Plastic surgery is gaining popularity and acceptance among Singaporeans thanks to the rise of the K-pop culture and increasing societal pressure to look good all the time.
The top 6 plastic surgery procedures in Singapore include creating double eyelids, getting rid of fats, boob jobs and face lifts.
Whatever your reason for thinking of going under the knife and whichever procedure you’re eyeing, we tell you how much it’ll cost.
Top 6 plastic surgery procedures in Singapore (2018)
|Plastic surgery procedure||Average price||Recovery time|
|Double eyelid surgery||$2,000 – $3,000||2 days to 1 week|
|Nose thread lift||$2,000 – $3,000||Up to 5 days|
|Liposuction||$3,000 – $4,000||2 weeks|
|Rhinoplasty (nose job)||$4,000 – $5,000||2 weeks|
|Face lift||$9,000||2 weeks|
|Breast augmentation||$15,000 – $16,000||2 to 3 days|
Double eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty ($2,000 – $3,000)
We don’t know who made the rules but it seems that double eyelids are widely considered by Asians to be very attractive. As a result, blepharoplasty is the top cosmetic procedure in Singapore.
If you’re Caucasian or Indian, your deep set eyes are likely to crease beautifully, but for most Asians (especially Chinese), the only hope is blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery.
You can stitch your upper eyelids, which is a non-incisional method and usually scar-less. Usually this method is recommended for ladies and men below 40.
The other method, which is more expensive, is to cut the lid where you want to form a crease. Permanent attachments are then created between your upper lids and deep muscles to give you double eyelids. This method is more invasive but you can enlarge your eyes, change its shape, and get rid of loose skin and eye bags along the way.
For both surgeries, you’ll take 2 days to 1 week to recover. The cost varies from $1,800 to $6,400.
Nose thread lift ($2,000 – $3,000)
A nose thread lift is an alternative to rhinoplasty. The surgeon places polydixanone (PDO) threads under the skin of your nose along the bridge and tip and these “threads” act as structures that shape your nose. The procedure takes a shorter time and recovery time is also cut to 3-5 days, from rhinoplasty’s 2 weeks.
It can cost as cheap as $900, but generally averages at around $2000 to $3000.
The downside to a thread lift is that it is not permanent. After 6 to 8 months, the threads dissolve and simulate the production of collagen and tissue fibroblasts that elevate the nose bridge for another half a year. The effects of the nose thread lift may last up to 18 months.
Liposuction and body contouring ($3,000 – $4,000)
Liposuction is the number 3 cosmetic procedure in Singapore. It sucks fats out of your fat cells, which helps you target “trouble spots” such as tummy, thigh, butt, back and arms. Did you know, fat cells don’t get destroyed? They simply expand and shrink based on the fat deposits of your body.
If you find that you have been very disciplined but stubborn fats just don’t seem to go away, you may consider getting liposuction. But note that it’s not a permanent weight loss method but only for body contouring.
There are also new types of liposuction. One new type is called VASER, where ultrasound is used to “melt” away the fats. In the process, your skin gets tightened as well.
Liposuction costs between $1,400 and $14,000, depending on the area. A bigger area like the tummy will cost more than the arms.
You will need 1 to 2 weeks for the bruising to heal and anywhere between 2 days and 2 weeks to get back to normal routine. In addition, you’ll need to wear pressure garments for about 6 weeks.
Rhinoplasty or nose job ($4,000 – $5,000)
Rhinoplasty is the scientific name for a “nose job”. Most Asian women covet a thin and high nose bridge that makes the face looks more three-dimensional, or a smaller nose that doesn’t take up too much space on the face. On the average, it costs around $4,000 to $5,000, but complicated cases can go up to $17,000.
There are two types:
- Open approach: The surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the nose. This is more for complex cases.
- Closed approach: The surgeon makes incisions inside the nose, which hides any scars.
You will need 2 weeks to recuperate before you can go back to your usual routine, an up to a month for complete healing. It takes up to a year for residual swelling in your nose to totally subside.
Face lift or rhytidectomy (about $9,000)
Your skin loses its elasticity as you grow older. Some blame gravity, but how fast this happens is usually due to genetics and skincare.
There are 2 types of face lifts. The traditional face lift involves making an incision from your ear to hairline. The surgeon that pulls the skin taut before stitching the gap.
In recent years, women are trying out the less invasive Endoline Ribbon Lift, also known as non surgical face lift, where the surgeon makes a small cut in your hairline and inserts the Endoline Ribbon down to your jowls. This lifts your face but the effect is not permanent. The ribbon will melt in 1 to 2 years and the lifting effect can potentially last for 7 years.
You may also opt to get a fat transfer (usually from your tummy or thigh) to fill out your face.
It takes 2 weeks for the initial swell to go down and life to get back to normal and 1 year for residual swelling to go away.
You’re looking at around $9,000 for this procedure, but it can go up to $12,888.
Breast augmentation ($15,000 – $16,000)
Breast augmentation is the formal term for “boob job”. It’s a well-known procedure among petite ladies who want to look a little more “filled out”. It can also lift saggy breasts, resize mismatched ones, and shape them.
There are 2 common ways to get your breast augmented: with breast implants or through fat transfer. If you go with breast implants, you have a choice of saline or silicone. Apparently, silicone feels more natural.
Fat transfer requires taking fats from other parts of your body and using it to pad up your breasts. If you’re going for a liposuction, you can recycle the fats harvested to do a boob job. While it’s the “more natural” route, it’s also the more expensive one because it’s 2 procedures in one. Also, the effects are less long-lasting as fat cells can shrink.
Particularly, fat cells in the breasts seem to shrink more easily compared to those in the butt or tummy. Why else would we end up with big tummies and tiny boobs as we age?
You can recover relatively quickly in 2 to 3 days. The cost averages at around $15,000 to $16,000 but if you do it with a celebrity plastic surgeon, it can cost up to $25,000.
Cosmetic surgery overseas: is it better or cheaper?
If you’re looking to save a couple of grands, you can potentially go overseas for your plastic surgery fix. South Korea, Bangkok and Taiwan are popular choices as cosmetic surgery is common there and the surgeons are experienced.
A famous local blogger had her nose done in Thailand for just $170 (compared to the $3,000 to $4,000 on average that is being charged here). Breast augmentation in Taiwan is about $8,000 to $10,000, nearly half Singapore’s price. However, prices in South Korea are comparable to Singapore’s.
A good thing about doing plastic surgery in somewhere like South Korea is that it is so common that no one bats an eyelid. If you’d like, you could enjoy Korean BBQ even when your face is still mummied up in bandages. And while you take time off work to recover, you can make a holiday out of it.
Do think about bringing along a friend for emotional support and to help you in the event that you may not be able to carry out normal tasks.
A drawback of going overseas is that the surgeons and nurses may not speak English as well as you can. This may lead to miscommunication which you DO NOT want when you’re talking about surgery on your eyelids, nose, boobs and importantly, face.
You’d also have to make arrangements for follow-up consultations after a few weeks or months. You can either stay there for a long period if it is financially viable or make multiple trips, both of which add to the cost of your plastic surgery.
Will you go under the knife and what procedure are you thinking of doing? Comment below.
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