What is the Best Way to Fix Uneven Eyelids?

I am an asian male whose right eye has no crease, while my left eye has quite a high crease. It looks very unbalanced when looked up close. I have noticed this problem since I was a little kid. Is it possible to make it uneven?

Doctor Answers (6)

Ptosis(droopy eyelid) is a common cause of uneven eyelids

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Your description of your eyelids indicate that your problem may be more than just the asymmetry of eyelid creases. You may possibly have ptosis related problems causing uneven eyelids.

Fortunately, there are procedures to significantly improve this condition though  they can be very challenging at times.

 


New York Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven eyelids in an Asian male

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this is a very common thing that I see my clinic even then. Probably a quarter of the procedures that are performed are to create creases that will match the crease on the opposing side. This performed under local anesthesia with about seven days of down time and sutures that will need to be removed. If you had this problem since your child it's most likely due to a congenital weakness of the levator muscle and one eyelid or a poor attachment of the levator tendon to the edge of your eyelid. In any case be sure that there is a good physical reason for this asymmetry and not of medical reason. Evaluation with an ophthalmologist would be wise.

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Uneven crease in an Asian eyelid

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The most common causes for an very asymmetric crease is uneven eyelid muscle strength on the two eyes. A double eyelid operation can correct this but you need a careful preoperative exam to prevent any surprises as after surgery.

Charles S. Lee, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Fixing uneven eyelids

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Uneven eyelids are a common problem in both Caucasian and Asian eyelids.  It is rare to ever see perfect symmetry in the eyelids of any patient.  The degree of symmetry is variable depending upon the individual.  Asymmetrical surgery can be performed to make the eyelids look more symmetrical by placing the incision in the desired location to create the crease either higher or lower and then removing excess fat and skin on the asymmetrical side. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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No photo. So an educated guess is needed.

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There is no replacement for an actual consultation.  It is important to find a surgeon who actually is accomplished in performing this surgery.  Generally this will be someone who devotes a good deal of their practice to performing eyelid and eyelid reconstructive surgery.  The surgeon's ethnic identity is less important than their skills, training, and experience.

What you are describing is a situation where one eyelid has a crease and a double fold but the fold is held high with a large amount of eyelid platform show.  The other eyelid does not have a crease and is a single fold eyelid. Generally, the crease forms with attachments between the levator aponeurosis and the skin.  This defines a double fold.  When these attachments are not present, the crease and double fold are not present.  Double fold surgery is a type of specialized anchor blepharoplasty.  In is incumbent upon the surgeon to precisely measure where the crease should be and to expose the levator aponeurosis.  Non-oculoplastic surgeons are generally not properly trained to identify these tissue planes.

Additionally, I believe that you are describing  the presence of a compensatory brow lift that may be caused by upper eyelid ptosis.  This might account for some of the marked asymmetry between the two eyelids.  This question would be immediately resolved with access to your photographs or more ideally a personal consultation.  I would encourage you to carefully assess the credentials of your surgeon.  Regarding the setting for surgery, it is essential that you are awake for this surgery because the surgeon must monitor the effect of surgical manipulations.  This requires the ability to open and close the eyes during the procedure.  Because conscious sedation is utilized, this, like so much surgery we perform, is done on an outpatient basis. Due to persistent swelling in the eyelid, the newly formed crease may look high for many weeks until the eyelids have healed sufficiently.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Asian Blepharoplasty

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Yes, it is not uncommon to have asymmetry between the eyelid creases.  This can be fixed with an Asian Blepharoplasty to create a crease on the right side to match that on the left or vice versa.  This is a procedure that can be done while you are awake with local anesthesia and you can go home right after the procedure.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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