Asian Eyelid Surgery
Providing Asian Blepharoplasty in New York and New Jersey
Approximately 50 percent of people of Asian descent do not have a crease or fold on the upper eyelids when the eyes are open. As a result, their eyes may appear narrower or smaller. Some individuals also complain that the lack of an upper eyelid crease makes the eyes appear hooded or even tired. Asian eyelid surgery, also known as Asian double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty, is a facial cosmetic procedure designed to create a natural-looking fold on the upper eyelid to enhance the beauty of the Asian eye and features. Following the procedure, the eyes appear larger and brighter.
Dr. Shinji Lee: The Trusted Choice for Asian Eyelid Surgery
Dr. Shinji Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience treating men and women from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, including those from the Asian community. Dr. Lee is the facility director at Plastic Surgery Center 46 and has a thorough understanding and knowledge of the Asian facial features. She is highly sought out for her expertise. She has published articles for several Korean news publications and has even served as a judge for the Miss Korea New York Beauty Pageant. Dr. Lee uses her technical skill and background as an artist and sculptor to create subtle yet noticeable tweaks to the eyelids. Her goal when performing Asian eyelid surgery is to create a more vibrant appearance while maintaining the patient’s natural beauty and identity.
Are You a Candidate for Asian Eyelid Surgery?
Asian eyelid surgery may be an appropriate option if you are bothered by any of the following due to having a “single” or creaseless upper eyelid:
- Eyes that appear smaller, narrower or hidden underneath the eyelids
- A “hooded” eye appearance
- Tired or older-looking eyes
- Difficulty applying eye makeup
During your consultation with Dr. Lee, the surgeon will carefully examine your eyes, as well your overall facial appearance to determine the right surgical approach. Details of the procedure will be discussed thoroughly, including the size of the crease that will be created and the surgical approach. Depending on your anatomy and goals, Dr. Lee may recommend combining upper blepharoplasty with lower blepharoplasty, which addresses under-eye bags, wrinkles and creases on the lower eyelids. Or, she may suggest brow lift, facelift surgery or a skin treatment to create a more attractive overall facial appearance.
Dr. Lee performs Asian blepharoplasty at her Manhattan office, in a fully accredited onsite operating room. Local anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist is provided to ensure your full comfort.
There are two main approaches Dr. Lee can use to perform Asian blepharoplasty. If extra fat or skin on the upper eyelids is present, Dr. Lee may use the incisional approach, which involves creating a small incision on the eyelid to remove the extra fat and skin. The modifications made to the underlying eyelid structure will create a defined crease on the lid.
Or, Dr. Lee may use a non-incisional approach to perform the procedure. This approach involves creating a series of small openings on the upper eyelid skin to insert sutures that lift and rearrange the eyelid skin, and ultimately create the desired lid crease. Unlike the incisional technique, this approach leaves the underlying eyelid structures untouched.
What to Expect During Recovery
The initial recovery period takes one to two weeks, during which you should plan on resting with your head elevated as much as possible. Some minor to moderate swelling, bruising and discomfort are normal and can be managed with oral pain medication prescribed by Dr. Lee and her team. The surgeon will provide you with a list of post-operative instructions to follow and will meet with you several times during your recovery to monitor your healing.
A More Beautiful Eye Appearance with Dr. Lee
To learn more about Asian eyelid surgery, or the other facial aesthetic procedures Dr. Lee performs, schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Center 46. Contact Dr. Lee’s Manhattan practice by calling or emailing her office today.