Plastic surgery is becoming more and more of a socially accepted procedure. In China, more than seven million Chinese people got cosmetic surgery in 2014. A report from HSBC also reveals that the market will be worth $116 billion by the end of the year. 

Part of the market includes Asian eyelid surgery—the alteration of a person’s eyelids to make their eyes look bigger. And even though it was once considered a taboo, it has now become a trend that is both accepted and encouraged. It has become so common, in fact, that a report by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates that 1.3 million people worldwide underwent double eyelid surgery in 2017 alone. 

As more and more people are warming up to the procedure, there’s no better time than now to get one yourself. Here are a few things you have to keep in mind before opting for this type of eyelid enhancement.

What is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Also known as Asian Blepharoplasty, double eyelid surgery is a procedure that involves adding a pretarsal crease to the eyelid to make the eyes look more prominent. As the name suggests, this surgery is common among Asians. It aims to eliminate or reduce signs of aging on the face by enhancing the eyelids. Undergoing blepharoplasty creates a more youthful and vibrant look by reducing sagging eyelid skin, fine lines, and heavy eye bags, leaving the patient looking fresh.

Aside from making patients look young and beautiful, double eyelid surgery can also help improve eyesight. For example, blepharoplasty can help correct droopy eyelids that could hinder a patient from seeing clearly. 

Two Different Kinds of Asian Blepharoplasty

There are two common techniques used to create the eyelid fold in Asian eyelid surgery: incisional and suture. 

The incisional technique involves making an incision parallel to the eyelashes, slightly above where the crease will appear. The procedure also includes the removal of excess skin, fat, and other tissue from the eyelid. The gap created in the skin is then stitched together to create a scar to form the eyelid crease. Patients who go through the incisional technique may experience several weeks of swelling. It can also take several months for the results to be visible.

The suture technique, on the other hand, is a less invasive method that involves creating a series of sutures on the eyelids to create a natural-looking crease. These sutures are hidden underneath the skin permanently. People who go through Asian eyelid surgery using this technique have a quicker recovery period. Candidates for this technique include young individuals with thin eyelid skin and don’t wear contact lenses.

It’s also possible to enhance the beauty of your eyelids through non-surgical procedures. You may opt to purchase eyelid tape—skin-toned and transparent fibrous strips —and apply them to your upper eyelid to create the fold. Another fun way to make your eyes look bigger is possible by downloading apps like Make-up Plus. This virtual make-up app allows you to apply double eyelids to your selfies. The result: beautiful photos that you’ll be proud to show off. 

Why Get Asian Eyelid Surgery?

There are several reasons to get an Asian eyelid surgery and join the millions of people feeling more confident in their own skin. In South Korea, several stars have opened up about getting an eyelid surgery. These include Korean-American rapper Jessi, singer and actress Koo Hara, and singer and TV host Kyuhyun. Their fans, in turn, aspire to look as great as they do and follow in their footsteps.

In China, for instance, people with double eyelids are more of the exception than the norm. And anyone who wants to stand out can do so by going through the cosmetic procedure. Some parents from South Korea even reward their children with blepharoplasty as a reward for exemplary performance in school. This goes hand in hand with the belief that success is somewhat dependent on a person’s physical appearance.

Just like other patients who undergo a plastic surgery procedure, most blepharoplasty patients often do so to conform to certain standards of beauty. Looking good, after all, boosts their confidence and morale. But aside from its mental and social benefits, blepharoplasty can also enhance the eyelids and turn them into a better area to apply make-up on. After all, the procedure gives the eyelids a more “universal” eye shape.

Need-to-Knows Before Getting Asian Blepharoplasty

Before you push through with the cosmetic procedure, keep in mind that you may experience noticeable swelling for the first week post-surgery. This is something to consider if you want to keep things discreet without disclosing that you underwent an Asian eyelid surgery procedure. Another thing to take note of is that the procedure won’t make the eyes bigger. Rather, it gives the eyes a natural-looking fold to make the eyes appear bigger and wider.