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Double Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Posted On 05/11/2017 by Dr. Christopher Zoumalan

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The eyes are a central feature to everyone’s appearance. Asians are unique in that the shape of their eyes can vary in eyelid creases. Most double eyelid procedures are performed on individuals of Asian descent. However, anyone who is unhappy with the appearance of their eyelids can consider having this surgery done. Learn more about double eyelid surgery with these Asian eyelid surgery frequently asked questions.

What is Double Eyelid Surgery?

Double eyelid surgery, also known as Asian eyelid surgery is the most common plastic surgery procedure selected by patients of Asian descent. It is a delicate procedure that involves great attention to detail. Each patient has different desires when it comes to their appearance. During your consultation, a skilled surgeon will formulate a specific surgical plan that is specific to each patient. Recently, there have been many advances in understanding the eyelid structure which allows for more predictable results.

What Happens During the Procedure?

The surgery is modest in comparison to other plastic surgery procedures. During the procedure, a small amount of excess skin is removed. Along with the excess skin, a small amount of fat pads may also be removed. The technical details are all in the design of the double eyelid crease. The incision line will be hidden in the new eyelid crease.

Where Will My Crease Be Placed?

Each patient desires a distinctive look and there are several variations of eyelids. Dr. Zoumalan does not provide only one type of Asian eyelid surgery to all his patients. There are some variations of eyelids that females may desire more so than males, and there are subtle enhancements that some may like while others may not. During your consultation, you will go over your desired lid crease as well as the height you desire. Your surgeon will go over examples with you in person and help you determine what will work best for you.

If I Already Have Double Eyelids, Can I Still Have Double Eyelid Surgery?

Yes, even if you already have double eyelids, you may still have the surgery to enhance the appearance of your eyes. In some cases, this surgery may be used to enhance and rejuvenate the appearance of eyes that already have a crease. Excess skin may be removed as the eyelid ages over time. This procedure can turn multiple creases into a single and more appealing crease.

How Long Does the Surgery Take?

In most cases, double eyelid surgery takes approximately one hour. It is usually performed while the patient is awake using local anesthesia and some sedation to make you as comfortable as possible. Dr. Zoumalan prefers to have you awake to make sure the eyelids achieve the best result possible. This procedure rarely exceeds an hour to complete.

Does Double Eyelid Surgery Hurt?

Before the surgery, most patients are sedated and comfortable. A numbing medication is typically applied at the beginning of the procedure. This can cause some discomfort but it quickly subsides. After the surgery, the patient is given detailed instructions on recovery. This includes instructions on medication and eye drops which help the patient to heal and manage any pain.

What Is the Recovery Time for Asian Double Eyelid Surgery?

The recovery will vary for each individual as everyone is unique and has a customized procedure. Recovery time will depend on the technique that was used. For most patients, it will take 1-2 weeks for the initial swelling and bruising to resolve. The height of the crease, also known as the fold, will usually decrease over time. It typically takes over 2-3 months for the eyelid to settle into its final location. Some mild swelling can last for up to 6 months or more.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Undergoing double eyelid surgery can be an exciting process, one that Dr. Zoumalan and his office will be there throughout your entire care to make sure you have a world-class experience.

Dr. Zoumalan is one of a handful of surgeons that specializes in Asian eyelid surgery, also known as double eyelid surgery. He has a passion for this procedure and considers it one of his most enjoyable procedures he performs due to the life-changing results it can provide. Asian eyelid surgery is a type of cosmetic eyelid surgery, which Dr. Zoumalan performs on people of different ethnicities but mainly those from Asian descent. If you are considering double eyelid surgery, contact us here today to schedule a consultation.

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