Many Asian patients are born with eyelids that either have a faint crease in the upper lid or lack the crease altogether, creating the impression that the lids are heavy. These “single eyelids,” which appear cumbersome, also tend to create a tired appearance. Fatty deposits in single upper eyelids can cause a hooded look that produces distressed expressions even when the person does not feel that way.
Due to the positioning of the eyelid fold, the anatomy of the Asian upper eyelid differs from that of a Caucasian eyelid. Fortunately, Asian blepharoplasty, or the “double eyelid operation,” can help patients achieve a much more vibrant appearance by creating the formation of a crease and, as a patient may desire, a “Westernized” appeal. This procedure is one of the most requested surgeries by people of Asian ethnicity in the United States. It is designed to create a well-defined fold in the upper lid with minimal or no incisions at all. About half of the Asian population is said to have little to no crease at all in their upper lid.
Dr Brown’s extensive experience in this procedure allows him to produce natural-looking results that do not interfere with the distinctive, desirable characteristics of his Asian patients’ eyes. Dr. Brown takes the patient’s entire face into account when performing this procedure, in order to provide the individual with an overall aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The particular technique for every double eyelid surgery will depend on individual circumstances, such as the amount of excess skin and fat in the eyelids, the condition of the skin and muscles around the eyes, and the position of the eyebrows. To create a crease and transform a “single eyelid” into a “double eyelid,” a tiny incision is typically made through which a small amount of fat and skin are removed, and a crease is produced as the incision is closed. In cases where the crease of the upper lid exists but is obscured by fatty deposits, Dr. Brown can use surgery or a laser to remove the excess fat and skin to give definition to the fold, which may help correct any impaired vision.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with the double eyelid operation. Fortunately, significant complications with Asian blepharoplasty are rare, but this type of eyelid surgery is more complicated than traditional blepharoplasty because the procedure takes longer and requires a deeper incision in the eyelid. To reduce the risk of complications, patients should disclose all health information and be open and honest with Dr. Brown during their consultation.
The surgeon and his entire surgical staff will do everything they can to ensure that your surgical experience is as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible. During your visit, the two of you will discuss your health history, surgery goals and expectations, possible risks and complications, the recovery process, and several other details regarding this type of eyelid surgery procedure.
For more information about this popular, highly-specialized procedure, please contact the San Francisco surgery practice of Dr. Brown today. You can get started by calling (415) 923-3005.