Over 50% of people from South East Asian or from East Asian communities are born with eyes that have a ‘Single Eyelid’ type or Monolid appearance. It is the absence of a supratarsal crease or ‘Double Eyelid’ crease. Asian blepharoplasty (Asian eyelid surgery) to create the ‘Double Eyelid’ crease has, over the years, become an increasingly common facial plastic surgery procedure. This motivates many of Dr Ellis Choy’s patients to visit his practice. This is generally not because Asian patients desire Westernised eyes, it is the desire for younger looking and more vivacious eyes, which, in turn, brings an increased self-confidence and a better all-round outlook on life.
Dr Choy and his team will assess these factors and your desired outcomes during a consultation, before delivering a natural result from the Asian eyelid surgery procedure.
Read on to discover more about this procedure, and to learn why increasing numbers of patients are choosing Asian blepharoplasty, and the great results that come with this.
What is Blepharoplasty Surgery for Asian Eyelids?
Asian blepharoplasty is similar to a standard eyelid lift, both in the methods used, and in the outcomes achieved. The subtle difference between the two procedures comes from the differing anatomical eyelid structure of some Asian patients.
For many patients from South East Asian or East Asian communities, the upper eyelid does not have a lid crease. This is a natural trait of many Asian eyes and is known as a ‘Single Eyelid’ or Monolid.
Asian “Double Eyelid” Surgery are designed to reshape the skin above the eye, lifting the upper eyelid and creating a crease. With the eyelid fold created, the eye becomes wider, altering the overall aesthetic appearance of the face.
Plastic surgeon, Dr Ellis Choy and his team, have extensive experience in providing these results to Asian patients in the Sydney area.
Asian Blepharoplasty Consultation
The consultation phase is a critical part of the surgical procedure. It is during this phase that Dr Choy will take the time to get to know your personal motivations for the surgery, and your desired outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the surgery.
Dr Choy ensures that his practice is a safe and friendly environment for patients. The ‘Double Eyelid’ surgery consultation is just a part of the warm and professional service that patients have come to expect.
Asian Blepharoplasty Surgery Procedure
After the consultation, Dr Choy and the team will set a surgery date which suits you. You will also be briefed on what to expect, as well as on any preparations you must make.
Asian “Double Eyelid” surgery can be performed with either non-incisional “suture technique” vs incisional “open technique” depending on patient’s circumstances and preferences. During surgery, the upper eyelid skin will be lifted to create an eyelid fold or crease known as a supratarsal crease. The degree to which the skin is lifted will depend on your personal desired outcomes, and on the natural shape of your eye. An anchor suture will then be applied to close the incision, and to hold the reshaped eyelid in place, ready for healing.
Blepharoplasty for Asian eyes is a simple outpatient procedure and takes one to two hours to complete. You will be able to go home on the same day and will be able to resume your daily activities within a couple of weeks. We will discuss this in more detail in the next section.
Dr Choy or a member of his team will hold an outpatient briefing with you after the completion of the surgery. This briefing will help us assess the outcomes of the surgical procedure, and will give you any information you may need going forward, as you implement the aftercare you need to achieve a natural result.
Asian Blepharoplasty After Care and Recovery
Patients may experience some mild discomfort in the hours and days immediately following the surgery. However, this should not be too intense and should not last for too long. Patients are urged to get in touch with the team immediately, in the case of severe or chronic pain.
In some cases, the team may apply sterile bandages to the area around the eyes, to help with the healing process. You will be briefed on the kind of ointment to use with the bandages, and how long they must be used for, as well as any other aftercare measures you are advised to take.
As you will have undergone a light anaesthetic, you will not be able to drive yourself home. It is recommended that you bring a friend or family member to help you make the return journey.
In the days following the surgery, it is important that you keep your head in an elevated position. This will help to manage the swelling and bruising and will reduce the discomfort you experience. You will also be guided to apply a cold compress gently to achieve the same effect.
Allergens, dry environments, or anything which may cause irritation to the eyes, should also be avoided. Rubbing or scratching the eyes before the healing process is complete, may cause damage and may necessitate a repeat procedure.
All swelling and bruising should have subsided within a few weeks, and you should be able to return to work in around seven days. You will be able to use light make-up to mask any residual bruising, although it is advised that you consult Dr Choy and his team before doing so.
More strenuous activities, such as running or working out in the gym, should be avoided until all swelling and bruising symptoms have completely disappeared.
Don’t forget that plastic surgeon Dr Ellis Choy and his team are on hand at all times. If you want to speak to Dr Choy or schedule a follow-up appointment for any reason, please get in touch straight away.
Asian Blepharoplasty Before and After
Take a look at our gallery to see before and after results from Asian blepharoplasty procedures.