Inner Double Eyelid - Surgery or Makeup, What is it?

Double eyelid is a topic that excites most people of Asian descent. It is about the peculiarities of the structure of the muscles and area around the eye. The main characteristic of the double eyelid is a crease located on the upper lids that many Asians do not own one. Often instead of this crease, they have epicanthus which is a skin fold, most noticeable in the inner corner of the eye.

Typical Asian eyelids are increasingly seen as "plain" whereas double eyelids are seen as beautiful. Due to that, many young ladies are undergoing plastic surgery to essentially cut a line in their eyelids. The technical term for this procedure is Blepharoplasty and it is one of the most wanted surgeries not only in Singapore - people all over the world get it to improve the appearance of their eyes.

Are double eyelids rare?

woman with double eyelid

Double eyelids are not rare. In fact, this type of eyelid can be seen more often than you might expect. According to studies, about half of Asians have double eyelids and the other half are monolids.

Usually, people associate Asian eyes with small, slanted and with a faintly pronounced crease or without any crease on the upper eyelids. In reality, this is not true. It is possible to see Asians with large and non-squinty eyes. The same goes for Europeans - there are some individuals who have small and narrow eyes resembling those of Asians.

Stereotypical Asian eyes are most commonly seen in Polynesians, Indigenous American, Mongolian and so on. Their eyes look smaller and narrow and it is because of a skin fold on the edge of the upper eyelids to the inner corner of the eye. This fold goes by the name epicanthic fold and it is commonly seen in Mongolian. Now in the media of these different countries, there is a lot of emphasis on having big eyes.

European eyes usually don't have an epicanthic fold and the inner corner of the eye is fully exposed, which is generally hidden for individuals with heavy epicanthic folds. However, having an epicanthic fold doesn't mean that you have monolid eyes. Epicanthic fold is often paired with hooded lids, too.

What causes double eyelids?

Double eyelids can be simply due to genetics. Also, doctors identify some other causes that contribute to drooping eyelids and these include the natural ageing process, ptosis (falling of the upper lid), fat accumulation in the eyelids, underdevelopment of the eye muscles.

Most often double eyelids are an anatomical feature. The pathology is easily determined by the asymmetry of the overhang or the relaxation of one the eyelids. Such a defect usually worries women. From an aesthetic point of view, these types of eyelids considered unattractive. This sagging also makes it difficult to apply makeup.

You can get rid of drooping eyelids by plastic surgery that removes the crease. Many beauty clinics in Singapore also offer different tightening procedures without surgery. Beauticians may suggest starting with creams and appropriate personal care.

Why get double eyelids?

Some reasons why you may want double eyelid surgery include:

  • Your eyelids affect your vision.
  • You have one single and one double eyelid and you want to make them asymmetry.
  • Permanent eyelid folds can make your eyes look bigger and brighter.
  • It will be easier to apply eye makeup such as eyeshadow, eyeliner, etc.
  • You want to look like one of those famous Chinese and Korean celebrities (read more on how to get Korean eyes)

How do you know if you have double eyelids?

If you have a crease on your upper lids then you have double eyelids. This crease can be well-defined and noticeable but it can also be slightly expressed and invisible at first glance.

And while some people have visible creases on the eyelids (double eyelids) others were born without eyelid crease. They are known as single eyelids or monolids. There is nothing wrong with both eyelid shapes. However, many Asians who have monolid eyes desire to correct it.

You need to know that your eyelid skin is changing with time and age. As you grow older your face does change. Sometimes people with large eyes and well-defined crease get hooded eyelids or partial eyelid crease. This is because the skin surrounding the eyes is delicate and due to age it loses its elasticity, relaxes and the crease becomes less defined.

5 Types Of Asian Eyelids. Which Types of Eyes Do You Have?

Face of attractive Korean woman with beauty eyes

Here are the different types of double eyelids:

  1. Single eyelids (monolid). Monolids are eyes without any fold on the upper eyelids. They are also known as single eyelids. Around 90 % of east Asian have this type of eyelids. The eyes of people with this type of eyelid usually look smaller and narrow.
  2. Partial eyelid crease. It is an eyelid shape where just a small part of the crease is visible. The upper eyelid skin covers a portion of the upper eyelashes.
  3. Multiple eyelid creases. There are more than one creases on the upper eyelids. Having multiple creases can be due to weakening of the connection between the skin and the levator muscle that gave a defined crease.
  4. Parallel eyelid crease. This is a type of eyelid where the fold is parallel with the lash line. Parallel eyelid is one of the most wanted types as it makes the eyes look rounder and bigger.
  5. Tapered eyelid crease. The outer edge of the lid tends to be double but the inner corner is completely covered by the upper eyelid skin.

How do I get rid of a double crease on my eyelid?

If you want to fix your double eyelid fold permanently you need to undergo plastic surgery called double eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty. You can also correct this problem and look like you have natural double eyelids by using some products such as eyelid tape or eyelid glue or you can simply try eye makeup. However, you should understand that these non-surgical methods have just a temporary effect so the surgical procedure might be a better solution.

Double eyelid surgery

Eyelid Surgery or Blepharoplasty

When it comes to surgical correction of the eyelids you have two options available for double eyelid surgery in Singapore - incisional and non-incisional. The incision method is where some skin is removed from the upper eyelid. The non-incisional double eyelid surgery includes the placement of stitches. What procedure will be done should be at a dissertation of the plastic surgeon and of course your personal preferences. If you don't have too much excess skin and you don't have an overlap of the skin then a non-incisional procedure might be the right solution for you. And vice versa if you have excess fat on the eyelid you may be suggested to undergo incisional surgery. Make sure you meet with a qualified plastic surgeon who has experience in cosmetic and plastic surgery.

Non-incisional double eyelid surgery (stitching method)

This non-incisional surgery method employs the placement of sutures that are permanent placed through several little strategic entry points in the skin above the lash line to engage the muscle and to create a connection between the skin. Many people are surprised, but the fact is that the procedure gives good and natural results. Also, this method of correction is relatively minimally invasive with a quick recovery and the results are long-lasting, but not permanent.

Incisional double eyelid surgery method

Incisional double eyelid surgery includes making an incision to enter the skin and to create a connection between the skin and the levator muscle (the muscle that lifts the eyelid). With this method, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat. It may require longer recovery than the sutures technique. The scars are usually small and not visible. This incisional technique improves the eye shape, increase the width of the eyes and creates an illusion of the eyes looking more open.

Both incisional double eyelid surgery and stitching method are done under local anaesthesia. The duration of each procedure is around half an hour.

Non-surgical correction by using eyelid tape or glue

If you want to make your double eyelids more prominent quickly and easily without surgery you can alternative methods such as eyelid tapes or glues.

Double Eyelid Tapes

Eyelid tapes can be used to correct uneven double eyelids, hooded eyelids as well as monolids. This beauty product is usually in the form of stickers that should be placed above your natural crease.

Double eyelid glue

Eyelid glues are other commonly used beauty products that may correct slightly defined eyelid crease or to create a fold on single eyelids. You should apply eyelid glue on clean lids onto the area you want your crease to be. If you have monolids you may need to apply one more layer of the product. Eyelid glue gives good results but it may wear off quicker than the tape.

Both types, eyelid tape and glue, are widely used techniques in Singapore. However, the outcomes tend to be not very natural and long-lasting. In addition, applied to the delicate surface of the eyelid these products can cause irritation and allergies.

Types of eye makeup for uneven eyes

If you have enough experience with makeup you can try to work with eyeshadow for creating a better appearance of your eyes. Here we will point out some tips and tricks that may help you:

  • If you want your eyes to look bigger it is important to shape your eyebrows well. Your eyebrows really frame not only your face but your general eye area. Make sure they are lined up as best as possible.
  • Apply eyeshadow in a left-right horizontal gradient.
  • Avoid using dark eyeshadow all over the lid.
  • Use lighter eyeshadow on your lower lash line.
  • Apply your eyeliner from the middle out to the edge so avoiding the inner corner of the eye.
  • Line your lash line halfway. Use a smudge-proof eyeliner.
  • Highlight the inner corner of your eyes to enhance the balance.
  • Use eyelashes and roll them onto the lash line to make your eyes look bigger.

In conclusion

You will be surprised to know a lesser length isn't exactly the reason why Asian eyes look smaller. Surprisingly if you actually measure the length of the eyelashes between Asain and Caucasian women they are the exact the same length. However, because Asian eyelid sometimes can be a little heavier and there is more fat in the upper lid. Sometimes the upper eyelid is heavy and pushes at ways down on the eyelashes so you can't see so much of the lashes. The eyelid ends up covering the lashes and that can sometimes make your eyes look smaller.

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