Chase Lay, MD: Facial Plastic and Oculoplastic Surgery
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Eyelid Surgery for the Asian Eye San Jose

A specialized procedure such as Asian eyelid surgery requires a facial plastic surgeon with unique skills and experience. Dr. Chase Lay has devoted much of his career to specializing in this procedure and he’s among the leading providers of Asian eyelid surgery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Lay’s experience includes traveling to Vietnam and Thailand to refine his expertise.

Please request a consultation with Dr. Lay to learn more about Asian eyelid surgery, or call his San Jose practice at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.

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Asian Eyelid Surgery

Surgery of the Asian eyelid has been performed literally for well over 100 years and was first well documented in Japan before 1900. Also known as double eyelid surgery or Asian blepharoplasty, this surgery involves carefully reshaping the upper eyelid skin to create a more defined crease. Specialized surgical techniques are required to make visible changes to the crease while maintaining a natural appearance that also maintains the patient’s personal and cultural identity. The approach and goal of Asian eyelid surgery is different from traditional blepharoplasty. Eyelid surgery for the Asian eye is a delicate procedure requiring detailed knowledge of Asian eyelid anatomy. Not only is the Asian eyelid anatomically distinct, but each patient’s eyelid anatomy poses unique surgical issues. Your anatomy, along with your skin tone and specific cosmetic goals, will dictate the technique Dr. Lay uses for your surgery. The techniques fall into 2 general categories:

Suture Technique for Asian Eyelid Surgery

Patients often ask about this approach because it is less invasive than techniques requiring incisions and typically has less swelling after the procedure. The disadvantage, however, is the crease created by the surgery is more likely to disappear over time. Suture technique for Asian eyelid surgery (double eyelid surgery) is a terrific technique with many advantages, but must be used on the right patient with the right anatomy.

Incision Technique for Asian Eyelid Surgery

This isn’t a single technique, but rather a group of several specific techniques that all involve using an incision, or a set of small incisions, to perform upper eyelid surgery. These techniques are more invasive than the suture technique and require lengthier recuperation, but eyelid surgery using incisions is more predictable and longer-lasting. Swelling is usually completely gone within 5 to 7 days and all signs of that you had surgery disappear by 10 days.

Real Answers From Dr. Lay

“The best technique for your eyelid surgery may depend on whether or not you wear contacts. For example, a younger patient who doesn’t wear contacts and has thinner skin is a better candidate for the suture technique than someone older than 30 with thicker skin who wears contacts.”

What Should I Expect?

A simple double eyelid surgery using a suture-only procedure will typically result in mild swelling that lasts about 2 or 3 days. In many cases you can return to work and regular activities within 12 to 24 hours. Avoid using contact lenses for 72 hours. There are no sutures to remove.

Surgery using incisions normally involves swelling that lasts for about 5 to 7 days, with the worst period about 2 to 3 days after the surgery. The final suture will be removed about 6 or 7 days after the surgery, depending on the technique used. You will probably need to rest for at least 48 hours before returning to work and daily activities. Exercising or other strenuous activities require about 5 to 7 days recuperation in most cases. The incision line typically fades about 2 weeks after the surgery and becomes much more difficult to see over the following weeks and months.

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Dr. Chase Lay values the doctor-patient relationship and will collaborate with you to help attain your cosmetic goals. His extensive background in facial plastic surgery has made him one of the top plastic surgeons in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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