March 1985

Westernization of the Asian Eyelid

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(3):149-153. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800050043004

• Westernization of the Asian eyelid has become a topic of considerable interest in the Western world in recent years due to the increasing number of surgeons being consulted to perform this procedure. This demand is attributable to the great influx of Asian immigrants who are influenced by Western culture, design, and esthetics. After performing over 2,000 cases of westernizing Asian eyelids, I have developed a method of surgically creating a "double eyelid" as well as a method for removing the epicanthal web. The techniques result in a marked improvement of the narrow, puffy Asian eye and greater patient satisfaction. With these two separate techniques, improved cosmetic results can be achieved over those techniques that are commonly performed today, either in the Western world or in the Orient.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:149-153)