Asian eyelid surgery, also known as Asian blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure to create a natural-looking crease in a ‘monolid’ or ‘single fold’ eyelid. In the past, this surgery has sometimes been described as a “Westernisation surgery,” but that label is both improper and short-sighted.
The goal of Asian eyelid surgery is to enhance the harmony of the patient’s face while keeping their heritage and individuality in mind. This procedure delivers numerous benefits beyond the creation of an upper eyelid crease. If you are considering Asian blepharoplasty, these are some of the goals your surgery could achieve.
Enhanced Eye Shape and Proportions
Asian eyelid anatomy is unique in many ways. Many Asians, particularly those of East Asian descent, lack the supratarsal fold that makes a double eyelid. In addition, Asian skin is thicker in comparison to other ethnicities, and the overall dimension of the Asian eye is relatively smaller than the face.
Dividing the upper eyelid into two distinct segments makes the eyes look larger, rounder and more open. With this new eye shape and proportions, the eyes may appear more balanced with the other facial features, enhancing overall facial harmony.
A More Rested and Alert Appearance
Monolids and heavily hooded eyes can look puffy and partially closed, giving the face a drowsy expression. Some patients complain that these so-called ‘sleepy eyes’ make them look like they are tired, even if they are well-rested, or that they appear bored or stressed when they are not.
By surgically creating a crease and removing excess skin and fat, Asian blepharoplasty opens up the eye area and gives the face a more alert and awake appearance. Patients often say that people remark about how well-rested they look after surgery.
A More Youthful Facial Aesthetic
For all ethnicities, the eyelids naturally loosen and droop with age. This is because eyelid skin is thinner and more delicate than other areas, making it more prone to the forces of ageing, sun damage and gravity. Collagen depletion also contributes to the loss of skin elasticity.
Blepharoplasty removes excess tissue that may be weighing down the lid and obscuring the eye’s original shape and contour. Once the extra tissue is removed, the remaining skin is lifted and tightened, restoring a more youthful appearance to the eyes.
Anatomical features that come in pairs are never exact mirrors of each other. In most cases, the differences are subtle enough that they do not attract attention. However, for some people, the asymmetry is prominent. In Asian patients, eyelid asymmetry can present as one eye with a crease and one without a crease.
Double eyelid surgery is an ideal choice for such patients. By creating a crease in the eye that lacks it, we can restore symmetry to the eyes and harmony to the face. This often leads to significant improvements in the patient’s confidence and self-image.
More Emotive Facial Expressions
We call eyes the ‘window to the soul’ because they communicate so much about how we think and feel. Narrowed eyes indicate anger or distrust, while wide eyes show surprise and the crinkling of crow’s feet is a hallmark of a genuine smile.
Asian patients with especially heavy or low eyelids may complain of having an angry or sad resting expression. Following eyelid surgery, they may feel their resting appearance and their active expressions are in better alignment with their true feelings.
The Appearance of Longer Lashes
Some Asian patients come to us expressing frustration about the appearance of their eyelashes. A very low-set monolid can cover the lash line, making it appear that the patient has sparse eyelashes or none at all. In some cases, the heavy upper eyelid can push the lashes downward, causing irritation.
Asian double eyelid surgery can reveal the full length and beauty of the eyelashes. This gives the eyes a more flattering and bright appearance, and for some people, it may also reduce discomfort.
An Expanded Canvas for Makeup
A quick search on YouTube or Google will reveal countless tips for applying cosmetics to monolids. While we firmly believe that all eye shapes offer a unique beauty look, we understand that not everyone is satisfied with their natural appearance and the makeup techniques that complement it.
Asian eyelid surgery can offer more freedom for cosmetic creativity. By creating a crease and revealing more of the mobile lid, patients can experiment freely with eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara on a larger canvas.
Improved Field of Vision
For most patients, undergoing blepharoplasty surgery is a matter of aesthetic preference. For others, however, there are functional benefits to the procedure. Extremely heavy upper eyelids can prevent the eyes from opening fully and limit peripheral vision.
Patients of any ethnicity experiencing these issues can benefit from eyelid surgery. The upper lid is lifted and excess tissue is removed to expand the line of sight. Patients often find that this also leads to greater comfort in their forehead, as they no longer have to raise their eyelids to see clearly.
While there are now injectables and nonsurgical skin tightening treatments that can enhance the appearance of the eyes, they are limited to temporary improvements. Asian eyelid surgery provides far more durable results and achieves outcomes that nonsurgical treatments cannot. Although no surgery can stop the skin from ageing, results from double eyelid surgery are very natural and can last a lifetime.
There are two primary techniques for performing Asian eyelid surgery. One offers permanent results and typically cannot be reversed. The other may be reversible in some cases if the patient wishes to re-create monolids.
A Confidence Boost
Our eyes do so much more than allow us to see. They also help us convey our emotions and connect with others, and they play a significant role in how we see ourselves. If we are dissatisfied with the appearance of our eyelids, it can interfere with our self-esteem or how we interact with others, leading to a diminished quality of life.
Asian eyelid surgery can restore your confidence in the way you look. This is the most important aspect of what we do — helping our patients feel happier and more comfortable in their own skin!
For More Information on Asian Eyelid Surgery, Please Get In Touch
If you are interested in double eyelid surgery or another Asian plastic surgery procedure, enquire today to book a consultation. You will meet with one of our specialist plastic surgeons to discuss how the surgery can benefit you specifically and decide whether it is the right procedure for you.