Asian Eyelid Surgery

Woman smiling, staring into cameraDouble-eyelid surgery, also known as Asian eyelid surgery, is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in Asian countries. Many Asian women and men desire a more defined upper eyelid crease, which “opens” the eye while still maintaining their ethnic appearance. When compared with other ethnicities, the Asian eyelid has relatively more excess skin and increased fat, which contribute to the loss of definition in the upper eyelid area. Often the upper eyelid crease is absent or incomplete, which allows the skin to hang and make the eyes appear relatively small. Patients visit Dr. Houtan Chaboki for Asian eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) from Washington, DC; Arlington and Ashburn, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and surrounding cities to enhance their eye area while maintaining a natural look.

To discuss your goals for Asian eyelid surgery and the areas you would like to improve, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

Asian Eyelid Surgery
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Upper eyelid surgery to open the ocular area in a younger woman of Asian descent

Asian eyelid surgery has two main approaches: suture technique and incision technique. There isn't a "best" eyelid surgery approach. The decision is mutually determined by patient and plastic surgeon, based on factors such as eyelid anatomy and recovery time.The suture technique for Asian eyelid surgery creates a double eyelid wit... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to open up the eye area of a younger man

Upper eyelid cosmetic surgery is very popular for both Washingtonian men and women. Upper eyelid surgery helps "open" the eyes by removing excess skin, reducing fat, or tightening tissue. Patients might also report looking or feeling less tired after eyelid surgery. Each upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for each... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to enhance the eyelid crease of a younger woman

Eyes have a large variety of shapes and sizes. Variations of upper eyelid creases include wide, small, oval, round, or people may have no crease at all. Eyes are also commonly asymmetric. This woman was born with an existing crease. She considered upper eyelid surgery to enhance it, but preferred conservative changes and wa... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to create symmetrical eyelids in younger woman of Asian descent

Eyelid surgery is one of the popular cosmetic procedures both Washington DC area men and women consider to improve their appearance. Eyelid surgery can reduce excess fat, tighten skin, and/or improve symmetry. Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for each patient.This young Asian woman had always considered upp... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to create a balanced eyelid crease in an older man

Upper eyelid surgery (i.e. blepharoplasty) is tremendously popular worldwide, but especially popular in central and east Asian countries. The terms double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty refer to an upper eyelid surgery that creates or defines a crease in the upper eyelid, which normally isn't present... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to open and create symmetry in the ocular area of a younger woman of Asian descent

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is a popular cosmetic procedure for both Washington DC area men and women. Upper eyelid surgery reduces excess skin, reduces fat, and/or tightens eyelid tissue. Patients might also report looking or feeling less tired after eyelid surgery. Each upper eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is tailored specifically for... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty on the left eye to give symmetry to the eyelids of a younger man

Facial cosmetic surgery is very common in Asian countries, with upper eyelid surgery being the most popular. Asian blepharoplasty or double-eyelid surgery are terms for a specific type of upper eyelid surgery common in patients of Asian ethnicity. Many Asian patients want to maintain their ethnicity but desire improvement by creating a c... Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty to open the ocular area of a middle aged woman of Asian descent

Local anesthesia is requested by many patients who request plastic surgery. There are many advantages of local anesthesia over general anesthesia, but not all cosmetic procedures can be performed via local anesthesia. Fortunately, many facial plastic surgery procedures can be done in the office with only local anesthesia. The patient is awake... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.


Asian eyelid surgery is commonly performed in the office under local anesthesia. The procedure requires carefully placed incisions in the natural contours of the upper eyelid. The shape and position of the incision and crease may vary depending on patient preference and existing eyelid anatomy. Through the incision, Dr. Chaboki tightens the attachment of the skin to the underlying muscle and removes excess skin and fat, if necessary. Patients can combine this procedure with nonsurgical treatments including BOTOX® Cosmetic or lip enhancement for a more dramatic improvement.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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How Much Does Asian Eyelid Surgery Cost in Washington, DC?

The price of this specialized version of blepharoplasty does not differ from that of conventional blepharoplasty. The total cost of your own procedure is dependent on a few factors, including fees charged by the anesthesiologist and fees associated with the facility where your surgery takes place. At the end of your consultation, we offer you a quote that more accurately reflects the nuances of your surgery. Our Fees & Financing page has additional information on paying for plastic surgery.

What To Expect After Asian Eyelid Surgery

Like most other cosmetic or reconstructive procedures, Asian eyelid surgery requires you to avoid strenuous activity for at least 2 weeks so your body can heal. For the first few days after surgery, you should keep ice packs on your eyes while you are awake to control swelling. You should also keep your head elevated at all times and sleep propped up with several pillows or sitting in a chair.

Many patients return to work after about a week. When swelling has fully resolved after several weeks, you’ll see larger-looking eyes that still reflect your Asian ethnicity.

Asian Eyelid Surgery FAQs

Can I combine cosmetic Asian eyelid surgery with other facial surgery?

Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures such as Asian eyelid surgery with BOTOX® Cosmetic jaw reduction, or another complementary treatment. Commonly combined procedures with eyelid surgery include the following:

When can I resume regular exercise after Asian eyelid surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed 2 weeks after the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed 6 weeks after surgery.

Will I need time off work after Asian eyelid surgery?

Most patients plan at least a few days or 1 week off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.

What is recovery like after Asian eyelid surgery?

Downtime after cosmetic procedures may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated. Office procedures are performed under local anesthesia, if any anesthesia is required. Surgical procedures are performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia and require a longer recovery period. Anesthesia normally wears off within the first 24 hours after surgery.

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