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Asian Blepharoplasty

An Asian Blepharoplasty (or Asian Eyelid Surgery) consists of surgically creating a crease in the eyelid in order to establish the double eyelid fold that is a sought after feature in Asian cultures. This procedure consists of either suturing the eyelid or making a small incision in the natural crease to excise a small amount of fat and muscle to create this favorable characteristic. It can be performed under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure, or in combination with other surgeries under general anesthetic. The patient may return to work in several days’ time and can expect a full recovery in two weeks.

This Asian woman did not like the fact that she had no eyelid crease before Asian Blepharoplasty. She was very happy with the results of the procedure that gave her a natural and beautiful eyelid crease. Note the minimal swelling with stitches still in place immediately after this one-hour outpatient surgery. She looks great!

Trust your face to an expert

Dr. Sherman is one of the top blepharoplasty surgeons in the United States. She is a Fellowship-trained sub-specialist in Eye Plastic Surgery and is Board Certified. With over twenty years of experience, she is one of the leading experts in Eyelid Lift/Blepharoplasty.

Furthermore, Dr. Sherman only does plastic surgery procedures around the eyes, giving her far more expertise with blepharoplasty than most plastic surgeons that operate on the entire body. This is why patients come to Dr. Sherman—because eyelid surgery is her ONLY focus of expertise.

See the Best Eyelid Surgeon for Asian Blepharoplasty

Through a better understanding of eyelid anatomy, facial analysis and aging changes, Dr. Sherman utilizes a very different approach to Asian blepharoplasty correction and Korean double eyelid surgery. Her approach can include the use of dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvéderm), injectable Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, laser skin resurfacing and purifying, conservative surgical eyelid contouring (Blepharoplasty), and/or endoscopic brow lift to create the most natural and long-standing results. With this method each individual receives a personalized approach to their blepharoplasty correction. The results are natural and involve minimal risks, complications or down-time. Learn more about blepharoplasty here.

History of Asian Blepharoplasty


Asian Eyelid Surgery has been performed in the Japanese culture as far back as 1896, when the first instance of eyelid surgery was documented by the Japanese surgeon Mikamo. This surgery involved suturing the eyelid to give it the double eyelid fold found favorable in many Asian cultures. Nevertheless, eyelid surgery has come a long way since it took its roots in the late 19th Century. Although many of the techniques that are used today were established through the years by various doctors, they have been perfected by modern medicine in order to give patients their desired outcome.

Asian blepharoplasty surgery requires precision, aesthetic artistry and understanding of individual ethnic background. Korean, Japanese, Chinese and other South Asian countries each have their own individual eyelid beauty. Dr. Sherman’s extensive study of Asian blepharoplasty has allowed her to objectively produce the most natural and ethnically appropriate eyelids for an Asian individual.

Frequently Asked Questions about Blepharoplasty Asian Eyes:

Q: What is an Asian Eyelid?
A: Asian eyelid creases are quite different from Caucasians in terms of length, shape, and height. Approximately 50% of all Asians are born with the “single eyelid” type of eyelid fold, without an upper eyelid crease. The rest are born with an upper lid crease, traditionally called the “double eyelid.”

Q: Is Asian eyelid surgery popular?
A: Upper eyelid surgery (double eyelid surgery) ranks as the most frequently performed aesthetic plastic surgery in Asia and with Asians living in the United States.  Although there are many attractive individuals who have a single eyelid type, many Asians desire to have the upper lid crease giving an overall impression of a larger eyelid opening.  For women, this surgery makes it easier to apply eye makeup.

Q: What happens during an Asian blepharoplasty?
A: Normally a small amount of excessive skin, some tissue under the skin, and a small amount of fat are removed.  The eyelid wound is closed with meticulous technique, hidden in the desired newly-formed Asian eyelid crease.

Q: Will my insurance pay for Asian eyelid surgery?
A: Insurance will pay for the procedure only if the upper eyelid has excess skin that is blocking eyesight, which classifies the surgery as “functional.” Lower eyelid surgery is never covered by insurance. Since each procedure is customized, you will receive a written estimate at the time of your consultation.

Q: Can dark circles under the eyes be removed?
A: Often times, “dark circles” are shadows that appear due to hollowness in the lower eye trough area. Puffy bags under the eyes accentuate these shadows. Removal of these bags with an Eyelid Lift/Blepharoplasty can greatly improve these dark circles. If the dark circles are due to increased pigmentation or discoloration of the skin, active skin topicals can be considered at your consultation.

Q: Can a blepharoplasty procedure be done as an outpatient procedure?
A: Upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can be done as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with sedation so you feel no pain during the procedure. Recovery time is a few days, with minimal bruising and swelling.

Q: How much time do I need to take off from work?
A: Sutures are removed 1-2 weeks after surgery.  For the first one to two weeks after surgery, you will want to ice the eyelids to aid in healing and reduce swelling. There may still be minor bruising and swelling, which will subside and may be covered with makeup. You may return to work depending on your personal comfort level.

Q: How long until I see the final result of my eye surgery, and when will my scars start to fade?
A: There can be some swelling around the eyes since the skin is so fragile and delicate.  Usually by 3-6 months the final result can be seen.

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