Asian Eyelid Surgery is a specialty of Washington, DC, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven Hopping. Every year, thousands of Asian women and men choose eyelid surgery to help restore a more energetic and youthful appearance.
There are numerous differences between Caucasian and Asian eyes. Most of them are unseen muscular and other underlying tissue differences, such as the increased fat content and somewhat thicker skin of Asian eyes. Often the crease of the upper eyelids is incomplete or non-existent, allowing the skin to hang over the lashes and conceal much of the eye.
If you are of Asian descent and are considering eyelid surgery, Dr. Hopping performs eyelid surgery with a detailed understanding of the ethnic variations in eyelid anatomy. He has the surgical skill necessary to maintain your ethnicity and achieve your individual goals.
Asian Eyelid Surgery
Asian eye surgery is performed in our AAAHC-certificed center under local anesthesia, but can be performed under general anesthesia. The procedure takes from one to two hours depending on the extent of your surgery.
Many of our patients elect to combine their eyelid procedure with an eyebrow lift, S-facelift or skin resurfacing.
In most Asian blepharoplasties, a fold is created in the upper eyelid. Dr. Hopping places fine incisions where the crease would normally appear. The position and slope of this incision/fold may vary depending on the many different cultural preferences within Asian groups. Next, a thin crescent of excess skin, fat, and muscle is removed. The incisions are closed with very fine sutures.
Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery
When the procedure is performed alone (not in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure) it is generally done with sedation and local anesthesia. The eye area may be bruised and swollen for about two weeks. Patients should keep their heads up and place cold compresses on their eyes periodically.
Lubricant eye drops are generally prescribed for several days. Patients can’t wear contact lenses for two weeks, since the eyelids may be stiff and sore. Make-up may be worn after about 10 days. The resulting thin scars, which will follow the natural contour of your eyelids, tend to fade in about two months.
After Dr. Hopping performs Asian eyelid surgery, patients are very satisfied with their results. However, your surgical results will depend on the extent of the surgical correction, your skin structure and your healing process. Heredity, age and other physical characteristics will also play a part in your results.