The epicanthal fold is a fold of skin which covers the inner corner of the eye. Although it is almost universally present in Asian people, the degree of severity will vary significantly between individuals.
MEDICAL EPICANTHOPLASTY SURGERY
A “medial epicanthoplasty” may be performed at the time of double eyelid surgery, or separately as an individual procedure.
While many techniques have been described, they all aim to reduce or remove the epicanthal fold to create a more parallel double eyelid crease.
RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY
As with all surgical procedures, recovery will differ between individual patients. Generally, epicanthoplasty can be performed as a day operation. For more details on surgical risks and recovery please click here.
It is common to have:
- Some mild discomfort following the procedure, which is usually well controlled with oral medications.
- Swelling and bruising which persists for 1 to 2 weeks. Overall, in 80% of our patients, the majority of swelling will be resolved by 2 weeks.
Most patients usually return to office work after one week. Light exercise and physical activities can usually resume after 2 weeks. Heavy sporting activity usually need 3-4 weeks of recovery.
Not everyone is suitable for this operation and it would depend on the severity of your epicanthal fold. In patients who are suitable the best time for medial epicanthoplasty is at the time of your double eyelid surgery.
The main drawback with this operation is that it does potentially leave a very small visible scar on the inner side of your new double eyelid fold. Compared with a simple double eyelid procedure where the scar is hidden in the depth of the new supratarsal (double eyelid) fold, and is therefore not visible with the eyes open.
This is one of the most common questions asked by patients who are considering the surgery. Dr Lin utilizes a technique which places a very small scar within eyelid skin immediately under the new supratarsal (double eyelid) fold. This has the advantage of keeping the scar as small as possible, as well as to avoid the thicker, more oily skin of the nasal dorsum which potentially gives rise to more visible scars.
It is important to realize that all scars have the potential to become thick or unsightly (hypertophic or keloid scars). Although these are rare on eyelid skin, it is one of the risks that Dr Lin will discuss with you during your consultation.
Can I see some photos of results?Some examples of pre- and post-surgery result can be found in our results.
Everyone’s individual anatomy and expectations are unique. Dr Lin will assess your individual needs during your consultation, and show you a larger selection of photos and videos which are more relevant and meaningful to your individual case.
For further information or to arrange a consultation, please contact Eastern Plastic Surgery today.