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Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea – Definition, Procedure, Benefits, Recovery, Before and After

Double eyelid surgery has become one of the most common procedures done, especially on Asian women. There is a trend to improve one’s eye appearance since the eyes are considered as the windows to the soul. The eyes can convey a lot of emotions, even before other facial features can. Having no eye crease can mistakenly show people the wrong emotions and give you struggles in vision as well as makeup application. This is where a double eyelid surgery can fix the problem, by creating something that makes the eye brighter and more youthful. 

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea - Definition, Procedure, Benefits, Recovery, Before and After

What is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery, also called Asian blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure on the upper eyelid, which creates a crease. This procedure is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in Asia, together with Rhinoplasty. This is because an estimated 50% of Asians only have monolids, meaning they do not have an upper eyelid crease. 

Through this plastic surgery procedure, the eyes look bigger, younger, and much more attractive. This kind of surgery is not only meant for cosmetic and aesthetic purposes. This can also improve medical conditions like hooded eye syndrome. 

Benefits of Double Eyelid Surgery

Undergoing a double eyelid can give you a lot of benefits, aesthetically and medically. Some of the benefits of this procedure include: 

  • Elimination of hood eyes that can sometimes hinder proper vision
  • Improvement of the appearance of the eyes 
  • Ease in applying and showing eye makeup 
  • Making you look brighter rather than tired 

For whom is Double Eyelid Surgery most recommended?

double eyelid surgery before and after picture

Double eyelid surgery can be done to anyone who is in good physical and mental health and with realistic expectations regarding the results of the operation. This surgical procedure for the eyelid is most recommended for the following:

  • Individuals who have flat or hooded upper eyelids
  • Individuals who want to make their eyes appear bigger and brighter
  • Individuals who wish to have an eyelid crease
  • Individuals who are struggling with vision problems due to the drooping of their upper eyelid
  • Individuals who want to look livelier rather than sleepy or tired
  • Individuals who continuously use the muscles on their forehead to open their eyes further

The double Eyelid Surgery procedure

double eyelid surgery procedure

Double eyelid surgery procedures are done for a duration of 30 minutes to an hour. Twilight anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation is used for this surgical procedure. The patient is required to stay in the clinic for about 1-1.5 hours after the surgery for additional after-treatment medications. It takes 3-4 weeks for the area to look normal, while the full set will take place within 6-9 months from the day of the surgery. The steps of double eyelid surgery are as follows:

  • The doctor first examines the eyelids and informs the patient of a surgical plan as well as the possible outcome of the procedure.
  • Before the procedure starts, anesthesia is administered to make the patient comfortable and the whole process pain-free.
  • Once the anesthesia has taken effect, they start by making an incision on the eyelid.
  • They then remove fat tissue and muscle through the incision.
  • When the needed fats and muscles have been successfully removed, the doctor will use sutures to close and tighten the incision.
  • This then results in a double eyelid.

Double Eyelid Surgery recovery time

After the blepharoplasty procedure, you will be required to stay in the hospital for a couple of hours since you need to regain your strength and also receive after surgery care and medications. There will possibly be pain, swelling, and redness in the operated area, but your doctor will prescribe you pain medications to ease the discomfort. Just like all upper eyelid surgeries, it will take about two weeks for the bruising and swelling to subside.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea - Definition, Procedure, Benefits, Recovery, Before and After

It will be during the two-week mark when your eyes will begin to look normal, and you will be able to see the results of the procedure. At this point, to aid in faster recovery, it is highly advised that you veer away from too much sun exposure. If you must go under the sun, make sure to wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes not only from the sun but also from wind and dust.

It is also a must that you avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes at least for four weeks from the day of your surgery, as this may cause hindrance to proper healing. Strenuous activities are to be avoided for at least one week to prevent straining. Also, you are highly encouraged to eat a lot of healthy food and get enough rest so that your body will be able to heal itself faster. 

Double Eyelid Surgery before and after

The procedure’s result brings about a more visible eyelid crease and makes the eyes look brighter. In the before and after pictures below, the patient’s appearance looks more polished and pleasant to look at. Not only is the crease visible, but also the eyelashes, which adds to the improvement of the whole new look.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea - Definition, Procedure, Benefits, Recovery, Before and After

To conclude, an eyelid surgery that is also known as Asian blepharoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that deals with creating an eyelid crease for those who do not have any or those who have hooded eyes. The procedure can bring about several benefits aesthetically and medically, which you can enjoy for years or even a lifetime.

The procedure can range from a duration of 30 minutes to an hour, with the final results beginning to be visible at three months. When it comes to the recovery, it only takes two to three weeks for significant swelling and bruising to heal. It also does not require an extended downtime as long as you strictly follow after-care instructions for a faster and smoother recovery. 

In Korea, all clinics offer a double eyelid surgery procedure. However, for a successful and safe surgery, it is a must that you make sure to go to a certified plastic surgeon who has vast experience in eyelid surgery. For the top clinics and surgeons in South Korea who perform this surgical procedure, contact us through the Seoul Guide Medical website. We are always ready to cater to your plastic surgery needs.  


How long does it take for double eyelid surgery to heal?

It takes one to two weeks for significant swelling and bruising to subside and for your eyelids to look normal after having double eyelid surgery. After three months, your eyelids will have healed completely, and the results are much more visible.

Is double eyelid surgery permanent?

The results of double eyelid surgery are not permanent because your eyes will continue to age. It can, however, last for five to seven years. In rare instances, some people enjoy the results for a lifetime. 

Do double eyelids make eyes bigger?

Yes, double eyelid surgery can open up the eyes and make it appear bigger. This is why most Asians have this surgery because they dominantly have slim, small eyes that people sometimes mistake for looking tired, angry, or uninterested.

What can I expect after eyelid surgery?

After your double eyelid surgery and the preceding weeks there are some things that you need to expect like: 
-You will have swelling and bruising not only in your eyelid area but also possibly in your cheeks and jawline 
-A cold compress and eye drops will be your best friend for 24-48 hours 
-You will not be allowed to shower for five days after the surgery
Makeup and creams are not allowed for at least two weeks 
Your vision may be a little blurry for 24 hours 

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