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Introduction Asian Eyelid Surgery

At our plastic surgery practice on 5th Avenue in New York City, Asian eyelid surgery is Dr. William Lao’s most popular procedure. Asian double eyelid surgery is a cosmetic procedure that provides a way to alter the appearance of the eyelid to better suit a person’s aesthetic preferences. For some, the crease of a double eyelid is an attractive feature that accentuates the appearance of the eyes, and the option to reshape and redefine their eyelids is highly desired.

NYC board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. William Lao has performed numerous Asian double eyelid surgeries for patients in Manhattan over the course of his career. He focuses on providing beautiful results that look incredibly natural.

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What is Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Asian eyelid surgery is common for patients who want a double eyelid which refers to the presence of a natural skin crease along the upper eyelid that forms a small fold or lining, creating the appearance of a double eyelid. This is in contrast to eyelids that have an epicanthic fold, which covers the eyelid from corner to corner, creating the appearance of a single smooth eyelid. Both the epicanthic fold and the double eyelid can occur naturally among people of Asian descent. However, there is a noticeably smaller likelihood of a double eyelid forming naturally. In most instances, the eyelid crease forms very close to the lash line of the eye, creating the appearance of a single eyelid. While the double eyelid is the predominant type of eyelid found among the western population, the goal of Asian double eyelid surgery is not to “westernize” a person’s appearance. The procedure is performed to create a crease along the upper eyelid that looks as natural as a natural double eyelid.

Who are the Best Candidates for an Asian Eyelid Surgery

Good candidates for Asian eyelid surgery in NYC should be in good overall health and should prefer the appearance of a double eyelid over the one created by an epicanthic fold. They should have realistic expectations for the procedure. During your initial consultation with Dr. Lao at our Manhattan office, he will go over your pertinent medical history, evaluate your current health, and ask about your reasons for undergoing the surgery. Congenital upper-eyelid ptosis is an issue that is quite common among the Asian population. Surgery can be performed to correct sagging while also creating the appearance of a double eyelid for comprehensive results.

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What are the Benefits of an Asian Double Eyelid Lift?

Dr. Lao has seen his patients benefit from receiving the Double Eyelid Lift in the following ways:

  • Add a skin fold to your upper eyelid

  • Addresses asymmetry of the eyelids

  • Can correct vision problems

  • Gives you a more youthful appearance

  • Relieves Trichiasis (eye discomfort associated with the inward turning of the lashes)

  • Removes excess skin and bulging fat

What’s the First Step?

The first step is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form on our appointment page, a member of our team will get in touch with you to schedule a consultation. During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with Dr. William Lao.

Dr. Lao will complete a thorough evaluation of your eyelids, provide his expert recommendations, and answer any questions you have. You should be as open and honest with Dr. Lao about your aesthetic desires, as great communication always leads to optimal results. Dr. Lao has been featured in numerous publications about his surgical techniques. If you’re happy with Dr. Lao’s recommendations, surgery will be booked.Once the surgery is booked, our expert surgical team will provide pre and postoperative instructions. These guidelines are created to ensure patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.

What to Expect on the Day of an Asian Double Eyelid Lift

Asian double eyelid surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation depending on the preferences of the patient and other factors discussed during the consultation.

During the procedure, excess fat may be removed, excess skin can be trimmed, and underlying muscles are adjusted to create the desired crease. The incisions used for the procedure are hidden within the creases of the upper eyelid so that the final results look as natural as possible.

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Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery

Sutures will need to remain in place for around four to six days. Some mild swelling and bruising are to be expected. Elevating the head and applying an ice pack can help to manage to swell and provide some relief. During your recovery, it is best to avoid applying makeup to the eyes, rubbing or stretching the eyelid tissues, or excessively cleaning the area, as these could compromise your results. On average, it will take around one week to recover from surgery, though strenuous activity should be avoided for a few more weeks. Your results will gradually begin to show after a few weeks. It will take around one to two months to see the full results of your procedure.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

Dr. William Lao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is proud to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lao has over a decade of experience and has been listed as a Top Doc in the aesthetic magazine, New Beauty. Dr. Lao prides himself on patient safety and his ability to connect with his patients. With extensive training in Asia and the United States, Dr. Lao is one of the best plastic surgeons in New York City to provide Asian eyelid surgery.

How Much Does Asian Eyelid Surgery Cost in NYC?

The cost of an Asian Double Eyelid Lift surgery in New York City can vary on several factors, as the surgery is tailored to each patient’s distinct needs. During your consultation with Dr. William Lao, he’ll go over the pricing in detail, and provide his expert recommendations.


Can I combine an Asian Eyelid Surgery with other procedures?

Other treatments, like Botox injections for crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes, can be performed as well for more comprehensive results.

How long will the results last?

The results of your Asian double eyelid surgery should be permanent. The eyelids will still age normally following the procedure. Proper skin care can help to preserve the youthful appearance of the eyelids.

How long until I see the Results?

A majority of the swelling and bruising will dissipate over the first week of recovery. Some swelling will persist. It typically takes around two months or longer to see the full results of your Asian double eyelid surgery.

Will it be obvious that I had surgery?

Dr. Lao uses extreme care and precision when performing eyelid surgery to ensure the safety of his patients and provide the best possible aesthetic results. The incisions are well hidden within the folds of the eyelids, and care is taken when adjusting the eyelid tissues to ensure that the results look natural.

Will Asian Eyelid Surgery make me look younger?

The primary goal of Asian double eyelid surgery is to create a natural-looking skin crease on the upper eyelids. An upper eyelid lift can be performed in conjunction with the procedure to address loose and saggy upper-eyelid skin and rejuvenate the appearance of the eyes.

Can a Revision Surgery be performed?

Yes, revision Asian double eyelid surgery can be performed to correct the appearance of the eyelids after a primary procedure. It is important to allow the eyelids to properly heal enough before undergoing revision surgery; you should wait at least six months before undergoing an additional procedure.

Will my insurance cover Asian Eyelid Surgery?

Insurance does not cover procedures performed for cosmetic purposes. If you suffer from ptosis of the eyelids that is obscuring your field of view or decreasing your quality of life, your insurance may cover corrective surgery of the eyelids.

What are the risks associated with Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Possible eyelid surgery risks include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding from the incision lines
  • Changes in skin sensation or numbness of the eyelashes
  • Difficulty closing your eyes
  • Dryness in the eyes
  • Ectropion (the outward rolling of the lower eyelid)
  • Infection
  • Lid lag (pulling down of the lower eyelid)
  • Persistent Pain
  • Possible need for revision surgery
  • Sensitivity to the sun or other bright light
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Temporary or possible permanent change in vision
  • Unfavorable scarring

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact our Manhattan office today to schedule a consultation for your Asian double eyelid surgery. Dr. Lao has the technical skill required to perform the procedure and can provide you with the beautiful and natural-looking results you’re in search of.

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