Asian Blepharoplasty (Double Eyelid Surgery)

An Asian Blepharoplasty (or Asian eyelid surgery) consists of surgically creating a crease in the eyelid in order to establish the double eyelid fold that is a sought after feature in Asian cultures. This a pretty simple procedure that consists of either suturing the eyelid or making a small incision in the natural crease to excise a small amount of fat and muscle to create this favorable characteristic. It can be done in office under local anesthetic as an outpatient procedure, or in combination with other surgeries under general anesthetic. Patient may return to work in 2 days time and can expect a full recovery in 2 weeks in order for swelling to subside.

How is Asian Blepharoplasty Performed?

Asian Eyelid Surgery has been performed in the Japanese culture as far back as 1896, when the first instance of eyelid surgery was documented by the Japanese surgeon Mikamo. This surgery involved suturing the eyelid to give it the double eyelid fold found favorable in many Asian cultures. Nevertheless, eyelid surgery has come a long way since it took its roots in the late 19th Century. Although many of the techniques that are used today were established through the years by various doctors, they have been perfected by modern medicine in order to give patients their desired outcome.

Asian blepharoplasty surgery requires precision, aesthetic artistry and understanding of individual ethnic background. Korean, Japanese, Chinese and other South Asian countries each have their own individual eyelid beauty. Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin understand exactly what Asian patients are looking for with their surgery and are proud to produce the most natural and ethnically appropriate eyelids for an Asian individual.

Blepharoplasty, in general, has gone through a significant transformation over the past decade. Traditionally, blepharoplasty surgery involved the removal of significant fat, skin and muscle in order to obtain what is perceived as “youthful” eyes. This approach can result in hollowness of the eye area and a “cat-like” look of the corner of the eyes that looks unnatural and changes the entire appearance of the person. Also, complications were more common with these types of procedures.

Today we know that the aging changes around the eyes does not just involve sagging skin. It has multiple components such as loss of skin elasticity, drooping of the eyebrows and cheek fat pads and weakness of supporting eyelid structures that lead to puffiness under the eyes. In the evaluation of treatment for the aging eyes, we now always evaluate the forehead and mid face as well to make sure the surgery is comprehensive.

Through a better understanding of eyelid anatomy, facial analysis and aging changes, Dr. Cabin and Dr. Azizzadeh utilize the most cutting-edge approach to blepharoplasty correction, double eyelid surgery and Asian eyelid surgery. Their approach may include the use of dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm), injectable Botox/Dysport, fractionated laser skin resurfacing, conservative surgical eyelid contouring (blepharoplasty), fat grafting, and/or endoscopic browlift to create the most natural and long-standing results. With this method each individual receives a personalized approach to their blepharoplasty correction. The results are natural and involve minimal risks, complications or down-time.

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Before considering blepharoplasty or any eye surgery make sure that you have chosen a qualified surgeon to take care of your needs and all of your questions.

To learn more about your options for Asian blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. Babak Azizzadeh and Dr. Jonathan Cabin to schedule your initial consultation today.


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Jonathan Cabin, MD

Dr. Jonathan Cabin is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with dual sub-specialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. After his training at Yale, Dr. Cabin went on to complete an elite Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship, offered to only one surgeon each year. Dr. Cabin’s extensive knowledge and keen eye for aesthetics make him one of the most sought after physicians in Los Angeles. Dr. Cabin has published multiple textbook chapters and peer review articles and continues to contribute to the field through his philanthropic trips to treat patients in Peru and China.




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Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS

Dr. Azizzadeh is world renowned facial plastic surgeon who is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh has become widely regarded for his superior level of expertise and his contributions to the field of facial plastic surgery. His prestigious training at both UCLA and Harvard Medical School give him a unique insight into both facial function and aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh has written multiple textbooks including the popular consumer guidebook Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets and has been featured in a variety of media outlets like The Doctors, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and both the LA and NY Times.