Author: Sharon Tung
I’ve been wanting to undergo double eyelid surgery for the longest time but I couldn’t find the time and right doctor to do it for me until I met Dr. Timothy Shim, Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon from The Clifford Surgery.
I am a typical Asian who was born with single eyelids. Not complaining, but I do yearn for bigger and brighter eyes.
Here are some photos of me before my double eyelid surgery:
After a 30-minute consultation with Dr Shim, I was told that the stitching method will be more suitable for me. If you don’t know, there are 2 methods to achieve double eyelids – Double Suture & Twist (DST) Stitching and Incisional Upper Blepharoplasty (cutting) method.
I actually did some quick research internet on double eyelid surgery before seeing Dr Shim, read that the sutures used in the stitching method can snap. When Dr Shim suggested the stitching method for me, I raised my concern on this. He reassured me that the sutures are very durable and will not break as long as I take care of them.
As DST Double Eyelid Surgery requires no cutting, it is less invasive and hence, has minimal downtime and almost no visible scars after the procedure as compared to incisional upper blepharoplasty, where some skin and above the eyelids are cut and removed to create the double eyelids. The stitching methods achieves the same effect using surgical sutures.
The cutting method can also be done to remove excess skin, fat or other tissue from the upper eyelid. It is also sometimes used to correct some eye conditions such as like ptosis (droopy upper eyelids). I or for aesthetics purposes.
One tip for you guys who are considering getting your eyelids cut or stitched:
It is important to take a look at the past cases of your doctor as I have heard horrific stories before. A friend of mine went to Malaysia to for her DST but she came back to Singapore with the threads popping out of her left eye…. Imagine the hassle to travel back just to cut the stitch away…
After discussing with Dr Shim during the consultation and going through some examples of eyelids that I hope to achieve after the surgery, I have decided to go for the natural parallel eyelids look.
After deciding on the height and type of crease, I was brought into the surgery room and local anesthesia was be administered. I could feel the needles going into the eyelids at the start, but my eyelids were fully numbed after that. I could feel some pushing and pulling as Dr Shim works on the eyes but there was no major discomfort.
The entire eyelid surgery took no more than 2 hours – from the consultation, to photo-taking and to the end of the procedure. Dr Shim told me that there will be a downtime of (swelling and bruising) 3-5 days. But I was lucky to be spared as there was not much bruising for me. Thank god!!
My double eyelid surgery healing process: Taken on Day 2 post-op, Day 4 post-op, Day 6 post-op and Day 7 post-op. As we can see here, most of the bruising and swelling is gone by day 4!
Take a look at my close-up before and after photos. I am wearing the same pair of contact lens but my eyes look much bigger after the surgery! You can see more of my eyes – the whiter portion. There was no scar too! It is so naturally done!
One more with half of my face.
And finally, a full face selfie before and after double eyelid surgery!
I was told that I look younger with bigger eyes after the surgery. I can finally layer my eyeshadow instead of applying a single colour only. It might be just me, but I think my husband started paying more attention to me recently. LOL.
If you are thinking about getting double eyelid surgery, I strongly recommend paying Dr Shim a visit. He is very patient when explaining the details and I feel really reassured in his hand.
The Clifford Surgery
24 Raffles Place, #01-05
You may call them at 6532 2400 or WhatsApp them at 8318 6332 for more information.