Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon
Laura Phan, M.D.
Laura Phan, M.D.
  • 15055 Los Gatos Blvd Suite 320, Los Gatos, CA 95032. (408) 502-5000 0

Laura Phan, M.D.

Asian blepharoplasty is an operation to create an eyelid crease of the upper lid or to enhance an existing eyelid crease.

As any surgeon who does Asian blepharoplasty would attest to, it is the most difficulty blepharoplasty to perform, given the complexity of the anatomy and the variation of eyelids in different Asian ethnicities. It is the astute recognition of these factors that lead to a successful result. The goal of an Asian blepharoplasty is achieve a more prominent eyelid crease that simulates natural crease and contour, while enhancing the appearance of the size of the eyes. The key is not to Westernize the eyes, but to maintain its naturalness.

What to expect after surgery
The skin of the eyelid is the thinnest of the body, which means the incision is unlikely to leave visible scarring. Furthermore, the incision is often hidden by the eyelid fold.

Blepharoplasty is ordinarily performed under local anesthesia or sedation on an outpatient basis. Most patients are able to undergo the surgery under local anesthesia right in the office. It is generally recommended that patients plan on staying home for the three days after the procedure and apply ice to the eyelids to reduce bruising and swelling. It typically takes about two weeks for the bruising and swelling to subside, although bruising can be effectively covered with makeup or sunglasses after the second week. It is not unusual, though, for Asian skin to swell for a month or more after surgery. Minimal restrictions are placed regarding exercise, bending and heavy lifting for one week to prevent more bleeding or swelling than necessary. Sutures are removed 7 days after the surgery. Although the skin incision heals within a week, the deep tissues under the skin take at least four weeks to heal some and 3-4 more months to heal completely. Final results are evident once internal swelling and scarring settle down.