Japanese Double Eyelid Surgery
By Yumi Nakata
Blepharoplasty, also known as the double eyelid surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in Japan. The surgery is performed to transform the Asian “monolid” into a Western-style “double lid” thereby making the patient’s eyes look bigger.
Although there are people in Asia with natural double eyelids, single eyelids are more common in East Asians. However, you wouldn’t know this by looking at popular fashion magazines as many Japanese celebrities have had the double eyelid surgery done.
Asians who have this procedure done are often criticized for trying to look more White
While the procedure is common among many Japanese celebrities, most are too embarrassed to admit that they’ve had it done and as soon as the media starts to speculate they will deny it and insist that they have always had double eyelids. Many popular Japanese fashion magazines are now using Ha-FU models to popularize the Western Asian look.
This procedure is so popular in Asia that there are products designed to mimic the double eyelid look without having to have the surgery. Eyelid glue and tape both create temporary creases, so you can try it for yourself and decide if you want to spend the money to actually have a surgery.
I was having lunch with my American girlfriend recently and we started talking about double eyelids. I told her about the double eyelid glue, and she was stunned.
“So, you are saying that Japanese women use glue to change the shape of their eyelids? Is that safe?”, my friend asked. She has beautiful rounded double eyelids with blue eyes, and she has never heard of the word double eyelids.
Double eyelid glues are fairly safe. I’ve used it before, and it didn’t cause any skin irritation or issues. In fact, you can use the false eyelash adhesive as the double eyelid glue. It is the same thing. You apply the glue where you want the crease to be in your eyelid, and you will have somewhat natural “glued” double eyelids.
Double eyelid tapes work the same way, but I personally prefer glue to tape. You put a thin tape on your eyelid, and unlike the glue, the tape does not dry out so it is more visible. The tape is more useful for a photo shoot or special occasion. (Halloween, Party etc).
The double eyelid is considered to be a gold standard of beauty not only in Japan but also in many East Asian countries. It’s easy to criticize the women who have this procedure done as being ashamed of being Asian and trying to look more Caucasian but he the truth is that many young women are often trying to emulate Japanese pop idols, who undergo the procedure as a matter of course.
We can always have plastic surgery if we are willing to take certain risks and pay the costs, but we should feel good about ourselves regardless. If you are confident now and just want to look more beautiful, go ahead and get the double eyelid surgery.