Incision Vs. Non-Incision Vs. Partial Incision
Eye contact is a powerful tool. You connect with others, you convey your seriousness, and you read the world through a lens that is uniquely your own. But when your eyes are not contoured to your liking, you may be hesitant to make eye contact. Insecurity can limit your interpersonal communication, and it all focuses around the eyes.
Dr. Kenneth Kim is an unparalleled expert at reshaping and reimagining eyelids. Under his leadership, Dream Medical Group lives up to its name by realizing your ultimate goal and transforming your appearance. Conveniently located in the heart of Los Angeles, Dream Medical Group proudly serves Southern California and beyond. Contact our office at your earliest convenience and open your eyes’ full potential.
- 1 Before & After Photos
- 2 What Is Double Eyelid Surgery?
- 3 Benefits of Blepharoplasty
- 4 Candidates for Double Eyelid Surgery
- 5 Personal Consultation in Los Angeles
- 6 Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
- 7 Double Eyelid Procedure
- 8 Recovery and Results
- 9 Complementary and Alternative Procedures
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
Before & After Photos
What Is Double Eyelid Surgery?
Double eyelid surgery is a way to add dimension and depth to the look of your lids. Some people naturally have a “monolid,” meaning there is no supratarsal crease above their eyelashes. To add a subtle crease to the lid, you can opt for a double eyelid procedure. Dr. Kim is a maestro of double eyelid surgery, having written comprehensively on the topic. To ensure the most precise, delicate, thorough transformation available, consider Dr. Kim your go-to guide through the intricacies of double eyelid alterations.
As the skin ages, it may suffer sagging and drooping. This is called ptosis. To address the forces of ptosis, Dr. Kim can remove any excess skin along the eyelid to create a pleasing, taut appearance. As he is suturing the incision back together, Dr. Kim can create a double eyelid look. A full incision is often required to adequately reverse the issue of excess skin.
Dr. Kim can create the double eyelid effect without the need to extend the incision across the entirety of the lid. By selectively maneuvering the tissue that must be removed, Dr. Kim may employ the partial incision technique. The doctor makes a gentle incision through the orbicularis muscle to access the adipose fat beneath it. Dr. Kim may remove excess fat to create your desired shape. He then sutures the partial incisions together, contouring the skin to reflect the next underlying shape. Dr. Kim has thus achieved the double eyelid shape in a multilayered manner.
If you have an extremely thin upper lid with little to no excess fat, you may be a candidate for a non-incision eyelid procedure. Dr. Kim can create a fold along the skin to replicate the supratarsal crease apparent in double eyelids. He then skillfully hides his sutures as he joins the small folds of skin together. Due to his extensive experience in the field of blepharoplasty, Dr. Kim can create an aesthetically pleasing line with uniform tension. You will look as great as you feel!
Benefits of Blepharoplasty
Some say the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they are also its welcome mat. Eyes greet others and express our emotions freely. By attaining the eyelids of your dreams, you can have renewed confidence that the looks you are serving convey exactly what you are feeling.
- Achieve a “layered” look
- Add dimension to your lids
- Remove cumbersome fat and excess skin
- Contour your eyelids to your specifications
Candidates for Double Eyelid Surgery
Residents and visitors to Los Angeles are eligible for double eyelid surgery if they are in good health and wish to reshape their perspective. Dr. Kim can assess your candidacy during a comprehensive consultation. He will determine which approach is right for you based on the structure of your eyelids and your skin tone.
Personal Consultation in Los Angeles
Once you arrive in our Los Angeles office, we want to put you in charge. Tell us about your medical history and aesthetic future! Dr. Kim will conduct a preliminary examination of your eyelids, looking for skin laxity and muscle tension. Feel free to ask questions about the various techniques that adhere to your case. If you are at a loss for words, here are some conversation starters:
- Will a double eyelid style look natural on me?
- Do I have enough excess skin to achieve the appearance I want?
- Do you advise for a full incision, partial incision, or non-incision approach, based on my anatomy?
- What are the downtimes associated with each method?
- How long-lasting is each double eyelid surgical technique?
Dr. Kim is happy to answer any and all of your questions. But why wait until your appointment? Get a glimpse of his dedication to the art and science of blepharoplasty by visiting our blog.
Preparation for Eyelid Surgery
During your consultation, one of our attentive associates will provide you with detailed instructions to prepare you for your procedure. Please avoid excessive exposure to sunlight in the weeks leading up to surgery. You may be asked to stop taking blood-thinners and you should definitely quit smoking for at least two weeks prior to your treatment. Please call (213)700-4297 if you have any questions or concerns leading up to your procedure date. You should arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from our Los Angeles clinic on the day of your surgery. Your safety and wellness are paramount.
Double Eyelid Procedure
Dr. Kim strives to keep you comfortable throughout the consultation, procedure, recovery, and beyond. Your satisfaction is his top priority. In that vein, he often uses a local anesthetic. Based on your unique tolerance and wishes, he may also administer an oral sedative.
During his pre-operative assessment, Dr. Kim will ask you to sit upright so he can analyze how gravity affects the look and functionality of your lids. He will make the necessary markings before proceeding to surgery.
The duration of your procedure will depend on which approach Dr. Kim uses.
The surgery typically takes one hour. The non-incision technique may be quicker and the full incision method might take longer. Rest assured: Dr. Kim will take a thorough, decisive approach to your double eyelid procedure.
Recovery and Results
In the immediate aftermath of your surgery, you may be provided iced gauze pads to minimize swelling and alleviate any discomfort. Swelling should subside within 2 weeks as your ravishing new lids emerge. Please avoid wearing makeup on the affected area for 7-10 days.
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Within that span of time, we will welcome you for a return visit. Dr. Kim wants to monitor your progress and celebrate your results! He can also remove any stitches that need attention and ask how your double eyelid shape reflects your cosmetic vision.
Patients are thrilled with the subtle, stunning, striking results that Dr. Kim has achieved, and we are thrilled at their kind words. To join the ranks of our satisfied clientele, please contact our Los Angeles office.
Complementary and Alternative Procedures
To accentuate the layered look of your newly shaped eyelids, you may want to consider additional enhancements from Dr. Kim. A brow lift can brighten your profile and eliminate sagging forehead lines.
Or if you wish to highlight your adjacent facial features, inquire about a procedure in our popular rhinoplasty suite of surgeries. The nose is the most pronounced part of your face, so achieving the exact style and contours you want can bring your holistic aesthetics together harmoniously.
Each technique, full incision, partial incision and non-incision, requires different resources. The price of your double eyelid surgery will depend on which of these methods Dr. Kim uses. He will explain cost and payment options during your comprehensive consultation. Dr. Kim prides himself on delivering the best care at the right cost.
If you have delicate lids and wish to add depth to their appearance, then you may be a candidate for non-incisional double eyelid surgery. Dr. Kenneth Kim can assess your skin tone and listen to your cosmetic goals. This discussion will help shape your look and inform your decisions. To determine which procedural method is right for you, call our Los Angeles clinic at (213) 700-4297 and schedule an appointment. A brilliant new you awaits!
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