People of East Asian descent have eyelids that do not have a crease whereas the eyelids of most other ethnicities do. It is not uncommon for Asian Americans to seek surgery to alter their single eyelids to have a crease. This is a specific type of blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) known as double eyelid surgery or Asian eyelid surgery.
The eyelid crease is caused by the eyelid skin being connected to the underlying muscles that lift the eyelid. This connection is lacking in Asian single eyelids. The surgeon corrects this by inserting sutures inside the eyelid, connecting the lid to the underlying muscle. These sutures allow the eyelid to crease and act like the double eyelid typical of other ethnicities.
However, it is important to keep in mind that this procedure should not be performed on the basis of desiring a more Western appearance. As a patient, you should be sure that you desire the procedure based on a well-founded belief that it will improve your own appearance. Many patients having a double eyelid procedure are looking to have their eyes appear more open, which can be enhanced by adding a crease. This type of surgery can also be used to correct asymmetry between the eyes. It is important to find a physician who is focused on you as an individual and what your goals are for the surgery, and is not pushing a Western look on you.
As with any surgery, it is important that you consider all the risks and benefits before undergoing the procedure. You should carefully follow your surgeon’s instructions for before and after surgery. You will probably be instructed not to smoke or take blood thinning medications. You should be prepared for the recovery to be involved, which is generally 1-2 weeks for this type of procedure.
If you are an Asian American and are interested in a double eyelid surgery, contact Dr. Kabaker’s office at 800-914-4247 to schedule a consultation.