What is Asian Blepharoplasty?
Asian Blepharoplasty, sometimes called double eyelid surgery is a specialized type of upper eyelid surgery. During an Asian blepharoplasty, the skin around the eye is reshaped in order to alter the eyelid. Patients often choose this surgery to alter the appearance of Asian “single-lidded” eyes so that they have a lid fold, like the western eyelid.
Dr. Holds is a board-certified ophthalmologist and an ophthalmic plastic surgeon with a special interest in eyelid and midfacial rejuvenation. If you are interested in Asian blepharoplasty or other cosmetic facial surgery Dr. Holds and his associates at Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. in St. Louis have the skills and experience to help you achieve your goals.
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Asian Blepharoplasty Consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Holds, patients will need to provide a complete medical history and disclose any major illnesses or medical problems. Prior to surgery, it is important that patients mention all medications they are currently taking. Patients will need to stop taking some medications, such as NSAIDs, blood thinners, herbal medications, and vitamins a week before surgery. Dr. Holds will also perform an eye examination. This is to make sure that there are no other conditions, such as dry eye, that could limit or alter the surgical plan.
Once this is complete, Dr. Holds will discuss your surgical goals, what is attainable, and create a plan to accomplish those goals. Dr. Holds will ask you about what aspect of your eyelids bothers you and will discuss how this may relate to aging changes in nearby parts of your face. Eyebrow position is particularly important in relation to upper eyelid surgery. A mutual understanding of the goals, expectations, and outcomes is essential to a great result!
The Asian Blepharoplasty Procedure
Asian blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery so patients can return home the same day. The surgery itself takes about one hour and patients will be given a local anesthetic. For patients that prefer to be completely asleep, we can provide a general anesthetic. In either case, patients should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery.
First, Dr. Holds will make a precise incision in the crease of the eyelid. This will allow for Dr. Holds to place the incision where it will be hidden after healing. Then, he will remove an appropriate amount of tissue in order to create the appearance you want. Patients who also have under eye bags or wrinkles can opt to have other procedures done at the same time, such as lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This will extend surgical time slightly but patients can save time with one recovery period.
Double Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Just a couple of days after surgery patients should be able to return to work and will feel fully recovered in about two weeks. However, the newly created eyelid continues to settle during the first 4-8 weeks so complete healing can take a few months. Patients will come in for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Holds about 6-8 days after surgery. He will check your progress as well as remove the sutures.
Side Effects of Asian Blepharoplasty
Asian blepharoplasty surgery is considered very safe and patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Pain medication and keeping your head elevated as often as possible can reduce these side effects. Other side effects can include:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Double or blurred vision
- Irritation or dry eyes
- Uneven healing
- Permanent scarring