Monolid Eyes and Epicanthal Folds

Monolid Eyes and Epicanthal Folds

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Monolid eyes and epicanthal folds are distinctive facial features predominantly found among individuals of Asian descent. Monolid eyes refer to the absence of a visible crease above the eyelid, often accompanied by a fuller upper eyelid covering. Epicanthal folds are a skin fold that extends across the inner corner of the eye. Both features contribute to the rich diversity of human eye shapes and are celebrated aspects of cultural identity. This page offers insights for those interested in understanding these features and exploring cosmetic enhancements.

Understanding Monolid Eyes and Epicanthal Folds

Monolid eyes, characterised by smooth upper eyelids without a crease, and epicanthal folds, the noticeable skin fold at the eye's inner corner, together shape the distinct appearance of monolid eyes.

Definition and Characteristics

Monolid eyes are characterised by a single continuous eyelid without a defined upper eyelid crease, resulting in the upper eyelid covering more of the eye's surface. The epicanthal fold is a distinctive skin fold that covers the eye's inner corner. These features can influence the overall appearance of the eye, affecting aspects such as the perceived eye width and facial expressions.

Cultural and Genetic Aspects

Monolid eyes and epicanthal folds are more than mere physical traits; they hold cultural significance and are a testament to the genetic diversity among populations, particularly those of Asian descent. The presence of these features across generations underscores the beauty of diversity and the importance of embracing our unique genetic heritage.

Reasons for Considering Treatment

Individuals may consider cosmetic treatment for monolid eyes and epicanthal folds for various personal reasons. Some may seek a change in the eye's aesthetic appearance, such as creating an upper eyelid crease for a wider eye look or enhancing makeup application. It's crucial to approach this topic with sensitivity, recognising that cosmetic treatments are a personal choice and not a prerequisite for beauty.

Treatment Options

There are surgical procedures available for those considering cosmetic adjustments to their eyelids. It's important to explore these options thoroughly and consult with a specialist plastic surgeon for personalised advice.

Asian Blepharoplasty (Asian Double Eyelid Surgery)

This surgical procedure aims to create an upper eyelid crease, making the eyes appear larger and more open. The technique involves the removal of excess skin and, in some cases, fat, to achieve the desired eyelid contour. Find more information here.

Epicanthoplasty

Epicanthoplasty targets the epicanthal fold, reshaping the skin to expose more of the inner corner of the eye. This procedure can complement double eyelid surgery for a harmonious look. Learn more about this procedure.

Consultation

At your initial consultation, one of our specialist plastic surgeons will provide an individualised assessment of your eyes, your suitability for surgery, and also take time to understand your concerns and goals. We believe excellent and consistent results always begin with a well-informed patient. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you and should provide realistic expectations of what can be achieved, with time to address any questions you may have about the surgery.

Why Choose us?

At Eastern Plastic Surgery we offer bespoke care and exceptional expertise. Dr. Lin, renowned for his specialisation in facial aesthetic surgical techniques, possesses a deep understanding of the unique needs of Asian patients. His focused expertise ensures tailored surgical approaches that enhance natural beauty. With advanced facilities and a commitment to individualised care, we provide a high quality surgical experience.

Meet Dr Frank Lin

Dr Frank Lin is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and founder of Eastern Plastic Surgery and EST Clinic. Dr Lin's areas of interest include facial and breast aesthetic surgery, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments. Dr Lin currently serves on the executive board of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) and the Membership Committee of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) representing Australia.

FAQs

If you have any more questions about cosmetic surgeries for epicanthal folds/monolid eyes in Melbourne, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, you can find FAQs below that may provide the additional information you’re looking for.
What is the reason for the epicanthal fold?

The epicanthal fold is primarily a genetic trait, commonly found in individuals of Asian descent. It's a natural feature that varies in prominence and can sometimes be more noticeable in people with certain medical conditions.
What syndromes are associated with epicanthal folds?

Epicanthal folds can be associated with various syndromes, including Down syndrome. However, their presence is also common in the general population, especially among those of Asian descent, and is not always indicative of medical conditions.
What ethnicities have epicanthal folds?

Epicanthal folds are predominantly found among individuals of Asian descent but can also appear in people from other ethnic backgrounds. The trait varies widely in prevalence and expression among different populations.
Can you get surgery for Monolids?

Yes, double eyelid surgery, known as Asian Blepharoplasty, can be performed to alter the appearance of monolids. This includes creating an upper eyelid crease or adjusting the upper eyelid's contour for aesthetic purposes.
Can I get eyelid surgery on Medicare?

In Australia, eyelid surgery for purely cosmetic reasons, such as altering monolids, is typically not covered by Medicare. However, if droopy eyelids impede vision or there are other medical justifications, some aspects of the surgery might be eligible for coverage. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss your specific circumstances and options.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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