Skip to content

Eyelid Surgery for Asian Eyes

Eyelid surgery for Asians is extremely popular due to the desire for a double eyelid fold or eyelid crease. Asian eyelid surgery does not refer to a single procedure, so it can refer to any of the following procedures:
  • A young adult who does not have an eyelid crease and desires a double eyelid fold.
  • A person in their forties or older who has sagging skin, and fat pockets behind the eyelids
  • A person with drooping eyelids caused by a weak muscle, also known as ptosis
  • Someone with an epicanthal fold covering the inner corner of the eyes who wants the eyes to appear larger, and show more of the inner corner of the eyes.
I will discuss how I evaluate and plan with my patients for Asian cosmetic eyelid surgery, also called Asian blepharoplasty.
incisional double eyelid surgery performed on male patient, before and after results
Before and after Asian eyelid surgery on male patient using incisional method

People who come to see me for a consultation are concerned about the appearance of their eyelids and creases following double eyelid surgery. They express a desire to appear natural after surgery in particular. So I demonstrate how their body would have naturally had an eyelid crease.

How to Make a Natural Eyelid Crease?

how Asian eyelid crease is created

I do this by lifting the eyelid skin with a Q-Tip or an instrument to create a fold, revealing what the eyelid crease may look like after surgery. The anatomy of the eyelid is critical to comprehend. The tarsus is the backbone of the eyelid, and it is used to determine where the eyelid crease would naturally be, which is important when surgery is performed.

Furthermore, the levator muscle, which lifts the eyelid, is crucial in defining the eyelid crease. There are connections between the muscle and the skin when there is a natural crease. In Asian blepharoplasty, whether non-incisional or incisional, a suture connection is made to create a crease.

eyelid surgery for Asian eyes - levator skin

The simulated crease also allows me to determine whether the crease would naturally taper downward toward the inner corner eyelid fold or epicanthal fold, resulting in a nasally tapered crease. If the eyelid skin at the crease runs parallel until the skin blends toward the nasal bridge, this is called a parallel crease.

Different Asian eyelid crease

Importance of Anatomy and Limits of Eyelid Surgery for Asian Eyes

Some people come in with pictures of their favorite celebrities’ eyes because they want that shape for their own. This gives me the opportunity to help my patients understand the anatomical factors that influence eye and eyelid shape. These include bone structure, fat presence, skin thickness, soft tissue, and the relative prominence of the eyes.

asian double eyelid surgery before and after female
double eyelid surgery before and after

Of course, it’s important to understand the limits of the anatomy, which if compromised, can have an impact on the health of your eyes. The health and function of the eyes must never be jeopardized during any eye cosmetic procedure. I do explain how the procedure I perform can produce results similar to the celebrity but unique to the patient.

asian eyelid surgery recovery after 10 days
asian eyelid surgery recovery

Objectives of Eyelid Surgery for Asian Eyes

There are two primary objectives of double eyelid surgery. The first step is to convert a single eyelid fold, also known as a monolid, to a double eyelid fold, also known as a double eyelid. The second goal is to make the eyes appear larger and more open, which adds vibrancy and vitality to the entire face. Having larger-looking eyes is a sign of beauty not only in Asian cultures, but in all ethnicities and cultures.

asian eyelid surgery before and after recovery female patient
asian eyelid surgery before and after female

When someone asks if these procedures are incompatible with ethnic identity, I explain that the procedure being performed makes the eyes appear larger by revealing the true shape of the eyes. The fold effectively defines the shape of the eyes prior to the procedure. Following the procedure, the true shape of the eyes is revealed, highlighting the beauty of Asian eyes.

How is Asian eyelid surgery performed?

After showing my patients where the natural eyelid crease would be, measurements are taken and any excess fat or skin is assessed. Measurements are essential for determining where incisions will be made and how excess skin will be removed if necessary. Excess fat above the eyelids is also evaluated because fat can influence the formation of the crease. In general, little to no fat is removed. Marks are strategically placed where small openings will be made to engage the skin with the levator muscle during non-incisional surgery.

eyelid surgery for Asian eyes - crease creation

Anesthesia for Asian Blepharoplasty

Patients are routinely given LITE IV or intravenous sedation during surgery, followed by some local anesthetic. This method enables my patients to recover comfortably and leave our office without difficulty. This approach is preferable to putting patients under general anesthesia, which often results in more swelling, a longer recovery time, and other complications such as postoperative nausea and vomiting.

Non-incisional Double Eyelid Surgery

In cases where there is no redundant (or extra) eyelid skin and no excess fat above the eyelids, as is common in younger patients, I usually perform double eyelid surgery without making an incision.
Non incisional double eyelid surgery before and after
Double eyelid surgery before and after Asian female
This method entails making small incisions in the skin of the eyelids to allow a suture to pass through. The sutures are used to connect the skin of the upper eyelid to the levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelid. The connecting points between the eyelid skin and the levator muscle cause the skin to fold, and it is this fold that forms the eyelid crease.
Double eyelid surgery non-incisional suture technique

Incisional Eyelid Surgery

I would perform incisional double eyelid surgery if there is extra fat above the eyelid preventing the crease from forming, and excess eyelid skin that partially covers the eyes. Before a thin strip of skin is excised, excess skin is precisely measured to the millimeter. When necessary, some fat is removed using this method. Sutures are then used to close the incision and connect the skin of the eyelids to the levator muscle, forming the eyelid crease.

incisional asian double eyelid surgery before and after male
before and after Asian double eyelid surgery using Incisional procedure technique

Swelling and Healing

Swelling occurs in varying degrees following the procedure. Patients are advised to use cold compresses for the first two days to reduce swelling. Patients are encouraged to be more active after two days to help the circulation clear the swelling. Warm compresses may also be used to improve circulation and allow the fluid that is causing the swelling to drain. After a week, sutures for incisional surgery are removed.

Many patients are concerned during the early recovery period after double eyelid surgery because temporary swelling can make the eyelid creases appear too deep and too high. It is critical not to be concerned about results during this time and to allow the healing process to take its course.

Double eyelid surgery recovery after 1 month - Asian male
Double eyelid surgery recovery after 1 month
Swelling resolves differently in each patient, taking anywhere from a few days to a few months. Total surgical healing can take up to a year, but with advanced healing techniques, the eyelids can be close to the final results in a matter of months, and in many cases, even sooner. I monitor my patients’ progress two weeks after surgery, one month later, and three months later.


Patients usually return to work within a week of surgery, but active healing and swelling resolution can take up to a month. I’ve seen patients look close to their final results in as little as 10 days, but healing that quickly is impossible to predict. While swelling may persist, the majority of it should resolve within the first 1-2 months.

Eyelid surgery for asian eyes before and after 1 week recovery
eyelid surgery for Asian eyes before and after 3 months recovery
Asian eyelid surgery before and after 1 week recovery
Eyelid surgery for asian eyes before and after 3 months healing

In general, I anticipate that the appearance will be close to the final appearance around 6 months. Swelling may last longer than usual if a patient has a history of allergies, sinus problems, smoking, or other circulation issues.

How to Reduce Swelling After Eyelid Surgery?

Cold compresses help reduce the initial swelling after surgery in the first two days. The clearance of swelling after the first two days is dependent on the amount of swelling and circulation. I encourage my patients to be active by walking, talking, and smiling, and if they intend to be more sedentary, warm compresses can be beneficial.

Upper Eyelid Surgery for Asian Eyes

non-incisional double eyelid surgery before and after
non-incisional asian eyelid surgery before and after full recovery male
For Asians who want to have an eyelid crease with brighter looking eyes, double eyelid surgery is a highly effective and successful procedure. It is critical to understand that your individual anatomy dictates how I design and create a naturally appearing eyelid crease that complements your distinct facial features. Look for a cosmetic surgeon who has extensive experience with Asian eyelid surgery, and ensure that you have a proper evaluation with an understanding of the expected outcome for your eyes before undergoing any surgical procedure.

Asian Eyelid Surgery in NYC and Long, Island New York

Dr Amiya Prasad is a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Oculoplastic Surgeon. He’s been in practice in New York City and Long Island for over 25 years. Dr. Prasad performed non-incisional and incisional double eyelid surgery, as well as epicanthoplasty and eyelid ptosis surgery on Asian patients. He is well-known for natural-looking aesthetic approach to eyelid surgery, as well as my methods for achieving a shorter healing time and less postoperative swelling. To schedule a consultation fill out the form below or contact any of our offices at (212) 265-8877 for the Manhattan, New York City office; (516) 742-4636 for the Garden City, Long Island office; or (703) 356-1336 for the Vienna, Virginia office.

Appointment Request