Double Eyelid Surgery

For many men and women of Asian descent, cosmetic surgery is an important choice in their overall vision and appearance. The procedure, known as Asian double eyelid surgery, helps to correct eyelid creases to more closely conform to widely accepted aesthetic norms.

In some cases, the eyelid is so heavy that it covers half of the iris which can obstruct vision as well as give the appearance of being tired or not engaged. If you are seeking ethnically sensitive Asian eyelid surgery, we can help you achieve your goals. He is board certified and has trained all over the country. After specializing his residency training to surgery of the eyes and eyelids, he furthered his training with two fellowships; one focused on general plastic surgery and a second fellowship focusing on Oculoplastic & Liposculpture surgery.

Close to half of all Asian people are born with a pronounced eyelid crease, which can vary greatly in height, depth and overall shape. For these people, Asian double eyelid surgery can be a wonderful solution for a more pleasing look and can help avoid field of vision obstructions that can occur in later years, while still maintaining the beautiful Asian eye aesthetic. The treatment is gaining popularity.

Asian Double Eyelid Surgery Torrance

Double-eyelid Surgery” or supratarsal crease creation is a very popular procedure among the Asian population. Asian eyelids are structurally different from Caucasian eyelids in several different ways:

  • Lack a supratarsal crease (double eyelid)
  • Thicker and fattier eyelids
  • Hooding of the eyelid skin in the middle corner of the eye (epicanthal fold)

Each of these anatomical differences vary in their presentation, ranging from a fully “westernized” eye that has a full supratarsal crease and no epicanthal fold, to one that lacks a supratarsal crease, has thick swollen lids, and medial skin hooding.

Some people have supratarsal creases all the time. Some people have creases that are only evident when they’re tired. Supratarsal creases also vary in their height from barely being visible to those comparable to Caucasian eyelids.

If you’re interested in learning more about an Double Eyelid Surgery, please contact Awaken Aesthetics to set up a consultation by calling (310) 791-2233 or by completing the form on this page. Awaken Aesthetics serves the Torrance & South Bay, CA areas.

Double Eyelid Surgery Details

Surgery details

Incision through the upper eyelid with removal of skin and possibly muscle/fat or partial/non-incisional with no skin removal

Length of procedures

30-60 minutes


Local anesthesia usually fine, or IV sedation

What is the recovery process like?

Majority of swelling and bruising resolved in 2-3 weeks, but a lesser degree of swelling will take roughly 3 months to resolve. Incisions usually slightly red for at least 4 weeks

How soon can I return to work?

Most patients can resume non-physical work in 2-3 days

How soon can I return to my regular exercise routine?

No lifting more than 20 pounds, and avoid bending/straining for 1 week

Will follow up appointments be necessary?

Usually 1,6, and 12 weeks after surgery

Length of consultation

45 minutes 

The procedure

Double eyelid surgery is the third most popular cosmetic procedure among Asians in the United States. Properly done, it can have a profound effect on appearance and self-confidence while also improving peripheral vision in many people who have experienced restriction in vision due to eyelid issues.

Creating a crease in the upper eyelid can be a simple matter of enhancing an existing though indistinct crease, lengthening and deepening it to frame the eye. In many people, this is enough to open the eye creating an open and more engaged appearance. For others creating a crease where none exists is done to achieve the aesthetic and functional goal.

Choosing the right surgeon is the most important decision…

Since the eyes are the focal point of the face, it is very important to choose your surgeon carefully. Providing the best double eyelid surgery patients could ask for requires exacting surgical skill and a keen eye for the art of facial proportion.

Double eyelid surgery is done on an outpatient basis at our state-of-the-art surgical center under local anesthesia or sedation. This reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia and usually results in patients being able to return home shortly after surgery. This also allows interaction between the patient and surgeon during the procedure to ensure proper placement of the crease.

Reshaping the upper eyelid requires an in-depth examination of the thickness and quality of the eyelid skin as well as an evaluation of the anatomy of the eye. Other factors that are considered are the amount of fat under the eyelid, healing history, age, and gender. With all of this information to hand, we create a unique surgical plan that will produce a natural crease in the eye without losing the Asian characteristics that define ethnicity.

Incision or suture technique?

Recovery time with non-incisional methods are less than with the incision technique. Patients can return to work or school a few days after having the non-incisional technique. Those with incisions will need about a couple of weeks before they might want to reappear at their normal activities.

If non-incisional is the procedure of choice, the crease will be formed by creating small openings through which stitches are used to attach muscle and tissue forming the crease. For patients who choose the incisional technique, an incision is made where the eyelid will best match your desired crease. Excess skin and fat are taken away if necessary, and when the incision is closed, the double eyelid is created.

Eyelid surgery recovery time

Recovery time with sutures is less than with the incision technique. Patients can return to work or school a few days after having a suture technique. Those with incisions will need about a week before they might want to reappear at their normal activities.
The outcome for sutured eyelids is very good but may require revision surgery several years into the future. The sutures can move or aging can change the anatomy of the eyelid making the crease less evident. With the incision technique, the outcome is excellent and long lasting in the vast majority of cases.
Whether the suture or incision technique is used, patients can be confident that they have chosen a world-class specialist for their procedure. We strive to provide the most refined Asian eyelid surgery. His meticulous attention to all the details that go into expertly executed eyelid surgery results in the success he has with this delicate surgery.

Double-Eyelid surgery

Deciding to undergo this treatment is a highly personal choice. Finding the proper surgeon is crucial in the process. Before you choose your Beverly Hills surgeon, ask the following about Asian double eyelid surgery:

  • What kind of experience do you have with this specific procedure?
  • Can you show me before and after photos of some of your patients?
  • What training and credentials do you have for this treatment?
  • What is your overall philosophy toward your work and this treatment in particular?
  • What are the risks and benefits of Asian double eyelid surgery?

Schedule a consultation with us to go over these questions with you. Many people want to know about the cost, recovery time, possible side effects, and any non-invasive treatment options. Once you are satisfied with the answers, schedule your procedure and carefully follow the surgeon’s advice for prep and after-care.

Patient concerns about Asian double eyelid surgery

Most of the patients we talk to have many questions about the procedure. Some of the most frequently asked questions include:

  • How different will I look after the surgery?
  • Is there a preferred crease height to aim for?
  • Am I too old or too young for the surgery?
  • How much does the procedure cost?
  • What kind of recovery time should I expect?
  • Is there anything else I need to know before I go ahead with the surgery?

The final results will depend quite a bit on how aggressive you choose to be during the surgery. Many times, adding or deepening the crease can result in a dramatic difference in your look. Other patients choose a more moderate creasing, and the results will, naturally, be less dramatic. If you are unsure which is best for you, spend a good deal of time looking at before and after pictures of Asian double eyelid surgery. Ask us for our opinion and be sure to voice your own preferences. By using these photos as a guideline, we can create the treatment plan that is most effective and will give you the results you wish.

The doctors and staff at Awaken Aesthetics are very nice and care about their patients. They work with you to achieve your goal to look your best.


*Individual Results May Vary

If you’re interested in learning more about a Double-eyelid Surgery, please contact Awaken Aesthetics to set up a consultation by calling (310) 791-2233 or by completing the form on this page. Awaken Aesthetics serves the Torrance & South Bay, CA areas.

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