Asian-Specific Eyelid Surgery
Having a Vietnamese and Japanese background himself, Dr. Nikko understands that patients with an Asian heritage require a delicate and specialized touch to achieve the maximum benefit from eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Skin thickness, elasticity, and texture create special circumstances to consider when selecting an appropriate eyelid surgery technique for Asian patients. Dr. Nikko recognizes these differences and has the experience to maximize results for his Asian patients.
Thousands of Asian men and women choose eyelid surgery every year to help open up the eyes, achieving a more energetic and youthful appearance. Dr. Nikko reviews the ethnic variations in eyelid anatomy and uses the necessary surgical techniques to maintain the appearance that his patients desire.
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How Are Asian Eyelids Different?
There are numerous physical characteristics and structural differences unique to the eyelids for Asian patients. Most of the differences are unseen muscular and underlying tissue differences, but others are visible such as increased fat content and slightly-thicker skin. Often, the crease of the upper eyelids is incomplete or non-existent allowing skin to hang over the eyelashes, concealing much of the eye or possibly even impairing vision.
What is the Eyelid Surgery Process?
- Your consultation at the Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, Texas.
During your consultation Dr. Nikko will evaluate and examine your eyelids and the surrounding area, giving special consideration to the unique ethnic characteristics of his Asian patients. He will discuss your personal goals for the eyelid surgery and compare your expectations with the probable outcome of the procedure. He will thoroughly explain how to prepare for your procedure, what to expect during your procedure, and what to expect during the blepharoplasty recovery process. You will be shown “before” and “after” photos of actual patients and with your consent, “before” pictures of your eyelids may be taken to document your eyelid surgery results.
- The eyelid surgery procedure.
Eyelid surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures; you will be able to go home the same day of your surgery. Most-often they are conducted with the use of local anesthesia but can be performed under general anesthesia as well.
During a typical procedure for an Asian patient, Dr. Nikko will:
- Correct fat deposits that have accumulated on the upper eyelids using very fine incisions in the creases above each eye.
- Remove a thin crescent of excess skin and muscle just above the eye.
- Close the incisions with very fine sutures.
- Remove any excess skin and muscle from the lower lids using incisions placed in natural creases.
- Remove the fatty deposits beneath the eyes with incisions placed just inside the lower eyelid.
- Close these incisions with absorbable sutures (although in some cases they are left to heal naturally).
During your initial consultation Dr. Nikko will have thoroughly explained the exact process of your eyelid surgery and what to expect during your procedure.
What is the Eyelid Surgery Recovery Process?
When an Asian eyelid surgery is performed alone, without additional cosmetic procedures, the recovery is minimal:
- The eye area will generally be bruised and swollen for up to two weeks after the surgery. The eyelids may be stiff and sensitive during this period. Patients will not be able to wear contact lenses during this time.
- Patients should keep their head elevated and periodically place cold compresses on their eyes. Dr. Nikko may prescribe antibiotic eye drops for the first several days following surgery
- Make-up can be applied after about one week when the sutures have been removed and Dr. Nikko has reviewed the area. The resulting hairline scars which follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about two months.
Dr. Nikko has been performing eyelid surgery for Asian patients in Houston for over fifteen years. He has the right background to understand the specific needs of his Asian patients. If you want to find out if eyelid surgery is the right cosmetic procedure for you, schedule your free consultation at the Nikko Cosmetic Surgery Center in Houston, Texas today!
Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance; patients are responsible for their eyelid surgery procedure. Financing for cosmetic procedures is available, click here for more information on financing your eyelid surgery.