Double eyelid surgery involves dividing the upper eyelid to create a natural crease. It can be used to address a variety of cosmetic issues in Asian patients, including:
- Sagging upper eyelids
- Upper eyelid fold
- Eyelid malposition
Asian eyelid surgery can be performed with suture ligation or an external incision. A patient evaluation is required to determine which type of double eyelid procedure can help the patient achieve the optimal results.
With a suture ligation, a patient’s eyelid is compressed and indented to reposition the crease. The sutures are then tied and hidden beneath the skin. This results in a static crease that may fade over time.
The external incision technique can be used if a patient is dealing with heavy eyelids. This is due to the fact that the technique can be used to remove excess eyelid skin, muscle, and fat.
A patient’s crease line is marked prior to a double eyelid surgery in which an external incision is used. The mark ensures the crease has the proper height and shape. Next, an incision is made, and the skin-muscle flap is repositioned. The crease and incision are closed, and the procedure delivers a dynamic crease that moves and adjusts based on the patient’s facial expressions.
Like a traditional blepharoplasty, Asian eyelid surgery is intended to help a patient achieve a balanced, harmonious facial appearance. Double eyelid surgery helps Asian patients produce natural-looking eyelid creases. The result: Asian patients can undergo eyelid surgery to rejuvenate their facial appearance and ensure that their eyes complement the cheeks, nose, and other facial features.
A traditional blepharoplasty is used to correct sagging upper eyelids and remove bags from the lower eyelids. It can be performed on men and women, regardless of ethnicity.
Meanwhile, an Asian blepharoplasty is used to create creases in the eyelids. Since the procedure is intended for patients of Asian descent, it must be performed by a skilled and experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Azizzadeh.
Double eyelid surgery and laser blepharoplasty are two cosmetic treatment options available to Asian patients.
Whereas a traditional Asian eyelid surgery involves the use of a scalpel, a CO2 laser is required to perform a laser blepharoplasty. As such, there is a greater risk of complications with eyelid surgery in comparison to laser blepharoplasty.
Asian patients may qualify for double eyelid surgery, laser blepharoplasty, or both. To find out which cosmetic eyelid procedure can deliver the best results, it is paramount to consult with Dr. Azizzadeh. At this time, Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a patient and offer a personalized treatment recommendation. Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend eyelid surgery or laser blepharoplasty to help his patient achieve their facial rejuvenation treatment goals. He may also recommend one or more alternative or complementary cosmetic treatments.
Dr. Azizzadeh tailors a blepharoplasty to his patient. First, he performs an in-depth patient evaluation. Dr. Azizzadeh learns about his patient’s medical history and examines their eyelids and other facial features. If Dr. Azizzadeh determines a patient is a good candidate for eyelid surgery, he then develops a custom treatment plan for him or her.
Each Asian blepharoplasty patient is unique, and Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh works diligently to provide his patient with comprehensive guidance and support. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh closely monitors his patient after a blepharoplasty; this ensures that the patient can achieve their desired treatment results.
Asian blepharoplasty involves the creation of a double eyelid fold – a common facial feature in Asian cultures. During an Asian blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh sutures the eyelid or makes a small incision in the eyelid’s natural crease. A typical Asian eyelid surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. It can also be completed in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
The recovery time following a double eyelid surgery is usually minimal. Patients can experience swelling in the initial days after surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh encourages patients to use ice packs and keep the head elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. Dr. Azizzadeh also recommends patients apply antibiotic ointment at least twice a day. And, Dr. Azizzadeh can remove skin sutures within a few days of Asian eyelid surgery.
Asian eyelid surgery patients can return to work, school, or other everyday activities within about two days of treatment. They may fully recover within about two weeks of treatment.
Double eyelid surgery is intended to help Asian patients maintain their ethnic identity. The Asian upper eyelid crease runs close to the eyelashes and gets larger as it approaches the midpoint of the pupil; at this point, the crease runs parallel to the eye. Comparatively, a non-Asian upper eyelid crease runs parallel to the lid margin. It is generally larger than the Asian eyelid crease, too.
For Asian patients who are considering blepharoplasty surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends a consultation. Dr. Azizzadeh requests a full patient evaluation before he performs Asian eyelid surgery. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to examine a patient’s facial features and determine if he or she is a good candidate for surgery. It also enables a patient to learn about all aspects of treatment and determine if the procedure matches their expectations.
Ultimately, Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help each of his patients achieve a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance. Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to perform Asian blepharoplasty surgery if he believes the procedure can help a patient accomplish this goal without putting their health at risk. Furthermore, Dr. Azizzadeh explains what a patient should expect throughout a double eyelid procedure. This ensures a patient knows how to prepare for treatment.
Like any surgery, there are risks associated with Asian blepharoplasty. Potential double eyelid surgery complications include:
- Orbital hemorrhage
- Asymmetric eyelid crease
With Asian double eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Azizzadeh, a patient can minimize their risk of complications.
Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained and dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive Asian eyelid surgery experience. He only recommends this form of blepharoplasty surgery if he believes the procedure can be safely and effectively performed on an Asian patient.
Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh dedicates comprehensive time and resources to prepare an Asian eyelid surgery patient for treatment. He provides his patient with information about double eyelid surgery, how it is performed, and the benefits and risks of the procedure. Dr. Azizzadeh also encourages his patient to ask questions regarding surgery. This allows the patient to determine if the surgery aligns with their facial rejuvenation treatment goals.