Asian Blepharoplasty with sydney plastic surgeon dr ellis choy
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.
*The information about Asian blepharoplasty was reviewed by Dr. Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
What is the Difference Between Blepharoplasty and Asian Double Eyelid Surgery?
Blepharoplasty is the standard eyelid procedure designed to correct irregularities of the eyelids, performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons. Depending on the condition and desires of the patient, this surgery may involve removing or repositioning excess skin and tissue to improve vision and enhance the overall aesthetic of the eyes. Similarly, Asian blepharoplasty, or Asian double eyelid surgery, addresses concerns on the eyelids and modifies the tissue to create a more natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing contour of the eyes.
The primary difference between these two procedures is the anatomical eyelid structure of some Asian patients. Approximately 50% of those of Asian descent are born without an upper eyelid crease. Though this is entirely natural, the ‘monolid’ or ‘single eyelid’ appearance causes many to feel self-conscious about their profile. In fact, for some patients, the lack of this crease makes the eyes look smaller, tired or hooded, which diminishes their holistic facial aesthetic and confidence as a result.
Asian double eyelid surgery aims to resolve these cosmetic concerns by creating a crease on the upper eyelid. This procedure can help to produce wider, larger and more expressive eyes that are shaped in harmony with your unique facial structure and overall definition.
Beyond his surgical experience and expertise, Dr Ellis Choy boasts an in-depth understanding of Asian facial anatomy, which allows him to create the most natural-looking outcome for his patients. Based on this knowledge, he uses specialised surgical techniques and a personalised approach to adjust the eyes in line with each patient’s natural and distinctive facial aesthetic. Dr Choy’s goal when performing Asian blepharoplasty is to enhance the eyes while preserving each patient’s individuality and natural beauty.
Asian Double Eyelid Repair and Revision
Asian double eyelid surgery is a complex, highly individualised procedure. Though technical skill and experience is vital, this treatment also requires an intricate understanding of the Asian facial anatomy. Unfortunately, some patients undergo Asian blepharoplasty only to achieve inferior and unsatisfying results. When the surgery is not performed correctly or tailored to the patient’s unique profile, the procedure can worsen the cosmetic concerns of the eyelids and produce an unbalanced overall appearance.
For those who are unhappy with the outcome of their Asian blepharoplasty, Dr Choy can repair and revise these issues to create a more satisfying contour of the eyes. In your consultation, he will inquire about your past surgery and what you did and did not like about the result to grasp a clear idea of what you hope to avoid and achieve with this procedure. Based on this discussion, he will design an individualised treatment plan that caters to your surgical needs, aesthetic goals and facial definition.
Dr Choy understands that obtaining less than ideal results can be especially disheartening. He encourages anyone who is unhappy with the outcome of their procedure to consider revision treatment, where all cosmetic and functional concerns – either natural or surgical – can be addressed simultaneously.
Combining years of surgical experience with unparalleled artistry, Dr Choy will carefully analyse your condition and facial structure to determine the most suitable approach to surgery. Through Asian double eyelid surgery, he can create a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing contour of the eyes that blends naturally with your unique appearance.
Asian Blepharoplasty Before and After
Take a look at our gallery to see before and after results from Asian blepharoplasty procedures.