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Asian Blepharoplasty

The Asian eyelid has a unique shape that can be problematic for some patients. Lack of an upper eyelid crease may make you look perpetually tired and create difficulties in applying makeup. In the past, correction of these issues resulted in a look that was distinctly “Westernized” and not appealing to most Asian patients. Today, refinements in technique allow us to open the eye and refresh the appearance without compromising a patient’s ethnicity.

Asian eyelid surgery, also known as double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty, is a popular procedure to create a natural looking crease in the upper eyelid region. This gives a patient the appearance of having big, beautiful eyes and the ability to apply makeup to the upper eyelid more efficiently. Dr. Kenneth Yu offers Asian eyelid surgery at his San Antonio office using only state-of-the-art techniques according to the preferences of each patient. The goal is to create the perfect eyelids that are more harmonious to a patient’s face while keeping ethnicity and heritage in mind.

Benefits of Asian Blepharoplasty

Asian blepharoplasty is a procedure that offers a myriad of potential benefits:

  • Creates a double eyelid fold many Asian patients want
  • Opens up the eyes for a refreshed appearance
  • Makes it easier to apply makeup to the upper lid
  • Achieves balance and symmetry between the two eyes
  • Preserves the ethnicity of the patient for a naturally beautiful look

Asian blepharoplasty may be the most popular surgery for patients of Asian descent. Dr. Yu is experienced in this procedure, offering numerous technique options to customize treatment to the unique needs and desired results of each patient. In some cases, blepharoplasty may be combined with other procedures like rhinoplasty. The treatments may be done at the same time or sequentially, depending on which approach will be safest and most successful for each patient.

In addition to Asian blepharoplasty, Dr. Yu also offers other types of eyelid surgery for patients of other ethnicities to create a naturally refreshed appearance. Contact our office to find out how Dr. Yu can improve your appearance by turning back time or sun damage around your eyes.


Candidates for Asian Blepharoplasty

Dr. Yu performs Asian blepharoplasty on healthy Asian men and women that do not suffer from any pre-existing conditions that affect the eyes. For example, an overactive thyroid gland might disqualify you from this surgery because it could lead to excessive swelling and other potential complications. The procedure does require a recovery period, so you will need to plan to take at least one week off from work and other activities to give your eyes ample time to heal. Dr. Yu will review your medical history, current health status, precise concerns and desired outcome to determine whether Asian blepharoplasty will give you the results you want. He will also discuss your potential results in detail, so your expectations are realistic going into your surgery.

Procedure Details

Patients seeking Asian eyelid surgery can often have their surgery in Dr. Yu’s San Antonio office using local anesthesia. If sedation is preferred or you will be having another procedure with the eyelid surgery, your surgery may be in an operating room of a hospital close by instead. Incisions used for the procedure are created within what will be the new natural crease of the lid to eliminate visible scarring afterward. Dr. Yu will use this incision to create a fold and remove a very small portion of fat from the upper eye to create a normal appearance without accelerating the aging process.

You should be back home within a few hours after your procedure since this is nearly always an outpatient procedure. Dr. Yu will send you home with medication and post-operative instructions to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery process.

Recovery Basics

After your Asian blepharoplasty, you will likely have some bruising and swelling around the eyes that will persist for about two to three weeks. You can relieve these side effects with ice packs, medication and homeopathic remedies Dr. Yu will recommend to you. You should feel comfortable returning to public activities within seven to 10 days, as swelling should subside substantially by then. Rigorous exercise will be restricted for at least one month, to prevent possible complications and allow time for full healing.

Once you can see the full results of your surgery, you should be able to enjoy your new look permanently. You will appear more awake and refreshed, with an open eye that becomes a beautiful focal point of your face. At the same time, your heritage will remain intact, so you look like you, only enhanced.

If the appearance of your eyes is a concern for you due to the lack of an upper eyelid crease, Dr. Yu can help. Schedule your consultation today by calling Dr. Kenneth Yu Plastic Surgery at (210) 876-6868 to find out if Asian blepharoplasty is right for you.

*This content was reviewed by Dr. Kenneth Yu, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery (otolaryngology). His practice — Dr. Kenneth Yu Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — proudly serves the San Antonio and Austin communities.