Why is the double eyelid surgery so popular in Singapore?

Statistics claim that over the past decade in Singapore, South Korea, China and Japan, plastic surgery has become very popular. Residents of Asian countries are increasingly taking advantage of the services of plastic surgeons. In Singapore each year, the number of performed surgeries for correcting the appearance is growing exponentially, and a large number of surgery clinics are opening.

Double eyelid surgery: the most desired correction in Singapore

Although statistics apply to all types of surgery, from nose correction to breast augmentation, there are several procedures that are considered the most popular among the youngest people in Singapore. The most desired and most common is upper blepharoplasty, also known as double eyelid surgery. This intervention is to the Asian community what breast augmentation is to Americans. Those who have undergone the procedure have their own reasons for doing it but the main one is to create a crease on their eyelids.

About 50% of Asians are born without a double crease of the eyelid. Many believe that the desire for a double fold is actually an attempt to move closer to a "more Western" appearance while others say there is evidence of the procedure as early as the 1800s, long before Western rule began.

Today, double eyelid surgery is the most sought-after procedure in Singapore and among Asians in the world. What is the reason for that? Many people report, they desire this operation because they want to feel pretty. According to Asians, good looking people provide a better first impression and that makes them feel happier and more comfortable. Let's look at some of the other reasons why this surgery is so popular.

Double eyelid surgery for more Western appearance

caucasian woman close up on double eyelid

We all know that the structure of the European eyelids is different from the Asian ones.  Roughly 50% of Asian people are born with what we refer to as a double eyelid where a small crease separates the upper eyelid into segments. The other 50 % of Asian people inherit a single eyelid where there is no crease separating the upper eyelid into two segments. Both types of creases are variations of normal, attractive and simply occur randomly. People with single eyelids often complain that their eyes look small or heavy.  Many people that have requested a double eyelid surgery report that they want their eyes to look more like Caucasian. The presence of the fold to a significant number of Asian is a sign of beauty.

People are trying to be the best version of themselves

If you look at beauty standards, it is fairly mathematical, there are trends that go in and out but it is basically meant on proportions. The face is divided into thirds - upper third, middle third and lower third. It is also divided into left and right sides. Whoever has more balance in their face across time has generally been considered more attractive. So what people are normally looking for is more balance. Blepharoplasty is not only limited to correcting single eyelids it can also create symmetry between the eyes.

Bigger eyes provide better balance and appearance of the overall face. If your eyes are fairly small it doesn't fit into balance. So what blepharoplasty does is, it doesn't make people into another race, it just makes face balanced to fit you so you can be the best you can be.

Double eyelid surgery for a more youthful appearance

Blepharoplasty is not only performed in people without a crease on the lids. It can be done to make the existing eyelid crease more prominent or remove fat to create a more open and youthful appearance.

One of the things that happen with us as we age is that there are changes with the skin. It gets thinner and stretches. We also lose volume on the face and facial soft tissue droops because of gravity and rubbing. Because of a significant amount of volume loss, the eyes look hollow and the eyelids lose strength and drop. Thanks to blepharoplasty, this sagging can be corrected. The procedure removes the excess fat from the upper eyelids to tighten the skin and soft tissue around the eyes.

Double eyelid surgery for droopy eyelids

Congenital ptosis

Double eyelid surgery is often used as a solution for a medical condition known as ptosis or a droopy eyelid. It is a condition characterized by an unusually low position of the upper eyelid as a result of which the eye closes partially or completely. This leads to a significant limitation of peripheral vision, and in more severe cases of central vision.

Double eyelid surgery techniques in Singapore

Most plastic surgeons use incisional or suture techniques to correct Asian eyes. Here are the differences between both:

Incisional blepharoplasty

  • The crease is permanent;
  • The crease is created by permanently attaching the eyelid to the muscle;
  • The crease behaves naturally.

Suture technique

  • The crease may be temporary;
  • The crease is created by sutures that stay in the eyelids;
  • The crease does not behave naturally.

Whatever the reason is, the decision to undergo surgery should not be taken lightly. Blepharoplasty can be performed for cosmetic reasons or to improve vision by lifting the loose eyelids out of the patient's field of vision. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and involves the removal of excess fat and skin. The healing period takes about a week, and risks include infection, inability to close your eyes after surgery, and scarring. However, the risk of complications is significantly reduced if the operation is performed by a qualified surgeon in a strictly hygienic environment. The problem is that the procedures are often performed in dangerous conditions and there are many unlicensed "specialists" that put patients at risk. You can avoid or reduce the risk of complications by choosing a plastic surgeon with the appropriate experience and qualifications.

Double eyelids without surgery

In order to avoid surgery, many Asian beauties choose less radical methods to improve their appearance, the so-called non-invasive methods. One of the most popular products in cosmetic stores in Singapore is eyelid glue. It is applied just above the lash line. Using a special tool, the composition is spread on the skin and forms the desired fold. The effect lasts until the first wash. A worthy alternative to the glue are stickers that fix the skin of the eyelids to create a fold. These products are usually noticeable on the skin, so they need to be covered with makeup.

In conclusion

Many Singaporean girls admit they want to look like “pretty Western celebrities”. However, it is really not possible to look that close to someone else because just their eye appearance is not just a function of some tissues or let's say the skin, the muscle, the fat but also the bone structure. So very important thing to understand is when you are looking to get an improved appearance, think about it more in a context of what looks like with you or for you and is a little bit more realistic.

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