surgery, or blepharoplasty, is an operation which corrects drooping eyelids
as well as puffy bags and bulges about the eyes. These conditions develop
as a result of laxity of the eyelid skin and protrusion of fat around
the eyes. It is not limited to older patients, as many individuals inherit
a predisposition toward development of fat pouches at an early age. Eyelid
surgery can correct drooping upper lids and puffy bags below your eyes
- features that make you look older and more tired than you feel, and
may even interfere with your vision, a visual field impairment. In some
cases a browlift or foreheadlift is also required to fully correct the
In the caucasian
upper eyelid the deeper layers of the eyelid converge 6 to 8mm above the
eyelid margin/eyelashes and 3 to 5mm above the upper edge of the eyelid
cartilage to create a fold. In the Asian or Oriental upper eyelid these
layers do not converge so there is no fold. Additionally the fat descends
into the eyelid giving the puffy look that is commonly seen in asian upper
eyelids. The surgical procedure to correct this involves removing some
of this fat and
suturing these layers as well as the skin of the eyelid to the upper edge
the eyelid cartilage in order to create a fold. The puffy look is thereby
also diminished. The suture used is absorbed by the body but the healing
process keeps the new point of convergence intact.
The result is creation
of a double lid. The inner corners of the eye remain unchanged so that
an Asian look still exists. To treat the fold at the inner corner of the
eyes if it is present and if the patient wishes it addressed it is best
to augment the nasal bridge. This takes up the excess skin and gets rid
of the inner corner skin fold without leaving any visible scar. Some minor
surgical procedures have been devised to treat the inner corner fold but
these leave scars in the area and do not address the cause of the problem
which is insufficient nasal bridge in the Asian nose.
This patient had upper and lower blepharoplasties to remove excess skin and address puffiness in the lower eyelids.
Read Dr. Stone's blog about Asian upper eyelid surgery - blepharoplasty
can enhance your appearance and your self confidence. Realistic expectations
are important to be happy with any surgery. As each patient is an individual,
different results can be expected in each patient.
Dr. Aaron Stone
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