How to get natural looking double eyelids?

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My eyelashes fold under and only the tips of lashes can be seen unless I raise my brows. I want natural looking thin double eyelid.

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  1. What type of eyelid procedure is recommended for me? (full incision? epicanthoplasty?)
  2. Is 7 days after surgery enough for follow-up stitchremoval? I want to have as much time as possible before surgery for normal activities.
  3. Is it OK to only meet my surgeon immediately before procedure?
  4. Is Prescription pain medication given to me at the clinic? Can my US doctor give me prescription to take with me?
  5. Should I meet with more than one clinic? Do all clinics charge a deposit just to make appointment?
  6. Insurance?
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    • 3 years ago
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Hi @swoodard

Thank you for asking these questions, we’re ITEM Plastic Surgery, and we hope the following information will help. If you have any other questions feel free to contact us.

01. What type of eyelid procedure is recommended for me?

ITEM performs double eyelid surgery using a variety of methods such as non-incisional method, partial-incision method and full-incision method. The method is usually determined by a patient’s own skin thickness and texture.

From your current photos, you had better undergo surgery for double eyelids using the partial-incision method, but we recommend a face-to-face diagnosis to confirm.

For the record, if you want to extend width of eyes, then you can go through epicanthoplasty surgery.

02. Is 7 days after surgery enough for follow-up stitch removal? I want to have as much time as possible before surgery for normal activities.

After eyelid surgery, you will be in need follow up treatment. One day after the surgery, sterilizing surgical site will be needed. And one week later, the stitches around your surgical site can be removed and then you can perform normal life activities.

03. Is it OK to only meet my surgeon immediately before procedure?

Before having surgery, the surgeon will explain the whole procedure in detail for your accurate diagnosis.

Also, if you want to have enough time for consultation, then we can have a consultation slot prior to your operating surgery.

04. Is prescription pain medication given to me at the Clinic? Can my US doctor give me prescription to take with me?

After your surgery, ITEM will provide items such as medication, pumpkin juice and an ice-pack for your recovery. In case of medication, it includes pain killers, antibiotics and gastroprotective drugs. During your recovery period, ITEM highly recommends you take medications as prescribed.

05. Should I meet with more than one clinic? Do all clinics charge a deposit just to make appointment?

-In case of consultation, it will be arranged by free of charge. But if you want to confirm your surgery, then charging for deposit will be needed to guarantee your surgery slot. 

06. Insurance?

According to current regulations in Korea, all types of plastic and cosmetic surgery, are eligible for health insurance. However, it’s at the discretion of your health insurance to decide if they will support the procedure. We do not accept non-Korean insurance directly, but can provide you with all the documents you need to apply for a reimbursement claim with your provider.

  • swoodard
    Thank you very much for your response. How much will my normal activity be limited after surgery? In other words, what do I need to do after surgery, and for how long? For example, how long am I unable to wear contact lenses? How long would it take after consultation to book surgery slot? I will only be in Seoul from Oct 7 – 17, and October 9 is holiday.
  • ITEM Plastic Surgery
    Hi @swoodard, Thank you for your inquiry again. As we mentioned in the previous comment, all stitches will be removed after 3 days (if you undergo non-incision type or partial-incision type of double eyelid surgery) or 7days (if you undergo full-incision type of double eyelid surgery). Before removing the stitches, you’d better do not contact with water around surgical areas since there is possibility of infection from water also. However, after removing the stitches, enabling you to lead normal daily life. You can wash your face and put on make-up. ( Don’t rub your eyes too much for 3months especially when you remove eye make-up ) You are able to do light exercise. But we recommend you don’t do any hard exercise or use a sauna for a month. If your surgical area is exposed to humidity, there is possibility of infection. Also, you’d better not wear contact lenses for a month. You can decide to book surgery slot after consultation. But we cannot tell you exactly how long would it take after consultation, but schedules change every time, so you have to be flexible in your wait time. If a specific surgery day and time you desired is free, you can just undergo surgery as you planned. However if someone already booked that slot or someone tried to get surgery at that slot, we can give priority to patients who make a 10% deposit for sure surgery. If you have more inquiries, please contact us whenever :-) Thank you ITEM Clinic
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Thanks for sharing your questions with us.

1. What type of eyelid procedure is recommended for me? (full incision? epicanthoplasty?)

Based on the pictures and your concerns, we recommend non-incisional ptosis correction + epi canthoplasty + forehead botox. Ideally, your pupils should be covered up approx. 10 percent by your upper lid, but yours is covered more than 10 percent. This makes you use your forehead muscles like you said, creating wrinkles on your forehead and between your eyes as well. We suggest incisional ptosis correction to correct your levator muscle, excise excessive skin on your upper lid to make your eyes look bigger and brighter and also perform epi to lengthen your lateral width of your eyes 🙂 

2. Is 7 days after surgery enough for follow-up stitch removal? I want to have as much time as possible before surgery for normal activities.

It takes 7 days after your surgery day (so technically 8 days) to take the stitches out. 

3. Is it OK to only meet my surgeon immediately before procedure?

This would be the best option and we do advise you to go ahead with your surgery right after your consultation to save time. Oftern times, foreign patients have very limited stay in Korea, so we do advise you to have the surgery performed as soon as possible for more days to recover and more post operative care. 

4. Is Prescription pain medication given to me at the clinic? Can my US doctor give me prescription to take with me?

It is by Korean law that medication cannot be given out to patients. We will write you a prescription, and the staff can assist you in going to a pharmacy around the corner to pick up and purchase it. It should not cost more than $40 USD, so you will need to purchase prescription medicine at the pharmacy, but our staff can happily assist you with this.

5. Should I meet with more than one clinic? Do all clinics charge a deposit just to make appointment?

You may see different doctors for different opinions, and also surgical techniques vary on clinics as well. We can’t speak for other clinics, but we don’t charge deposit to make an appointment, only when you want to fix your surgery date & time. If you want to set up your surgery date & time we do encourage you to place deposit. You may contact the clinic for more details. 

6.Insurance?

Most cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance, but you may try to communicate with your insurance provider and we can definitely help you if you need documentation from us.

  • swoodard
    Thank you for your response and all the good information. How much will my normal activity be limited after surgery? In other words, what do I need to do after surgery, and for how long? For example, how long am I unable to wear contact lenses? I am very happy you don’t charge for consultation! Is the consultation with the actual surgeon who would perform surgery? How long would it take after consultation to book surgery slot? I will only be in Seoul from Oct 7 – 17.
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Thanks for asking question, here are our thoughts from Banobagi. As other clinics may have mentioned there are different approaches, and a face-to-face diagnosis will help provide a more accurate opinion. 

We recommend a non incision ptosis correction: In technical terms, non incision ptosis correction double eyelid surgery refers to a procedure that enhances the size of the pupil’s exposure. It is recommended for patients who has a thick layer of eye skin and drooping upper eyelid due to the weakening of the levator muscle. Or whose black portion of the pupil is not exposed enough and covered too much by upper eyelids.

This method removes fat deposit or stretched skin and, at the same time the doctor will strengthen the levator muscle of the upper eyelid. After the surgery, you will see a pair of very natural eyelids with brighter and more defined expression of your eyes. This procedure will cost about 4,290,000 Korean won (approximately about USD$4290).And price includes X-ray (if needed), CT scan (if needed), consultation, hospitalization (if needed), post care treatment, medication (except antibiotics), and pick up service (under the term who has paid deposit). We will remove the stitches on 7th day. For some overseas patients who have no enough time to stay in Korea, we suggest them to remove stitches back in their country (most clinics and hospitals can do this).

Epicanthoplasty is a procedure that aims to release, or partially release, what is called an epicanthal fold. The flap of skin at the inner corner of your eye. It will help extend eyes’ length by eliminating the triangle-shaped, or mongolian fold that East Asian people generally have.

In addition, the duration of the surgery is approximately 60 minutes. The skin stitches will be removed 7 days after the surgery at our office. Critical swelling and scar redness will subside and lighten in 1~2 week, and the remaining swelling and scar redness will subside and lighten gradually within 8-12 weeks. This surgery will cost 1,100,000 Korean won.

You can meet your surgeon prior to surgery, that is usually a standard protocol. In terms of deposits, our deposit for this procedure is $500 USD and may not be refundable depending on how much advanced notice is given for cancellation. 

Medication will be prescribed to you after the surgery. If you are taking or bringing any prescription medications, you should inform the clinics about this during your consultation.

Most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance companies, but if you want to try to file a claim with your insurance company after paying out-of-pocket that is entirely up to you, and we can provide you with receipts and diagnosis information. 

You are encouraged to get a second opinion from another clinic, but we advise to limit yourself to a few as opposed to many, it could cause information overload.

There is a $500 USD deposit required to secure your surgery time, and it may or may not be refundable depending upon the circumstance and how much advanced notice is given for cancellation.

  • swoodard
    Thank you for your thorough response. I have visited your website, and very much appreciated all the information. It is a great website. How much will my normal activity be limited after surgery? In other words, what do I need to do after surgery, and for how long? For example, how long am I unable to wear contact lenses? I would like to schedule a consultation with the surgeon before paying deposit. Is this possible? I will be in Seoul from Oct 7 – 17. This means I would need to have my procedure on Oct 9th or Oct 10th. October 9 is a holiday, do you perform surgery on Saturdays?
  • Banobagi Plastic & Aesthetic Clinic
    You can wear contacts 2 weeks after your surgery. For the first two days, it’s recommended to just rest and take it easy with light physical activity. Yes, the procedure can be performed on Saturday, but it will be difficult to say how the schedule will be at this moment, but it would be possible. To schedule an appointment. Visit our profile on My Seoul Secret and click the appointments tab or send us an email or phone call.
  • swoodard
    Great! I’ve schedule a consultation with you for Oct 6 at 4pm (I’ll be fresh from the airport!)
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Thanks for your question. For your eyes, non-incision method could be done with an epicanthoplasty, but an actual diagnosis is recommended. 

7 days will be enough and you can meet a doctor right before surgery. All the medication will be provided, and we will provide you with medical certification and paperwork you can show to your insurance company, but we do not work directly with the insurance company.

When you decide on which doctor you would like to perform the procedure after your consultation, you will see the doctor on the day of surgery for him to make markings and prepare for your surgery. Our clinic requires a deposit for securing a surgery slot.

  • swoodard
    Thank you for your response. Is non-incision as reliable/permanent compared to incision? How much will my normal activity be limited after surgery? In other words, what do I need to do after surgery, and for how long? For example, how long am I unable to wear contact lenses? I would like to have a consultation with the surgeon BEFORE paying deposit. Is this possible? How long would it take after consultation to book surgery slot? I will only be in Seoul from Oct 7 – 17.
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