Cosmetic eyelid surgery is a popular procedure performed in our office. It’s a source of controversy in the Asian-American communities when eyelid surgery is performed on Asian people who don’t have a second eyelid crease. When you are considering having surgery to add a fold to your eyelid to give it a more rounded appearance, also called an Asian blepharoplasty, we have found it’s a personal decision that sometimes has added pressure due to the controversy.
The debate centers around the fact that these blepharoplasty procedures target an ethnic group – Asians. Another controversial point is that people of Asian descent who are considering the procedure are accused of wanting to westernize. Since many Asians are born with no crease in their eyelids, the eyelid is stretched tight against the eye. Most people who come in for a consultation with us are simply trying to enhance their appearance; and they want to have that extra fold added for the larger field of vision they gain.
Our clients tell us they feel double eyelids are a symbol of beauty. Double eyelids aren’t common, and therefore having eyelid surgery makes them feel more rare and beautiful. It makes the eyes appear larger, which is valued by many of our Asian patients. An Asian blepharoplasty achieves this ideal of beauty for our clients.
We don’t characterize our eyelid surgery as an ethnic procedure. Many men and women from all ethnic groups come to our office to have puffiness or drooping of their eyes fixed to enhance their appearance. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of blepharoplasty, contact us and we will be happy to discuss all aspects with you. We’ll gladly schedule a private consultation with you, so you can talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon in our office.