Asian blepharoplasty surgery creates a new eyelid crease using either a suture ligation or an external incision technique. With suture ligation, the eyelid crease is formed by the tying of a suture, whereas with external excision, a portion of the skin, underlying muscle, and fat are removed to create the desired results. Both techniques offer a natural looking crease and may also be referred to as double eyelid surgery.
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About the Procedure
An Asian blepharoplasty, sometimes also referred to as a double eyelid surgery, gives patients a new natural-looking eyelid crease. This crease is generated by dividing the upper eyelid. This procedure is performed using one of two techniques – suture ligation or external incision. Both are effective; however, your specific needs will determine which procedure your surgeon chooses. With a suture ligation technique, your eyelid tissues will be compressed and tied after the eyelid has been “crimped” and indented to form a new, appropriately positioned crease. Once positioned, the sutures are tied and buried underneath the skin. This technique creates a static crease, which simply means that it does not move or soften as you look down, and the results may fade over time. An external incision technique forms a dynamic crease that moves and adjusts as you look down. It is particularly helpful for those with heavy eyelids as this method has the capability to remove skin, underlying muscle and fat. The new crease line is marked prior to incision to ensure proper height and shape. Once excision is complete, the skin-muscle flap is repositioned and the crease and incision are closed to begin the healing process.
Asian blepharoplasty is used to create a natural upper eyelid crease. Generally, candidates are not looking for a "western" eyelid crease.
What to Expect
Asian blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery, creates a natural looking crease on the eyelid and is performed using two techniques: suture ligation or external excision. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an Asian blepharoplasty.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- Do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior
During Treatment: Suture Ligation
- Eyelid tissues is compressed and indented to form a crease
- Sutures are tied and buried underneath the skin
- Creates a static crease
After surgery, relax for the remainder of the day, preferably in an elevated position. Cold compresses are used continuously while awake and an ophthalmic ointment is applied to the incision several times a day. Pain is minimal and is usually relieved with OTC medication. Do not watch television or read for the next 24 hours. Sutures are removed 1 week after surgery. Mild physical activity may begin at 10 days, progressing to full physical activity at 4 weeks. Avoid sun exposure for 6 weeks
The ideal candidates for Asian blepharoplasty desire a permanent, natural, Asian-appearing upper eyelid crease and generally do not want to have "Western" eyes.
Not Recommended For
Asian blepharoplasty is not recommended for patients with significant brow ptosis, prominent or bulging eyes, systemic conditions such as excessive bleeding or healing difficulty, and symptoms of “dry eyes”.
Side effects from an Asian blepharoplasty may include difficulty in closing the eye when sleeping, blurred vision, swelling and bruising, scarring, bleeding, and changes in sensation.