The crease, shape and eye-fold corners of Asian people’s eyelids differ from those of Caucasian people’s eyelids. In those who are of Asian descent, the orbital fat of the upper eyelids is more prominent, and the upper lids have either lower or non-existent creases. Approximately one-half of Asians have single eyelids, which are eyelids without a crease. The other one-half of Asians do have upper eyelid creases, or double eyelids. These creases may be broken, continuous, complete, parallel, partial or tapered. In contrast, Caucasians usually have semi-lunar creases. Many Asian patients also have a Mongolian fold, or epicanthic fold. A Mongolian fold is a common term used to describe upper eyelid skin that covers the eye’s inner corner.
To alter the appearance of the patient’s eyelids, a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Schwarcz who specializes in eyelid blepharoplasty can perform double eyelid surgery to alter the eyelids’ appearance. During the double eyelid surgery, the surgeon may also perform an epicanthoplasty, which is designed to change the appearance of a Mongolian fold.
The Eyelid Blepharoplasty Procedure
Dr. Schwarcz is a New York oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in blepharoplasty and is skilled in creating the appearance of double eyelids in patients who have asymmetric creases or non-defined creases by using a non-incisional procedure or incisional surgical technique. The incisional surgical technique produces more long-lasting and predictable results than the non-incisional technique. However, those who undergo the non-incisional surgical procedure recover faster. Regardless of the type of surgery performed, the surgeon gives the patient local anesthesia. In some cases, the patient will need to be sedated. Most patients experience bruising and swelling during the 10-day recovery period.
The ideal goal of blepharoplasty is to give the patient’s eyes a symmetrical look while preserving the characteristics of their top eye skin, so the patient’s eye creases still appear naturally Asian. Our practices are located in New York City and Scarsdale, New York. To schedule a blepharoplasty consultation with Dr. Schwarcz, contact one of our offices today.