Interestingly enough, I’ve found out #1 search words that reached my blog is “double eyelids” & “single eyelids” and top post has been my old post titled, “Double Eyelids vs. Single Eyelids“ which is about my years of endless pressure from my own family to make my single eyelids to double via a simple surgery. I’ve also realised that many young teenager girls and boys who are at the age when they don’t have their confidence in their appearance are encouraged to get eyelids surgery by their own mother, father, grandmother and aunts – because in their western media fed perspectives, rounder eyes with double eyelids are prettier than asian slant thin eyes. Some of them are forcing it to their younger generation. I think that’s why this subject holds highest interest from any asian girls or boys who have slant single eyelids and that’s why I decided to write a series on this subject.
First of all, for all the westerners who are very ignorant about this kind of plastic surgery,(that’s a good sign!) let me explain about the double eyelids surgery that has been popular among Japan, Korea, China, Thailand and other asian culture over generations. (Yes, they all done it) Its medical term is “blepharoplasty” and here is a good explanation with photos of before and after. This site also has an article with interviews of couple of Korean American young girls who decided to do it b/c their grandmothers and mothers think it’s prettier. Here is an insert from it,
“All my Korean friends had it done just because they wanted bigger eyes,” she says. Han, now 18, was encouraged by her grandmother, her mother, and her aunt, all of whom she describes as having naturally large eyes. “Before I got mine done, we used to look at Korean magazines or TV, and all the Korean actresses had big eyes or had had it done. They think it’s prettier,” she says.
It’s my huntch but, this interviewee’s grandmother, mother and aunts got their eyes done and not admitting it to her, I think. My mom, aunts, friends, cousins – they all did it and I don’t think it’s something to be shameful of. However, I don’t think it’s right to give peer pressure to young girls who hasn’t figured out their own identities yet. I hope young girls or boys undertand that having single eyelids are okay and double eyelids won’t necessarily make them look prettier or more handsome. Anyway, I once even told a friend of mine that getting eyelids surgeries can be almost compared to circumcising procedure for male babies…
I believe at least 70% of asian girls you see who have rounder double eyelids, they’ve done thier eyelids, perhpas more % out there. (I have very keen eyes to detect them since I majored art and design – I’m crazily detail oriented – I see 1 pixel off in graphic in the screen.) Anyway, I think it’s not that far from very popular brow fixing surgery that is being done in the west. (In the article, Spain is the number 1 country where the most people get their eyebrow work done surgically)
I found this interesting forum about eyelids – “Plastic surgery in Japanese society or entertainment?” Check it out, you might see some insight in this topic.
I found this image from there that shows Japanese product that can creat double eyelids for you.
Anyway, I have to conclude that I like uniqueness in people so that, I found many asian girls and boys look very exotic and beautiful with single eyelids. Actually, my favorite top 3 Korean celebrities all have single eyelids and I think they look very attractive to me, more so and make them unique. I really miss natural harmoneous beauty in Korean TV nowadays. It’s a pity to watch some beautiful girls ruining their beautiful faces and making them looking freakish by pressure… because eyelids are only the beginning.