Asian eyelid surgery
Asian eyelid surgery, or double eyelid surgery, is really different from traditional eyelid surgery, or single eyelid. It is therefore important to find a surgeon who understands your needs and has experience with this specific technique.
An Asian eyelid correction, also called a double eyelid correction or double eyelid, is an operation to create a fold in the upper eyelid. This can be done with eyes that have no or hardly visible folds from the natural anatomy. Without a crease, the skin on the eyelid folds just above the lash line, making the eye appear smaller. By dividing the upper eyelid of a single eyelid in two (hence the “double” eyelid correction or double eyelid), the eyes look larger, rounder and more open. During this procedure, the aponeurosis (tendon plate that creates the fold) is attached to the skin with precision. It also removes extra skin and fat to remove the “puffiness” above the eye.
During the consultation, you can discuss your wishes. The better you indicate your wishes, the better we can advise you in making a surgical plan. There are several types of the upper member folds and there may be cultural preferences for the appearance and shape of the fold.
On the day of your surgery, our surgeon carefully measures and uses a pen to mark the best place on your upper eyelid for a natural looking crease. Local anesthesia is then given to completely numb the area. The discomfort is minimal during the procedure. The procedure takes about an hour.
The procedure is done using the open technique (also known as incisional technique). The surgeon makes an incision parallel to the lash line, just above the desired crease, and removes a crescent-shaped strip of skin and excess fat. Several internal stitches attach the incised skin to the aponeurosis to fix the fold. Then the skin is stitched together with a surface suture.
This is the most reliable and effective technique, and almost everyone is a candidate for it. It gives a permanent fold and the scar falls into the fold, making it minimally visible. The main drawback is a longer recovery time, with a few weeks of swelling – and often several months of patience until the final result is really visible.
It is a popular cosmetic procedure among East Asians, making eyelid surgery the third most performed form of plastic surgery worldwide, according to 2018 data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A 2015 oft-cited Korea Gallup report estimates that one in three women between the ages of 19 and 29 in Seoul, South Korea, has had cosmetic surgery, with Asian eyelid surgery, or double eyelid, being the most popular.
Although more often women have an Asian eyelid correction, the treatment is also performed on men. They come for the same reasons as women: for better symmetry, for cosmetic reasons, for a more open look, and, in some cases, to relieve a feeling of heaviness.
In the Netherlands, however, few surgeons are experienced with this procedure. At Skin + Surgery Clinics, Dr. Thanya Tha-In, surgeon and cosmetic doctor KNMG, the specialist in the field of eyelid correction, and in particular “the Asian eyelid”.
Asian eyelid surgery
Quality is our passion
An Asian eyelid correction is always preceded by a no-obligation consultation. You can ask all your questions, discuss your wishes and express your expectations about the treatment in a personal conversation with our surgeons in a relaxed setting.
Our involved specialist assesses whether you are eligible for a correction of the upper and / or lower eyelids and provides you with a clear explanation of the treatment, aftercare, risks, costs and the expected natural end result. Photos are taken before the treatment, which are later placed next to photos after the treatment.
We understand very well how you feel. An eyelid correction is an operation that you may think about for years and now finally dare to take the step. We are happy to guide you through the process from A to Z. With a specially developed after-care protocol, you recover quickly with minimal swelling and bruising.
Have you become curious or do you have personal questions for the surgeon? Book a consut meeting without obligation. We are happy to help.
An Asian eyelid correction is performed under local anesthetic during a day treatment. If you are very nervous about the procedure, we can prescribe sedative medication. It is important that you feel comfortable during the procedure.
On the day of your surgery, our surgeon carefully measures and uses a pen to mark the best place on your upper limb for a natural looking crease. Local anesthesia is then given to completely numb the area. The discomfort is minimal during the procedure. The procedure takes about an hour.
The procedure is done using the open technique (also known as incisional technique). The surgeon makes an incision parallel to the lash line, just above the desired crease, and removes a crescent-shaped strip of skin and excess fat. Several internal stitches attach the incised skin to the aponeurosis to fix the fold. Then the skin is stitched together with a surface suture. This is the most reliable and effective technique, and almost everyone is a candidate for it. It gives a permanent eyelid crease and the scar falls into the crease making it minimal visible. The main drawback is a longer recovery time, with a few weeks of swelling – and often a few months of waiting to see the final result.
Thanks to our many years of experience in performing Asian eyelid corrections, we work with a special pre- and aftercare protocol. This way you are optimally prepared and you recover without complications. Pain relief with paracetamol is usually sufficient after surgery. We advise you not to drive a car on the day of the procedure and as long as your view is obstructed. We advise you to cool for 15 minutes every hour on the day of the operation using a cool pack or a bag of green peas from the freezer. Place a piece of gauze between the eyes and the cooling element during cooling.
After surgery, you may experience bruising and swelling of the eyelids, which may prevent you from closing your eyes completely after surgery. This will recover once the swelling has subsided. You may not cut the ends of the stitches yourself. You can shower again the day after the operation. After showering, try to pat the wound dry and not wipe it.
You may not use contact lenses for 2 weeks. You can use make-up again after removing the stitches, when all crusts have disappeared. We recommend that you do not smoke until the stitches are removed. Smoking increases the risk of complications. We recommend that you do not expose the scars to UV sunlight and / or the tanning bed for 3 months after the operation.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential complications with a double eyelid or Asian eyelid surgery. This includes infection, bleeding and reaction to the anesthetic. The rare risks of Asian eyelid surgery include difficulty closing the eyes and dry eyes. In some cases there is a slight asymmetry of the eyes. This can be distressing during the healing process, but often levels out over time. If necessary, a skilled plastic surgeon can correct asymmetry, folds that are too high or too low, and folds that are too deep or shallow. When in doubt, always contact the specialists at Skin + Surgery Clinics.
Dr. Thanya Tha-In
Surgeon and Certified Cosmetic PhysicianDoctor Thanya Tha-In is a surgeon and certified cosmetic doctor known as one of the best in her field. Thanya looks beyond the area to be treated and is genuinely interested in you as a person. She explains the possibilities with care and attention and is realistic in the expected result. This applies to treatment with injectables, but just as well to a surgical procedure. Read more about our specialists
Please note: Asian eyelid corrections are now widely offered by clinics and healthcare professionals, often at competitive rates and with high discounts. Unfortunately, this often means that the procedure is not performed by an experienced surgeon. Always be well informed during a personal consultation and remember: if something seems too good to be true, it often is.
Asian eyelid surgery
Prices and fees
Skin + Surgery Clinics is transparent in its prices. The costs depend on the treatment and always include the pre- and aftercare.
Asian double upper eye lid surgery€ 1350,-
Asian eyelid surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
You will see the results of an Asian eyelid surgery after two to three weeks, especially when the swelling starts to subside. Yet subtle changes are still taking place for several months. Keep in mind that due to swelling, the eye crease appears higher than where it will eventually fall permanently. It may therefore initially appear as if there are differences between both eyes, but this corrects as the swelling subsides. The fold will eventually settle into the correct position.
There is a small, usually barely visible scar in the eyelid crease, along the incision line, that continues to improve for 12-18 months after surgery.
The results can take decades, but they can diminish over time as the aging process contributes to the loss of the limb contour.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential complications with a double eyelid or Asian eyelid surgery. This includes infection, bleeding and reaction to the anesthetic. The rare risks of Asian eyelid surgery include difficulty closing the eyes and dry eyes. In some cases there is a slight asymmetry of the eyes. This can be distressing during the healing process, but often levels out over time. If necessary, a skilled plastic surgeon can correct asymmetry, folds that are too high or too low, and folds that are too deep or shallow.
There are always at least two check-ups after an eyelid correction at Skin + Surgery. We’ll see you after a week (about 7-9 days) to remove the stitches and see how you are doing. The doctor will then assess your recovery, wound healing, blueness and swelling. That is also when the doctor will let you know if you can already start with the scar cream. You will come back after 5-6 weeks for a final check. The doctor then once again has a good picture of the course of your recovery and can already properly assess how the end result will be. Together we put the before and after photos side by side so that you can clearly see the difference of the procedure. If an extra check is required in the meantime or afterwards, you can of course schedule it with us.
Double eyelid surgery costs € 1,350 at Skin + Surgery Clinics. This procedure is different from a standard eyelid surgery and requires detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the Asian eyelid, so it is especially important to see an experienced surgeon.
- Scars are easy to cover up in your new member folds.
- Along with creating an upper eyelid crease, the procedure can lift sagging eyelids.
- The operation provides a larger “platform” for eyeshadow and makes eyeliner application easier. And because the excess skin often hangs over the eyelashes and the eyelashes appear shorter. The surgery can make the eyelashes appear longer.
- It is important to realize that the procedure is more extensive than a regular eyelid correction. You will have more bruising and swelling. This can take 1-2 weeks.
- The surgery makes your eyes appear bigger, but your eyes themselves don’t really get bigger. During the consultation, our surgeon will show you with the mirror what you would look like with these eyelid procedures.
- Because the crease is recreated on both eyes, there is a greater chance of eye asymmetry than the traditional procedure.
A double eyelid surgery is really your only option for adding a permanent crease to a single eyelid. For those who are not ready for surgery, special tape or glue create a temporary eyelid crease. If you just want to remove excess skin for a more open look (without adding a crease), traditional eyelid surgery, a single eyelid, is a better choice.
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Asian eyelid surgery
A specific technique
Asian eyelid surgery, or double eyelid surgery, is different from regular eyelid surgery, or single eyelid. It is therefore important to find a surgeon who is right for you and who understands your needs.