June 2018

The Korean Connection: Double Eyelid surgery

In our busy world that is loaded with information, it is easy to miss a bit of news or a new buzz word that hits the media. However when it comes to medical tourism, cosmetic surgery travel and plastic surgery, it is hard to turn your head when a new term comes around. One of the terms I want to talk about is that of double eyelid surgery, the procedure which has made its way onto the plastic surgery scene overnight. With more and more customers seeking ever more intricate and complex procedures, it is important that we clear up exactly what the procedure entails, and just how it could work for you. If you are considering your eyelids for plastic surgery, or a future plastic surgery holiday package, read on.



The first thing you will find if you search for double eyelid surgery is a strong link to Korea – and it is no surprise seeing as this is still the place where the surgery is most popular. The surgery first emerged in Asia due to the biological appearance of eyelids in Asian men and women. The surgery essentially aims to create a fold under the eyelids which radically alters the appearance of the face, which has been described as more western than Asian. Getting this effect can be done in a number of ways. The most common method is through an incision in the skin which helps to create the fold initially. The other is through fat transfer, which goes underneath the skin to emphasise the fold.


The benefits of both have been disputed, with some parties claiming that the incision method is quickest and safest, and others claiming that the non-incision method lasts the longest over the course of a lifetime. Needless to say, different doctors have stuck to different methods, and in Korea the competition between plastic surgeons is fierce. In any plastic surgery clinic, double eyelid surgery will be one of the first procedures on show to prove the skill of any surgeon. With the industry of medical tourism and cosmetic surgery travel on the rise, it is no surprise that the need to prove yourself has increased more than ever.



Whilst the procedure has its roots in Korea, people of Asian descent are travelling from all over the world to different clinics for the procedure. Plastic surgery travel has been on the rise since the early 2000s, and the market in Asia booming thanks to affordable plastic surgery travel packages. With an industry thriving, it is fair to say that double eyelid surgery is at an all-time high, with the questions surrounding it getting clearer every day.