedure. He/ she should be able to show you before and after photos so that you can be certain of what they are trying to accomplish. Your surgeon will also give you recommendations and guidelines on how to prepare for your surgery as well as what to do after that.