Asian Blepharoplasty – Double Eyelid Surgery in Austin
Approximately 50% of people of East Asian descent are born with eyelids that have either a partial pretarsal crease or no crease at all. This type of eyelid, which is often called a monolid, doesn’t always create cosmetic or functional problems; however, in some cases, they can lead to or eye irritation from lashes or obstructed vision, particularly in older people. Asian blepharoplasty, also known as double eyelid surgery, is designed to create a crease in the upper eyelid to meet patients’ cosmetic preferences and improve clarity in patient’s line of vision.
With Asian blepharoplasty in Austin, Dr. Malena Amato can also remove excess fat from the upper and lower lids, creating a refreshed, alert look. Dr. Amato feels it takes skill and experience to perform excellent treatment and that it is important to listen to the patient’s desired goals; eyelid crease positioning can change the outcome to a more Caucasian eyelid if desired. She offers extensive experience in Asian eyelid surgery.
To learn more about this procedure and schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Amato and her staff today!
About Asian Blepharoplasty
With the aging process, the delicate skin around the eyes becomes weak and begins to sag. This process can create a loss of peripheral vision in people of all ethnic backgrounds, but those with monolids are especially susceptible to eyelid ptosis. Monolids generally contain heavy-appearing upper eyelid fat deposits and excess skin that can droop over time, shielding the outer corners of the eyes and partially covering the iris. Asian blepharoplasty is used to elevate the upper eyelids, remove fatty tissue, and create an eyelid crease — a process that restores the patient’s full field of vision while making them look more youthful and vibrant.
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When is the Right Time for Eyelid Surgery?
Sometimes, younger people choose to have double eyelid surgery for reasons of personal aesthetic preference, rather than eyelid function. Forming an eyelid crease can open the eyes and make the upper eyelashes more visible; many people also report that cosmetics are much easier to apply after having double eyelid surgery. Asian blepharoplasty is an excellent choice for younger patients who have excess fat above and below their eyes. This procedure can significantly reduce puffiness around the eyes and eliminate under-eye bags.
Will Treatment Make You Look Like a Different Person?
When performed by an experienced surgeon, eyelid surgery won’t fundamentally alter your distinct eye shape. This operation should preserve the patient’s natural beauty while treating the specific functional and aesthetic issues the patient wants to address. If you have almond-shaped eyes naturally, they will still be almond-shaped after surgery, but they’ll have an added pretarsal crease, more visible upper lashes, and reduced puffiness. Asian blepharoplasty is meant to enhance, and not erase, the beauty of your eyes.
Asian eyelids have structural differences, like increased thickness, that require specialized care. As such, it’s essential to choose an oculoplastic surgeon who has significant experience operating in Asian patients. Working with an inexperienced surgeon can lead to complications, like the creation of multiple eyelid folds, vision issues, or overly round eyes. With over 18 years of experience practicing as an eyelid and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Malena Amato is Austin’s leading authority on Asian eyelid surgery.
How is Asian Eyelid Surgery Performed?
Dr. Amato makes an incision across each upper eyelid at a planned position, and an amount of tissue is removed. After surgery, these incisions will be hidden within the patient’s created pretarsal creases, which ensures that any eyelid scars will be minimally visible after the patient’s incisions have healed.
After making these incisions, Dr. Amato removes excess skin and fat from the eyelids, reducing unwanted thickness while ensuring the lids conform perfectly to the shape of the eyes. She then uses sutures to reattach the lids to the muscles and connective tissues that support normal eyelid movement, creating a fully functional double eyelid.
If the patient has excess fat below his or her eyes, Dr. Amato will also make a small incision behind the lower lash line of each eye or inside the eyelid. Through these incisions, she can access and remove fatty tissue, reducing the size of the patient’s under-eye bags.
Sometimes, if the patient already has a partial eyelid crease (and doesn’t show any signs of ptosis), less invasive surgical methods can be used to create a double eyelid. These patients may be good candidates for minimal incision techniques that involve the placement of tiny incisions and sutures to accentuate and elongate the patient’s existing eyelid crease. When you visit Dr. Amato for a consultation, she’ll examine the anatomy of your eyelids and personalize your blepharoplasty accordingly.
The surgery is usually performed under light IV or oral sedation and local anesthetic and lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
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What to Expect during Recovery
The discomfort associated with eyelid surgery is minimal and can easily be managed with pain medication and medicated eye ointment, which Dr. Amato will provide. Because the tissues around the eyes are sensitive, it’s normal to experience visible swelling and bruising for at least two weeks after having this procedure. In some cases, residual traces of this swelling can last for up to six weeks.
During the first weeks after your blepharoplasty, you may experience ocular dryness and blurry vision. If this happens to you, don’t worry; your vision hasn’t been damaged, and it will return to normal after a few weeks as your eyelids heal.
Your eyes will be susceptible to sunlight and bright lights while you heal, so make sure you protect your eyes with sunglasses whenever you go outside. You should also protect your incisions from UV damage while they’re still pink as UV radiation can cause scar tissue to darken.
If at any point during your recovery you experience discomfort or have concerns, feel free to reach out to Dr. Amato for assistance. Dr. Amato provides all her patients with thorough follow-up care and is always accessible by phone.
Arrange a Consultation for Asian Eyelid Surgery in Austin, Texas
The precise touch of an oculoplastic expert can reduce eyelid sagging and create more defined eyelids while honoring your beauty and heritage. If you’re of Asian descent and you’re struggling with droopy eyelids, under-eye bags, or you want a cosmetic change, Dr. Malena Amato can help. Contact Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Austin, TX online or by phone to arrange a personal consultation. Dr. Amato will be happy to help you explore your options and find the approach that works for you.
Asian Blepharoplasty in Austin: FAQs
As with all surgery, East Asian blepharoplasty will leave scarring behind, but it will be strategically placed. Dr. Amato’s delicate approach will hide the incision within the crease. It is not noticeable, especially when given time for the scarring to fade.
If you have a single eyelid (without a crease), low crease, asymmetrical creases (different in each eye), or double creases, you could benefit from Asian blepharoplasty. Older patients with excess skin hanging over the crease or obscuring their peripheral vision are also good candidates.
We will schedule a follow-up visit when we take out your sutures, usually three to five days after your Asian eyelid surgery in Austin.
Eventually, but not during recovery. Inserting and removing contacts requires you to pull on your eyelids, which we don’t recommend until your incisions heal properly. We ask you to take a few days or weeks or until Dr. Amato gives you the OK.
Once the swelling subsides, you should notice a significant improvement. This time frame may be several days.