Eye bag removal is a commonly requested cosmetic procedure, but the decision to proceed with it should not be taken lightly. While the procedure may not seem as major as a tummy tuck or facelift, it does come with its own considerations you should ideally think about before making your decision.
If you are considering whether or not to go for eye bag removal in Singapore, do read on for what you need to know to make a well-informed decision.
What are the types of eye bag removal surgery?
In general, eye bag removal involves removing excess fat from the lower eyelid. In cases where patients have saggy skin, the skin can also be tightened and excess skin removed.
There are several methods to remove eye bags surgically. At Sweng Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, we specialise in two main methods.
1. External method
Subciliary lower blepharoplasty is carried out by making a tiny incision on the outer skin of the lower eyelid, just below the lash line. Then, extra fats are removed, and any tightening is performed. This method is suitable for patients who have saggy skin that needs to be tightened and trimmed.
2. Scarless method
The transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty method makes the incision on the inner side of the lower eyelid, resulting in no visible scar. This method is usually more suitable for younger patients with no skin laxity, as skin tightening cannot be done via this technique.
What type of anaesthesia is used for eye bag removal surgery?
Eye bag removal surgery can be done under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. At our clinic, we typically use a combination of local anaesthesia and IV sedation to keep our patients comfortable during the surgery. If you have any preferences or concerns, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon before making your decision.
Who is a good candidate for eye bag removal surgery?
Eye bag removal surgery can be for anyone with eye bags and/or saggy lower lids. Some people may also opt for eye bag removal to correct the issue of ectropion, a condition where the lower eyelid droops so severely it no longer touches the eyeball. The cosmetic surgeon would assess your overall health and explain the risks and benefits of the procedure to determine if you are suitable for the surgery.
How effective is an eye bag removal surgery?
While most people will see vast improvements to the appearance of their eyelids after eye bag removal, the effect will vary from person to person. Sometimes, the result is affected by one’s natural anatomy. The surgeon will typically try to match the adjusted look to your natural features.
If you are considering eye bag removal, it would be best to communicate your envisioned outcome clearly with the surgeon.
What is the downtime and recovery process like?
Recovery time after eye bag removal surgery varies depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual’s healing process. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities after the surgery. Swelling and bruising usually take one to two weeks to subside; patients can usually resume light exercise by the fourth week.
Post-surgery care for the eyes may include antibiotics (oral, ointment, and/or eye drops) and pain relief medication.
What is the cost of eye bag removal surgery?
The cost of eye bag removal surgery can vary a lot, depending on the surgeon’s fees, the extent of the surgery, and other miscellaneous fees like hospitalisation, consultations, and more. A broad estimate for the cost of eye bag surgery in Singapore is about $3,000 to $10,000 depending on the complexity of the case.
There are many things to consider before deciding whether or not to go ahead with eye bag removal surgery. Alongside factors like cost, downtime, and risks, consider your own desired goals and whether eye bag removal surgery is the best solution for you.
To assess your personal suitability for eye bag removal surgery, it is advisable to consult a certified plastic surgeon for their recommendations. Contact us today to book a consultation with MOH-accredited plastic surgeon Dr Ng Siew Weng.