Overview of Asian Eyelid Surgery
For many patients from East Asian or South East Asian communities, the upper eyelid does not have the crease commonly found in non-Asian people that divides the lid into two parts. This is a natural trait of many Asian eyes that is referred to as a ‘Single Eyelid’ or ‘Monolid’.
Asian blepharoplasty, also known as Asian eyelid surgery or Asian double eyelid surgery, is designed to reshape the skin above the eye, elevating the upper eyelid and creating a crease. Over the years, this has become an increasingly common facial plastic surgery procedure. Its popularity is generally not because Asian patients desire Westernised eyes, but rather because they desire younger-looking and more vivacious eyes that bring them increased self-confidence and a better all-round outlook on life.
With the eyelid folds created, the eyes become wider, altering the overall aesthetic appearance of the face. The eyes appear more open and less tired, and it is easier to apply cosmetics like eyeshadow and eyeliner. The plastic surgery team at Asian Plastic Surgery have extensive experience providing these results to Asian patients in the Sydney area.
Read on to learn more about this transformative procedure, and to discover why growing numbers of patients are choosing Asian eyelid surgery and the great results that come with it.
Benefits of Asian Eyelid Surgery
Though the ‘monolid’ or ‘single eyelid’ appearance is entirely natural, it causes many to feel self-conscious about their profile. For some patients, the lack of an upper lid crease makes the eyes look tired, hooded or small, diminishing their holistic facial aesthetic and confidence as a result.
Asian eyelid surgery aims to resolve these cosmetic concerns and improve eye-region aesthetics by creating a crease on the upper eyelid. This procedure can help to produce larger, wider and more expressive eyes that are shaped harmoniously with your unique facial structure and features.
An Asian Plastic Surgery surgeon will assess these factors and your desired outcomes during a consultation before the operation. In addition to their surgical experience and expertise, our plastic surgeons boast an in-depth understanding of Asian facial anatomy and aesthetic preferences. Their goal when performing Asian blepharoplasty is to enhance the eyes while preserving each patient’s distinctive facial aesthetic and natural beauty.
What to Expect From Eyelid Surgery
The consultation is a critical part of the Asian eyelid surgery procedure. During this phase, your surgeon will get to know your personal motivations for the surgery and the goals you hope to achieve. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the surgery in a safe and friendly environment. After the consultation, your surgical team will set a surgery date that suits you. You will be informed of what to expect and any preparations you must make.
Blepharoplasty for Asian eyes can be performed with either the non-incisional “suture technique” or the incisional “open technique” depending on the patient’s circumstances and preferences. During surgery, the upper eyelid skin is lifted to create an eyelid fold known as a supratarsal crease. The degree to which the skin is elevated will depend on the natural shape of your eye and your personal desired outcomes. An anchor suture is then applied to close the incision and hold the contoured eyelid in place, ready for healing.
Asian double eyelid surgery is a simple outpatient procedure that takes one to two hours. You will be able to return home on the same day. In the hours and days that follow the operation, you may experience some mild discomfort. Keep your head in an elevated position and apply a cold compress to control the swelling and bruising. Avoid allergens, dry environments and rubbing or scratching your eyes. You should be able to go back to work in around seven days.
All postoperative swelling and bruising should subside within a few weeks, allowing you to see your results. Through Asian eyelid surgery, our surgeons can create a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing eye contour that blends naturally with your unique appearance.
Eyelid Surgery Techniques
There are two primary methods for performing Asian eyelid surgery.
For an incisional blepharoplasty, or “open technique”, the surgeon creates a short incision where the crease will be on the upper lid. The placement of the incision is based on the patient’s facial features and detailed measurements taken to ensure the eyelid proportions are natural and flattering. The surgeon then uses the incision to create a fold and anchors it in place with tiny sutures. The scar is fine, faint and barely visible once it heals.
A non-incisional blepharoplasty, or “suture technique”, is less invasive. The surgeon makes a series of small punctures in the skin where the fold will be created, then places sutures through the punctures and tightens them until they form the desired crease. The sutures stay beneath the skin where they cannot be seen. They do not need to be removed and there is less scarring than with the incisional technique.
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Procedure performed by
Dr Ellis Choy
Specialist plastic Surgeon
Dr Ellis Choy is an Australian trained, fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He specialises in a wide range of Asian Plastic Surgery procedures involving the face, breast and body works. As an Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr Choy helps his patients achieve life-changing transformation via personal enhancement.
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The skilled surgical team at Asian Plastic Surgery understand Asian facial anatomy and the customised surgical techniques that deliver satisfying, harmonious results for Asian patients. Combining unparalleled artistry with years of surgical experience, our plastic surgeons will carefully assess your condition and facial structure to identify the most suitable approach to your surgery. Through this meticulous approach to Asian double eyelid surgery, we can create a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing eye contour that blends naturally with your unique features.