Background: The double eyelid surgery is a well known blepharoplasty technique that creates an upper eyelid crease in the typical Asian monolid. While the supratarsal fold is present in many ethnic groups around the world, it is missing in many Asian patients. The operation per we does not really create two upper eyelids or removes a single eyelid per se. But the placement of a crease creates two discernible upper eyelid sections which make it appear more interesting and even energetic.
While often called ‘westernizing’ the eyelid, this is not really the objective of the surgery nor is what most Asian patients want. Rather it makes the eye area more interesting than a monolid and is also a cultural sign of beauty. This accounts for its tremendous popularity in eastern Asian culture particularly amongst younger people.
There are a lot of variations in the Asian upper eyelid. It is common to see patients who have a hint or partial upper eyelid fold. Having some fold dictates where the new fold will be in most cases. Setting the new fold position can widely vary from its location above the lashline to its shape across the upper eyelid. There are numerous different techniques for creating the fold from no to a full incisional approach…each with their surgeon advocates.
Case Study: This 21 year-old female wanted double eyelid surgery to enhance her appearance. Her right eyelid was a monolid while the left eyelid had an incomplete crease, most promienently seen in the outer half of the lid.
Under general anesthesia, she had a full incisional double eyelid procedure using 5 points of levator-tarsal-dermal fixation for each eyelid. The crease height used was based on the of her incomplete crease level of the left upper eyelid. She declined medial epicanthoplasties. The immediate intra- and postoperative appearance can be striking with what appears to be creases that are too high.
1) Double eyelid surgery is an Asian eyelid procedure to make the upper eyelid more defined. (monolid to two distinct sections of the upper eyelid)
2) Many double eyelid procedures include treatment of the epicanthal fold as well. (medial epicanthoplasty)
3) Recovery from double eyelid surgery takes 3 to 4 weeks to see the final result
Dr. Barry Eppley