Asian Eyelid Surgery

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Introduction to Asian Eyelid Surgery

Asian eyelids are generally thicker because they have more skin, muscle, and fat. Asian eyes also have a secondary weaker muscle, called a levator, that works to lift the eyelid up. All of these factors contribute to many people of Asian descent having what is called a “monolid.” This causes the eyes to feel smaller and restricts the opportunity of eye contact leading to communication complications at times. Hence, it is no wonder that double eyelid surgery, the added fold in the upper eyelid of a monolid, ranks the highest among all the cosmetic surgery procedures in Asian patients. If you are interested in Asian Eyelid Surgery in the Los Angeles or Pasadena, area, consider getting in touch with Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia to have a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Yu.

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What is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian Eyelid Surgery, also known as double eyelid surgery, can recreate a natural-appearing fold in the upper eyelid and reduce excess tissues that may cause you to look older or hinder your eyesight (the upper visual field). If you want to change the appearance of your monolid, double eyelid surgery will improve the balance of your facial harmony and help you feel confident.

Two Procedures During the Double Eyelid Surgery That Can Widen the Eyes:

Lateral Canthoplasty

Lateral canthoplasty can be performed at the time of double eyelid surgery. Besides increasing the inner or medial aspect of the eyes, another way to make the eyes wider is by performing lateral canthoplasty.

Opening the outer side of the eyes does not increase the distance between the eyes. However, it does make the eyes wider. Therefore, it has the same effect as the epicanthoplasty in that it makes the face look more narrower.

Medial Epicanthoplasty

Most Asians have a skin fold that gradually tapers down from the inner part of the upper eyelid, crossing the inner eye corner, and reaching the inner lower eyelid skin for a few millimeters. The “fold” drapes over the inner eye corner in different severities or grades.  It is also often referred to as a “Mongolian fold” (medial epicanthal fold). Some people may wish to keep their ethnicity, while others may wish to have the Mongolian folds removed to make the eyes look bigger. To open up the “Mongolian folds, an “inner eye corner” surgery is performed.

These adjunctive surgeries such as medial epicanthoplasty and lateral canthoplasty should be carefully evaluated at the time of the double eyelid surgery consultation to get the most aesthetically optimal result.

What are the Benefits of Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Patients who have received Asian Eyelid Surgery in the Los Angeles, Pasadena, or surrounding Arcadia areas, have reported some of the following benefits:

  • Eyes appear further apart
  • Double fold on the upper eyelid
  • Less pressure of downward force on the upper eyelid
  • Improves facial aesthetics
  • Eases eye contact and helps build empathy and have better communication
  • Illusion of nose looking narrower with wider eyes
  • The illusion of a more chiseled face framed differently with more eye distance

Who are the Best Candidates for Asian Eyelid Surgery?

If you are considering a Los Angeles and Arcadia Asian Eyelid Surgery, these are some characteristics we recommend in our best candidates:

  • Your eyelid covers too much of your eye
  • You are dissatisfied with the shape of your eyelid.
  • Your eyelids contain excess fat
  • Your eyes look puffy
  • You have difficulty showing eye contact 
  • Your upper eyelid folds inward causing cornea irritation and damage
  • You have realistic expectations of the procedure
  • No major underlying medical conditions
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Asian Eyelid Surgery First Step

What’s The First Step?

The first step in getting Asian Eyelid Surgery in the greater Los Angeles and Arcadia areas is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yu at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. At the time of your consultation, please openly discuss your medical history, and your aesthetic goals and set realistic expectations for the look you want to achieve with your Asian Eyelid Surgery. 

Dr. Yu will perform a physical examination of your eyes, see your overall facial anatomy, and recommend which techniques best suit your medical profile. If deemed a suitable candidate, he will work with you to build a custom treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. This treatment plan will then give our Patient Coordinator the ability to provide you with an accurate pricing quote for your Asian Eyelid Surgery.

If you are ok with the quote, our coordinator will also help you schedule the procedure and discharge you with post-operative instructions and any medications or ointments you might need to bring to you for the procedure to help keep your eyes healthy and moist as they heal.

What to Expect on the Day of Asian Eyelid Surgery

When you arrive at your procedure, our friendly staff will welcome you, and Dr. Yu will meet with you once more to make sure you are comfortable and go over your treatment plan. Your eyelids will then be disinfected and cleaned for surgery, and then marked as per the discussed technique and target area. The predetermined anesthetic will then be applied to make the procedure comfortable.

Dr. Yu will then apply small incisions delicately along the natural contours of the eyelids. Your predetermined procedure (mentioned above) will be performed, and any incisions will be closed and sutures removed at a later date.

Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Once the procedure is done, you will be monitored in the recovery room. We recommend that you arrange rides with friends or family members. Someone will need to drive you to and from the appointment and stay with you for the first twenty-four hours.

We also recommend that you designate an area in your living space where you can rest comfortably without being interrupted. This space should have your medications, water, and entertainment within arm’s reach.

When you return home, your eyes will be sore and swollen. Pain medication is available to reduce any discomfort. Your recovery period will fluctuate based on the eyelid method implemented. Your eyes will be swollen after the procedure. Staying hydrated, resting, and going for walks will help control swelling. 

We recommend you take a week off work. And plan to expect that the swelling will abate after two weeks. You may start driving 1-2 weeks after surgery and can resume physical activity 2-4 weeks post-surgery.

If you have incisions, your stitches will be removed 5-7 days after the surgery.

Asian Eyelid Surgery Cost

How much does Asian Eyelid Surgery cost in Arcadia, CA?

The cost of Asian Eyelid Surgery in the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and surrounding Arcadia area will vary based on the technique used, the surgeon’s fees, and the associated anesthetic costs among other factors. We recommend that you schedule a consultation so that Dr. Yu can provide you with a surgical plan that can then be priced out for you by our Patient Coordinator.


Why Choose Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa?

Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is the practice you want to choose for your Asian Eyelid Surgery in Arcadia. It was established in 2006 by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Arthur Yu who has amassed over 19 years of plastic surgery experience with successful procedures of generations of patients now under his belt.  He is the inventor of ART TIPLYFT® and an award-winning surgeon with his most recent awards of Best Threads Treatment and Top 3 Best Surgery Body Shaping at the 2023 AMWC Monaco conference.

Dr. Yu completed his plastic surgery training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and has learned from some of the world’s most admired and respected masters of plastic and cosmetic surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital Center. He completed an additional fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is a top-ranked international organization. He is a proud member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

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If you are in the Los Angeles or surrounding Pasadena area and you’d like to rejuvenate your eyelids and address your monolid, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Yu at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia. To request an appointment, call our practice, and a helpful member of our team will reach out to you and help you take the first step toward a more youthful appearance!

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