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Asian Eyelid Surgery

The anatomy of the Asian eyelid is quite different from that of the western occidental eyelid, with perhaps the greatest anatomical variance being a crease (or fold) near the low margin of the upper lid. A large percentage of Asian women and men do not have this crease—or the fold is positioned so low that it is virtually undetectable—creating what’s known as a “single fold” upper eyelid. In contrast, most people of western descent have a more pronounced, visible crease, which is referred to as a “double fold” upper lid.

While a single fold upper eyelid is desirable for some Asian individuals, others find the double fold upper lid to be more attractive and wish to achieve this look. In these cases, a specialized upper blepharoplasty technique known as Asian eyelid surgery can be an excellent solution. The procedure is also known as supratarsal fixation whereby anatomical changes are created which elevate the low or nonexistent eyelid crease.

What Is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery—also called Asian blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery—is a variation of upper blepharoplasty which is designed to create a distinctive crease in the upper eyelid. If desired, excess skin and/or displaced fat responsible for upper eyelid drooping can simultaneously be addressed. The final result of Asian blepharoplasty can make the eyes appear larger and more expressive while enhancing the overall attractiveness of the area.

Fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon Albert Cytryn, MD has over two decades of experience in all forms of blepharoplasty, including Asian eyelid surgery. By personalizing a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and goals, he can help you achieve the look you desire with results that appear completely natural. 

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How Is the Asian Blepharoplasty Procedure Performed?

Asian blepharoplasty is most commonly performed under light intravenous sedation, usually taking less than one hour to complete. When a low-lying natural fold is already present, Dr. Cytryn will elevate and/or deepen the crease to make it more prominent. If no fold is naturally present, he will make a small incision in the ideal location, suturing the skin to the underlying muscle to hold its position. Typically, the eyelids will also require slightly more sculpting of fat than what is generally done for the western upper eyelid. In the event rejuvenation is desired, Dr. Cytryn will remove excess skin and/or repair loose upper eyelid musculature for an improved, more youthful overall appearance.

What Is Recovery from Asian Blepharoplasty Like? 

Following Asian eyelid surgery, the typical recovery process is similar to that of traditional upper blepharoplasty. You may experience some degree of swelling and/or bruising initially, but these temporary side effects should fade relatively quickly. While significant pain is uncommon, any potential discomfort can generally be controlled effectively with medication. Non-strenuous jobs and daily routines can usually be resumed after approximately one week to ten days, though Dr. Cytryn will likely advise you to avoid vigorous exercise, physical sports, and any other activities that may negatively impact proper healing and long-term results for at least two to three weeks. After this time, all restrictions are generally lifted.

How Much Does Asian Eyelid Surgery Cost?

On average, Asian eyelid surgery costs between $2,500–$3,000 at Cytryn Cosmetic Surgery. Exact pricing—which could potentially fall outside of this range—will be influenced by factors including how much fat sculpting is needed, whether or not tissue excision and/or muscular repair is necessary, and the overall complexity of treatment. In order to receive a custom cost quote for Asian blepharoplasty, you will need to schedule a consultation with a Dr. Cytryn, during which time a detailed breakdown of all expenses associated with your personalized surgical plan can be provided.

Ready to Book Your Consultation?

If you have additional questions about Asian eyelid surgery, or if you are interested in treatment and wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cytryn, please feel free to reach out to us online or by telephone today.