Asian Eyelid Surgery
Although Dr. Kim performs blepharoplasty for patients of many ethnicities and nationalities, upper eyelid surgery for the Asian patient often requires that he take a different approach. For many Asians, the upper eyelids are anatomically different from non-Asian people. Specifically, the upper eyelid skin may not form a crease in the upper eyelid of some Asians. In other Asian patients, the crease may be present but may be incompletely formed or lower than their non-Asian counterparts.
Video: San Francisco Asian Eyelid Surgery
San Francisco plastic surgeon David W. Kim, M.D. discusses Asian blepharoplasty surgery.
For these patients, Dr. Kim is able to surgically create or deepen the upper eye-lid crease, creating a more open, attractive appearance to the eyes. Dr. Kim believes these operations should not result in “Westernization” of the eyes. That is, the result of such surgeries should not lead to a crease that is as high and deep as seen in Caucasian eyes. Rather, a subtle, low crease can create a more elegant, yet natural appearance that is still fitting with the patient’s overall ethnic features. Dr. Kim applies this philosophy of beauty for all his procedures including rhinoplasty, facelift surgery and otoplasty.
David W. Kim, MD, of San Francisco, is well known for his expertise in blepharoplasty surgery of the Asian patient. He has written on the topic and was recently appointed to be the guest editor of the Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America, Surgery of the Asian Face edition. His philosophy about cosmetic facial surgery for Asian patients is encapsulated in his opening remarks in this publication.