If you are one of the many Asian people born without an upper eyelid crease, and you prefer the look of a double eyelid, you have options to choose from. You could use temporary solutions like eyelid tape, a popular choice with girls in Japanese high schools, but that doesn’t work for everyone – those with thicker skin or fatter faces, for example – and even if you are able to use those products it can be difficult to get symmetrical results.
For more permanent results, eyelid surgery is becoming a very common choice. Easily the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed in most Asian countries, double eyelid surgery is becoming much more commonplace in North America as more and more people discover it as an option.
Asian double eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure that generally takes between one and two hours to perform. The process requires only a local anesthetic, and occasionally, a sedative. The most common methods of creating a crease in the upper eyelid are known as the incision method, the non-incision, or suture method, and the partial incision method, which is a hybrid of the other two. Depending on the method chosen recovery usually takes 1 to 2 weeks, although everybody heals at their own rate and recovery times can vary considerably from patient to patient.
The suture method, which has the fastest recovery time of all the methods, is one of the first techniques developed for creating a crease in the upper eyelid. It works best for people with tight, thin skin at the eyelid, and you have little or no fat in that area. The effects of the procedure, while technically able to last forever, typically last from 10 to 15 years in most patients without needing to be touched up. One of the advantages of this is that the procedure is reversible should you change your mind, or be unhappy with the results.
The incision method allows your surgeon to remove excess tissue that can interfere with the formation of a clean, clear crease. That’s why this method of performing double eyelid surgery gives your surgeon more control over how the final result will look, in terms of the shape, size, and positioning of your eyelid crease. The effects of this procedure are effectively permanent, and can’t be reversed, but that also means it generally will need further work as you age. The downside of this procedure is that it requires a longer recovery time.
If you’re considering your options for changing the look of your eyes, call Dr. Liu and book a consultation. He will be able to advise you on your best options for eyelid surgery in Beverly Hills based on your specific goals, and physiology.
Dr. Perry Liu is a board certified plastic surgeon. His skills embody the convergence of art and medicine that is the essence of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Liu is graduate of Duke University, and continued on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta You can find Dr. Perry Liu on Google+.