What surgeries are done to make asian eyes more caucasian?

I am a full korean female, but I have relatively large eyes and double eyelids. However, I would like my eyes to look more westernized/Caucasian since my entire face is relatively western looking compared to the traditional korean or asian face. Besides medial and canthoplasty, ptosis repair, the double eyelid surgery, what other surgeries are there to make the asian eye more caucasian? Or what are the major differences between caucasian and asian eyes?

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Aesthetics of the Asian vs. white upper eyellid

Some of the major differences between Asian and white eyelids include:

-presence of medial epicanthal fold in many Asian eyelids

-greater quantity of preseptal fat

-shorter vertical height of tarsal plate in Asians vs. white

-fewer or less dense skin attachments from levator aponeurosis in Asians vs. white

It's difficult to give specific recommendations without evaluating your photos, but a combination of upper blepharoplasty with medial epicanthoplasty will likely give you the results you are looking for. The supratarsal crease (upper lid crease) is typically several millimeters higher in whites than Asians, and a visible lacrimal lake is another typical characteristic of the white upper lid.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asian eyelid surgeryand designing a crease

thanks for your inquiry Jennifer

You have already highlighted most of the techniques and your question. In general some of the techniques that should be utilized infrequently and was caution R the medial and lateral canthoplasties. They are prone to scarring and do not often offer dramatic or favorable results that are lasting particularly and young people.

If you're looking for a fairly dramatic change you'll likely need to use an incision method with an anchoring suture technique. Most patients want to maintain her identity but for many patients they have bone structure and facial features that look somewhat Caucasian and taking on a crease and fold that fits their face is often times a very good and reasonable goal.

Your down time would be roughly 7 days with suture removal on that seventh day if not one or 2 days before. U usually feel functional within a few days and many patients will work from home while they are healing. If you're a very private person you may want to give it a few weeks before you see your friends and colleagues in person.

I hope that was hopeful and please excuse my typos. I'll attach some information may be a bit more helpful

Chase Lay, MD

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon

Asian eyelid surgery specialist

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asian Eyelid Surgery

Well, Jennifer, it seems like you touched on the main techniques utilized in Asian blepharoplasty.

For some people of Asian descent, the connective tissues that attach the overlying upper eyelid skin to the lid elevating mechanism are either non-existent or positioned too low to create the appearance of a crease. Some patients elect to have a double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty because they feel like their eyes will look more "well-rested" or "open" after surgery.

There are a couple of different surgical techniques that I use to achieve the desired results: either limited incision approach with permanent suture placement or an incisional approach. The goal is to create a more prominent eyelid crease by attaching the deep layer of the skin (dermis) to the underlying supporting structures of the upper lid (tarsus and levator aponeurosis).

Some patients also elect to have a medial epicanthoplasty (surgery on the fold of skin between the nose and eye). Brow lifts don't Westernize one's appearance per se, but they can address the appearance of a droopy brow (if present), which would have an impact on eyelid appearance.

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Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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