Asian Blepharoplasty Techniques
"The surgery generally lasts for about an hour and begins with an application of local anesthesia. First, a surgeon cuts along a pre-drawn line and pulls down the skin on top of the lower skin of the incised eyelid. Fat tissue in between the layers is sucked out and the eyelid sutured. The patient returns home, and after six to seven days the stitches are removed and the patient is a proud owner of 'double eyelids'."
-Todd Inoue, "Roundabout Looks" Metroactive News
reporter Todd Inoue describes the most common "incision method" of
Asian Blepharoplasty. In the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Dr. Susumu
Takayanagi describes three different suturing techniques for
performing double eyelid surgery: the incision method, the buried
suture method, and the beads method. Choice of technique depends on
patient preference, skin quality, and fat volume in the upper
New laser technology is being applied for the use of Asian blepharoplasty as well. In the article, "Laser Blepharoplasty for Making Double Eyelids in Asians," physicians evaluate the difference between laser technique and traditional incision/suturing. The rate of fold release was 2%, less than observed with the traditional methods, and post-operative pain and discomfort was also reduced. The level of scarring, however, was the same for both techniques.
Dr. Meronk, whose practice is devoted to cosmetic eyelid surgery, provides a detailed summary of the traditional upper eyelid blepharoplasty procedures: www.drmeronk.com...
For a very realistic computer animation of upper eyelid surgery: www.plasticsurgery.org... Though this isn't an Asian-specific surgery, the graphics show the same basic blepharoplasty procedure.
Kang, Dong Hee M.D.; Koo, Sang Hwan M.D.; Choi, Jeong Ho M.D.; Park, Seung Ha M.D. "Laser Blepharoplasty for Making Double Eyelids in Asians." Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 107(7):1884-1889, June 2001.
Takayanagi, Susumu M.D. “Asian upper blepharoplasty double-fold procedure.” Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 27(6): 656-663.