This post is about my personal experience in getting double eyelids. I will be covering questions about cost, pain, swelling and reactions. If however, you want to read more about what double eyelid surgery is and science of the procedure, click here and scroll down to #5.
Up to this point, I don’t believe that anyone other than myself has seen these photos. Be warned though because they may be too graphic for your liking.
The photos below are from the first 1.5 weeks of my procedure. I tried to take a photo of what my eyelids look like now, but it’s too difficult. Just rest assured that the swelling has completely gone down now. [Note: I’ve now put more pictures at the bottom of the page].
If you have any questions, post them in the comments below and I’ll try my best to address them. What I’ve done though is basically compiled 10 questions that I would have wanted answered before my procedure. Hope it helps.
1. How much did it cost?
I had my double eyelids done in a hospital in China. It was around $1200 Chinese Yuan for both eyes, including medicine, gauze, post-surgery anti-inflammatory cream etc. This translated to just over US$200.
However, I think my price was quite unique and it can really go up to US$1000 depending on the country and reputation of the clinic.
2. What was the consultation process like?
It was pretty dodgy because I wasn’t given the chance to ask questions, and the surgeon argued with me about the height of my crease. I wanted a lower and more natural one but she told me that if she cut it too low, then overtime, the double eyelids would disappear.
My advice: do some research before your consultation. Just because they’re ‘professionals’ doesn’t necessary mean that they value your interests. A good idea is to unfold a paper clip and press it above your eye to see how high you want your crease.
3. Did the surgery hurt?
The most painful part of the surgery was numbing the eyelids. This was done by getting 3 needle injections in each eyelid, which to be honest HURT LIKE HELL. I was literally crying on the operating table. When the surgeon is cutting into your eyelid you can feel it being tugged and sometimes you can feel blood trickling around your eye, but that’s about as bad as it gets.
The whole procedure took around 1 hour.
4. What were some problems post-surgery?
The biggest fear post-surgery is infection. A good idea is to bring sunglasses with you so that you can protect your eyelids and dodge the embarrassment of being seen in public with swollen eyes.
Do NOT remove the gauze covering your eyes until your surgeon instructs you to do so! Also, avoid getting water on your eyes and obviously don’t touch it with your hands. Try to sleep on your back so that you don’t put pressure on your eyelids because it could make them more swollen. This is actually more difficult than it sounds and I had a lot of sleepless nights where I would just get my ipod out and start listening to music at 3am in the morning.
As a side note, after the numbness wears off post-procedure, your eyelids really start hurting and no amount of pain killers will lessen this. You pretty much have to endure it for 1-2 hours before your eyelids settle down.
5. Are there certain foods that you can’t eat?
I was told to avoid spicy foods. I ate a lot of bland foods like fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, bread etc. for around 3 weeks. For some reason I also ate very little red meat (per my doctor’s recommendation).
6. How long did it take for the swelling to go down?
Once you remove the gauze and the stitches get taken out (1 week post surgery), the swelling goes down much quicker. After 1 month it’s barely noticeable. However, it will take 3-6 months before it looks 100% natural (i.e. after this time, you can go around telling people you were born with double eyelids hehe).
7. Are there any ways to make the swelling go down faster?
To be 100% honest: No.
I’ve read many sites that recommend cold packs and then heat packs and so on, but your eyelids will be very sensitive and I don’t think you should be messing around with them. One thing I was told to do was to exercise my eyelids. That is, rolling my eyes around, looking up and then looking down, and ‘pressing the crease‘ deeper by opening my eyes in shock. This was actually quite effective in making the crease look more natural (although I’m not sure if it helped with the swelling).
8. What was the reaction from your family?
My family was really supportive of the entire process. My aunties all fussed over me (haha) and my cousins were pretty cool with it. This may have had to do with my up bringing and culture, but at the end of the day, I truly appreciate them for it.
9. What was the reaction from your friends?
The reaction from my friends was a little bit more disconcerting. I had called some of my closest friends before I saw them to prepare them for the shock. They were really supportive didn’t judge me. I don’t think I ever told them how grateful I was for that.
However, if you get plastic surgery, it would be naive not to expect some form of backlash. People are obviously tactful enough not to say things to your face but I know for a fact that they talked behind my back. Something that particularly annoyed me was when people asked: ‘so why did you do it?’. I always felt uncomfortable answering this question because doing so involved admitting that I was both an insecure and superficial person.
10. Are you going to get anything else done?
Some people say that plastic surgery is a slippery slope; I mean, if you’re not ‘all natural’ anymore, what’s to stop you from getting something else done? For me I think double eyelids is where I will stop. Not because I think the rest of my face is perfect, but because I don’t want to go through the pain of surgery and recovery again. Plus, every other procedure is too expensive and risky hehe.
OKAY, I just realised that it was pretty ridiculous not to post up what my current eyes look like (I blame laziness). So see below! (I don’t think the photos do the eyelids justice because they look more natural in real life *shrugs*, just my poor camera technique). I also managed to scavenge a picture of me during my single-eyelidded days so you can do a comparison:
Whether you have some questions, or just want to judge me, hit the comments below!