At how young an age can one undergo cosmetic eyelid surgery?
In the Orient, it is not uncommon for young teenagers (or even pre-teens) to undergo double eyelid surgery. With rare exceptions, the minimum age at which we accept patients for cosmetic surgery is 18. Most of our patients are over age 20.
Is there an upper age limit?
From a strictly medical standpoint, no, from an aesthetic standpoint, yes. Because double eyelid surgery is an operation based on the rearrangement of internal structure rather than simple tissue subtraction, it typically works best on younger people with good skin elasticity and stronger internal eyelid anatomy.
In older patients, in those with sagging, thick, or damaged skin, or in those with noticeable facial aging, results after double eyelid surgery are less predictable and may appear less harmonious with the rest of the face.
How different will I look afterwards?
That depends on how you look to start, how aggressive you wish to be, and how sensitive you are about your result. If you already possess a natural crease but want it to be higher and more defined, such a result may be achieved without most friends being able to tell you've had surgery. On the other hand, if you have a very thick eyelid and absolutely no crease at all, it may take a while to get used to your new look.
Will I still look Asian?
Yes. The surgically-created crease more resembles the crease that occurs naturally in over half of the Asian population as opposed to mimicking the shape of the Occidental crease.
How perfect is the final result?
Counting on perfection or near-perfection is not realistic.