One of the most popular and widely performed procedures is Asian eyelid surgery. This procedure is to address eyelid asymmetries, skin redundancies and ill-defined creases.
I perform Asian blepharoplasty under intravenous sedation anesthesia so you don’t hear or feel anything. I prefer not to use general anesthesia. My surgery for the upper eyelids takes approximately one hour but can certainly take more time. My procedure is customized toward each patient’s needs and will depend largely on your unique anatomy, the differences in the eyelids side to side and, in some instances, your age.
Asian Eyelid Surgery by Dr. Patrick Sullivan
Am I A Candidate?
Many of our patients have never been happy with the appearance of their eyelids and we look forward to helping them address their concerns. Also everyone goes through the natural process of aging, and this includes skin aging as well. Skin aging is almost always accompanied by a loss of elasticity. Further, for many people, constant gravitational pull leads to the excessive collection of skin on the upper eyelids. The result may also be the appearance of unsightly bulges and wrinkles. An extra skin fold hanging on your upper lids could make putting on make up difficult as well. Each of these eye scenarios can be resolved through eyelid surgery.
To be a suitable candidate for blepharoplasty procedure, your health must be in good condition. Our surgical candidates are of all ages because so many people are either genetically predisposed to have eyelid folds or droopy and baggy eyelids that, as time goes on, they are not happy with the surgery.
Our blepharoplasty procedure usually begins with the administration of intravenous sedation. This helps prevent any discomfort that you may otherwise experience during the surgery. I will suggest the most suitable option of sedation in your particular case during the initial consultation. The next step is the incision. In an eyelid surgery, incisions are made in a way that the resulting scars get hidden inside the natural creases of your eyelids. Our goal is to never have scars be visible.
How Long Is Eyelid Surgery?
An eyelid surgery could last for anywhere between 1 to 3 hours, depending on factors such as the amount of repair that needs to be done and the specific technique I use.
Once the procedure is completed, the lid incisions will be closed with tiny delicate sutures. External sutures are typically removed within days of the surgery.
Return to Work?
One week is around the time that patients are usually able to return to work.
Will I have Scars?
The incisions made during an eyelid surgery usually end up fading very nicely over a period of time and get blended into the natural eyelid creases. Hence, the procedure entails minimal or no visible scarring.
Some of the key benefits of Asian eyelid surgery include the following:
- REDUCED EYELID ASYMMETRIES AND SKIN REDUNCANCIES — A majority of the patients notice an improvement in early aging signs such as skin redundancies as well eyelid asymmetries.
- NO UNDER-EYE PUFFINESS AND CIRCLES — My lower eyelid surgery is effective in removing the baggy areas under your eyes. This is possible due to the elimination of excess tissue and sometimes skin underneath the eyes. I have found your own fat can be very successfully used to fill in circles under the eyes as well. This treatment can lead to a very refreshed look, especially in people who feel they look tired when they are not.
- IMPROVED DEFINITION AND REFRESHED LOOK — Our highly specialized blepharoplasty techniques can significantly improve the overall shape and appearance of the eyes. This defined, refined, refreshed, youthful appearance noticed after the procedure very frequently helps boost our patients’ self-confidence and self-esteem.