What is blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery… well in simple terms, it is basically a procedure that allows someone without the fold in their eyelids to have one. Right about now, most of you are going… what is he talking about. About 50% of people of Asian descent are born without the fold in the eyelid that most people from other descents have. We do not even notice it, but it is there. This anatomic characteristic gives Asian people the appearance of having smaller eyes. Now what does this have to do with surgery, well not just here but also in Asia, thousands of people are having this procedure done so their eyes can look bigger, “better” looking. The procedure has been somewhat specialized and it is even called Cosmetic Blepharoplasty for the Asian Eye. My friend has a daughter and when she grows up, he will allow her and even encourage her to get the eyelid surgery done. I could not understand why, but he went on to explain how it is in many levels something that the community sees as a step of becoming a women. The procedure is very accepted and encouraged not just in Korean culture but Asian culture in general.
I am lucky, I moved to the US when I was 16. Having already gone through most of my awkward years in my own country saved me a lot of pain. People of other cultures living in the US have to grow up feeling like they do not fit in. You could argue that all teenagers do, but when you are from another culture you have to add the layer that you essentially live two lives, one at home that only you and people from your culture understand, and one at school and with friends. It is at times very difficult to balance the two. A lot of that awkwardness has to do with how different we look from the American standard of beauty. Multiply that by 100 if you are a girl.