Asian eyelid plastic surgery encompasses a surprisingly long list of procedures for the eyelids and canthal regions, most with a common goal of making the eyes appear bigger, more expressive, and sometimes even more Western.
While the anatomic layers that comprise the Asian eyelid are the same as those found in the non-Asian lid, their arrangement and connections differ in important respects. These variations and distinctions make surgery on the Eastern lid so different from that on the Western lid that modern Asian double eyelid surgery bears little resemblance to European blepharoplasty.
Since Asian patients account for a small minority of people undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery in the United States, many American surgeons have limited experience working on the Asian eyelid. Many may thus offer a few simpler versions of operations, but only a small group of true specialists possess the experience and skills to provide a complete range of surgical options.