Whenever the term “cosmetic surgery” is mentioned, what immediately comes to mind are full facelifts, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty or liposuction.

These, after all, are the most common and popular procedures that most people know about. But there is one surgical cosmetic procedure that a lot of people may not know of and might even consider to be the odd and weird. It probably even is the last body part one would think of getting an enhancement done on.

And the Statistics Show

In the 2013 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), double eyelid surgery ranks third in the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2013. It garnered a 6% increase to that of the 2012 statistics with a total of 215,641 double eyelid surgery procedures carried out in 2013. And for the last 13 years, it has consistently been included in the top 5 procedures with the most number of cases performed in the ASPS data. In fact, based on the comparison data, it even out ranked the full facelift and breast augmentation in the list.

In a separate 2013 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), double eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, also ranked third in their list. In comparison to their 2012 data, the procedure gained a 5.4%, while it garnered a 1.4% increase from the 1997 figure. And similar to the ASPS report, double eyelid surgery has maintained its number 3 spot since 2003.

Apparently, this rising trend in the procedure is not only evident in the US setting. Over in the UK, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) revealed that blepharoplasty ranks second in the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures in its 2013 data. With a total of 7,808 procedures performed, this is a staggering 14% increase compared to that of 2012.

And according to the latest report from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), out of the over 11 million cosmetic procedures performed, double eyelid surgery raked in almost 1.38 million of the total figure making it third among the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures performed internationally. And you might even be surprised that, out of the top 10 cosmetic surgery countries, only one country – Mexico, does not include double eyelid surgery in its top 5 list.

It’s an Asian Thing

However, one of the things that can be attributed to the cosmetic procedure is that it seems to be an Asian thing. It is no wonder that the procedure is also referred to as the Asian double eyelid surgery or the East Asian blepharoplasty.

The procedure, which involves the removal of excess fat pads under the eyelid, allows for the creation of a double eyelid crease that is typically absent in most Asian eyes. Because of the monolid characteristic of most Asians, this exudes a look that seems disinterested, bored or melancholy. A double eyelid surgery creates the illusion of a bigger and bolder set of eyes.

While this may come off as Asians wanting to have the same set of eyes of Westeners with naturally having double eyelid creases, this is not necessarily the case. In a briefing paper of the ASPS on Plastic Surgery for Ethnic Patients in 2010, the article emphasized that, “The majority of patients want to maintain their ethnic identity. They do not want to lose important facial features that exhibit racial character. For instance, the typical Asian patient who has eyelid surgery desires a wider, fuller eye that is natural looking to the Asian face and maintains an almond shape.

In the 2013 ASPS statistics, it revealed that 6.2% of the total double eyelid surgery were performed on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, ranking third behind Caucasians and Hispanics.

And while there are no distinct statistics on the cases of double eyelid surgery, or cosmetic surgery in general for that matter, in Asian countries, cosmetic surgery countries in Asia, like South Korea, Japan, China and Thailand, have found this procedure to very popular. Several news articles have presented this fact with some even pointing out this craze to have been influenced by the popularity of the K-Pop culture with Asian singers having bigger eyes, sharper nose and slender faces. And over down under in Australia, double eyelid surgery has also caught up with the popularity despite the lack of statistical evidence.

Beauty and More: Other Reasons for the Procedure

But, it is not just reshaping the eyelid that is the main purpose of double eyelid surgery. It is also performed as one of the corrective measures for a condition called ptosis, where muscles in the eyelid are weakened causing it to droop and covering a portion or the entire eye. With blepharoplasty, it is able to lift the droopy eyelid and open the eye more. This is usually performed together with a ptosis surgery, which tightens the muscles to elevate the eyelids.

Double eyelid surgery is also performed as a surgical anti-aging treatment. The procedure can help tighten the skin around the eye area, as it also involves the removal of excess skin in the eyelid while at the same time creating that double eyelid crease. It is, in fact, a very popular treatment for patients within the 40-54 age range based on the ASPS report. This demographic makes up 43% of the total eyelid surgery performed.

Cuts Across Genders

And do not think that this procedure is an exclusively female-centric procedure. While women make up a huge majority of the double eyelid surgery procedures, it ranks second in the top 5 male cosmetic surgery procedures according to statistics from ASPS, ASAPS and BAAPS. It even gained a 5% increased to that in 2012 according to ASPS, while it reached a staggering 17% increase in the UK.

Double Eyelid Surgery in Australia

While it is a popular procedure, there are only a select few cosmetic surgeons can efficiently perform this. It involves a great amount of careful precision and keen eye for aesthetic detail to achieve a natural-looking result. Dr. Andrew Kim of the Advance Beauty Cosmetic Surgery is one of the well-trained cosmetic surgeons in Australia who specializes in double eyelid surgery.

Dr. Kim has clinics in Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. He is known to be very attentive in listening the realistic expectations of his patients and expertise in recommending the personalized approaches to meet such expectations.

If you want to have a free consultation with Dr. Kim to discuss your double eyelid surgery, visit us at our clinics or call us now to book a schedule with our expert.