Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

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.

8 comments on “Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery

  1. I find it so ironic that people from other cultures are sometimes made to feel on the “outside” of things in the US because of a physical difference, when I (and I would hope most other people of European descent) don’t even notice that physical difference that much! How boring would the world be if we all had the same eyes???

    If you want to have comestic surgery, have cosmetic surgery. But the nice people are going to like you no matter what, and the bigots are not important enough to try to impress.

    my two cents…
    p.s…thanks for the topic, I had no idea!

  2. Unfortunately the pressure of society is too much to bear for some people. I come from a city in Colombia where there are a lot of Japanese immigrants and I’ve had to see their daughters and grandaughters become “western girls” with blonde hair, big eyes and “narices respingadas”. It’s really sad that they feel the need to change their physical appearacne in order to believe they will be accepted. One of my best friends is Japanese and she always tell me she will die the way she is, “ningún retoque” and what’s funny… she has the fold in one of her eyes and not the other one, cute! :)

  3. I’m not sure you want me to chime in on this one. *sigh*

    Yesterday I was definitely in a Humpin’ mood so wasn’t ready to undertake a serious topic like this.

    Okay..where to start. I have a real problem with people who have cosmetic surgery. I believe in cosmetic surgery in order to correct the affects of disfiguration from an accident or some such thing but to have surgery in order to be more acceptable in society? I personally think there’s something bad wrong about this.

    The minute that people begin to conform to a certain standard set by society then what they are saying is that they aren’t good enough as they are. It also reinforces the ridiculous idea that one has to look a certain way in order to be acceptable. Please! What’s wrong with that picture. I’m no beauty but neither am I a troll. Sure, it would be nice to be stunning but I’m not going to go under the knife in order to conform to society’s standard of beauty. My beauty comes from inside. I’m also intelligent, humorous, loyal, a hard worker and have a wonderful heart. if I can’t get a job, a lover a friend based on those attributes then they aren’t worth having.

    I think that having cosmetic surgery in order to be “more acceptable” is like mutilating ourselves to please someone that isn’t even important – everyone else. If I’m not happy with my looks then I had better take a very good look at my insides before I start altering my outsides.

    And that’s how I feel about that. Now, aren’t you glad I went straight for the hump yesterday?

    *damn I enjoy the hell out of what you draw out of me!*

    Thanks darlin’ — *hugs*

  4. I am glad you read me, that makes me want to keep on writting. :) you do give me way too much credit though. 😉 thanks

  5. i am looking for cosmetic plastic surgery clinic at korea,there were a staight where were full with the plastic surgery clinic ,if anybody know about this straight please let me know,thanks so much.

  6. Nice site. Just started my own cosmetic surgery blog. I don’t do a lot of Asian eyelids, but niche markets within cosmetic surgery are frequent. Every surgeon draws his/her own line here. The most interesting issue might be the reasons why people feel impelled to consider surgery.

    Best Regards,

    John Di Saia MD
    San Clemente, Ca.

  7. I am not pretty. I wish to have high & pointed & perfect nose. I also wish for full sexy lip. my eye OK.Which country should i go to for plastic surgeon

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