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East Asian blepharoplasty
A South Korean woman, before (left) and after (right) undergoing East Asian blepharoplasty

East Asian blepharoplasty, also known as double eyelid surgery, is a type of cosmetic surgery where the skin around the eye is reshaped (blepharoplasty). The purpose of the procedure is to create an upper eyelid with a crease (i.e. "double eyelid") from an eyelid that is naturally without a crease (also known as a "single eyelid" or "monolid").[1]

Anatomically, there are a number of subtle differences in the upper eyelids of East Asians, compared with the eyelids of Europeans and Sub-Saharan Africans.[2] While some East Asians have a double eyelid and some do not, there is also a large variation in the crease position (double eyelid size) of the East Asian upper eyelid.[citation needed] The upper lid fold can range from 1 mm (0.039 in) above the eyelash line to about 10 mm (0.39 in).[citation needed] Several methods can be used to create the double eyelid—including the full-incisional, partial incision and no incision methods (e.g. the DST method).[citation needed] Each has its advantages depending on the patient's anatomy and desires.[citation needed]

East Asian blepharoplasty have been reported to be the most common aesthetic procedure in Taiwan,[3] South Korea and other parts of East Asia and is also frequently performed in Northeast Indian states such as Assam.[4][better source needed] The procedure has been reported to have some risk of complications, but is generally quite safe if done by an expert plastic surgeon.[5] Practitioners of East Asian blepharoplasty include plastic surgeons (facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons), otolaryngologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and ophthalmologists (oculoplastic surgeons). A procedure to remove the epicanthal fold (i.e., an epicanthoplasty) is often performed in conjunction with an East Asian blepharoplasty.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Chen WP (January 1996). "Concept of triangular, trapezoidal, and rectangular debulking of eyelid tissues: application in Asian blepharoplasty". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 97 (1): 212–8. doi:10.1097/00006534-199601000-00035. PMID 8532781.
  2. ^ Jeong S, Lemke BN, Dortzbach RK, Park YG, Kang HK (July 1999). "The Asian upper eyelid: an anatomical study with comparison to the Caucasian eyelid". Archives of Ophthalmology. 117 (7): 907–12. doi:10.1001/archopht.117.7.907. PMID 10408455.
  3. ^ Liao WC, Tung TC, Tsai TR, Wang CY, Lin CH (2005). "Celebrity arcade suture blepharoplasty for double eyelid". Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 29 (6): 540–5. doi:10.1007/s00266-005-0012-5. PMID 16237581. S2CID 11063260.
  4. ^ "Blepharoplasty Surgery India, best blepharoplasty surgeon Mumbai". The Esthetic Clinics.
  5. ^ Chen SH, Mardini S, Chen HC, et al. (October 2004). "Strategies for a successful corrective Asian blepharoplasty after previously failed revisions". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 114 (5): 1270–77, discussion 1278–79. doi:10.1097/01.prs.0000135951.55118.59. PMID 15457048.
  6. ^ Yen MT, Jordan DR, Anderson RL (January 2002). "No-scar Asian epicanthoplasty: a subcutaneous approach". Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 18 (1): 40–4. doi:10.1097/00002341-200201000-00006. PMID 11910323. S2CID 42228889.