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Droopy Eyelid Surgery In Singapore – Ptosis Correction

Correct tired looking eyes.
surgery duration

Procedure Time

1 – 2 Hours




recovery period

Recovery Period

10 – 14 Days

stitch removal

Stitch Removal

Not Required or
7 Days Post-op

What Is Droopy Eyelid Surgery For Ptosis Correction?


When an individual has droopy eyelids (also known by its medical term, Ptosis), their sagging eyelids start covering the pupils and they look tired or sleepy all the time. Droopy Eye Surgery, also known as Ptosis Eyelid Correction, is a surgical procedure used to lift droopy eyelids. 


What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

The levator muscles are responsible for raising the eyelids and controlling their movement when opening the eye. Eyelids start sagging when the levator muscles get relaxed and begin to lengthen. Our Korean non-incisional droopy eyelid surgery can effectively fix the problem by tightening the muscles and will also create double eyelids in the process. In the event that the ptosis condition is more severe, incisional droopy eyelid surgery technique may be recommended.

severe ptosis
ptosis eye

What Causes Droopy Eyelids?

Droopy Eyelid Correction Surgery is for anyone with:

  • Sagging eyelids that cover more than 20% of their pupil
  • Sagging eyelids that have excess skin
  • Eyes that look tired regardless of any amount of rest
  • Frequent headaches due to overworking of their brows and the forehead muscles to maintain their eyes open
  • Those who want bigger and more awake looking eyes

Which Ptosis Eyelid Surgery Techniques Work The Best For Droopy Eyelids?

The choice of ptosis correction method depends on how severe the condition of the eyelids are.

ptosis condition

Types of Droopy Eyelid Surgery Methods

There are two types of surgery methods used for droopy eyelid surgery Singapore. These include the following. 

1. Non-incisional Method

During the droopy eyelid correction procedure, muscle length is reduced by tying a portion of the eyelid muscles using a suture. The reduction in the length of these muscles creates a tightening effect and allows the eyelids to raise higher when opened.

non-incisional droopy eyelid surgery process

2. Incisional Method

This method is normally used for severe conditions where extensively stretched and lengthened eyelid muscles are trimmed short and pinned upwards. As a result, the eyelids lift higher whenever they are opened. 

incisional droopy eyelid surgery process

Comparing Droopy Eyelid Surgery Techniques

Here is a quick comparison of both the ptosis eyelid surgery techniques used for correcting droopy eyelids.

Non-incisional Droopy Eyelid Correction

Candidate: Mild to moderate droopy eyelids

Surgical Method: Tighten eyelid muscles, redefine double eyelids

Procedure time: 40 – 60 minutes

Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia or light sedation

Recovery period: 7 days

Stitch removal: Not required

Incisional Droopy Eyelid Correction

Candidate: Moderate to severe droopy eyelids

Surgical Method: Tighten muscles, get rid of excess skin and fat, and redefine double eyelids

Procedure time: 60 – 90 minutes

Anaesthesia: Light sedation

Recovery period: 10 – 14 days

Stitch Removal: 7 days after procedure

Considering Droopy Eyelid Surgery at Dream Singapore? Get in touch today and our medical staff will help you understand the procedure right from the start to end. We will also guide you in selecting the appropriate Ptosis eyelid surgery techniques for you.

FAQs About Droopy Eyelid Surgery (Ptosis Correction)

1. Can Droopy Eyelid Surgery Make My Eyes Look Bigger?



Ptosis eyelid correction or droopy eyelid surgery removes the loose, saggy skin and soft tissue around the eyelids and tightens the eyelid muscles. Clinical studies and post-surgical trials have shown this procedure to be effective and it allows your eyes to open wider and make them appear bigger.


2. Can I request for a particular eyelid style or height?


It depends on the condition, age, and general wellbeing of the patient. You can discuss a particular eyelid style and height during your consultation with the surgeon. The questions you can ask include;

  • The desired eyelid crease height after the procedure
  • If you prefer to have a parallel or nasally tapered eyelid crease


3. Will health insurance cover droopy eyelid surgery?


You can claim droopy eyelid surgery fees from your insurer in certain cases in which eyelid drooping is causing functional abnormality (such as blocking of field of vision). The doctor will thoroughly examine your eyes and label it as a medical condition that needs surgical correction. 

Ptosis is considered a medical condition in Singapore. Therefore, droopy eyelid surgery is subsidized by most health insurance companies.

To get a diagnosis for upper eyelid ptosis, you will be advised to undergo a margin reflex distance (MRD) test. Your health insurance company will require MRD certification before qualifying you eligible for insurance claims.


4. How long does results from Ptosis surgery last?


The results of the surgery are long lasting. However, it also depends on the aging process after the surgery as the skin and eyelid lid muscle may lose elasticity and firmness in response to the environment, sunlight and other factors. 

With the passage of time, you may experience further drooping of the brow that may cause excess skin, fat, and soft tissue to reappear on the upper eyelid. Rather than a second eyelid surgery, alternative surgery solutions such as a brow lift procedure would be beneficial.


5. What is the recovery time for droopy eyelid surgery?


In most cases, the recovery time is around 2 weeks. The most common post-surgical signs include mild to moderate swelling, bruising, and very little discomfort. We recommend keeping your head elevated and using cold compresses to reduce swelling. In most cases, sutures are removed one week after your procedure and you will be allowed to wear makeup after that.


6. What can I do to make my eyelids swell as little as possible?


Post-surgery swelling usually peaks during the second day of the surgery and it will gradually subside in the following 4-6 days. Apply a face cooling mask within the first 48 hours to reduce the swelling and discomfort.

  • Avoid wearing makeup or applying facial creams before the removal of sutures.
  • To speed up the swelling reduction, keep your head above the heart level during sleep (use two pillows)
  • Post-surgical recovery can be managed using prescription anti-swelling supplements and creams.


7. How big will my scar be?


It is very unlikely for the suture method to leave a scar on the eyelid.

The surgeons use thin sutures to close the wound and also prescribe an anti-scar cream to inhibit the scar formation. The initial scarring will disappear completely if you diligently apply the scar gel.

The incision method will leave a small scar; however, it will also blend in with the skin and soft tissue within 4 to 6 months. 


8. How long will it take before I look normal?


The recovery period varies from patient to patient – some heals faster while others take longer. Usually, most patients start looking normal within 3-4 weeks of surgery. You may require three to six months to let your eyelid crease blend in with the surrounding skin. 

Most surgeons reevaluate final results after a year. However, most patients have about 80-90% of their final result within the first 3 months. 


9. Can I wear glasses after eyelid lift surgery?


Following droopy eyelid surgery, your surgeon will prescribe ointments to use in the eye and on your upper eyelid. The ointments are used to minimize the risk of infection as well as to prevent dryness. This can cause problems with vision and may make your vision blurry for the first day or two.

You will not be able to wear contact lenses for at least a week due to delicate incisions and swelling. You can; however, wear prescription glasses.

Your doctor may recommend wearing dark sunglasses to camouflage your incision/scar, especially when you are out into public. Wearing glasses will also help reduce bright sunlight exposure. 


10. When can I take a shower and wash my hair?


There is no such restriction of not washing your hair or showering after the procedure. Avoid steamy showers as they can slow recovery and prolong swelling. Routine showers with tap water or lukewarm water – followed by ice massage – help boost recovery. Avoid rubbing your eyelids under all circumstances and gently pat dry if the incision site comes in contact with water.


11. When can I start applying makeup after my droopy eyelid surgery?


Most doctors recommend applying makeup and other facial creams from the tenth day after the operation. However, you should be careful when removing make-up and avoid rubbing it off.


12. When can I wear contact lenses after surgery?


Contact lenses require stretching of the upper eyelid that can disrupt the incision and delay wound healing. In general, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for at least two weeks after surgery.


13. When will I be allowed to do sports again, exercise myself physically?


Aerobic exercises and intense physical activity is not allowed during the first two weeks after surgery as they increase the risk of bleeding and swelling. More strenuous exercises such as contact sports and weightlifting is prohibited for an additional 2 weeks. Sweating from the exercise is harmful for the new wound and it may interfere with healing and recovery. 

Light physical activity and exercises such as walking, yoga, and meditation are recommended and they can boost blood flow to the operation site and boost healing. 


14. How much does surgery cost?


The cost varies greatly from patient to patient due to multiple factors. You will receive a detailed summary of the estimated cost and insurance claim eligibility at your initial consultation. 

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