Blepharoplasty

You can call double-eyelid surgery wrong, or see it as evidence of body dysmorphia, but don't overplay the race issue. It's insulting to those of us who are merely vain - Euny Hong

Blepharoplasty
Blepharoplasty

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I Got Eyelid Surgery, but Not to Look White

Last week, the Chinese-American talk-show host Julie Chen revealed on CBS's "The Talk" that she had double-eyelid surgery early in her career, after a boss at an Ohio TV station insisted it was the only way she would get in front of the cameras. An agent told her the same thing. Plenty of people found fault with the TV executive and the agent for putting that kind of pressure on Ms. Chen, but critics—most of them Asian—have also laid into the broadcast journalist, claiming that blepharoplasty is a form of racial reassignment surgery, indicative of Asian self-hatred and white-worship.

The accusation is bogus. I should know: In 2002, I had the double-eyelid procedure. I did it because…

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 I Got Eyelid Surgery, but Not to Look White

It's true that Asians like round eyes, and Westerners have round eyes. But that doesn't mean that Asians want Western eyes.

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Every year, hundreds of thousands of men and women choose blepharoplasty to improve the way they look. Droopy eyelids can make you look older and can also impair vision. Blepharoplasty corrects these problems and also removes puffiness and bags under the eyes that make you look worn and tired. This procedure cannot alter dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nor can it change sagging eyebrows.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the eyelids. Surgery can be performed on the upper lids, lower lids or both.

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