One of the common plastic surgery procedures among Dr. Guyuron’s Asian patients is eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Asian blepharoplasty improves the appearance of the eyes, typically creating the crease that is missing in this population, while maintaining their beautiful almond shape.
Every individual has different goals of surgery, and Dr. Guyuron will work with the patient one-on-one to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique case.
That being said, nearly half of individuals of Asian descent lack an upper eyelid crease (known as “single eyelid”) or have a poorly defined eyelid crease. Though this does not diminish an individual’s attractiveness, some Asian patients desire a better defined eyelid crease to give the impression of a larger eyelid opening. Women often find that it is easier to apply eye makeup with a more distinct eyelid crease.
The treatment for this condition is called Asian Blepharoplasty. Dr. Guyuron will use special techniques to create the classic eyelid crease, modify the height of an existing crease or better define a partial, broken or non-continuous crease. With over three decades of plastic surgery experience, he is able to make the Asian eyelid look natural and complement the patient’s facial appearance.
The surgical procedure involves removing a small amount of excess skin, tissue and, if necessary, fat and anchoring the muscle to the underlying eyelid plate to create the crease. The incision is hidden within the folds of the newly created eyelid crease.
One of the challenges of any ethnic plastic surgery procedure is the risk of scarring. Because some patients of Asian ethnicity have more melanin (brown pigment) in their skin and since the skin is thicker, they are more susceptible to keloid and hypertrophic (raised and red) scars, but this is exceedingly rare with eyelid surgery.
Dr. Guyuron takes serious precautions during surgery to manage the risk of scarring. For example, he places the eyelid incisions very strategically so that the scar is less visible. He can also prescribe topical or injectable medication to reduce scarring post-operatively.
Another challenge of Asian blepharoplasty is preserving the patient’s unique ethnic heritage. Although many Asian blepharoplasty patients want fuller, wider looking eyes, they don’t want to completely “Westernize” their appearance. Dr. Guyuron is respectful of these goals and takes into consideration the patient’s unique features and bone structure when planning his surgical approach.