Many people have heard of eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, which improve aging conditions of the eye area, including sagging upper eyelids and puffy under-eye bags. However, there’s another, lesser-known form of eyelid surgery: Asian blepharoplasty. Also known as “double eyelid surgery”, this is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped with the purpose of creating an upper eyelid with a crease (double eyelid) from an eyelid that is naturally without a crease (single eyelid). Patients have this procedure to have a brighter, more aware look and to make it easier to apply eyeliner.

Patients considering blepharoplasty should first consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. During your consultation, you and the physician should discuss the specific concerns you have regarding your appearance. Before you leave the consultation, you should have a clear understanding of the outcome of the procedure as well as the potential risks. You should take any preventative measures that your doctor recommends such as limiting tobacco use.

Blepharoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The operation typically takes one to three hours to complete. Initial swelling and bruising resolve in one to two weeks but at least several months are needed for full recovery. There will also be scarring. Following the procedure, patients may experience light sensitivity, tearing, and swelling. Patients should avoid wearing contact lenses for 2-3 weeks after the procedure.

The vast majority of patients who choose to have ethnic rhinoplasty do not want to have a more western appearance. Many are dissatisfied by what looks like swelling behind the eyelid. Patients should be wary of any physician who is pushing them to change their ethnic appearance.

Blepharoplasty is a complicated procedure that varies for each individual based on their facial structure and individual desires. Patients should be sure to find a surgeon with extensive experience in ethnic blepharoplasty. He or she should also have plenty of before and after pictures for you to compare. Dr. Rami Batniji is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with particular expertise in blepharoplasty and ethnic blepharoplasty. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery of Newport Beach, California, today at (949) 650-8882.