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Bye-Bye, Single Eyelid!
Asian Double Eyelid Trick without Surgery
Since I was a kid people had always pitied me for having single upper eyelids. My parents, many of aunts, uncle, and cousins they are all having double eyelids. Every time we went to a beauty salon to do make up for wedding parties or such, I heard “oh, you don’t have eye creases. Do you prefer tape for creating double eyelid or should I just put color on your eyes?”
Sometimes people just do not know what they are doing by saying things they don’t really mean which do sound cruel to those who are addressed.
Then when I was a teenage of course every time I looked at my eyes, I see dropping upper eyelids, feeling the pressure that the lid came inwards instead of outwards. My eyelashes are bending downward instead of upward making the eye opening appear partially obstructed. The surrounding voices benefiting double eyelids somehow never stopped. Double eyelids are regarded prettier, bigger, and easier to make up. I experimented several times with eyelid tape(s). I found it silly though, it did not feel so comfortable and moreover the tape fell off after some time. As my self-confidence grew, I didn’t think it is necessary to do the trick.
There are some videos I found where you can see the torture that Asian women are willing to go through for the sake of bigger (prettier) eyes.
Asian Double Eyelid Surgery
Nowadays where cosmetic surgery become more popular, many asian undergo surgery to create non-existing crease or to create bigger crease. For the first one there is indication of medicinal need since the skin of single-eyelid eyes could be dropping downwards disturbing eyesight.
There are incisional method and non-incisional method. The incisional method, as the word itself already speak, requires cutting eyelid skin, restructuring the skin, and sewing the skin. The non-incisional method works simply like sewing together the skin to create the crease. The later one is said to be less painful but less stable in long term result.
In Asian population both in Asian and United States, Double-Eyelid Surgery or also called Asian Blepharoplasty is the most requested cosmetic surgery. Fifty percent of asian people are born with double eyelid, the other fifty percent with single eyelid. Even if double eyelid presents, sometimes it is very small creases, incomplete or asymetry.
It is individual whether someone decides to do double eyelid surgery or not. Depending on complexity and problems of the eyelid it can correct the dropping eyelid skin and for many it builds self confidence. Surgeries are however always attached with some risks.
I would not say that Asians are trying to look like Western. It might be true for a bunch of person such as models, actress, singers who wants to look prettier than they already were. For many Asians women and men, having bigger eyes is simply prettier and is about being equals with others who are born with double eyelid. I personally think that every pair of eyes no matter how the eyelids are, has its own beauty and uniqueness. I have to admit though that after seeing all the "beauty result", I am somewhat tempted too.
Please note that this asian blepharoplasty is somewhat different than normal blepharoplasty in Western countries. The age average of Asians who undergo this surgery is generally younger than Western patients who seek for eyelid correction.
Example Photo Before and After Surgery
On the photos above you see a significant change especially on the first and second. Still, if I were the owner of the third and fourth eyes show in the photos, I definitely wouldn't do any surgery!