Asian eyelids are anatomically very different from those of other ethnicities and require special attention. About half of Asians are born without an upper eyelid crease. Many are interested in getting Asian eyelid surgery, or Asian Blepharoplasty, for the creation of an upper eyelid crease, which can give the appearance of larger eyes. As the only physician double Board-certified in both Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology with subspecialty fellowship training in Oculoplastic Surgery, Dr. John Park is a world-renowned expert in plastic surgery around the eyes and even published a scientific manuscript in the journal Facial Plastic Surgery entitled, “Asian upper lid blepharoplasty: an update on indications and technique.”
Dr. John Park performs many Asian Blepharoplasties in his office in Orange County.
– S.A., Actual Patient*
A common impression among some surgeons is that Asians who pursue this surgery desire eyes that appear Caucasian. More accurately, most of these patients want to have an Asian upper eyelid with a crease. What is the difference? The ideal Asian upper eyelid crease is lower than that of the Caucasian counterpart, tapers as it approaches the inner corner of the eyes and runs parallel laterally. Moreover, because Asian eyes tend not to be as deep set in the socket, a high crease looks unnatural on the Asian face.
During your consultation with Dr. John Park, you will be able to see how your eyes will look with an upper eyelid crease set at different heights and he will help guide and educate you toward an informed decision.
The upper eyelid crease is made by removing a small strip of skin, muscle and fat at the predetermined location of the crease. This allows the eyelid skin to dimple in and form the crease. Several well-placed sutures create attachment, which sets the crease. The crease can also be made by suture techniques alone as well. At your consultation, Dr. Park will discuss the merits of both techniques and decide together which approach is the best for you.
Recovery is similar to that of a normal blepharoplasty. Most patients usually return to work within two days, but should avoid strenuous exercise and activities for at least two weeks. Dr. John Park will give each patient individual and specific instructions on how to care for your eyes following the procedure. He will often recommend applying lubricating ointment and cold compresses to help aid the healing process and minimize side effects such as swelling, bruising, dry or irritation to the eyes.
If you’re considering eyelid surgery, please contact John Park MD Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation and learn more. Call (949) 777-6883 or send an email to arrange an appointment.