Gone are the old days when genetics was the decisive factor for attractive eyelids, as people can go under the knife to enhance their beauty. Eyelid surgery is no longer reserved only for the uber-rich and uber-famous. Today, eyelid surgery is one of the most popular procedures in the world. Not only have many A-lister celebrities such as Park Min Young, George Clooney and Jackie Chan undergone eyelid surgery, but a multitude of ordinary people are embracing eyelid surgery as well. For instance, double eyelid surgery is almost like a rite of passage in the world’s plastic surgery capital South Korea where eyelid surgery is a common high school graduation gift, and is also popular in Singapore.
Differences Between Asian and Caucasian Eyelids
|Asian Eyelids||Caucasian Eyelids|
|Eyelid Crease||Often characterised by an absent or hidden crease||Typically have a double eyelid crease|
|Anatomy of Upper Eyelid||Puffier fatty upper eyelid||More deep set upper eyelid|
|Eyelid Shape||Tend to be more almond-like||Tend to be rounder or have a wider appearance|
|Ageing Effects||May experience sagging and increased puffiness||May experience sagging and sunken appearance|
In today's globalised world, individuals are exposed to a diverse array of eyelids. Understanding the distinctions in eyelid anatomy between Asians and Caucasians may help people better understand the "dream eyelids" they desire.
Understanding Common Possible Pain Points Amongst Asian Eyelids
When it comes to the eyelids of individuals of Asian descent, certain general trends can be observed. In Asia, some people consider the following types of eyelids imperfect.
1. Single Eyelids
Definition: no visible crease or fold on the upper eyelid when the eyes are open
Possible problems: perception of small eyes, inconvenience of using eye makeup & eyelid tape
Roughly one-half of Asians are born with single eyelids (also known as monolids). The inner edge of the eyelids (the Mongolian fold) is a prominent feature for Asians. As the Mongolian fold extends across the eyes, it often covers too much of the upper middle half of the iris and can make the eyes look smaller and awkward.
Treatment options: epicanthoplasty surgery to increase the width of the eyes giving the appearance of bigger and more attractive eyes, or Double Eyelid Blepharoplasty can create or improve the double eyelid or remove excessive droopy skin. Blepharoplasty makes the eyes look younger and more alert.
2. Droopy Eyelids
Definition:blepharoptosis or droopy eyelids is a medical condition where the upper eyelids of an individual droop and result in visual field deficits.
Possible problems:visual field obstruction/deficits,inattentive, sleepy or angry appearance, reduction in peripheral vision, headaches and fatigue
Ptosis compromises both vision and aesthetics. Droopy eyelids are a common concern among Asians, and it may require surgical correction.
Treatment options: scarless suture, ptosis surgery through the modified “under-through” levator application
For mild ptosis, a scarless suture-based correction can be done. Moderate to severe ptosis will require ptosis surgery to lift the upper eyelid, which is Medisave claimable in Singapore.
Choosing the Right Eyelid Surgeon
Selecting the right surgeon is paramount for a successful eyelid surgery outcome. Here are what to look out for:
- Qualifications: Ensure the plastic surgeon is board-certified and ideally has years of practical eyelid surgery experience. Attaining board certification shows that the surgeon has met high standards of education, training, and experience.
- Specialisation: As aforementioned, there are many differences between Asian and Caucasian eyelids. Selecting plastic surgeons in Singapore who specialise in Asian eyelid procedures is a good choice for Asians.
- Communication skills: A good plastic surgeon wouldthoroughly understand your eyelid concerns, and answer all your questions clearly. After examining your natural anatomy, tailored eyelid enhancement recommendations will be provided.
- Transparency: Importantly, good plastic surgeons give you realistic expectations about eyelid surgery.
- Extent of change: The extent to which eyelid surgery can alter the appearance of Asian eyelids is limited by the individual's natural anatomy. Surgery can enhance the eyelids but may not completely change their natural appearance.
- Risk of Complications and side effects: All eyelid surgeries have some side effects because they are invasive. For example, patients doing ptosis correction surgery may experience swelling and bruising around the eyes, which will diminish in several days to a few weeks.
Preparing for an Eyelid Surgery Consultation:
Before your consultation, consider these important preparations:
- Research: Familiarise yourself with the eyelid procedure and potential outcomes. This knowledge will enable you to have more informed discussions with your surgeon.
- Questions: Collate a list of questions to ask your surgeon. This will help clarify any doubts and ensure you have a thorough understanding of the process.
- Expectations: Consider bringing photos of eyelid styles that you admire. This visual aid can help convey your aesthetic preferences more effectively.
- Medical History: Include detailed medical history, including any eye-related conditions or allergies. This information is crucial for your surgeon to plan the procedure effectively.
Visit Allure Plastic Surgery
Choosing a skilled surgeon and preparing for your consultation are essential steps to achieving the eyelid appearance you desire, while honouring your unique beauty.
The Medical Director of Allure Plastic Surgery, Dr Samuel Ho trained under top plastic surgery centres in South Korea, such as Hanyang University Hospital, 101 Plastic Surgery Clinic and BIO Plastic Surgery Clinic, and is well-versed in popular eyelid surgical procedures like droopy eyelid and double eyelid surgery. Dr Ho has over a decade of surgery experience, enabling him to create natural-looking double eyelids.
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