Asian blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery)

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An Asian woman

Asian people often lack the upper eyelid fold, and this is due to variation in eyelid anatomy. One of the muscles that function to open our upper eyelids usually carries fibers that are attached to the eyelid skin. Whenever this muscle contracts and opens our eyes, the eyelid crease forms. However, in some Asians this muscle does not send fibers to the eyelid skin, resulting in a single eyelid.

An Asian blepharoplasty, also known as double eyelid surgery, can address this issue and create an upper eyelid crease and rejuvenate the appearance. This is done by using sutures to attach the eyelid muscle to the eyelid skin, thereby creating an eyelid crease. Several techniques exist that can achieve this effect. The open technique is preferred if redundant upper eyelid skin and/or upper eyelid fat also needs to be removed. The no-incision suture technique is applicable to those who have no loose eyelid skin and no eyelid fat to be removed.

For those who also desire to address the inner corner epicanthal fold, a medial epicanthoplasty can be performed in conjunction with double eyelid surgery.

Your Consultation With DeLuca Plastic Surgery

During your initial consultation for eyelid surgery, Dr. Yan will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations for double eyelid blepharoplasty. After a careful discussion of your health history and previous treatments, he will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes and face. Your surgeon will carefully review the double eyelid blepharoplasty and determine where you would like the new double eyelid to be created. He will answer all questions that you might have regarding any step of the surgery. By the end of your consultation with DeLuca Plastic Surgery, you will have the necessary understanding to make an informed decision regarding double eyelid surgery.

Before/after of blepharoplasty surgery  on an Asian woman

Blepharoplasty Recovery

Two weeks is the average recovery (or “back to normal”) time for most patients. Sutures are removed five to seven days after the open technique. Swelling and bruising (which can be covered up with makeup) typically subside within two weeks. As with all cosmetic procedures, the time it takes for bruising or swelling to subside varies.  The recovery time for the no-incision technique is generally shorter than for the open technique.

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