Plastic surgery has been on the rise in the last decade. As a result, it is more culturally acceptable to undergo surgical procedures to improve a person’s beauty or youth. Eye shape surgery in particular is even common place in areas such as Los Angeles. Technological innovations in eye shape surgery are making techniques more effective, longer lasting, and safer. Because of this, the cosmetic procedures are becoming increasingly popular around the globe. The latest global eye shape surgery trends are the Asian blepharoplasty and the hyaluronic acid injection.
Asian blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that gives patients an upper eyelid crease, also known as a double eyelid. Approximately half of the Asian population are born with a double eyelid. The other half are born without a top eye fold crease, referred to as single eyelid. The rise of the surgery initially caused controversy. People had the misconception that patients were undergoing surgery to look “more Caucasian.” Most patients, however, only want to achieve the double eyelid look that naturally occurs in approximately half of the Asian population.
The surgery preserves the upper lid orbital fat, a technique that creates aesthetically pleasing natural looking Asian eyelids with a top eyelid crease. It is widely popular in South Korea and is on the rise in Japan and China.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection
Another emerging trend in global eye shape procedures is the hyaluronic acid injection. While the hyaluronic acid injection is not an actual surgical procedure, it very effectively improves the shape of the eye to restore youthfulness. The non-surgical, quick, and effective procedure involves the injection of hyaluronic acid. It is a natural carbonate that is found in many locations of the body and serves the function of providing moisture or lubrication.
The viscous carbonate contributes to a person’s youthful shape by delivering nutrients and acting as a shock absorber. As people age, their eyes produce less hyaluronic acid. Consequently this contributes to the loss of youthful shape. The placement of the injection is crucial to the outcome of the surgery. As such, patients should use an oculoplastic surgeon experienced in hyaluronic acid injections to achieve the best aesthetic results. The procedure and recovery is quick with swelling that only lasts two days.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.