What is an “Asian eyelid?” Asian eyelids, quite simply, are eyelids that belong to those of Asian descent. Most commonly, when discussing Asian eyelids, we are referring to those of East or Southeast Asian ancestry. Naturally, Asian eyelids are different from those of Caucasians. Approximately 50% of all East and Southeast Asians are born with “single eyelids,” which do not have a crease, or fold, in the upper eyelid. For the other 50% who do have this crease, their eyelids are called “double eyelids,” since the fold divides the eyelid into two parts.
Why is there a separate “Asian eyelid” surgery apart from normal upper eyelid surgery? Many Asians who have single eyelids prefer the appearance of double eyelids, which appears to open the eye, making it look larger and more attractive. Among women, having a crease with a double eyelid can improve the appearance and ease the application of eye make-up.
If I already have double eyelids, can I still have Asian eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)? Yes, in some cases, Asian eyelid surgery can be used to enhance to rejuvenate an eye that already has a crease. For example, the procedure may be used to remove excess skin, which has formed as the eyelid ages over time. It can also turn multiple creases into a single, streamlined, and more beautiful crease.
Where will my crease be placed? How high above my eyelashes will it be? Although Dr. Jen Chow will work with you to determine the approximate height and shape of the crease, the exact height of the crease will depend on multiple factors, including just how you heal.
How old do I have to be in order to have Asian eyelid (double eyelid) surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)? As a general rule, Dr. Chow will perform the procedure on those 18 years of age or older. In every case, Dr. Chow will first meet and examine you, taking a careful history and physical prior to determining your eligibility for this procedure.
What happens during an Asian eyelid, or double eyelid, surgery? Please see the description of Asian blepharoplasty.
What surgical techniques does Dr. Chow use to form the double eyelid? Please see the description of Asian blepharoplasty.
What happens after the procedure? Please see the description of Asian blepharoplasty.
How long does double eyelid surgery take? In most cases, Asian eyelid surgery takes approximately one hour, though the addition of preoperative sedation and postoperative recovery can extend this time by another hour. Dr. Chow will never rush your procedure in order to “keep it under an hour,” and instead focuses on providing the safest treatment to provide the most beautiful double eyelid possible.
Will it hurt? During the procedure, most patients are sedated and very comfortable. The greatest discomfort is usually associated with the first application of numbing medication, after which most patients feel only gentle tugging and occasional pressure. After the procedure, most of the discomfort is mild and gone within a few hours.
What is the recovery time for Asian double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)? The recovery time varies with the amount of surgery one needs, and each individual is unique. For most patients, the initial obvious swelling and bruising can take 1-2 weeks to resolve, allowing them to be “presentable” to their peers. The height of the crease, or fold, will usually decrease over time, possibly over 1-2 months, before settling into its final location. Some very mild swelling can last for six months or more.
What are the risks of this procedure? Fortunately, when done by a trained surgeon, most of the major risks of Asian eyelid surgery are minor or fairly infrequent. For the incisional method, which is more technically demanding but useful for a wider variety of eyelids, there is also the risk of ptosis, or drooping of the eyelid, caused by injury to the levatoraponeurosis, which aids in elevating the eyelid under normal conditions. For all techniques, especially the suture ligation techniques, there is the risk of losing the fold or developing multiple folds. Other serious complications, including, but not limited to, chronic dry eye, inability to close the eyelid, bleeding, infection, heavy scarring, out-folding of the eyelid, and permanent vision changes are also possible, but thankfully much less common.
Are there financing options available for Asian double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)? Although we do not provide in-house financing, we do accept CareCredit. Please contact our office for a free consultation.
How do I get a free consultation for Asian double eyelid surgery (Asian blepharoplasty)? Please contact our office at (626) 447-3223