Why Is Double Eyelid Surgery On The Rise in Asia?

Why Is Double Eyelid Surgery On The Rise in Asia?

Each year, millions of people in China undergo double eyelid surgery.

An East Asian blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which involves reshaping the skin around the eye. The purpose of this procedure is to create a natural looking upper eyelid crease for patients with a monolid. Several methods can be used to create the double eyelid ranging through full-incisional, partial incision and no incision methods, each has its own advantages depending on the anatomy of the patient as well as their desires. Though there are some risks associated with double eyelid surgery, it is generally quite safe when performed by an expert plastic surgeon.

How long does double eyelid surgery take?

A general double eyelid surgery can take anywhere between one to two hours. In recent years, this procedure has turned from being quite controversial to be a common practice in China.

Chinese doctors say the number of eyelid operations has been increasing because of rising incomes, growing social acceptance and the long-existing beauty standard that favours big eyes.

Why do people opt for double eyelid surgery?

Double eyelid surgery first became popularised in South Korea and Japan. While some people criticise the procedure, many believe the desire for the eyelid fold is in line with the traditional aesthetic ideal in some Asian cultures.

For people who feel that the single eyelid makes their eyes look small, the procedure will involve removing some of the fat and skin in the upper eyelid to make the eye appear rounder.

What are some options to achieve a double eyelid?

  • Incisional technique. This can be used to create a permanent double eyelid. The process involves removing a thin strip of skin from the upper lid and then fixing the skin edges to the underlying muscle to form a crease.
  • Suture surgery. In this method, your surgeon will create a crease using a delicate stitching method when the eyelid skin is compressed to the underlying eyelid tissues to form a crease. It is a simpler method with a shorter recovery time but offers less control to the surgeon. This makes it most effective on people with thin eyelid skin with little fat. The fold can get smaller and weaker over time due to the loosening of the sutures.
  • Eyelid tape. A specially designed cosmetic tape is applied to the upper eyelid to create the look of a crease. Many women in China, Japan and South Korea use the fibrous strips as a part of their daily makeup routine. The tape is commonly clear or skin toned and easily hidden by eyeliner and false lashes.

Blepharoplasty at Zen Medispa

Zen Medispa has our patient’s best interests at heart. Our surgeons, Dr Daniel and Dr Huy, are fluent in Mandarin. Their aim is to make sure every patient who walks into the practice feels comfortable and can relay their concerns in Mandarin if they would prefer. Dr Daniel and Dr Huy understand that Asian beauty standards are different from the needs and desires of Western patients and will work with you to help you achieve your goals.

If you are considering blepharoplasty surgery and would like to find out more, contact us and one of our experienced team members will discuss this in more detail.

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