About 50 percent of the Asian population lacks a natural fold just above the lashes in the upper eyelid. Depending on the aesthetics of your face, this single-fold structure can prevent you from having the bright, defined eyes you desire. Asian eyelid surgery is designed to address the unique needs of those with single folds to provide the facial appearance you want. This procedure relies on weaving a fine thread on the undersurface of the eyelid in order to have it crease at the desired location. Typically, the procedure works best on patients under age 25 who need no skin removed, have thin skin and little fat, and desire a crease on the smaller end of the spectrum.
Aesthetic surgery in Asian patients can be quite different from surgery in Caucasian patients. A strong growing economy, along with rapid social changes, has made cosmetic surgery more acceptable to Asian patients, and has resulted in more and more of them seeking cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance and their quality of life. Unfortunately, there have been a few scientific manuscripts published in a respected plastic surgery journal in the English language about a unique or specific technique of a cosmetic surgery procedure for Asian patients. This new virtual issue on Asian aesthetic surgery is an effort from the journal to provide readers with important resources about recent advancements in this aspect of aesthetic plastic surgery. A total of nine recently published manuscripts and two commentaries have carefully been selected by this clinical editor along with the Editor in Chief. All these selected publications from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal represent recent advances in Asian aesthetic surgery. As you can easily see rhinoplasty and upper blepharoplasty are the two main topics for this virtual issue.
View Map. The following information is from Cat Burkat, MD, a UW Health surgeon who has particular interest in the Asian eyelid and extensive experience that includes traveling throughout Asia to operate and teach surgery. The eyelid in those of Asian descent has unique features that are important to consider prior to surgical rejuvenation.
Almost 4 decades ago, fresh from the refugee camp of Vietnam, I was first made acutely aware of my own Asian looks by a schoolyard bully in my junior high in Colma, California. He pulled the sides of his eyes back to make them look slanted and sang the well-known bully's ditty "Ching Chong, Ching Chong, Chinaman. I never thought of how I looked living in homogenous Saigon, but in America, as an outsider barely speaking English, I was fodder for teasing and racist epithets. In the bathroom one night some years later, as a teenager wanting to fit in, I used a toothpick to push up my epicanthic folds.