Ten Frequently Asked Questions
If you're searching for more advanced information on options, alternatives, and technique, this website provides a comprehensive resource on surgery for the Asian eyelid. If you're relatively new to the topic, what follows are short answers to ten common but practical questions.
A: According to statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were more than 24,000 physicians likely to perform cosmetic surgery in 2009. During the year, just over 150,000 blepharoplasty operations were performed. Approximately 4% of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery were of Asian ethnicity.
Thus, the average cosmetic surgeon performs about one Asian eyelid operation every four years.
A: Only if it is also true that women should have their surgery performed by female doctors, men by male doctors, Occidental patients by non-Asian surgeons, and younger patients by doctors fresh out of medical school.
Most "Asian" doctors in this country have been raised and trained in the United States. What matters far more than a family name or where the surgeon's parents were born are the quality of his or her training, skill, reputation, sense of aesthetics, interest in, and, most of all, experience with this highly demanding type of surgery.
A: While medical tourism is an option for the adventuresome, it comes with a number of significant challenges including finding a good doctor, marked language barriers, a different doctor-patient relationship, safety concerns, getting around in a strange place, lack of follow-up, and different standards of care.
While the price of the procedure itself may be less, the expense of traveling across the ocean and any number of hidden costs can more than eliminate any perceived savings. If problems develop after returning to the United States, you are likely to find yourself "on your own."
A: For ladies, low or medium. For men, low. More
A: In the Orient, it is not uncommon for young teenagers (or even pre-teens) to undergo double eyelid surgery. With rare exceptions, the minimum age at which patients in the United States are accepted for cosmetic surgery is 18, although most are over the age of 20.
A: From a strictly medical standpoint, no; from an aesthetic standpoint, yes. Because double eyelid surgery is an operation based on the rearrangement of internal structure rather than simple tissue subtraction, it typically works best on younger people with good skin elasticity and stronger internal eyelid anatomy. In older patients, in those with sagging, thick, or damaged skin, or in those with noticeable facial aging, results after double eyelid surgery are less predictable and may appear less harmonious with the rest of the face.
A: That depends on how you look to start, how aggressive you wish to be, and how sensitive you are about your result. If you already possess a natural crease but want it to be higher and more defined, such a result may be achieved without most friends being able to tell you've had surgery. On the other hand, if you have a very thick eyelid and absolutely no crease at all, it may take a while to get used to your new look.
A: Yes. The surgically-created crease more resembles the crease that occurs naturally in over half of the Asian population as opposed to mimicking the shape of the Occidental crease. Epicanthal folds will still be present, as will, of course, the rest of your facial features.
A: While the answer is technically "yes," the swelling from the rhinoplasty or other facial procedures may not be helpful during eyelid healing.
A: Counting on perfection or near-perfection is not realistic. See How Precise Are the Results?
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