Asian Eyelid Surgery
1. What is an Asian upper eyelid blepharoplasty?
Asian blepharoplasty, also known as "double eyelid surgery"' is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped. The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease (i.e. "double eyelid") from an eyelid without a crease (i.e. "single eyelid").
2. What is the difference between Asian versus Caucasian eyelids?
The difference between Asian and Caucasian eyelids is the position of the eyelid fold. Asians who have a natural crease on their upper eyelids have very different looking eyes than Caucasian eyelids. The Asian eyelid typically starts at the crease very close to the eyelashes. As the crease gets further away from the nose, it gets larger until the midpoint of the pupil, at which point the fold runs parallel to the eyelash origin.
3. How does the upper eyelid crease differ between Asian and Caucasian eyelids?
A Caucasian eyelid crease is different in both size and shape compared to an Asian eyelid crease. The Caucasian eyelid crease (fold) tapers closer to the eyelashes as the fold goes out laterally so that it is more of an upside-down “U” shape, rather than the typical parallel shape of the Asian eyelid. The Caucasian lid crease is also about 20% larger than an Asian eyelid crease. When considering the blepharoplasty techniques that will be used to place a crease, it is important for both the patient and the surgeon to understand that the goal of double eyelid surgery is typically not to westernize an Asian eye, but to create a crease that looks natural.