About Double Eyelid Surgery / Asian Blepharoplasty
Upper lid blepharoplasty/double eyelid surgery is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure in East Asia (Korea, Japan, and China).
Asian blepharoplasty, also known as “double-eyelid surgery, involves the surgical creation of a supratarsal crease. This supratarsal crease is the fold in double eyelid surgery. However, because the creation of a supratarsal crease does not actually involve the formation of another eyelid, the term double eyelid is actually a misnomer.
It is generally agreed that 50% of Asians are born with naturally occurring upper eyelid creases. However, for most of this population, the height of the double-eyelid crease is low, and well-defined double eyelids are present in only 10% of Asian men and 33% of Asian women. The goal of double eyelid surgery for Asians, with or without related procedures, is fresh, youthful, and attractive eyes that retain their ethnic appearance.
The Asian upper eyelid has several distinct anatomic characteristics, including a low, poorly defined or absent eyelid crease; narrow palpebral fissure; and epicanthal fold. The upper eyelid margin of a single eyelid in East Asians is in most cases covered by upper lid skin. Therefore, when double eyelid surgery is performed, the upper eyelid skin is pulled upward, resulting in an apparent increase in the size of the eyes.
An interesting note, makeup will be able to be placed more fashionably on the upper eyelid.
It is important to recognize that double eyelid surgery is not a Westernization procedure, and the aim is to create an upper eyelid crease similar to a naturally occurring one. We must realize that looking western is not the goal of most of our patients.
How is double eyelid surgery performed?
After a complete medical and eye examination, discussion on the level of the crease height, whether a nasally tapered, or parallel crease is wanted, Dr Young will define exactly what’s required for an optimum outcome. Complications or unwanted results will be clarified and then a booking and follow up details will be given. A post care information pack, and post care eye drops will be prescribed.
Most of our patients have double eyelid surgery performed on an outpatient basis (same day surgery) where you return home after the procedure. This allows us to provide the best medical care in terms of electronic monitoring, equipment and anaesthetics. It is done under local anaesthetic, and will take approximately 2 hours.
What happens during the double eyelid procedure?
The procedure is very delicate like other plastic surgery. It involves removing a small amount of excessive skin (depending on the age of the patient, more may be removed), some tissue under the skin, and possibly a small amount of fat pads. The technical demands and details are in the design of the double eyelid crease, and the technical skills required to heal the incision wound together in a permanent fashion. The incision line is hidden in the newly created eyelid crease. Associated procedures such as epicanthoplasty, fat pad/bags removal, or brow lifting, may be also performed conveniently at the same procedure.
Initially the crease will look slightly higher than expected but then, over a few months period, it will achieve an ideal level and shape. Any detailed questions you may have regarding the immediate post-surgical period and the normal steps of healing will be explained to you at the time of your private consultation.
Costs of this procedure vary, depending on each individual requirement. Upon an assessment, it will be determined what’s required, along with associated costs. However, as a general guide, cost for this type of procedure typically range from $1,700 to approximately $3,500. There is extra fees for Epicanthoplasty, eyebag removal, and brow lifting, or if there has been previous surgery or stitch crease present.
If you feel that you may benefit from this double eyelid crease procedure, we will be happy to meet with you for a Free Private Consultation. At this visit, Dr. Young will be able to give you a clearer idea of what results you might expect, based on your unique condition and specific needs.
We are here to answer all your questions and address your concerns. Whether you want a few answers before a consultation or want to know if you’re a candidate for this procedure, please don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 463 737.
Our experienced Patient Coordinator is also more than happy to answer all your questions on double eyelid surgery via email: firstname.lastname@example.org