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Asian blepharoplasty, also popularly known as Asian eyelid surgery, is a procedure for creating a crease that looks natural in the upper eyelid area for patients of Asian descent. Some patients wish for a more youthful eyelid platform while others want to create a double eyelid when a single eyelid, or “monolid” is present. Asian blepharoplasty can preserves a patient’s cultural features while also providing a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Is Asian Blepharoplasty Right for Me?
With age, droopy lids can make eyelids look tired and aged. This can be caused by factors like genetics, aging, or injury. In some cases, the upper eyelid may even sag to the point where it droops over the eyelash line. People with this condition may undergo Asian blepharoplasty to look younger and revitalized. However, the younger generation is also interested in Asian blepharoplasty as they wish to change the eye to a more oval shape.
If you’re physically healthy and do not have any pre-existing conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. This procedure requires a patient to have realistic expectations after discussing desires with your physician. Non-smokers are preferred, since smoking reduces skin elasticity and creates an increased chance of surgical complications. Smokers must quit for at least two weeks before the surgery.
How Is Asian Blepharoplasty Performed?
Asian blepharoplasty is performed using one of the two techniques: external incision or suture ligation. Our physicians work with each patient to discuss desires and expectations and will help decide the best method based on your specific needs.
In the external incision method, a new crease line is marked to ensure proper shape and height. After the excision is complete, the skin muscle flap is repositioned and closed. The external incision method creates a crease that adjusts itself and moves as a patientlooks up/down.
In the case of suture ligation, our physicians compress the eyelid tissues to form a suitably positioned new crease. Sutures are used to fix this in place and are buried underneath the skin. This procedure creates a static crease that does not soften as you look down.
What Is the Recovery Process Like?
After this eyelid procedure, a friend or family member will need to drive patients home. Atients often experience some swelling and bruising around the eyes, which is normal. These impacts will occur for a few weeks and can be reduced/alleviated with the help of cold compresses. Most patients start feeling more comfortable after a few days.
Since a couple of weeks are needed for recovery time, it’s essential that patients clear their schedules for proper rest. It will be important to follow post-surgical care directions and avoid stressing the eyes. During this time, eye strain related to television, cellular phones, books, and computers should be minimized/avoided.
Post-surgery, patients need to rest and avoid rigorous exercise, heavy lifting, and smoking for at least a month. Once a patient isfully recovered, he/she willbe able to resume normal activities although smoking is not recommended for optimal results.
Contact Our Office to Find Out More
Our physicians regularly performs Asian blepharoplasty for patients across the Treasure Valley and beyond. To arrange a consultation, contact our office today and set up an appointment.