Surgery to Make Non-Asian Eyes Bigger?

My eyes are fairly small for my face. I'm wondering if there is surgery that can make them look bigger. I'm not Asian, no anatomical problems, just really small eyes.

Doctor Answers 16

Bigger Eyes vs Bug Eyes

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There are several surgical techniques to make one's eyes bigger. The most important thing is to ensure a natural appearance rather than an artificial look or bugged-eyed result. See an eyelid specialist ( oculoplastic surgeon ) to achieve the best results. 

How to make your eyes appear larger

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It is possible for a well-performed blepharoplasty (eyelift surgery) to make your eyes appear to be larger. The actual size of the eyeball is relatively similar amongst nearly all adults. The eyelids and tissues around the eyes are responsible for making the eyes look larger or smaller, depending on the individual. See a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if this might help you.

Lara Devgan, MD, MPH
New York Plastic Surgeon

Making eyes look bigger

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A photo would be very helpful.  Eyelid surgery is often very effective in making eyes look bigger.  If the problem is that the upper eyelids are drooping, then the problem is treated with ptosis surgery.  If there is just extra skin hanging over your eyes a blepharoplasty may be the answer.  Some people are bothered by the fact that there eyes get very small when they smile.  That problem can often be treated with a small amount of Botox.

Hope this is helpful.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Your eyes can be made bigger

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It depends on what is making your eyes appear small.  This is usually due to ptosis, and a levator advancement can open them up wider if that is the problem.  If it is just extra skin or your brows weighing down the eyelids, then you could either undergo a blepharoplasty or browlift depending on the problem.

Robert Schwarcz, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Browlift can enhance appearance of eyes

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Depending on the condition of your upper face and brows, you may consider a browlift to enhance the appearance of your eyes.  By raising the brows, the eyes can appear larger, especially is there is some degree of brow drooping causing heaviness at the upper lid area.  A consultation with a plastic surgeon would help to clarify whether this is a suitable option to address your particular facial aesthetic concerns.

Pamela B. Rosen, MD
Coral Springs Plastic Surgeon

Surgery to Make Non-Asian Eyes Appear Bigger?

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The apparent size of the eye is proportional to the palpebral opening size. To maintain a natural appearance, the upper eyelid should not show the sclera (white of the eye) above the iris in a natural resting position with eyes open, otherwise the appearance is a "surprised look." A slight (

Making eyes appear larger

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Thank you for your question. Often times soft tissue procedures such as blepharoplasty can help. One must be careful though as the lid coverage of the eye is very important and keeps the cornea healthy. Best of luck!


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Some Eyes Can Be Made to Appear Bigger

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The real answer to your question can only be determined by an in-person consultation. However, eyes often appear to be small owing to excess skin on the eyelid or a droopy brow. Each of these is easily remedied with either upper blepharoplasty or a brow lift. The goal would be to reveal more of your eye while keeping your expression relaxed and natural. This takes a great deal of skill, so please take your time finding an expert to help you. I hope this helps.

Making your eyes appear bigger

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A natural looking blepharoplasty performed by an experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeon can make your eyes appear bigger. Consult in person with an experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeon to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery to Create Larger Eyes

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                  It’s not unusual for patients to want larger eyes. Large eyes are considered provocative and very attractive.

                  In some cases, surgical intervention can make the eyes look larger, but the type of surgery depends on the characteristics of the eye. Blepharoplasty, brow lifts and ptosis repairs all have the potential to make the eyes look larger under the right circumstances. Without a physical exam or pictures, it’s impossible to know what options are available for any particular patient. 

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.