Asian Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure with the specific purpose of creating a crease in the upper eyelid that is not present in many in the Asian community.
Approximately 50% of the Asian population is born with what is known as a “single eyelid” meaning that the eyelid does not have a crease as is common on the lids of the other half of the Asian population, and also most Westerners. Having a crease in the upper lid is known as having the “double-eyelid” type. Additionally, the eyelid creases that are present in the 50% of the Asian population that have the double-eyelid type are also different from the eyelids of Westerners in many ways. The length, height, and shape of the crease all vary.
Why Is This Surgery Performed?
Surgery on the upper eyelids ranks as one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in Asia, and among those of Asian heritage in America. Although, there are many Asians who are very comfortable with the single eyelid type, others prefer to have an upper eyelid crease because it gives the appearance of having larger, and more open, eyes. Among Asian women, one reason given for desiring Asian blepharoplasty surgery is the ease in which they can then apply eye makeup. Others have expressed that they felt the surgery would give their eyes a less tired appearance.
How Is The Procedure Done?
The surgery entails removing a small amount of excessive skin, some tissue from under the skin, and possibly some of the fat from the fat pads of the eyelid. The incision is made across the lid, where sutures are placed to create the crease.
Everyone has a certain level of asymmetry to the eyebrow area and this will also be taken into consideration so that the creases will appear symmetrical. Dr. Agha will place the incision itself in the newly created crease of the eyelid to hide the incision lines.
In the beginning, the creases may look higher than expected, but over time (approximately one to two months); the eyelid will achieve the perfect level and shape desired.
After the surgery, Dr. Agha will put eye ointment into the eye, and will apply a light dressing. He may also provide eye drops and/or ointment to take home. Swelling, discoloration, and bruising can be expected for the week or so after the Asian blepharoplasty surgery, but following Dr. Agha’s explicit instructions for recovery will help greatly to control any side effects and will speed healing.
More about Dr. Siamak Agha
Dr. Siamak Agha is a board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach who is highly experienced in facial plastic surgery. In addition to performing eyelid surgery, he is a leading provider of brow lift, cheek augmentation and facelift in Orange County. Over the years, he has also built a reputation as a top breast augmentation and body contouring surgeon. To learn more, contact his practice today at 949-644-2442.