Korean Asian eyelid surgery, otherwise known as the double eyelid surgery, is most conventionally known as a method that creates a defined crease above the eye. Many Asians, especially those with an East Asian background, are not naturally born with a distinct crease. They either have a single eyelid (monolid) or a crease that is barely noticeable. In the earlier days, Asians resorted to various methods to enhance the appearance of their eyes with designated tape or adhesive glue. These tools are still very popular among Asian women today.
About Eyelid Surgery
Another method that has become extremely technologically advanced in the past two to three decades is double eyelid surgery. Double eyelid surgery has become the most performed operation among South Korean plastic surgeons. It has been able to give patients a much more beautiful and vibrant appearance through the desired formation of a crease.
In the more technical sense, however, the surgery has become much more detailed with respect to the patient’s face as a whole. In the past, the surgery simply consisted of creating a crease on the eyelid. The outcome of the simple method proved to be inconsistent, causing unsatisfactory results such as unmitigated swelling or an unnatural appearance.
Today, with the pioneering efforts made by some of the leading plastic surgeons in South Korea, double eyelid surgery has become an extremely sophisticated procedure. It now involves much more than just the formation of a crease, such as alteration of the size and shape of the eyes to balance the rest of the patient’s face. Dr. Kim has extensively studied and fully practiced this new and enhanced type of double eyelid surgery; he customizes his operations for each of his patients based on the rest of their facial features.
Why Do Asians Undergo Eyelid Surgery?
People may wonder why there is so much interest surrounding Asian eyelid surgery (also commonly referred to as double eyelid surgery). Some may also question the necessity of the double eyelid fold on the East Asian eye. There is much intrigue and skepticism surrounding the cultural obsession for larger eyes and the measures taken to emulate the stereotypical Western facial features. Some may claim that Asians are more inclined to conform to social trends and influences and undergo plastic surgery for social acceptance.
The eyes are a prominent feature that can be distinguished from the rest of the face and body because of its dynamic properties.
As such, the eyes are a unique trait for each individual and should not be copied from patient to patient. The eyes should be customized and tailored to the patient’s unique facial features and should optimize their facial harmony and balance. The eyelid surgeon should be fully aware of this, and offer his/her own surgical sensibility and aesthetic expertise in determining the best possible shape and size for each patient.
The Ideal Shape
Horizontal eye enlargement is a commonly performed procedure in South Korea and is often simultaneously performed with the double eyelid surgery. Horizontal eye enlargement is the medial and/or lateral enlargement of the eyes which is performed by two techniques: epicanthoplasty and lateral canthoplasty.
Immediately stop taking the following medications 2 weeks prior to your surgery date:
- Fish oil/omega-3
- Herbal medication, red ginseng concentrates
- Any blood thinning medications
Please read the following instructions carefully and thoroughly in order that you (the patient) and your care-taker are familiar with the post-operative care for blepharoplasty. It is your responsibility to become well informed in the post-operative care instructions. Carefully following these instructions should help you get the best results from your surgery.
- Swelling: The amount of swelling varies from person to person, but swelling will accompany your operation. The swelling may become worse 2-3 days post-surgery, and it will start to subsidize after 4 days.
– Standing up (walking, sitting, etc) and using 2-3 pillows at bedtime will alleviate the swelling.
– Keep icepacks compressed on the eyes the first 3-5 days after surgery. Wrap the icepacks with a clean, new gauze and change frequently.
- Bleeding: Bleeding may occur 1-2 days after your surgery. Wipe the blood off your face with a clean tissue or gauze.
– Report immediately any signs of bleeding that persist after ten minutes of direct pressure, infection, redness, fever, unusual drainage, or pain.
- Dry eyes and ointment: Apply lubricating ointment (Lacri-Lube) over your incision lines 3 times a day using a Q-tip. At night, apply a small amount of the ointment inside the eyes to keep them moist. If you experience dry eyes, use natural tear drops 3-5 times a day as needed.
- Antibiotics: You must finish your antibiotics as instructed.
- Tape and dressing: If you had lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Kim may place a dressing on underneath your eyes. Very carefully remove the dressing 48 hours after the surgery.
- Diet: You may eat your normal diet after your surgery.
- Bath and shower: You may take a shower and shampoo your hair after 24 hours of surgery (48 hours of surgery for lower blepharoplasty patients). When using shampoo and conditioner, it is best to let the water/suds from the head flow naturally down your face. DO NOT rub your eyes and surgery areas.
- Exercise: Avoid strenuous exercise, and avoid lifting heavy objects and bending your head down for at least 1 month.
- In case of emergency: If you experience any chest pains or breathing problems after the surgery, please dial 911. If you have any question or concerns, please call our office at 213)700-4297 or Dr. Kim at 310) 880-8482.