Most Asians are born with a single eyelid which makes the eyes look smaller than what they are and it is hard to apply make up. Asian double eyelid surgery addresses that problem by creating a new look with the appearance of a larger looking eye but maintaining the Asian slanted look. Each Asian has an unique positioning of the eyelids and they will never look alike after the surgery.
A common misconception is that blepharoplasty is performed to “Westernize” the eyes in an attempt to look “less Asian.” While each person’s reasons for having surgery are unique, this kind of cultural dissatisfaction is almost never a factor. Rather, the overall goal is to help the patient look and feel his or her best by changing the eyelid shape to achieve a more attractive or younger look, balance the facial features and boost self-confidence.
The procedure itself varies depending on the techniques used as well as the patient’s goals and eyelid anatomy. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia. An incisional approach is usually taken for double eyelid surgery, in which the skin and sometimes muscle are trimmed and some fat may be treated. Occasionally, the physician may be able to employ a non-incisional method using permanent sutures. Incisions and sutures are carefully placed to minimize visible scarring.
The procedure usually takes one hour and it can be pretty much painless during surgery and recovery period.
What to expect and recovery period
Swelling of the upper eyelid can possibly decrease significantly after 1 week as long as ice is applied diligently right after surgery. Remaining swelling can take up to 1 year to resolve completely. Recovery will depend on each individual healing process. The incision is hidden in the eyelid crease and can be almost invisible after 1 year.