A Guide to Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery

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By Dr. Arthur Yu

Eyelid surgery may help resolve many of the most common eyelid concerns that emerge as we age, and can draw more attention to your eyes. Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA, performs a variety of eyelid procedures, including upper blepharoplasty and Asian double eyelid surgery. Read on to learn more about each of these treatments.

What Is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty refers to a number of plastic surgical procedures that aim to improve the appearance of the eyelids or correct certain abnormalities. Common reasons that patients seek eyelid surgery include:

Eyelid procedures are popular among patients of all ages and genders, as they can transform the appearance of the eyes and in turn, the overall face. 

Types of Eyelid Surgery

There are numerous types of eyelid surgery, each designed to address a specific concern. Learn more about each of the various blepharoplasty treatments below.

Asian Double Eyelid Surgery

Also known as “double crease surgery,” Asian double eyelid surgery aims to give the eyes a wider, more open appearance. About 50% of the Asian population does not have crease formation on the upper eyelids. This can make the eyes appear smaller. 

For this reason, double crease surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure among patients of Asian descent who are looking to enlarge the appearance of their eyes.

Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that works to remove excess skin on the upper eyelids. Heavy eyelids or excess upper eyelid skin can be the result of genetics or the aging process. 

This excess skin droops downwards, causing an aged appearance. In severe cases, it can block lymphatic drainage or hinder vision. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty creates upper lids that are smoother and tighter, without draping skin.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Lower blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can reduce the appearance of undereye bags. Sagging or drooping eyelid skin can develop due to genetics, aging, or underlying issues. 

This excess skin on the lower lid creates a tired, unwell appearance that most patients wish to resolve. In a lower blepharoplasty surgery, this excess skin is removed to give the undereyes a more firm and youthful appearance.

Medial Epicanthoplasty

Many patients of Asian descent have a skin fold that tapers down from the inner part of the upper eyelid, crosses the inner eye corner, and reaches the inner lower eyelid skin. This fold of skin can drape over the inner eye corner and make the eyes appear smaller. Medial epicanthoplasty is a surgical procedure that reduces this skin fold and widens the eyes, helping give them a more round appearance.

Upper Eyelid Levator Repair

Ptosis is an incredibly common condition in which the nerves that control the eye muscles do not function properly, causing the eyelid to droop and remain partially closed. 

Other patients struggle with what is called “fake ptosis,” in which the eyelid droops without nerve damage involvement. Upper eyelid levator repair aims to repair the muscle that controls upper eyelid movement, restoring its normal function.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty

Before seeking an eyelid surgery of any kind, patients may find themselves with several questions. Below are some of the common questions people have regarding blepharoplasty treatments.

Which Eyelid Surgery Is Best for Me?

Each blepharoplasty procedure involves a unique technique that produces a different outcome. The type of eyelid surgery you receive will depend on what concerns you are trying to address and what your desired outcome is. 

Prior to scheduling any procedure, you will meet with a cosmetic medicine provider for a consultation. During this consultation, we will examine your eyelids and discuss what your aesthetic goals are. This will determine which eyelid procedure is the most appropriate course of treatment to meet your needs.

Is Blepharoplasty an Outpatient Procedure?

Blepharoplasty is most often performed as an outpatient procedure. This means patients are able to return home the same day as their treatment. In rare instances, you may be required to remain overnight in a plastic surgical aftercare center. This only occurs in patients with extenuating circumstances who need additional monitoring after their procedure.

Will My Eyelid Surgery Be Performed Under Anesthesia?

To provide optimal comfort for the patient, eyelid procedures are performed under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Whether sedation or general anesthesia is used will depend on the procedural technique involved with your surgery and your unique needs. All procedures involve local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort to the skin upon waking.

Can Blepharoplasty Improve My Vision?

For most patients, eyelid surgery is strictly to address cosmetic concerns and improve the overall appearance of their eyes. In some cases, blepharoplasty can actually improve vision. This typically applies to patients with excess upper eyelid skin, ptosis, or severe skin folds that are impacting their ability to see. Amending the eyelids in these patients can help reduce visual disturbances once recovered.

Asian Double Eyelid Surgery at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Are you looking to enhance the appearance of your eyes with eyelid surgery? Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa provides various blepharoplasty procedures to help patients resolve the most common eyelid concerns, including Asian double eyelid surgery. We work with patients throughout the Arcada, CA, area and surrounding cities. To learn more about our procedures or to schedule your blepharoplasty consultation, please contact us online or by phone.

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