Asian Eyelid Surgery

Introduction

Commonly, people of Asian descent are lacking a natural crease in the upper eyelid. Asian eyelid surgery is a technique that creates what is known as a “double eyelid,” an eyelid in which a fold is present above the lash line. The purpose of Asian blepharoplasty is to improve the openness of the eyes by creating this natural-looking crease while, at the same time, preserving the ethnic beauty of the face.
 
As a board certified oculoplastic surgeon, with practices in both Beverly Hills and Shanghai, Dr. Raymond Douglas specializes in Asian blepharoplasty. His unique understanding of Asian eyelid anatomy and artistic approach to double eyelid surgery make him highly sought after by Asian patients around the world.

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What is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty, is a term that refers to the manipulation or removal of excess tissue on the upper eyelid. More than tissue excision and repositioning, Asian eyelid surgery involves careful attention around the upper lid skin fold. No two eyelids are exactly the same. Therefore, a surgeon may choose one of several configurations to achieve the desired outcome; that being a double eyelid.
 
For Asian eyelid surgery to be successful, we must consider factors including the shape of the eyes, brows, and the eyelids. The fullness and fatty tissue of the upper eyelid is also a matter of importance because this directly relates to the appearance of the natural crease in the lid. A skilled surgeon will also consider the shape and height of the lid crease when planning surgery.

Who is a candidate for Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Healthy adults who are interested in enhancing the shape of their eyes may be excellent candidates for Asian eyelid surgery with Dr. Douglas. The intention of surgery is to achieve an eye shape and size that is harmonious with the face, not to “Westernize” the patient’s overall appearance.

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What is the difference between standard eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery?

Standard eyelid surgery is typically conducted to rejuvenate the eyes. To achieve this, the surgeon removes and repositions tissue through small incisions to smooth and tighten the eyelids.
 
Studies have indicated that Caucasian eyes contain specific attachments within the skin along the fold of the upper eyelid. These attachments lead to deeper tissues and they retract when the eyes open. In eyelids without a fold, there are no such attachments. Asian blepharoplasty involves discrete incisions in the area where the new crease will lie. Through incisions, an attachment is made between the levator aponeurosis or the upper tarsus. This attachment will transform the new crease into a deeper fold when the eyelid opens.

How do I prepare for Asian Eyelid Surgery?

During your initial consultation for Asian eyelid surgery with Dr. Douglas, he will perform a complete history and physical exam that observes the face and the eyes to ensure that the desired outcome can be achieved with this procedure. He takes the time to hear each patient’s cosmetic concerns and answer questions pertaining to surgery, recovery, and the results that we anticipate from surgery.
 
Before undergoing surgery, it is necessary to review all medications, including vitamins and supplements to ensure no products are being taken that can thin the blood and create possible surgical risks. Some medications may interact or contradict anesthesia, meaning they may enhance or degrade the effects of the numbing anesthetic.
 
Patients seeking Asian eyelid surgery may also be advised to discuss their proposed procedure with their ophthalmologist if they are currently receiving care for eye conditions such as dry eye.

At International Orbital Institute, it is our intent to provide patients with care that achieves satisfactory results in a single procedure. Learn more about Dr. Douglas’ extensive training in eyelid surgeries and about Asian eyelid surgery. Call our Beverly Hills office at (310) 657-4302.

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