Blepharoplasty, sankapul, double eyelid surgery, or whatever you want to call it. The all time favorite plastic surgery operation in Korea has many names to go with.
For the ones wondering where the word sankapul is derived from, it comes from Korean word “쌍꺼풀” which means double eyelid.
So, lets take a closer look to this famous and favorite plastic surgery operation performed in Korea. It remains extremely popular in other Asian countries also.
Koreans and in general all Asians are taught from young age that the bigger eyes they have, the better it is. You can see this just watching Asian cartoons for a few moments. All the characters do have big eyes. Yet this has nothing to do with copying the western looks even many do believe that it is the case, which however is wrong.
In general about 25% of Koreans are born with double eyelid.
Even though there are many really beautiful Korean people with monolid (single eyelid), most Koreans do still prefer a double eyelid which gives you and impression of larger looking eyes. Also this should help women with their eye makeup,it saves the amount of make up and the time used for applying it, since the ones not having double eyelid, are often using double eyelid tape- or glue to give an impression of double eyelid.
Koreans are known to be among one of the most heavily make up using nations in the world. Recently, a video of Korean girl removing half of her makeup become an online sensation in Youtube. You can read the article and check out the video with astonishing transformation here.
Actually it’s not unusual that Koreans need to do double eyelid surgery for non-aesthetic reasons. This condition is called as ”ptosis” basically its a state where the upper or lower eyelid is drooping.
If it is affecting the vision, the normal solution is blepharoplasty. Korea’s ex president, Roh Moo-hyun had the blepharoplasty operation for medical reasons which actually boosted the acceptance of double eyelid surgeries all over the Korea. ”If the president can have double eyelid surgery, we can have it too”
Whatever the reason was aesthetic or purely for better looks,what this surgery is all about?
The double eyelid surgery is pretty simple operation after all, especially if comparing it to the other plastic surgery operations. Surgeon removes a tiny amount of excessive skin around the eye. Next step is to remove a bit of tissue under the skin around the eyes. There is also chance that the doctor needs to also remove a bit of fat pads. The doctor will hide the incision line in the eyelid crease which he/she just created.
Its pretty simple operation but Korean people, or well, all Asian people in general should definitely get this operation done with Korean plastic surgery expert since non-Asian surgeons might not be familiar with doing double eyelid surgery for Asians. It’s kinda common that Koreans or in general Asians living abroad, will need to fix their badly done double eyelid surgery done by doctor who did not specialize in Asian eyes. Many of those failed cases will save up some money and travel to Korea to get the best results. One failed double eyelid surgery is enough for them, better pay for the quality the second time and get it done properly.
Since the double eyelid surgery is pretty moderate, it will be performed under a same day operation. No need to stay at the hospital overnight, patient can just return back to home after the operation is finished.
Straight after the surgery it is expected that the cease will be a bit more higher than what the patient was wishing for, but after a few months of healing, the cease will drop down a bit and archive the desired results.
Double eyelid surgery in Korea costs something in between $US1000 to $US1500. For comparation, the same job done in America will cost around $US5000. And as said earlier, even the best doctors in America can’t get even close as good results as their Korean counterparts.
Looking for double eyelid surgery before and after photos? Take a look here.