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Double Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty is a popular plastic surgery that is performed to rejuvenate and refresh the upper and lower eyelids. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Orange County, specializes in double eyelid surgery at her Newport Beach, CA practice: LEA Plastic Surgery.

Reveal Your Best Eyes with Double Eyelid Benefits

Double eyelid surgery offers more than just aesthetic appeal; it serves as a transformative procedure that can significantly enhance your facial features and quality of life. By choosing to undergo this operation, you’re investing in both your looks and well-being.

About 50% of East Asian people are born without a crease in their upper eyelids, a feature that is known as a “double eyelids.” While many people are happy with their appearance without this crease, others want their eyes to appear wider and larger.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Orange County, specializes in double eyelid surgery at her Newport Beach, CA practice, LEA Plastic Surgery.

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a popular plastic surgery that is performed to rejuvenate and refresh the upper and lower eyelids. 

While the blepharoplasty procedure is often used to improve signs of aging like sagging skin and under-eye bags, it can also help Asian patients born without an upper eyelid crease who want larger, wider eyes. This procedure is known as blepharoplasty, double eyelid surgery, or eyelid surgery and is intended to enhance the beauty of the patient’s eyes. 

Why Patients Choose Double Eyelid Surgery

Caucasian eyelids typically feature a prominent crease, while Asian eyelids often have little to no crease in the upper lid. Dr. Ho Taghva can easily create a double eyelid in Asian patients by performing a quick surgery under local anesthetic and oral sedation to remove excess eyelid skin. Eyelid surgery at our Newport Beach location is extremely popular because Dr. Ho Taghva is very experienced in this procedure.

Like all cosmetic surgeries, most patients choose to undergo upper eyelid surgery because they want to improve both the way they look and feel. Patients often feel more confident and happy with their appearance after their blepharoplasty procedure. 

Are You a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Good candidates for double eyelid surgery are women and men who lack a natural upper eyelid crease and would like to achieve wide, larger-looking eyes. Patients should be in good health overall and should have realistic expectations for the procedure. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva evaluates each patient individually during the initial consultation to make sure that surgery can be performed safely. 

Your Blepharoplasty Consultation

Every patient must attend a consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva prior to scheduling surgery. blepharoplasty consultations begin with a discussion of the patient’s goals for the surgery. Dr. Ho Taghva will perform an exam, go over the patient’s health history, and make sure they are a good candidate for the procedure before recommending a treatment plan.

Your eyelid surgery consultation in Newport Beach is the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It will also allow you to get to know the doctor and her staff and address any concerns about the surgery. Dr. Ho Taghva customizes each procedure to meet the patient’s unique needs and will begin that process during the consultation.

The Eyelid Procedure

Double eyelid surgery at our Newport Beach facility, the Medicare Accredited GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. This reduces risks and allows the patient to be present during the surgery while helping Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to create a symmetrical appearance.

There are two main techniques for creating a double eyelid crease: the suture method and the full incision double eyelid surgery. The approach that will be used will be discussed during the initial consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva.

Suture Method

During a suture technique procedure, Dr. Ho Taghva uses permanent sutures, rather than surgical cuts, to create a double eyelid. During this procedure, a fine caliber permanent suture is placed beneath the upper eyelid skin to shape and fold the lid. No incisions are required and there is minimal scarring involved because no skin is removed.

This technique is quick and requires less downtime than the full incision technique. However, it is only appropriate for select patients.  

Full Incision Method

To begin a full double eyelid procedure, Dr. Ho Taghva creates the incisions. These are made as discreetly as possible to minimize scarring and typically heal very well. Then, the doctor removes excess skin and fat before creating a natural crease with sutures, according to the patient’s aesthetic goals. Once she ensures that the adjustments in each eyelid are symmetrical, Dr. Ho Taghva closes the incisions.The entire procedure typically takes under an hour. 

Upper Blepharoplasty Before-and-After Pictures

Complementary / Adjunctive Blepharoplasty Procedures

The double eyelid procedure is often combined with other techniques to enhance and adjust the shape of the eyes as the patient wishes. These options will be discussed during the initial consultation and will increase the overall length and/or invasiveness of the surgery, but will also enhance the results of a double eyelid procedure. Options include:

Medial Epicanthoplasty

A medial epicanthoplasty is a procedure that is performed to contour the inner corner of the eyes. This makes the eyes look longer and brighter. It is best for people with an obvious epicanthal (Mongolian) fold. 

Lateral Canthoplasty 

The opposite of a medial epicanthoplasty, a lateral canthoplasty addresses the outer corners of the eyes to make them look bigger and longer. The procedure can subtly change the shape and tilt of the eyes as well.

Ptosis Repair

Upper eyelid drooping, or ptosis, is common in older people and can cause both aesthetic problems and vision issues. Ptosis repair can help prevent forehead wrinkling and make the eyes look bigger and brighter by strengthening the levator and Müller’s muscles to resolve drooping. 

Recovering from Double Eyelid Surgery

Patients can expect some swelling and bruising following their double eyelid procedure. Over-the-counter or prescription medications can help with any discomfort. You should keep your head elevated during the first few days to minimize swelling and follow all of the doctor’s instructions closely to help you heal post-operatively.

Typically, patients will need to take about a week off from work and other responsibilities.

You may need to postpone exercise and other strenuous activities for several weeks after surgery. Our office will let you know when it is safe to resume normal activities at your follow-up appointments.

If you have any concerns following your eyelid surgery, contact our Orange County facility for advice from our trained staff or call 911 in case of an emergency.

What are the Risks of Blepharoplasty?

Like all cosmetic surgeries, double eyelid surgery does involve some risks.

Patients should understand the risks of eyelid surgery when planning their procedure but can rest assured that most patients do not develop complications after the procedure.

However, complications are rare, especially when the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva. Possible risks include:

  • Infection 
  • Bleeding
  • Dryness and irritation
  • Trouble closing the eyelids
  • Asymmetry
  • Unfavorable scarring 
  • Temporary vision problems 
  • Skin discoloration

The Latest in Double Eyelid Surgery Advancements

Embracing the Newest Techniques

In the dynamic field of plastic surgery, techniques and technologies are constantly evolving. We are committed to staying at the forefront of these advancements to offer you the most effective and safe double eyelid surgery options.

Innovative Surgical Methods: Our clinic regularly updates surgical techniques, incorporating the latest findings and innovations. This includes refined incision methods for minimal scarring and advanced suture techniques for more natural-looking results.

State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize cutting-edge technology for both the planning and execution of double eyelid surgeries. This ensures precision and consistency in the results we deliver. 

Your Journey with the Latest Advancements

Choosing to undergo double eyelid surgery is a significant decision. We are here to provide you with the most current information and advanced care, ensuring that your journey with us reflects the latest in surgical excellence and patient care.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva

Frequently Asked Questions About Blepharoplasty

Is it a good idea to get lower eyelid surgery in addition to upper blepharoplasty?

Many Newport Beach patients opt for lower eyelid surgery at the same time as upper eyelid surgery so that they can enjoy more dramatic facial rejuvenation results in the eye area. Some patients also undergo a brow lift to improve the appearance of the upper third of their face.

Will upper eyelid surgery get rid of wrinkles?

Contrary to popular belief, upper eyelid surgery is not intended to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, and dark circles. Instead, its goal is to remove excess skin and fat in the upper eyelid area. Patients who are interested in improving fine lines and wrinkles should consider other procedures like laser resurfacing, injectables, or chemical peels.

What is the perfect age for an upper blepharoplasty?

There is no “perfect age” for an upper blepharoplasty in Newport Beach. Most patients choose to undergo the procedure in their 30s, 40s, and 50s when signs of aging around their eyes have begun to make them look older than they feel.

Is upper eyelid surgery painful?

After upper eyelid surgery, patients may feel some pain and discomfort. The good news is that postoperative discomfort can usually be greatly reduced with cold compresses and pain medications. Patients shouldn’t worry about any unmanageable pain as it is a very rare occurrence.

When do most patients return to work after upper eyelid surgery?

Most patients return to work 8 to 10 days after upper eyelid surgery. However, those with physical jobs typically require more time away from work.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

Typically, upper blepharoplasty is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. However, when it is paired with other procedures, general anesthesia may be necessary. Dr. Ho Taghva will discuss the type of anesthesia is right for the patient’s individual procedure during the consultation.

How long do blepharoplasty results last?

Upper eyelid surgery results may last around seven years. After about seven years, the natural process of aging may cause skin and fat to accumulate once more. Patients can undergo this procedure again if they wish.

When will patients look normal again after upper eyelid surgery?

Most patients appear normal and feel comfortable participating in social activities about two to three weeks after surgery. They can typically enjoy their final results after three months and may find that their results continue to improve until around the six-month mark.

Can patients wear makeup, wash their hair, or shower after upper blepharoplasty?

Most patients are cleared to shower and wash their hair the day after upper eyelid surgery. Dr. Ho Taghva does not recommend wearing eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, or any other type of eye makeup for at least a few weeks after surgery.

Is upper eyelid surgery a medical necessity?

Some patients choose an upper blepharoplasty for medical reasons. Their upper eyelids may droop so far that it makes it difficult for them to see. In these cases, insurance may cover the cost of the surgery.

What upper blepharoplasty office is near me?

If you live near Newport Beach, CA, LEA Plastic Surgery offers upper blepharoplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 20360 SW Birch Street Suite 180 Newport Beach, CA 92660

“I love doctor Ho! She is the best! She did my eyes ~ and my fat transfer ~ after the surgery she follows me every week ~ she always give me good advice!~ I am loving my new face now~ thanks and millions of thanks for her! ”


“I was born with left eye ptosis and always had one eye monolid and the other has double crease. It is very difficult for me to do makeup everyday. It bothered me very long time. Now I have even double eyelid and am happy with it. Thank you Dr. Taghva who has amazing skills for the beauty which brings happiness for women.”


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