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Why do Asians undergo double eyelid surgery?

People may wonder why there is so much interest surrounding Asian eyelid surgery (also commonly referred to as double eyelid surgery). Some may also question the necessity of the double eyelid fold on the East Asian eye. There is much intrigue and skepticism surrounding the cultural obsession for larger eyes and the measures taken to emulate the stereotypical Western facial features. Some may claim that Asians are more inclined to conform to social trends and influences and undergo plastic surgery for social acceptance.

While these perceptions are valid and carry some aspect of truth, there is more to consider. What many people neglect to consider is the notion of a universal type of beauty, the type that is understood by most if not all people and can be agreed on in a general sense. Some of the more familiar attributes to this universal beauty include fuller breasts, longer legs, and a clear complexion. These objectively desirable features are not particularly affiliated with a certain race or ethnicity, but are simply known to enhance a person’s physical image. Similarly, bigger and brighter eyes among these features can be attributable to the criteria of universal beauty. Therefore it can be said that Asian women undergo eyelid surgery not necessarily to mimic the Western features but to look more beautiful.

The eyes are a prominent feature that can be distinguished from the rest of the face and body because of its dynamic properties.

The saying “the eyes are windows to the soul” is a frequently heard cliché as the eyes play a pivotal role in expressing personality, emotions, and the inner workings of a human being.

As such, the eyes are a unique trait for each individual and should not be copied from patient to patient. The eyes should be customized and tailored to the patient’s unique facial features and should optimize their facial harmony and balance. The eyelid surgeon should be fully aware of this, and offer his/her own surgical sensibility and aesthetic expertise in determining the best possible shape and size for each patient.