As you get older, those tissues and muscles supporting the eyelids weaken, causing ptosis. This is a drooping of one or both upper eyelids. As the condition develops, it can significantly block your eyesight, causing double vision and other symptoms.
Fortunately, there are different methods for eyelid lifts in Singapore. The type of treatment depends on the grade of ptosis. Milder cases may be treated with non-surgical options. Let’s go over the main techniques.
Fotona smooth eye treatment is a non-surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the skin around the eyes. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and eye bags. This procedure is great when your eyelids stretch a little and you need to put everything back where it belongs without undergoing surgery on the upper eyelid.
The Fotona treatment works by blasting laser energy on the skin via a handheld device that is passed over the skin. As the heat reaches the dermis, it will stimulate collagen production. This also tightens the skin and enhances double eyelids. Numbing cream is used to ensure comfort during the process. The treatment is not surgery and does not remove excess skin. Please note that if you have an underlying medical condition, you should mention it upfront.
There is no downtime and you can go back to work immediately, except some patients may have redness in the treatment area for 24 hours after the appointment. Your skin may be a little dry for a few days. Apply ice packs to minimise discomfort. The full outcome is noticed in 3 to 5 months.
For optimal results, a total of 3 sessions are recommended about 4-6 weeks apart. The number of visits is adapted to the needs of each patient.
On average, one session with the Fotona laser costs about S$670 (exclusive of GST). This means that the whole treatment will be in the S2,000 price range. The price doesn't include a physical exam, medications, and any fees for the plastic surgeon.
When the session is over, you will be given specific instructions on how to take care of the treatment area and what products should be used on the skin for the time being. It is recommended that you apply SPF50 to your face. You may need to apply ice packs over the area.
It's a relatively new technique that allows patients with mild ptosis to correct droopiness caused by advancing age. Instead of a long incision, several tiny pricks are made into the skin and a suture is inserted into them by a skilled surgeon. The goal is to plicate the levator muscles and thus fix the problem. You can also remove excess skin or create double eyelids with this technique.
This is a day surgery that is performed in the outpatient department. It takes up to 1.5 hours to complete. Patients are monitored until they feel stable enough to go home. The surgeon will prescribe painkillers and antibiotics as necessary.
There may be bruising and swelling in the eye area for 3-7 days after the procedure. Tearing is also possible to occur. It will resolve shortly. Once the swelling is gone, you can see the full results. This takes about two months to happen, so you need to be patient. The results are long-lasting but they aren't permanent. As you continue to age, new drooping can develop. This means that you may need an additional procedure after a while.
The non-incisional technique is often capped at $3,200-$4,000. The price is exclusive of clinical fees, physical exams, and any medication needed.
If you have moderate to severe cases of ptosis, you need eyelid lift surgery. It requires that a small incision is made into the upper eyelid skin. Excess fat and skin are removed and the levator muscle providing the lifting action is shortened. Thereafter, the incisions are closed with sutures or glue.
The same procedure can be used to create an upper eyelid crease. It is called double eyelid surgery and is mostly done for aesthetic reasons. However, with ptosis repair, which is a plastic surgery, you are dealing with a medical condition, hence the treatment is covered by MediSave. The scars resulting from the surgical cuts will fade within many months.
Since upper eyelid lifting is a surgical procedure, local anaesthesia or sedation is offered to the patient to avoid discomfort. Younger people and those who feel too anxious about the treatment may be given general anaesthesia. Patients usually go over some questions with the medical staff to ensure that they are suitable for the procedure.
After the treatment, you may not be able to fully close your eyelids. Don’t worry, it’s normal. You should keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops. Notwithstanding the initial swelling, your peripheral vision problems will resolve quickly after the procedure.
Eyelid lift surgery might not be recommended to patients with dry eyes and certain medical conditions. Instead, other techniques will be taken into consideration.
Incisional ptosis surgery clocks in at $7,000-$10,000 in Singapore. Double eyelid surgery costs around $5,000. It is important to note that this is a ballpark figure. The final bill will include additional fees such as consultation, anaesthesia, and other medication.