Double eyelid surgery can create a natural-looking crease, reducing the heaviness of the upper lids for a more balanced appearance. The procedure also provides benefits beyond cosmetic enhancement, such as helping with vision and allowing makeup to be applied more easily.
Before undergoing blepharoplasty, it’s important to identify what goals you want from the procedure. This will help ensure your surgeon delivers functional and aesthetically pleasing results.
Improved Eye Appearance
The eyes are a strong focal point of the face and convey many emotions more than other facial features can. Unfortunately, many people of Asian descent lack the upper eyelid epicanthic fold characteristic of Western individuals, leading to a heaviness of the eyelid skin that can interfere with vision and make it difficult to apply makeup.
Double eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) transforms the way the eyes look, bringing the face into balance and adding definition to the lids. Incisions are hidden along the new crease line, and healing is quick, with only faint scarring visible after a few weeks.
Drooping eyelids are a normal part of aging, but they can be unattractive and even interfere with vision. For this reason, many patients opt for a permanent crease added to the eyelids, improving their appearance and making it easier to use certain makeup techniques.
There are several different methods of creating a double eyelid crease. The most common procedure involves an incision across the upper eyelid, removing excess fat and tissue. This method produces the most noticeable and permanent results. Still, it has risks, including complications such as dry eye symptoms, uneven or “squinty” eyebrows, and unequal epicanthic fold height.
Non-incisional methods, such as the suture method, produce undetectable scarring but may not be as resilient. Your oculoplastic surgeon will help you decide which approach is best for you.
Double eyelid surgery can help you look younger and more awake. If you suffer from heavy upper eyelids, the excess skin can create puffiness that makes you look sleepy or sad, even when you are not. Double eyelid surgery can remove this excess and create a crease that opens the eyes, giving you a brighter, more alert appearance. Many patients find that this new, more youthful-looking face appearance can also help them feel rejuvenated.
A pronounced, natural-looking eyelid crease can make you look more confident in social and professional interactions. It can also eliminate the need for cosmetics like eyeliner or mascara to hide drooping eyelid skin and improve overall facial appearance. This can give you more freedom to express your personality in a manner that best suits your needs without worrying about the appearance of your eyes.
Before you undergo eyelid surgery, speaking with your surgeon about your goals is important. Reviewing the surgeon’s before and after photos is important to ensure they have a history of natural-looking results. Additionally, it is important to discuss whether or not you have a medical reason for the procedure; this can help you document your eligibility for insurance coverage. Consider considering undergoing the process with an oculoplastic surgeon certified by an accredited medical organization.
More Dynamic Facial Appearance
The eyelid crease that results from double eyelid surgery acts as a frame around your eyes, highlighting their natural beauty. But it can also add depth to your facial expressions and accentuate the emotions you convey. Whether you are widening your eyes in surprise or smiling, your new crease will help you to express these emotions more effectively.
As an added benefit, a double eyelid crease can help to make makeup application easier for women and men who struggle with mono lids. The added fold allows for a more controlled application of eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow – eliminating the need for smudging or messy mistakes that can occur on mono lids.
While various surgical methods exist for creating a double eyelid crease, the open incision technique provides the most detailed and natural-looking results. This technique creates stronger attachments to the deeper structures of the eyelid. It can also carry out other procedures, such as medial epicanthoplasty, fat debulking, muscle debulking, or ptosis correction.
To complete the treatment, several tiny incisions will be made along the designated double eyelid line. The underlying orbicularis oculi muscle and extra fat will be eliminated through these incisions. The skin glue or sutures used to seal the wounds will be taken out four to five days after your procedure.
Many people with mono-lidded eyes share the same complaint: typical eyeshadow, mascara, and liner techniques don’t work well on their eyelids. Double eyelid surgery can make this problem a thing of the past.
Incisional blepharoplasty is often used to create a new eyelid crease when the patient’s natural one doesn’t exist, and it can be very effective for patients with excess upper eyelid skin or fat. The procedure involves the surgeon making an incision into the patient’s eyelid and removing excess skin and fat as needed.
The resulting new eyelid crease makes the eyes look more open and accentuates their size and beauty. It also increases the visual space between the eyebrows, which reduces droopiness and inward-growing eyelash hairs. Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic treatment, not a medical requirement, and not everyone is a candidate. It is vital to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is familiar with your objectives and can assist you in achieving them safely and naturally if you are considering having blepharoplasty.
To learn more about whether double eyelid surgery is right for you, contact our Beverly Hills office today to book a consultation. We can provide more information about the three main double eyelid procedures and which may be most suitable for you.