Asian Blepharoplasty - The Most Popular Surgery For Asians

The term 'Asian' eyelid surgery comes from the western world, a more accurate term would be 'Oriental' blepharoplasty or 'Oriental' eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty is the scientific term used by the scientific community which means 'eyelid refashioning' or 'eyelid reshaping'. Another name that is used interchangeably with the Oriental blepharoplasty is double-eyelid surgery.

For many people who are of Oriental or mix-Oriental descent, the presence of an oriental eyelid crease has been a much desirable look especially in the modern day culture where Chinese and Japanese pop icons and models have chosen to go under the knife or to use a temporary method by using glue or tape to get that skin crease.

Half of the people of Oriental descent lack an eyelid crease, while the other half may have a crease in the eyelid of some description. For many Asian or Oriental people, the choice to undergo eyelid refashioning surgery is to achieve wider and rounder eyes. Others seek out surgery to modify the monolid that lacks a crease into a double eyelid (with a crease present). Unlike Caucasians who seek out eyelid surgery to reduce signs of aging, lift droopy eyelids and remove eye bags, most Asian resort to double-eyelid surgery for the purpose of creating a second fold in the upper eyelid.

The surgical methods that are used with a goal to create a skin crease to enhance the appearance of eye, yet at the same time preserve the unique features of Oriental ethnicity for the patient work by these two approaches; closed thread/suture technique and open incision technique.
The suture technique uses simple stitches or sutures to create a crease in the eyelid by passing through the upper eyelid structures and positioning the suture to be concealed deep in the structures of the upper eyelid skin. This technique offers a relative ease in the performance of the procedure as no incision is involved. Patients are also delighted with the quick recovery time and it is reversible. The downside of the suture technique is that other factors like redundant skin, fat or muscle tissues are not addressed. Overtime, there is a potential for loss of crease, a risk in asymmetry and higher rate of loss of fold.

The second surgical method is the open incision technique which is done through an incision made in the upper eyelid which is placed within the desired crease to be created. This technique allows the best exposure to the upper eyelid anatomic structures and the surgeon can directly visualize the changes that he or she is going to make. There is different variety of open incision techniques such as partial incision double eyelid surgery which uses a limited size of incision that is made which requires stitches or sutures to re-approximate the cut edges on the upper eyelid.

As compared to the suture technique, the open incision technique offers more predictable, long-term results. The surgeon with the guidance of the patient is able to choose the placement of the desired crease and work by addressing anatomic factors of the eyelids such as fat deposits, excess muscle and redundant upper eyelid skin that could compromise the new crease being formed. It is agreed by most plastic surgeons that this method is preferable has now become the gold standard in double eyelid surgery. The method is much more superior due to its long-lasting results, with no risk of sutures breaking issues since they are not used in the crease development. The open incision method makes for a more natural-looking eyelid crease that disappears naturally when a person closes or blinks their eyes.

Since the main aim of the Asian eyelid surgery is to refashion the eyelid while preserving the ethnic identity of the person, more subtle methods of double-eyelid surgery are employed. Many plastic surgeons from the West make the mistake of creating a crease that is placed way to high which is based on Caucasian measurements, thinking that the patients want to have a westernized look. Today, this incorrect interpretation can be avoided by using measurements that are suited for Asian eyes to give a more natural look. To avoid undesirable results, experts suggest using tape or paper clip to show your surgeon precisely how high you desire the crease to be.

Sherlyn Lee has built an interest in Blepharoplasty long before finally going for her surgery last year. Check out her website on to Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery [] and Asian Eyelid Surgery [].
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