"Dr Joseph made me feel like I was his only patient. He asked me what my concerns were and how he felt he could address them to make me happy. He took the time to explain the products available, what he felt would work for my concerns and how the procedure works. He talked me through the process always making sure I was comfortable."
Botched Before and After: Janice Dickinson Fixes Her 30-Year-Old Breast Implants - Episode 102
Mixed in with the entertaining exploits of Janice Dickinson, is a patient who is unhappy with the results of her upper eyelid blepharoplasty, also called a double eyelid surgery…..
We meet Cheryl, an Asian American woman who is unhappy with her previous surgeries that were supposed to make her look more Caucasian.However, she feels that her appearance hasn’t changed enough. She recalls first coming to America and how she “was intrigued by the fact that, uh, everyone seemed so… rich!” She shouts, “I freaking just want my eyes back!”
Cheryl brings to light an important issue with a very common cosmetic eyelid surgery.
Upper Blepharoplasty for Asian patients, often called Asian Blepharoplasty or double eyelid surgery is a procedure that is becoming more and more common.
The goal of Asian blepharoplasty used to be to make the eyelids appear more western or caucasian. That is no longer the case. Now the goal is to create a natural asian eyelid crease or double eyelid. In order to achieve this, the surgeon must understand and have experience with the unique and complex anatomy of the Asian eyelid.
A large percentage of Asian people have either a poorly formed or absent eyelid crease or fold. In addition, differences are found in the location and amount of eyelid fat and the features of the eyelid elevating muscle (the levator muscle). Your surgeon needs to understand these features to create a reliable and pleasing result. If eyelid surgery is approached the same way in an Asian eyelid as in a Caucasian eyelid, results can be disappointing, as Cheryl demonstrates.
Surgeons from different specialties may offer double eyelid surgery to their patients. As an oculofacial plastic surgeon specializing in eyelid surgery, Dr. Joseph focuses his practice on this area and this type of surgery. This enables Dr. Joseph to tailor your Asian eyelid surgery to your specific needs and goals.