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Asian Blepharoplasty

Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, is done to alter the shape of the eyelids, either above or beneath the eye itself.

Asian double eyelid surgery has become a popular phenomenon in recent years amongst men and women alike who are seeking to change the shape of their upper eyelids. This procedure differs from Caucasian and other ethnic blepharoplasties because of the natural structure of many Asian people’s eyes. Further, many people have unsatisfactory first attempts at Asian blepharoplasty and require revision surgery. In these cases, the pre-op eye shape is significantly different than the post-op shape.

Special Considerations For Asian Eyes

The main difference between Asian eyelid shapes and others is the folds on the upper lid. Many Asian people do not have a crease; this is called a single eyelid.

Some Asian people have partial creases or inconsistent creases, and some have multiple creases. Most Caucasian people have the double fold naturally. Also, often Asian eyelids start very close to the lash line and the nose, which creates a hooded feature that does not allow the eye to open very widely. In certain instances, this hooded-ness (especially on ageing patients whose skin is beginning to sag) can be mistaken for tiredness. Asian double eyelid surgery opens up the inner eye by removing the inner skin and creating a shape more similar to the common Caucasian eye.

Some Asian blepharoplasty patients find their eyes are asymmetrical. One eye may have some of a crease while the other does not. Having this surgery can ensure that the eyes are evenly matched to each other. Some people find their eyelids look puffy or like they are bulging, either on the top or the bottom or both. Undergoing eyelid surgery can resolve these issues as well by creating the desired look and removing any excess, unwanted skin.

Some older Asian blepharoplasty patients will want to combine the double eyelid surgery with a rejuvenating surgery to renew the look of younger eyes all in one procedure. Younger patients may only be looking to create the double-fold. Some Asian people seeking blepharoplasties will not be seeking the Asian double eyelid surgery, but rather just a rejuvenating blepharoplasty on its own. Every patient is offered individual consultation and the opportunity to achieve the results they want.

Many people desire the double-folded look. Women who want to wear eye shadow and eye liner especially like the look of the double folded eyelids. It creates a more open look that is often desired by Asian blepharoplasty patients.

Two common surgical approaches

There are two common methods for double-fold surgery, the first being the partial incision technique.

In this method, the facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torgerson, will make a one-centimetre incision on the upper lid where the crease will be created. This incision is considered minimal and allows for the double-fold to be created. The other method is the suture technique, which does not require an incision at all. Instead, the double fold is created using sutures. This technique is not necessary, however, as the eyes can revert back to their natural shape over time.

The procedure is quick and requires very little recovery time. As with any facial surgery, there can be some bruising and swelling, but most blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery can be done with minimal scarring. The aim is to create a natural-looking, double-folded eyelid.

Why Choose Dr. Cory Torgerson?

As with any cosmetic surgery, it is very important to choose a facial plastic surgeon who is well experienced in the given procedure.

Dr. Torgerson understands the unique considerations for Asian facial features and is well adept at performing Asian double eyelid surgery to give you natural results that meet your goals while preserving your ethnic appearance.

What can the Asian blepharoplasty procedure accomplish?

The same basic components of this detailed cosmetic procedure apply to most eyelid surgeries, but with a few key differences. Asian eyelid surgery aims to create an upper lid fold. It doesn’t typically focus on lower lids or skin removal.

This desired crease (supratarsal fold) is a distinctive element distinguishing Asian eyelids from European, African, or Middle Eastern eyelid features. Defining a supratarsal fold can make an eye appear larger and affect the facial appearance. With wider eyes, the overall look for the patient can be more youthful.

Some clients have a crease on one lid, but not the other. They may also have multiple thin, small folds, rather than one defined for each eye. Asian blepharoplasty can “westernize” the eyes, but it can also be done with such fine-tuned subtlety that ethnic features are maintained, and the look is entirely the patient’s own.

It’s vital that plastic surgeons understand how to retain natural Asian features and not “go overboard” to make the eye appear too westernized. A growing number of people from all backgrounds ask for natural-looking cosmetic surgery that preserves their features. This includes ethnic rhinoplasty and the judicious injection of specialized dermal filler products. If you’re seeking treatment that maintains your Asian heritage, choose a facial plastic surgeon who is skilled in this area.

Note* It’s important to note that just because a person is Asian, that doesn’t mean their chosen blepharoplasty technique will necessarily be double fold creation. They may want to smooth under-eye bags, rejuvenate the lid, and decrease puffy eyes, just like any other client. An attractive feature of blepharoplasty is that it’s highly personal and completely customizable.

Techniques for Upper Blepharoplasty

There are two common methods for double-fold surgery, the first being the partial incision technique.

Asian people tend to have narrow eyes, and the goal of the procedure is to widen the skin of the top lids, creating the desired upper fold. This makes the eyes appear larger and, in some cases, more proportionate to the rest of the patient’s face.

Dr. Torgerson offers permanent crease creation using a short (less than 1.5 cm) incision on the lid at the point of fold creation.

Another method is called the suture technique, and it doesn’t require any incision. Instead, the upper eyelid fold is created using stitches. The procedure is rapid and requires minimal recovery time, yet it’s not always long-lasting. It’s suitable for eyelids with no excess fat or sagging. The main drawback of a non-incisional method is impermanence. The desired look may last only a few years before the eyes return to their natural shape.

Recovery After Eyelid Surgery in Toronto

As with any facial cosmetic surgery, Asian blepharoplasty patients should expect some temporary bruising and swelling. They’ll need to schedule a brief time off, usually 3 to 5 days. Most eyelid surgery is done with minor incisions and results in fast healing and virtually undetectable scarring.

We recommend that you arrange spaces to rest and relax while you heal at home. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting, bending over, or even lying down flat for the first week. The sensitive eye area reacts to blood pressure increases and the strain of certain activities. You’ll also be advised to avoid straining your eyes watching television, reading, or working on a computer screen. That’s why planning ahead with plenty to listen to while resting your eyes is a great idea.

Your vision may seem blurry for a short time while swelling and eye-watering run their course. You may also have eye drops to apply during the first few days, and that can contribute to vision impairment.

Patients find it helpful to sleep with multiple pillows under their head and shoulders or in a recliner to keep their head up and reduce swelling.

You’ll have a follow-up appointment scheduled with Dr. Torgerson roughly one week after the procedure. In the meantime, he supplies all of his surgical patients with his personal number to call if they have any concerns. Any sutures will be removed at the first appointment, and you can expect to heal rapidly.

Asian blepharoplasty patients return to work, school, and light exercise within one week, with sports and gym activity resuming closer to 6 weeks afterwards.

Keep in mind that normal swelling may make your eyelid folds appear bigger or higher than they will be. The incision will be reddened temporarily. Scars fade fast over several months, and preventing sun exposure helps ensure that they stay thin and faint.

Dr. Torgerson’s blepharoplasty patients see results revealed soon after their procedure and are thrilled to view a refreshed appearance in the mirror each day.

State-Of-The-Art Surgical Facility

Our facility offers a luxurious, comfortable and private setting for consultations and surgery with a waiting room that is both spacious and inviting. Although we hope you don’t have to spend too much time waiting to see Dr. Torgerson, within a few minutes you will feel relaxed and at ease.

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