Asian eyelid surgery is a unique procedure performed by board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Vargason. She understands the unique anatomy of Asian eyelids and can help you maintain your cultural and ethnic identity while achieving your desired results. 

What Is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is a procedure designed to recreate a fold in the upper eyelid or reduce excess tissue along the eyelid. You may wish to have this procedure if you have tissue impairing your vision, improve your eyes' definition, or create more balance between the size of your eyes and your face. 

This procedure is not designed to change the shape of your eyes but rather to maintain your identity while reducing skin redundancies and ill-defined creases. 

Who Is a Candidate for Asian Eyelid Surgery?

If you are unhappy with your eyes, you may be a candidate. To determine if you are a candidate, you first need a consultation with Dr. Vargason. During the consultation, your medical history will be reviewed to ensure you are in good overall health. Dr. Vargason will then discuss your goals for the procedure and show you photos of previous patient results to understand your desired appearance.

She will then examine your eyelids and discuss which areas can be improved with surgery. If you are a candidate and decide to move forward, she will also discuss expected recovery time, risks, and the longevity of your results.

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“Dr. Vargason is probably one of the best doctors I’ve ever had. She’s articulate, caring, and detail-oriented. I can see better, and I’m told by those who know me how my features are beautifully highlighted after Dr. Vargason’s surgery. I highly recommend her care as your surgeon.” 

Mary P.

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Benefits of Asian Eyelid Surgery

  • Many patients find that this surgery opens up their eyes, making them appear larger and more refreshed. 
  • If you experience vision impairment due to excess skin, or a bulkier eyelid, you may also find your vision improves after surgery. 
  • Surgery can also help address early signs of aging around the eyes, including sagging skin.
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Why Choose Dr. Vargason?

Dr. Caroline Vargason is a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon. She opened her practice, Nava Face & Eye, to provide patient-focused Oculoplastic Surgery care to the Boise community. The eyelids are her specialty, having performed over 5,000 eyelid procedures on a diverse range of patients.

When choosing a surgeon for Asian eyelid surgery, it is important to choose someone who understands the balance of maintaining your ethnic and cultural identity while enhancing your eyes. Dr. Vargason possesses this understanding, having dedicated much of her practice to eyelids, and uses an artistic approach to deliver natural-looking results. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Vargason, contact Nava Face & Eye. 

Your Procedure

Dr. Vargason will determine the approach to Asian eyelid surgery that will suit you best based on your anatomy and aesthetic goals. Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia and can be completed in about one to two hours. 

Full Incision Technique

Using incisions, Dr. Vargason is able to sculpt the eyelids further and create a natural eyelid crease. The incision location is chosen based on your desired look and will be placed along the natural curve of the eyelid. Through this incision, she can also address hooded eyelid skin and wrinkles. Once the surgery is complete, the incisions will be closed, and you can begin your recovery. This technique is best if you have excess eyelid skin, drooping eyelids, or want to make more extensive changes to your eyelids. 

Your Recovery 

Once your procedure is complete, you will be able to return home to recover. Your full recovery may take up to two weeks, but you should be able to return to work in about a week. You may experience some bruising, swelling, dry eyes, light sensitivity, and pain during your recovery period. This will resolve on its own in one to two weeks. Dr. Vargason will guide you on caring for your eyes and managing your symptoms. She will be available to you throughout your recovery and can help answer any questions you may have. 

Is the Procedure Safe?

When operating near the eyes, it is essential to choose a knowledgeable and reputable surgeon. Asian eyelid surgery is a safe procedure when performed by a board-certified surgeon. Dr. Vargason is highly trained in eyelid surgeries and understands how to ensure your eyes are safe, and your vision remains protected during surgery. 

Asian Eyelid Surgery FAQs

What are the risks of Asian eyelid surgery?

What makes this surgery different from other types of eyelid surgery?

Are there any procedures that can complement the surgery?

Are there revision procedures available?

How long is the surgery?

What are the risks of Asian eyelid surgery?

There are risks in any surgery, primarily when incisions or anesthesia are used. Some risks include asymmetrical results, dry eyes, and scarring. Dr. Vargason knows how to mitigate these risks to ensure a safe procedure. Dr. Vargason will review the risks of the procedure with you prior to surgery.

What makes this surgery different from other types of eyelid surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is a specific procedure designed for those of Asian descent. The goal of the procedure is to create a natural-looking crease in the upper eyelid, also known as a double eyelid. Other types of eyelid surgeries such as blepharoplasty, are used to target signs of aging, such as sagging skin along the upper eyelid.

Are there any procedures that can complement the surgery?

Yes. A brow lift or a lower eyelid blepharoplasty can complement the results of your procedure. If you are interested, Dr. Vargason can discuss these options with you.

Are there revision procedures available?

Yes. If you have previously had Asian eyelid surgery with another surgeon and are unsatisfied with your results, Dr. Vargason can perform revision surgery.

How long is the surgery?

The procedure will last for one to two hours, depending on the type of surgery used and your specific anatomy.

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