Asian Eyelid Surgery Houston
Thank you for visiting this page to learn more about the specialized cosmetic and reconstructive surgical care we provide to our Asian patients. Dr. Sami is honored to receive referrals from around the world and most importantly, from her Asian patients.
Asian beauty is truly distinct and very attractive and we are proud to offer a number of surgical techniques that can enhance it further. The goal is to create eyelid and facial features that provide a refreshed and youthful look while maintaining ethnicity and heritage.
As any oculoplastic surgeon will attest, Asian blepharoplasty is the most challenging blepharoplasty to perform and for that reason alone you want to ensure you choose a surgeon with extensive experience and a great aesthetic sense. Here at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sami has seen every “variation in the theme” and, through her meticulous work, has developed special expertise in Asian blepharoplasty.
HOW ARE ASIAN EYELIDS DIFFERENT?
Each individual, Asian or otherwise, has a unique appearance to their eyelids. There are variations in the appearance of the crease, amount of fat, skin and symmetry with the other side.
Asian patients often have an indistinct or “single” upper eyelid crease. This makes the eyelids look heavier and droopier. In an Asian eyelid, the anatomy is more complex with structural differences including incomplete or multiple creases, different location and content of fat pads and thicker skin. Dr. Sami recognizes these differences and provides meticulous surgical care to maximize the results for her Asian patients.
WHY CONSIDER ASIAN EYELID SURGERY?
Every year, thousands of Asian men and women opt for eyelid surgery to achieve a more open, refreshed and youthful appearance. The important consideration for Asian patients is to achieve this look while maintaining the natural facial structure of their ethnicity and heritage.
Asian eyelid surgery can be performed to open the eye while maintaining its natural shape, reduce sagging or puffy skin around the eyes and to correct vision imparity. Other reasons to perform this surgery include to correct asymmetry and to create a natural crease or a “platform” for makeup while still maintaining an Asian look.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING CONSULTATION?
During your consultation at Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sami will evaluate and examine your eyelids and the surrounding facial structures, giving special consideration to unique Asian characteristics. In addition, she notes other features such as eyebrow position, facial symmetry, shape of the eye, position of fat pads, skin quality, muscle tone, dry eye problems and position of eyeball in relation to the facial bones.
Dr. Sami will discuss your personal goals for the eyelid surgery and explain your probable outcomes from surgery. She will discuss with you how to prepare for your surgery, what to expect during your procedure and from the recovery process. Dr. Sami and her staff will share with you our “Brag Book” of before-and-after photos of actual patients, so you can understand what results to expect from your eyelid surgery.
WHAT IS THE ASIAN BLEPHAROPLASTY PROCEDURE?
Blepharoplasty, just like any eyelid procedure, begins with a thorough knowledge of periorbital structures together with a unique and customized approach to each individual patient. Remember, no two eyes are the same, let alone any two faces. In addition, every person has some degree of asymmetry between the two halves of the face.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation in an outpatient setting. The procedure itself takes less than an hour and can be performed at the same time as other eyelid or orbital procedures, such as lower eyelid blepharoplasty, eyelid malposition correction or facial rejuvenation procedures.
During a typical Asian blepharoplasty, Dr. Sami will surgically sculpt fat pads, remove excess skin and tighten muscles. She fashions the incisions into the naturally-occurring creases in the eyelids, in order to avoid visible surgical lines, and these heal beautifully without any discernable scars. She uses fine sutures to close the incisions and the choice of the suture material (for example absorbable versus nonabsorbable) depends on the complexity of surgery and location.
Based on Dr. Sami’s preoperative assessment and the needs and expectations of each patient, she ensures her surgical plan is carried out with compassionate, meticulous care to yield fantastic results.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY PROCESS FROM ASIAN BLEPHAROPLASTY?
The recovery process for an Asian blepharoplasty is generally minimal. It is recommended that patients stay home for at least 2-3 days after the procedure and apply ice to the eyelids to reduce bruising and swelling.
Swelling and bruising in the eye area is generally expected to last 1-2 weeks after surgery but varies from person to person. During this time, the eyelids may be stiff and sensitive. Patients are advised to keep their head elevated and Dr. Sami may prescribe antibiotic eye drops/ointments for the first several days following surgery.
Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity during this first week, including exercising, bending, straining and heavy lifting, to prevent bleeding or more swelling. Patients will not be able to wear contact lenses during this time.
After about a week, the sutures are removed and Dr. Sami examines the area to ensure appropriate healing. Typically around this time, normal activities and make-up application can be resumed, once cleared by Dr. Sami.
Final results can be evident by 4-6 weeks when the last of the internal swelling resolves. The surgical incision lines that follow the natural contour of the eyelids tend to fade in about one to two months.
At Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on our compassionate patient care, our sensitivity and understanding of each patient’s needs and our drive for excellence. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones feel welcome, comfortable and 100% satisfied with your experience.
If you want to find out if Asian blepharoplasty is the right cosmetic procedure for you, schedule your consultation with Dr. Sami at the Houston Oculofacial Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas today. Call us at 713-668-1264 or so we can help enhance your life!