What is Asian Eyelid Surgery?
Dr. Charles K. Lee is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who understands the intricate anatomy of the Asian eyelid. He provides men and women in San Francisco, CA with authentic results without compromising their Asian heritage. Many of the L Plastic Surgery patients who have consultations for this surgery (also known as double eyelid surgery or supra-tarsal crease blepharoplasty) just want their eyes to appear more open. If your eyelid fold is absent, Dr. Lee will improve your appearance, reduce irritation from inverted eyelashes, and/or amend asymmetries present with surgery for a natural result. The characteristics of your new eyelids will not change your Asian countenance.
Asian eyelid surgery is not the same surgery as an upper or lower eyelid lift. It has its own technically demanding processes that requires precise planning and execution of microplastic techniques. Dr. Lee is a known leader in the field of Asian cosmetic surgery, and he recently published a textbook chapter in the Clinics in Plastic Surgery, describing his techniques and results to help teach other plastic surgeons. At L Plastic Surgery, we also offer revision Asian eyelid surgery for patients from the United States, Asia, and Europe. If you would like to have a private consultation with Dr. Lee, please call and schedule your appointment today.
Do you offer Epicanthoplasty?
Dr. Lee is also highly skilled in the epicanthoplasty surgical technique, which opens up the inner eyelid covered by excess skin. You can have an epicanthoplasty with or without an Asian eyelid surgery. Most patients that do have the physical features to perform this technique have both surgeries together.
With this technique, Dr. Lee would make tiny incisions near the inner eye area of the lid. To minimize scarring, Dr. Lee would incorporate an advanced medial epicanthoplasty through the small lower lid incision for consistency.
Asian Eyelid Surgery Reviews
"Initially I was very timid about going "under the knife," but after getting several botox treatments from Dr. Lee I have the utmost confidence that under his care, I will always be in great hands. So after staring in the mirror at my monolids and careful consideration, I decided to go back to see him for a consultation for Asian Eyelids. Boy did I make the right decision. If you're looking for THE Asian Eyelid surgery expert, Dr. Lee is the one to go to. Knowing my worries about doing any type of surgery, Dr. Lee thoroughly explained the procedure, showed me before and after photos of his "masterpieces", and assured me that he will take care of me. I am now a few months out from surgery and I love how my eyes came out. I understand that it takes time to heal, but I love the results so far. I know that Dr. Lee did surgery on my eyes, but I feel like getting this procedure done has brightened up my whole face and a better version of myself has come out to light. Again, thank you Dr. Lee!"- B.D. / Yelp / Dec 21, 2017
"I found Dr. Lee who is an expert at Asian Eyelid Surgery through a close friend of mine. Dr. Lee did her eyelids 3 years ago and they look remarkable. I have uneven eyelids and they never really bothered me because I always wear glasses. But after decades of wearing those annoying glasses day and night, I wanted a change so I planned on getting Lasik which made me self-conscious about my uneven eyelids. I came in to meet with Dr. Lee for a consultation and he was very pleasant, informative and honest. He assessed my eyelids and told me I was a great candidate for the procedure. Yay! Diana, Dr. Lee’s amazing surgery scheduler, went over pricing and helped me book the surgery. Now, I’m all healed up from both my Asian Eyelid and Lasik procedures and I am ecstatic to show off my refreshed look. I feel like a brand new person walking the streets of San Francisco without having to hide behind ugly glasses or my insecurities because of uneven eyelids."- K.S. / Google / May 22, 2018
"Since I was very young girl, I've always wanted to find a solution for my monolids. I am your typical girly girl and creating different looks with make-up has become a passion of mine. I found it hard to show my creativity with eyeshadow since I had monolids. After much research and numerous consultations up and down the coast, Dr. Charles Lee's office by far had the most pleasant and most knowledgeable staff. Dr. Lee was very warm and welcoming. Dr. Lee took his time to explain everything in detail and gave me important insight on the procedure as well as what my options are with how I want my creases to look like. He showed me before and after photos of his previous patients with similar cases and different results (height and crease shape) depending on the outcome of how the patient wanted to look after surgery. I loved how all the results from his previous patients had looked so natural. Fast track to today, I am 1 year post surgery and I am more in love with my eyelids. So many of my friends/family have noticed a difference in me but couldn't pinpoint what changed, but I proudly say that I had Asian Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Charles Lee. Since then, a couple of my friends have also come to see him for their cosmetic procedures (Asian Eyelid Surgery, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation as well as injectables). I am forever grateful for Dr. Lee's expertise, professionalism and even for just being such a genuine person, but most importantly for this life changing experience that I've been waiting to do for the longest time. Thank you, Dr. Lee and your awesome staff for making this journey a breeze."- O.L. / Google / Feb 22, 2019
"I was nothing short of impressed by Dr. Lee and his office. He was extremely straight forward and friendly which made me feel very comfortable. The price for my surgery was very reasonable to other surgeons I had met in the Bay Area. The results from my eyelid surgery turned out perfect and I look natural to the point where non of my friends even know I did anything. I highly recommend Dr. Lee to anyone looking for a plastic surgeon for Asian eyelid surgery."- J.C. / Google / May 22, 2018
"I recently had Asian Eyelid Surgery done by Dr. Charles Lee. He was highly recommended to me by my colleagues, so I started doing research and found all the wonderful reviews about his staff and his work. I was told that his schedule gets booked up quickly, but I got lucky to be able to see him right away due to a cancellation. The consultation and follow up visits was such a breeze, it never felt like a doctor’s appointment. Everyone is so friendly and professional and go above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and well taken care of. Dr. Lee was able to answer all my questions and explain all the details of the procedure and gave me realistic expectations on the outcome, which is what sold me to go forward with the procedure. He was never pushy and was very genuine. I can actually tell that he had my best interest in mind as opposed to just telling me what I wanted to hear. I was so nervous on the procedure day, but the surgical tech, GINA, assured me that Dr. Lee has done this procedure a million of times and that it would be painless. She was right. Eight weeks later all of the swelling has gone down. Dr. Lee and his staff say that I am still in the healing stages, but I love love love the results so far. I know after I have fully healed, my eyelids will look even more amazing."- H.J. / Google / May 22, 2018
Do I qualify for this surgery?
If you are an Asian man and woman who would like to change the features of their eyelids, then you may be a great candidate for this double eyelid surgery. Candidates for Asian eyelid surgery may have:
- No eyelid folds
- Impaired vision due to hanging skin of the upper eyelid
- Chronic irritation from inverted eyelashes
- Eyelids that are not the same size or shape
In your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lee, he will examine your facial features and talk to you about your aesthetic goals for plastic surgery. Then, he will provide you with a customized treatment plan with detailed specifics for the technique.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Techniques
Dr. Lee performs Asian eye lid surgery using the finest German and Swiss medical instruments and fine sutures. If you have this procedure, you can expect to go under a local anesthetic. The procedure takes about an hour for Dr. Lee to perform. Each surgical plan will be based on the needs of the patient. Usually, Dr. Lee modifies the orbicularis muscle, the orbital fat, the orbital septum, the levator muscle, and the tarsus. He will close any incision with ultra-fine sutures to discourage excessive scarring.
Asian Eyelid Surgery Recovery
Once you are discharged, you will be sent home to relax and recover. Dr. Lee will give you several post-op instructions to follow and will ask that you keep your head elevated for the first several days. Bruising and swelling will occur and may last for several weeks. It takes approximately 3 – 4 weeks for the results to appear. This surgery leads to very minimal scarring due to the location of the incisions. Not only will you look rejuvenated and refreshed, but you may also have improved vision due to excess skin being removed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of training has Dr. Lee had in Asian eyelid surgery?
Dr. Lee personally spent time as a visiting professor at Seoul, one of Korea’s top hospitals and plastic surgery practices. He trained with world-renowned surgeons in the past and also lectured to the Seoul residents on topics in plastic surgery. These experiences, combined with practicing in a multicultural city like San Francisco, CA as a board-certified plastic surgeon, have allowed Dr. Lee to hone his surgical skills.
What is Asian cosmetic surgery?
To preserve the appearance and the standards of beauty for your Asian face, there are techniques Dr. Lee can provide. You will look like you only with a new eyelid fold — not a stylized version of you. The difference in surgical technique may be very subtle, but very important. Dr. Lee would maintain the specific characteristics and desired lines for your Asian face. As for Asian eyelid surgery, there anatomic structures in the Asian eyelid that must be addressed for an optimal result.
How long will my results last?
This answer is different for each patient. While it depends on technique and expertise of the plastic surgeon performing the surgery, it also is at the mercy of the aging process or an injury to the skin of the eyelid. Your skin will continue to age and your eyelid skin will change as a result. Dr. Lee will still address your aesthetic concerns with surgical excellence to give you a long-lasting fold in each eyelid.
Do you offer revision Asian eyelid surgery at L Plastic Surgery?
Yes. Dr. Lee is internationally known as a leading revision Asian eyelid surgery practitioner who will take on even the most challenging cases.
See beautiful results
Asian eyelid surgery is one of the more popular plastic surgeries today and can make a big difference in your life. Come to our practice and meet with Dr. Lee for an Asian eyelid surgery consultation at L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA. Whether you live locally or abroad, Dr. Lee is accepting new patients for this life-changing procedure.