Who Can Benefit from Asian Eyelid Surgery?
This procedure is indicated for patients of Asian descent who present conditions such as the following:
- Puffy upper eyelids
- Overhanging fat or skin on upper eyelids (dermatochalasis)
- Absence of pretarsal crease, a common condition in Asian patients
Asian eyelid surgery is not intended to “westernize” your appearance, nor is it intended to modify your normal ethnic characteristics. It’s a cosmetic procedure that improves appearance by reducing excess fat and skin, while improving eyelid contour.* To be considered for this procedure, patients should have realistic expectations and be capable of understanding the risks and intended outcomes.
How Asian Eyelid Surgery Works
This procedure is typically an outpatient surgery, performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Your eyelids are marked, and local anesthesia is administered to the eye and inner surfaces of the eyelids. If necessary, the epicanthoplasty procedure is performed first to create the pretarsal crease.
The plastic surgeon then makes precise surgical incisions in marked locations to get rid of excess skin, fat and a very small part of the orbicularis oculi muscle. Sutures are placed at four different points, and the incisions are closed.
What to Expect After Asian Eyelid Surgery
At the end of your surgery, the doctor will place ointment in and around your eyes and apply a light dressing. You’ll be given post-operative instructions, including steps for the use of eye drops or ointment. Bandages are taken off the next day, and all sutures are typically removed within the first week.
Like all surgical procedures, Asian Eyelid Surgery has some uncertainty and risk involved. Possible complications include but are not limited to eyelid asymmetry, loss of pretarsal crease, eyelid ptosis, unsatisfactory aesthetic outcome, and eyelid retraction. Ask Dr. Aboolian for more information if you are concerned about surgery risks.
Contact our Beverly Hills plastic surgery team today by calling (310) 888-8862 to learn more about this procedure and to schedule your complimentary consultation.