Asian Eyelid Surgery

In San Jose, CA

Asian Eyelid Surgery Introduction

For some individuals of Asian descent, the absence of distinct upper eyelid creases, can impact their facial aesthetics and cause frustrations. Asian Eyelid Surgery from CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos, CA (also called Double Eyelid Surgery), addresses this by creating natural-looking eyelid folds. This procedure, performed by Dr. Li has become increasingly sought after by our patients in San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area as it enhances the eyes’ appearance, providing a more defined and expressive look. Keep reading about this intricate procedure and how it can serve you.

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What is an Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian Eyelid Surgery is a cosmetic procedure aimed at creating an upper eyelid crease in individuals of Asian descent who either have a monolid or low/minimal eyelid crease. Some individuals may also have a more evident crease on one side and not the other and the goal is to symmetrize the upper eyelids. The creation of a fold in the upper eyelid can enhance the perceived height and brightness of the eyes and create more defined upper eyelid contours. The goal is to achieve results that complement your facial features while maintaining cultural identity and preserving ethnic characteristics.

Asian eyelid surgery can be divided into partial incisional or full incisional techniques.  Each approach has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

In the partial incisional technique, a smaller incision is made in only a portion of the upper eyelid, through which excess fat can be removed and a new crease set. This approach may be suitable for patients who wish to minimize scarring.  In the full incisional technique, a complete incision is made in the upper eyelids (which is still hidden in the crease and not visible when the eyes are open). The advantage of the full incisional approach is the ability to directly manipulate any fat excess, address any eyelid droopiness (blepharoptosis), and create a durable and long-lasting eyelid crease. The disadvantage of the full incisional approach is a longer recovery time. Upper eyelid droopiness/ptosis is quite common in the Asian population, and therefore many patients may not be ideal candidates for the partial incisional technique.

Who are the best candidates for Asian Eyelid Surgery?

The best candidates for Asian Eyelid Surgery typically include individuals who:

  • Desire a more defined eyelid crease
  • Have monolids or minimal eyelid creases
  • Have asymmetric eyelid creases
  • Are in good overall health
  • Understand the procedure

What are the benefits of Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian Eyelid Surgery in San Jose and the Bay Area offers several potential benefits, including:

  • Enhanced eyelid definition
  • Improved eyelid symmetry
  • Improved eye aesthetics
  • Improved vision
  • Increased makeup options
  • Boosted self-confidence

What is the difference between an infold, outfold, and an in-out fold crease?

In an infold variant double eyelid, the created crease curves gently from the medial aspect of the eyelid and then fans out laterally. There is usually an epicanthal fold present. This type of crease is more conservative. 

In an outfold variant double eyelid, the created crease and the upper eyelid form two parallel lines. This type of crease is usually set taller and creates bolder eyes.

In an in-out fold variant double eyelid, the created crease starts at the lowest point of the medial aspect of the eyelid and then fans out laterally. Therefore, the in-out fold is a hybrid of the infold and outfold variants. This type of crease formation usually requires an Epicanthoplasty to adjust and release the tight skin of the medial eyelid.

What if I already have upper eyelid creases, but just want to reveal them more?

Some individuals may already have upper eyelid creases that they were once satisfied with but with aging the brows may have dropped down and decreased the visibility of their creases. In these situations, it is important to not perform Asian Eyelid Surgery and create higher creases as this can create “puffy” eyes with an angry appearance since thicker brow skin is now above the crease. Dr. Li instead recommends a different procedure called Infrabrow Blepharoplasty, in which excess skin and fat are removed from underneath the eyebrows. This procedure lifts heavy and droopy brow skin off your eyelids, allowing restoration in the appearance of your upper eyelids creases (without altering them directly in any way).

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Asian Eyelid Surgery First Step

What’s the first step?

The first step in getting Asian Eyelid Surgery in the greater Bay Area is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Li who specializes in this procedure. During the consultation, he will evaluate the patient’s eyelid anatomy, discuss their goals and expectations, and explain the surgical options available. This initial meeting is an opportunity for you to ask questions, learn about the procedure, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for Asian Eyelid Surgery.

What to expect on the day of Asian Eyelid Surgery

On the day of your Asian Eyelid Surgery, you can expect a comprehensive and carefully orchestrated process aimed at achieving your desired aesthetic outcome. The procedure typically begins with the administration of local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the delicate surgery. Once the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Li will proceed with the planned surgical technique, which may include creating a natural-looking upper eyelid crease, removing excess skin or fat, tightening loosened eyelid muscles, or reshaping the eyelid contour. The specific steps involved will depend on your individual anatomy and desired results.

Throughout the surgery, Dr. Li will meticulously work to enhance the appearance of the eyelids while maintaining harmony with your facial features. After the procedure is complete, we will monitor you closely as you recover from anesthesia, and you will receive post-operative instructions to aid the healing process.

Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After Asian Eyelid Surgery, patients can expect a gradual recovery process as their eyelids heal and adjust to their new appearance. Initially, there may be some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort around the eyes, which can be managed with prescribed medications and cold compresses. Additionally, it’s crucial to keep the surgical incision sites clean and protected as they heal.

Over time, the swelling will gradually subside, and the results of the surgery will become more apparent. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks with the incisional technique.

Asian Eyelid Surgery Cost

How much does Asian Eyelid Surgery cost in San Jose, CA?

The cost of Asian Eyelid Surgery in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the Bay Area depends on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure and any additional treatments or procedures required. It’s essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Li to discuss your specific goals and receive an accurate cost estimate tailored to your needs.  


Why choose Dr. Li?

Dr. Li is a highly skilled and board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in Asian Eyelid Surgery. With his meticulous attention to detail and commitment to patient satisfaction, Dr. Li delivers natural-looking results that enhance the appearance of the eyes while preserving each patient’s unique ethnic features. Dr. Li’s affiliation with organizations like the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), underscores his dedication to excellence in the field of plastic surgery. When you choose Dr. Li for Asian Eyelid Surgery in San Jose, you can trust that you’re in capable hands. 

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Ready to begin your journey towards achieving your aesthetic goals through Asian Eyelid Surgery in San Jose or the surrounding Bay Area? If so, schedule your consultation with Dr. Eric Li today by calling CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos, CA at (408) 883-7943. This call can start the path to the procedure you’ve been waiting for. 

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