Asian Eyelid Surgery (Asian Blepharoplasty)
Cosmetic eyelid surgery is the most common elective procedure among people of Asian ethnicity in the United States and in Asia. The procedure can thin a full eyelid, alter the shape or height of the upper or lower eyelid, decrease a pronounced epicanthal fold (the flap of tissue on the nasal side of the eyelid), or create a natural-looking crease in a double eyelid, which occurs in about 50-70% of the Asian population.
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. Generally, the surgery is performed under local anesthesia.