“Wish I was born with double eyelids.”
You hear this a lot after a group picture and the ladies start the routine check for social media acceptability in photos taken. Well, you’re not alone in this quest to solve the monolid problem. Here’s an Instagram story of makeup artist @charlane_yu of her experience with double eyelid surgery.
REVIEW: DOUBLE EYELID SURGERY FOR @CHARLANE_YU BY DR SAMUEL HO
PRE-SURGERY | DAY 0
Charlane: Sign the consent form which made me more nervous than the surgery itself. Geared up, applied numbing cream for injection.
POST-SURGERY | DAY 0 HOUR 1
Charlane: An hour after the surgery. Eyelids felt like 2kg. Really hard to open. It’s uneven but Dr Ho said it’s normal. Pain level 8/10 if don’t take painkiller. Super teary eyes. Nonstop tearing.
POST-SURGERY | DAY 0 EVENING
Charlane: I can go out for dinner already! It’s looking more even now. I think the hourly icing really helps to reduce the swelling a lot!
POST-SURGERY | DAY 1
Charlane: Not much pain unless I accidentally touch my lids. Still swollen. But bruising went away
POST-SURGERY | DAY 2
Charlane: Looks similar to day 1. Easier to open eyes today. Still looks uneven.
POST-SURGERY | DAY 3
Charlane: Swelling went down more! At this point it’s really not painful. But I still wash face very carefully. If I press on the lids it still hurt.
POST-SURGERY | DAY 4 & 5
POST-SURGERY | WEEK 1
Charlane: Put on some light makeup 1 week after the surgery! I’m so not used to drawing my eyes suddenly with double eyelids. Need to try a few times to get better at it. With makeup you can’t see the scars at all!
POST SURGERY | WEEK 2
Charlane: Looking more natural. Just the height I like because I don’t always wear makeup. So I wanted the lids to look natural even without makeup. This photo I only have eyebrows on.
POST SURGERY | 1 MONTH
After posting her story, the reactions to her surgery were stunningly positive. She answers more questions about her surgery and her experience below.
Question: How long is the downtime for the wound to recover? They looked really natural wow
Charlane: I just took this video. Close up on the lid and the scars.
It’s been 18 days after the surgery. I have been applying the scar gel from Dr Samuel every day twice. I think the scars lightened a lot. Need to continue using the gel for 2 months until the scar completedly disappear.
I went to work on the 5th day after my surgery. My bride who has seen my single eyelid told me she really likes my new eyes and it doesn’t look swollen!! So there you go. Haha.
Stitching method usually recovers quite fast. I would think by 4 weeks it will be very very natural.
Comment: How long does it last?
Charlane: It really depends. For stitching method, 9 out of 10 people’s eyelids can last up to 10 years (according to Dr Samuel).
It depends on your eyelid structure, I guess how you take care of the lids too. Like rubbing is definitely gonna affect.
As we age the skin will also drop but that happens to everyone so you can decide if you want to revisit your doctor or not.
Question: What makes you decide to get stitching instead of incision? Is it less painful for stitching?
Charlane: Personally I didn’t have a strong preference as to if I want to cut or stitch. I heard some eyelids are not suitable for stitching.
So I went for consultation with Dr Samuel Ho said mine can do both methods based on the result I want to achieve, which is medium height, tapered shape.
Hooray! Cos I’d rather do stitching because it’s shorter downtime and cheaper! I had to fly off in 2 weeks after the surgery so I literally didn’t have time for reviews if I need to cut it.
I can’t say how painful the cutting method is since I didn’t go for that but I would imagine it will be more tedious to care for, longer recovery time so it would mean longer pain period?
Question: Hi can I know the cost?
Charlane: Haha this is the main deciding factor for me too. I think overseas can get a deal as low as 1k? I have enquired some of the Korea clinics and it cost around 3-4k without transport and lodging. So back to this surgery. I paid slightly over 4k for non-incisional double eyelids. Including consultation, light sedation, surgery, post surgery medications. It is one of the more pricey clinic but I’d rather pay for one that I Feed more confident in (I’m sure there are other good clinics out there. But @allureplasticsurgery.sg somehow appeals to me)
Afterall it’s in the eyes. And being a makeup artist I am quite an perfectionist when it comes to the balance of my eyelids. To me that’s more important than the size of my eyes.
After considering everything I convinced myself that this 4k will be a good investment.
Question: Was it painful! Did you scream and bite someone?
Charlane: It was quite painful for a couple of hours after the surgery. I said “Uhhh it just went up to 8 (the pain level)”. And I was trying to bite off @gilliannnnn’s toe. I blame sedation drugs for this. But I think my heart hurt more when she called me a weakling.
Question: Babe your eyelids look nice! Is your surgery incisional or non incisional?
Charlane: Thank you!! I did non-incisional method, also known as the stitching method. Dr Ho made 4 stitches on each eyelid. This is 1 day after the surgery. Still swollen but not extremely puffy.
Question: Looking so good babe!
Charlane: Thank you so much! I’m slowly used to seeing myself in this new look! Kind of wish I did it earlier but the husband took a very long time to convince.
Question: Where is the place that you went for the surgery?
Charlane: This is it! I went to Dr Samuel Ho @allureplasticsurgery.sg. Read good reviews about him so just went with it. Initially I wanted to do it overseas because so many people said it’s cheaper and the results are good.
Looking at the sheer amount of good things people say about her new eyelids, we can safely conclude this as a job well done. For friends out there considering giving up eyelid stickers for double eyelid surgery, I sure hope this experience has helped you gain a fresh understanding of the experience.
To read more about Charlane’s experience, follow here Instagram here!