Asian Upper Eyelid Lift Surgery (Blepharoplasty) – Dr Peter Kim

If you are unhappy about your sagging eyelids and would like to lift the eyelids, you have come to the right place. Dr Peter Kim is one of the experts in this field.

Let us show you our results.

Case Studies

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A 60 year old asian woman presented with heavy upper eyelids due to sagging skin. The bulging fat and the reduntant skin and muscle were removed using lasers. New parallel shaped double eyelids were created. These photos were taken before the surgery and 6 weeks after the surgery. 

upper blepharoplasty eye lift of asian maleHeavy upper eyelid skin was removed and a Type C (parallel fold) double eyelids were created. This photo was taken 6 weeks after the surgery. The eyelids are still a bit swollen which should settle in the next 6 weeks.

healing after upper blepharoplasty This photo describes the healing process following upper blepharoplasty.
Complete healing takes 3 months. 

What is the difference between Asian Upper Eyelift Surgery and Double Eyelid Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is a form of cosmetic eyelid surgery performed on Asian eyes.

There are two types of Asian eyelid surgery.

  • Eyelid Lift surgery seeks to rejuvenate the eyelid appearance of middle-aged and elderly Asians.
  • Double eyelid surgery is used to create more attractive double eyelids and is popular with younger Asians.

This is an example of Eye Lift Surgery.
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This is an example of Double Eyelid Surgery.
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The difference between Eyelid Lift Surgery and Double Eyelid Surgery in Asians is obvious.

On this page, will discuss Eye Lift Surgery in Asians. Click here, if you would like to read more about the double eyelid surgery.

What is Upper Eyelid Lift Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is any cosmetic eyelid surgery performed on Asian eyes.

Eyelid lift surgery is known by many names. It is also known as upper blepharoplasty, eye lift surgery, eyelid reduction surgery and double eyelid surgery. 

Eyelid Lift surgery is a rejuvenation procedure. It is popular in mature Asians. It’s aim is to restore the youthful eyelid shapes by:

  • removing loose and sagging skin
  • removing redundant and heavy muscles
  • removing the bulging fat
  • tightening the skin
  • Together with or without the anti wrinkle injections, under eye bag surgery, correction of dark circles (tear trough) or eyebrow lift.

The intention of Eye Lift Surgery is to restore the youth.

Here are some examples.




What is Special about Asian Eyelids?

  • The ideal appearance of eyelids in Asians is different from that of Caucasians. The surgeon must employ appropriate surgical techniques to deliver a culturally acceptable outcome.

  • Asian eyelid shapes vary across diverse ethnocultural backgrounds, and customising the right shape to one’s heritage may be important.
  • Asian people without double eyelids generally desire to have double eyelids. To be able to produce different double eyelid shapes, the doctor must have experience and skill.
  • Asians have thicker upper eyelid skin and upper eyelid muscle layer than Caucasian skin. It is critical to use lasers to tighten eyelid skin in order to get a better result.
  • Lateral hooding is more common among Asian people, and a surgical technique to better manage lateral hooding is necessary for a beautiful aesthetic result.
  • Longer downtime is common in Asian eyelids.
  • Asian eyes tend to have more upper eyelid fat than Caucasians. The skill is necessary to remove fat without causing undesirable eyelid hollowing.

A special set of skills and expertise is required to perform a successful Asian upper eyelid surgery.

Why does Dr Kim use Laser for Eye Lift Surgery?

There are many benefits to using a laser during your upper blepharoplasty procedure.

Laser is a cutting-edge medical technology that is increasingly used in medicine.

A laser may be utilized to the following degree in conjunction with traditional eyelid surgery:

  • A laser can assist with bloodless skin incision in the upper eyelid, which aids in quicker healing after blepharoplasty surgery;
  • A laser may also be used to remove excess eyelid skin and tighten the loose skin during blepharoplasty surgery for a “tighter” result; and
  • A laser can accurately melt the fat without causing bleeding, resulting in less downtime. After one week, most patients resume regular activities.

In cosmetic blepharoplasty surgery, Lasers were shown to tighten the skin and muscles around the eye, resulting in a more youthful appearance. In addition, lasers can help to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the overall tone and texture of the skin. This is why using Lasers in upper eyelid surgery is so beneficial.

What are the Benefits of using Laser for Blepharoplasty?

Using a laser is especially beneficial in Asians.

  • Asians generally tend to take longer to heal. Using Laser can minimise the bleeding, swelling and recovery time.
  • They also have thicker skin which is more difficult to tighten the skin.
  • The laser can help to produce extra tightening result.

Laser-assisted blepharoplasty in our hands produces tighter and lifted results than conventional upper eyelid blepharoplasty.

Am I a good candidate for Asian Blepharoplasty surgery?

Healthy individuals with no medical conditions and previous surgeries, no condition that impedes the healing process, nonsmokers, and individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations are typically good candidates for blepharoplasty.

We have operated on numerous patients with diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, kidney disease and other medical conditions. As long as their medical condition is well controlled, they are a good candidate for blepharoplasty.

Those who have dry eyes should use caution, as dry eyes can get temporarily worse after the surgery. Skin diseases such as connective tissue disease or scleroderma should also be cautious as the underlying disease can cause excessive scarring.

Those with a propensity to bleed, such as blood disorders, should be careful. You should stop taking blood-thinning drugs one week before the surgery and bring them to Dr Kim’s attention at your consultation.

The upper eyelids are a cosmetic component of the face, and sagging skin in the upper lids can be caused by the laxity of the forehead skin or sagging eyebrows. Stretching out of the top eyelid muscles might cause droopy eyelids, which is known as eyelid ptosis. It can be treated with blepharoplasty at the same time.

Non-incisional Asian blepharoplasty is not suitable for eyelid-lift purposes. Some people ask for incisional double eyelid surgery, which is also not the same as eyelid-lift surgery.

Dr Peter Kim will evaluate your facial anatomy carefully and acquire a complete medical history at the consultation, as well as assess your eligibility for blepharoplasty. Dr Kim will also discuss whether you can benefit from other procedures such as lower eyelid surgery.

What is the Asian Eyelid Lift procedure involved?

Dr Kim will make a surgical design on your upper eyelid and assess the quantity of loose eyelid skin that needs to be removed before surgery. The incision is made along the natural upper eyelid fold and eyelid crease to minimise the visible scar.

The aim of the surgery is to recreate youthful double eyelids. Surgery is done under local anesthesia and takes around an hour to complete. A laser is used to assist with incisions, removal of excess skin, removal of redundant muscle, skin tightening, and fat removal. Your doctor will stitch the wound.

You will be able to go home the same day of your surgery, under the care of an adult, after around 30 minutes. Comprehensive discharge information on wound treatment and a follow-up appointment will be given to you.

How would I feel after the surgery?

Most people will experience some dryness, itchiness, and watering of the eyes for the first week after surgery. It is important to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes during this time. Simple measures such as applying a regular cold compress will help to reduce swelling. You should also avoid activities that would increase your heart rate or blood pressure, such as strenuous exercise, for at least two weeks after surgery.

You will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon one week after the procedure to have your stitches removed.

You should be able to see the early results of your operation at this time. The swelling takes a few weeks to settle. Once the swelling settles, the upper eyelids will appear natural, tight and lifted. Most people are happy with the aesthetic appearance of their upper eyes and find that it has improved their appearance.

How long does it take to recover from upper blepharoplasty?

Most people take approximately one week to recover from upper eyelid surgery. During this time, it is important to avoid any strenuous activity or exposure to sunlight. It is also important to keep the surgical area clean. Dr Peter Kim will give you specific instructions on how to care for your eyelid wound.

What are the possible complications of Asian upper blepharoplasty?

Following upper blepharoplasty operations, two sorts of problems can occur.

  • The first is a broad category of complications that may arise from any surgical operation. These are infection, bleeding, hematoma, and wound healing failure.
  • The second is a set of blepharoplasty-related complications. These are characterized by eyelid edema, unevenness of the eyelids, and failure to meet expectations.

The most common complaint is swelling that lasts for a long time. Most people, however, can return to work after 1-2 weeks following blepharoplasty.

What is the cost of upper eyelid surgery?

A simple Laser-assisted upper blepharoplasty costs $3500. There is an additional cost if you choose to have the operation performed at a Day hospital under deep sedation. In Australia, the average price of blepharoplasty is around $2,500 – $4,500 AUD.

Should I have the operation at the doctor’s clinic or in the hospital?

Blepharoplasty is a minor surgery that may be safely done in a doctor’s office. The procedure is carried out in a sterile environment. A study demonstrated that the complication rates of local anaesthetic-only blepharoplasty are no higher than those associated with blepharoplasty performed with sedation or GA managed by an anaesthetist, with the added benefit of reduced anaesthetic risk and the cost.

We found that there was an increased incidence of asymmetry when blepharoplasty was performed under deep sedation. Because the surgeon is unable to determine the final shape of the eyelid until after the procedure has ended, he or she cannot correct it during the operation. When performing a surgical procedure under local anaesthesia, on the other hand, we can ask the patient to open their eyes near the end of the procedure and inspect their final eyelid shape before closing.

How long do blepharoplasty results last?

Laser-Assisted Upper Blepharoplasty is a permanent procedure. However, as you get older, your skin will sag, and the excess skin makes your ‘eye lift’ less apparent. When you get older, you may need to have another blepharoplasty.

What are the results of laser-assisted upper blepharoplasty?

In most cases, you can expect to see a significant improvement in the appearance of your eyes – tighter and lifted.

Your consultation

If you are considering laser-assisted upper blepharoplasty, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Peter Kim. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your objectives and concerns to see if laser-assisted upper blepharoplasty is appropriate for you and, if so, which technique is best for you.

Bring a picture of your desired eyelid shape so that Dr Peter Kim can create a personalized strategy to meet your objectives. Bring any questions you want Dr Kim to answer, as well. You can also ask Dr Kim if you have a concern about lower eyelids, whether you are a good candidate for lower eyelid blepharoplasty.

The consultation fee for a normal consultation is $150, whereas the cost for a long consultation is $300. There is no Medicare rebate available.

Disclaimer (important notice)

As per Good Medical Practice Guideline, we would like to notify you that:

  • Any surgical, invasive, nonsurgical, or laser procedure carries risks.

  • Complications do and can occur.

  • Previous success is not a promissory indication of future success.

  • Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

  • All before and after photos on this site are Asian Cosmetic Surgery Clinic’s results.

  • Copyrights reserved by Dr Peter Kim.

The next step

If you have any questions or concerns about laser-assisted Asian eyelid lift surgery, please feel free to contact us. Dr Kim has helped hundreds of patients achieve their desired results. We would be happy to discuss the procedure with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have. To book an appointment, call 9411 4880.

Our principal clinic, Asian Cosmetic Surgery Clinic (Dr Peter Kim Cosmetic Clinic) is located in Chatswood. For your convenience, Dr Kim also consults at Haymarket, Eastwood and Cabramatta.

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