Asian countries are known for their cultural family ties and their mastery of technology. In the modern world, certain Asian countries have acquired a taste for cosmetic procedures, and have become quite good at it. They have used their superior technological knowledge to make surgeries faster and safer, yielding better results and speeding up recovery time.
On a global level, the most popular surgeries fall into several broad categories, such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, and breast augmentation or reduction. In recent years, buttock augmentation has garnered interest, as well as chest and ab implants for men. While people from all nationalities use these surgical beauty options, there are certain procedures that Asian communities in particular seem to prefer.
Beauty columns through the ages have touted the oval shape as the ideal feminine characteristic. Two popular surgeries that are used to achieve this effect are chin augmentations and jaw reduction. To augment a patient’s chin, a surgeon will reshape the face to give the chin a more pointed appearance. Surgeons can implant prosthetics into the chin, or they can use bone tissue from the patient’s pelvis or rib cage.
After a well-done chin augmentation, the patient’s face looks longer, their cheeks seem narrower, and their chin is more angular, which gives the face an overall shift in shape. For best results, the surgeon will do a nose-job during the same surgery, so that he or she can balance all the facial features and get them into attractive proportions.
The other option is to reshape the patient’s jaw. The surgeon will operate on the patient by opening up the jaw and reducing the prominence of the jaw line to produce a smaller, more delicate, and more traditional feminine appearance. This surgery is also a common one for patients that are transitioning their gender presentation.
One of the most common surgeries among Asian patients is eye-widening. Some celebrities that have had this surgery include Jackie Chan and Julie Chen. The main aim of this surgery is to give eyes a more western appearance, and when done correctly (and paired with targeted eye make-up), the patient’s facial expression becomes doe-eyed, innocent, and seductive.
There are two main types of eye-widening surgery. In epicanthoplasty, the surgeon operates on the corners of the patient’s eyelids, making the eyes seem larger by removing the folds on the corners of the eyes. The resulting effect is that the patient’s eyes will look wider and the corners of the eye will soften, minimising the characteristic Asian slant.
Many times, a patient will have two surgeries in one. In addition to their epicanthoplasty, they will have a blepharoplasty. This second surgery sounds like the opposite of the first one, but it’s not really. It gives the eyes a wider look by creating the appearance of a double eyelid. The surgeon removes some of the excess tissue on the eyelids and adjusts its position so that a beautiful crease appears above the patient’s eye. These two surgeries significantly reduce the stereotypical shape of Asian patients’ eyes.
Another popular option for patients in the Asian community is to have their foreheads augmented. Outside of surgery, a mild improvement can be done using laser treatment, waxing, or threading. In this case, the patient’s hairline is tactically pushed back by getting rid of anything from a few millimetres to one inch of hair at the top of the face. The surgical solution to this challenge is to put an implant on the patient’s face. The implant rounds the shape of the forehead, making it tastefully prominent.
On the subject of hair, many Asian patients are fans of hair implants. While their western counterparts might wear a wig, braid in hair extensions, or buy a toupee, many Asian communities enjoy the more organic effect of implanting hair directly into the skin. The hair is usually installed in the form of hair follicles so that the new hair literally grows out of the patient’s own head.