This blog is unbiased! My opinions of Blepharoplasty are not in this entry! I would like to hear your thoughts and opinions on this subject.
A couple of years ago, I went to a showing of NEVER PERFECT, a documentary by Regina Park. It was the second showing, according to her website, at my school, Shippensburg University. It was so compelling and not a little sad. The documentary follows a Korean American girl on the days leading up to the day of her Blepharoplasty.
Blepharoplasty is also known as “double eyelid” surgery. Asian women and men get double eyelid surgery to create a crease in their eyelids. The reasons for double eyelid surgery are controversial.
Some Asian American women say they want the surgery because they were made fun of in their predominantly caucasian schools. Others say they want the surgery to brighten their eyes and make them look more “awake.”
The surgery includes a removal of some of the eyelid and fat. The stitches, along with the absent skin, results in a fold that otherwise would not be there. According to Women’s eNews, Blepharoplasty is the number 1 cosmetic procedure in Asia. But Asian Americans struggle with the decision to keep their ethnic identity or succumb to aesthetics. Is it self-hate? Conformity to Western beauty?(http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1950/)
What do you think?
Reasons for Blepharoplasty:
- Easier application of eye makeup
- More “caucasian” eyes
- Brighter eyes
Reasons not to get Blepharoplasty:
- Retain ethnic identity
- Painful and costly surgery
Asians are not the only ones getting Blepharoplasty. People of all races get this procedure to get rid of saggy eyelids or the get lower Blepharoplasty to get rid of bags under the eyes. Many celebrities are reported to have gone through this procedure!