Do Asians require a different type of eyelid surgery? (photo)
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Asian eyelid surgery specialists
the general answered here question is yes you want someone who specializes an Asian eyelid surgery because the anatomy is different and the technique is different. Not only is Asian eyelid anatomy unique to occasions but the anatomy from 1 Asian person to the next can vary significantly. Each case I do is tailored or customized to some degree to that patient's anatomy and desired outcome. the patient's desire ranges from very subtle natural changes to the more dramatic.
Best of luck
Chase Lay, MD
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon
Asian facial plastic specialist
It's important to find a surgeon with experience in different types of Asian eyelid surgery and who knows Asian anatomy
When I do an assessment of a person of Asian descent whether they’re Chinese, Japanese or Korean, I look at several different factors before I make a decision on the type of surgery they need. These factors include the skin quality and skin type, the presence of absence or extra skin, the presence of absence or fat, the anatomy of the epicanthal fold, the relative age of the patient and the other factors that have to do with the health of the eye.
From my perspective and experience, I feel that the desire for a double eyelid fold or a crease is based on a certain amount of flexibility that is intrinsic to the anatomy that nature allows. I’ve had many patients who came to me for revisional surgery whose incisions were way outside of the natural crease if they were born with the crease. If you look at yourself without the crease and even if you have age-related changes, then you could also understand what would be natural if you were born with an eyelid crease of a double fold. 50% of Asians have a crease and 50% do not. Culturally, there is a clear desire for a lot of people to have an eyelid crease based on fashion and entertainment. Certainly, it is considered desirable but it is also important to maintain a natural appearance.
You should find a doctor who has a lot of experience with different types of Asian eyelid surgeries in all age groups and knows different surgical techniques. Once you meet with a doctor that you are comfortable with, and you’ve looked at the before and after pictures and examples of different scenarios then certainly move forward and go ahead with the surgery. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for your question.