Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

Sometimes we may feel our eyes look dull or tired. It can feel like no matter what you do, your overall appearance is that of lethargy or exhaustion. Overall, a more awake or wide-eyed appearance is usually preferred and associated with a more pleasing face.

This can particularly be difficult to improve if your overall eye shape is smaller in size, or if you have monolids that do not have a crease naturally above the eye.

If you feel unsatisfied with your current eye shape and would like to find ways to improve the appearance of your eyes, keep reading!

Double Eyelid Surgery

This procedure is commonly referred to as blepharoplasty. While this is not entirely wrong, the purpose of each procedure is different. Blepharoplasty is more so used to address aging and sagging of the skin around the eyes.

Double Eyelid Surgery is more so to create double eyelids from monolids and therefore is vastly popular across Asian populations to increase the overall size and appearance of the eyes.

There are a few options for how the procedure can be done, with most offering permanent results. It can also be done on both the lower or upper eyelid, or it can be done on either one individually. The most common method is to have both eyelids altered through the incisional method.

Upper vs Lower vs Double Eyelids

As mentioned, you can have this procedure done on one side of the eyelids or both, which is usually recommended to get a more balanced appearance.

  1. Upper eyelid surgery

this is mostly done to address sagging or baggy upper eyelids. The eyelids can be causing vision loss, and often can even be paid for with insurance if the loss is dramatic enough. It also tends to make the biggest difference in opening up the eye.

2. Lower eyelid surgery

this procedure is done to remove wrinkles and sagging happening on the lower eyelid. It can be very effective at reversing the appearance of aging and exhaustion of the eyes. Because the lower eyelids usually do not cause vision loss, this procedure is generally not covered by insurance.

3. Double eyelid surgery;

this surgery is both of the previous surgeries combined, and is often the most popular choice for patients. This way all concerns of aging signs around the eyes are addressed and a balance is achieved between both eyelids. If you are hoping to change your monolids to double eyelids this is also the preferred route for surgeons to take.

Double Eyelid Surgery Methods – Three Most Prominent Types

Once you have chosen if you would like to have a procedure done on one of the eyelids, or both, there are different methods that are used to help achieve the desired look. There are three main methods used for this procedure;

1. Full Incision Method

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

This is the preferred method for permanent results. It removes any excess fat and skin, along with muscle sometimes along the upper eyelid. The surgeon creates a line along where the fold should naturally be placed and brings it all the way out to the end of the eye.

This creates a more defined result, but it does often leave a larger scar as the tissue towards the end of the eye is thinner and therefore scars more easily.

2. Buried Suture Method

double eyelid surgery buried suture method
Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

This is an alternative for people that do not want incisions made on their eyes. The advantages are that it will still give you similar results to the incision methods, but the results may not be permanent (meaning the eye can revert to its original shape over time). It is done by creating small knots with sutures above the eyes to create folds.

3. Partial Incision Method

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

This method is also an option for patients that still want permanent results, as it is done with an incision, but the incision is about half the size and therefore has a reduced level of scarring that can occur. The incision is made above the eye, closer to the inner corners of the eyes, and stopped a little past the mid-eye.

Recovery Time for Eyelid Surgery

Double eyelid surgery recovery time can vary, mostly between the procedures that require incisions or not. If no incision is made the downtime after the procedure will be less.

For incisional methods, the eyes will experience bruising and swelling for 2-3 weeks, and final results won’t be seen until around a year later.

For non-incisional methods bruising and swelling will occur for 1-2 weeks and final results will be seen around 6-9 months after the procedure.

Double Eyelid Surgery Cost in Korea

The average cost of this procedure in the USA falls at an average of $3,100.

This varies greatly depending on if you chose to have incisional or non-incisional surgery. In Korea, the average price varies between $1,500-$2,500.

Double Eyelid Surgery Korea – Before and After

Non-incisional Before and After

A reminder that this procedure is expected to work best for clients who have thin eyelids, for those who wish to have mild corrections to their eyes, to have asymmetrical eyelids evened out, or even enlarging the already existing crease. The results will be natural and this will have the fastest recovery.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery
Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

The average cost of this procedure in the USA falls at an average of $3,100. This varies greatly depending on if you chose to have incisional or non-incisional surgery.

In Korea, the average price varies between $1,500-$2,500.

Partial-Incisional Before and After

This procedure involved an incision, but the incision itself is smaller in size and therefore leaves behind a much less noticeable scar.

Results will also be seen at a faster rate due to the lessened recovery period of not cutting into the thinner tissue near the end of the eyes.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

Incisional Before and After

The final procedure involves a full-length incision from the frontal portion of the eye to the lateral, or ends, of the eye.

It will have the lengthiest recovery time and therefore the longest time until final results are seen, but it also has the lowest risk of the eyes reverting into their original shape once fully healed.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Korea: Costs, Before & After, Recovery

Overall, double eyelid surgery is mostly for Asian eyes which tend to be monolids or an eye shape that has a slimmer appearance. It is not specifically made for combating aging and sagging, but these are things that can be improved along with the procedure.

There are a variety of methods that can be used, including both categories of incisional and non-incisional procedures. This is important to consider, particularly if two of your main concerns are permanence and scarring, as this is the largest dividing factor between the results all the procedures offer.

If you have been uncomfortable with your eye shape and felt like wider, brighter eyes would improve your overall appearance this procedure is worth considering.

Natural results are always strived for by most doctors and should therefore not be a concern for those afraid of too drastic of a change between the original eye shape to the final eye shape once they are fully healed.

The procedure is quite common and great results are guaranteed in a country such as Korea where this has become one of the most routine procedures to have done.

If you are unsure, always speak to your doctor first for what they recommend as the best treatment option. If this is something you have felt bothered by for some time now particularly, this may be the perfect solution for you, so what are you waiting for!

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