December 20, 20190 CommentsHealth and Beauty, Lifestyle

Eye Bag Removal Surgery in Singapore: What to Expect

When we age, our appearance also changes. No matter how much we try to keep our age to ourselves, our eyes just can’t keep a secret. Signs of ageing are mostly first noticeable when our peepers are closely looked at and observed. You will see that the area around them, especially the lower lid, is becoming wrinkly, saggy, and loose as we get older. This common complaint is what we call “bags under the eyes” or simply eye bags.

This has become a problem for many adults as eye bags usually makes a person look stressed, dull, and worst – older than they usually are. One good thing we can be happy about though is that it can be treated. Undergoing an eye bag removal surgery, or lower eyelid blepharoplasty will do the trick. It is considered as one of the most effective procedure to remove eye bags.

Having eye bags is not an urgent medical concern or does it even have a big impact on the overall health of a person. Deciding to treat and remove eye bags is considered a cosmetic driven decision. This treatment will make you look fresher and younger.

What causes eye bags?

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Dr Samuel Ho from Allure Plastic Surgery in Singapore gave us a rundown on the possible causes. Eye bags happen when tissues around the area of the eye weaken – elasticity is lost and fats build up. It makes the lower eyelid look puffy and swollen. It is usually linked to ageing but there are also some other factors that can cause it such as:

  • Smoking
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • The fluid is retained (eating salty food, after crying, upon waking up)
  • Genetics (it runs in the family)

How are eye bags removed?

Eye bag removal surgery in Singapore, or lower eyelid blepharoplasty, should be done by a credible eye surgeon or plastic surgeon. This is a non-invasive and outpatient type of surgery. General or local anaesthesia will be administered before the proper procedure. The decision of what to use will be dependent on you and the recommendation of your surgeon. Here is some information that may help you decide:

  • General Anaesthesia – you will be completely asleep and unaware of what’s happening during the whole surgery
  • Local Anaesthesia – you will be completely awake during the surgery but is numbed so you can relax and will not feel whatever the surgeon is doing. One benefit of this is that the surgeon will be able to make necessary adjustments based on your desired appearance while doing the procedure.

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Different methods for eye bag removal

There are different methods or techniques on how an eye bag is removed. Some of these are the following:

Traditional Blepharoplasty

This is done by creating an incision in the lower eyelid. Through the incision, the excess fats, loose skin, and saggy muscles will be removed or repositioned to get rid of the bags or the puffy look under your eyes. It will then be closed by stitching. This method can possibly leave unfavourable scarring.

Laser Blepharoplasty

The overall procedure is just the same as the traditional method except that a laser (usually Carbon Dioxide) is used to make the incision, no knives and scalpels are used. Using laser less swelling and pain during the recovery time. Also, the laser will leave minimal to no scars compared to traditional that visible scarring is possible.

Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty

This method uses electrocautery which is an electrically heated instrument used to burn tissues to make an incision inside the lower eyelid instead of the usual cut outside. It follows the same procedure of removing the excessive fats and skin, however, this method does not leave any visible scars after.

To determine the better option for you, it is best to talk earnestly to your surgeon during the consultation period of what you want as a result. The surgeon will most likely ask for your medical history. Your mental health and attitude towards the surgery will also be put into consideration when making a recommendation in what method or technique will be used.

What side effects will be experienced after surgery?

After surgery, the surgeon will ask you to rest and keep away from your normal day to day activities while you are in the healing process. Downtime can be at least two (2) weeks long, depending on how fast you heal. During the recovery period, you will be experiencing some of these temporary side effects and how they can be relieved or combatted:

  1. Swelling – This is the most common side effect and can be relieved by applying a cold compress.
  2. Bleeding – When the area where the incision is made starts to bleed,
  3. Scarring – This is true for those whom incisions were made. If scarring occurs, apply a cold compress.
  4. Infection – Some will develop an infection in the area where the incision is made. If any signs of infection are observed, call your surgeon. He/she will give prescription medication to counter the infection.

What should be the realistic expectations after an eye bag removal surgery?

  • Wrinkles and saggy skin on your lower eyelid will be visibly reduced. You will have a younger and fresher look.
  • If prone to scarring, it is possible that the surgery will leave scars on your eye area, especially those who have used the methods with an incision.
  • Though most eye bag removal surgery has been successful, it is still possible that the procedure may fail. One contributing factor to this is when the patient is allergic to any element used for the procedure. Thus, it is important to be open and honest to your surgeon during the consultation.
  • Eye bag removal surgery using methods of the incision will yield you a permanent result.