Things to consider before getting your eyebag surgery done in Singapore
Eye bag removal surgery, or “eyebag surgery” for short, is currently the most effective way to get rid of eye bags in Singapore. An eyebag is actually a little bag of fat that collects under your eyes and with time forms a bulge.
To get rid of these fatty deposits under the eye, we could opt for a non surgical method or a surgical method. In general, if the eye bag is mild or graded between Stage 1 to 2, you can explore non-surgical alternatives. But for more severe cases or sufferers of Stage 3 eye bags and beyond, a surgical removal is the best solution.
Any surgical procedure, regardless of how invasive it is, requires some careful consideration before signing up for it. Here are a few factors you should think about if you are serious about getting your eyebag surgery done in Singapore.
Eye Bag Surgery Cost
As eyebag removal surgery is a rather straightforward process that takes less than an hour to complete, the cost is relatively low. Typical prices for eye bag surgery in Singapore sit at around $2,000 to $3,000. It may be tempting to look abroad for cheaper alternatives (such as in Thailand, where the price of 1 surgery can go as low as $300), but we do not recommend this as follow-up reviews and aftercare is important for the recovery and success of your operation. We will talk more about this later.
EyeBag Surgery Doctors
Although any certified aesthetic surgeon will be able to perform this procedure, you should still seek out a surgeon that specializes in eye surgery. But what separates a great surgeon from a good one? The key qualities we should be looking for are experience and expertise. Certified cosmetic surgeons are skilled in a variety of procedures, but some are extremely focused in performing eyebag removal surgery. For example, for eye bag removal in Singapore, Dr Adrian from Singapore General Hospital is a veteran surgeon with more than 1,200 cases under his belt. Ideally, you’d want a specialist the same way you’ll prefer to see a dermatologist if you’ve got skin problems, as opposed to just any random doctor.
Eyebag Surgery Follow-up
One of the most important considerations that many neglect. Although the actual surgery only takes 30-45 minutes, and downtime isn’t long, you will still be required to go for a followup checkup with your doctor. This is to ensure everything is fine and also allows him to help you in case complications arise. It is also for this very reason that we never recommend patients going overseas for any type of surgery that can otherwise be done in Singapore. You might pay slightly more, but the peace of mind and assurance that comes with it is priceless. This is especially so when it comes to a sensitive organ like your eyes.
Are complications common?
Yes and no. Downtime varies from patient to patient and could range as widely as from 1 day to 1 week. Young patients tend to recover much faster while older patients may require more healing time. At the hands of an experienced surgeon, this procedure tends to heal more quickly with less change of bruising and swelling. Why? Because a surgeon who has done many cases is swift, and after doing many successful cases would have learnt how to make incisions that are just the right size thereby causing less trauma.
Although uncommon, bleeding and infection are the main worries of this surgery. Hence you would not want to be too far from your surgeon in case any revision is needed.
Scarless Eye Bag Removal
What is worth mentioning is a new technique that has sprouted in recent years is the scarless eye bag removal technique. The traditional method involves cutting along the lash line of the under eyelid, opening it up to removing the eyebag fat, and finishing it off by stitching.
This method may sound brutal but it still has its uses, especially if the patient requires another type of eye surgery such as removing loose skin to tighten the under eyes.
The scarless eye bag removal is generally a preferred method as it is able to remove the fat without any cutting. This technique involves flipping the lower eyelid down to expose the conjunctiva, making an incision and removing the fat globule. When the eyelid is flipped back, there is no scar as the work is done from the inside.
Point to note: the skill of a good plastic surgeon is usually seen from the size of the internal incision that is made – whether it is a slit or just a tiny pin hole.
Looking for a recommendation? See our list of the best plastic surgeons for scarless eye bag removal in Singapore.