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personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

Postby threekings » Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:02 am

i think some people might find my personal experience with asian bleph helpful to make their own decisions.

My background: I'm a young asian male who underwent an attempted double-eyelid asian blepharoplasty 9 years ago by a plastic surgeon. The first surgery was not successful; the creases were too low and the eyes appeared asymmetric.

I'm actually a medical doctor myself now, and did some research before deciding to do a revision. I considered having a revision done by Dr. William Chen, Dr. Frank ******, Dr. Robert Flowers, and an oculoplastic surgeon on the east coast. They're probably all excellent surgeons. Because of limited time and money, I only had consultations with Dr. Chen and the east coast oculoplastic surgeon.

Based on what I read on this message board, it sounded like Dr. Chen could be arrogant. However, during my consultation Dr. Chen was pretty nice and willing to answer any questions I had. His office, while not terrible, wasn't as nice and sleek as most offices of plastic surgeons.

After consulting with Dr. Chen a couple times, I got the impression that he's extremely knowledgeable and experienced with asian blephs. The more I hear from doctors and nurses, he seems to have a good reputation across the country. The fact that he teaches other ophthalmologists how to do asian blephs during their national meeting every year reassured me about his reputation. For these reasons, I ultimately decided to do my asian bleph revision with Dr. Chen.

During my surgery, which was 5 days ago, I was even more impressed with his skill. I've participated in close to a hundred surgeries myself during my medical training. I've seen some great surgeons (and some really bad surgeons) do their thing. Although I couldn't see what Dr. Chen was doing to my eyelids, I could immediately tell his movements were smooth, precise, and efficient, and he knew exactly what he was doing.

I've had no complications, and my recovery is going extremely well now at postop day 5. I have no bruising, and the swelling is rapidly decreasing. I could probably go out in public if the sutures weren't still in. As far as scarring, I can't even see the incision line right now. It's too early to tell if my eyes will look the way I want them to, but so far everything's going great.
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wondering

Postby Hushy » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:58 am

what's the difference between asian bleph and double-eyelid surgery?
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Re: wondering

Postby threekings » Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:27 am

in my case, there's no difference between the two terms. I had the original surgery done to form double eyelids (aka a crease above each eye), which the same intent with most asian blephs.

Hushy wrote:what's the difference between asian bleph and double-eyelid surgery?
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Could you please give me Dr. Chen's contact info ?

Postby Year1999 » Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:37 pm

Hi there,
I am also asian just like you. I had a blepharoplasty about 5 years ago and unfornately it was not successful. The surgery left scars on both of my eye lids and the surgeon took out too much fat and made my eyes looked very unnatural. I would like to get Dr. Chen's opinion for a possible revise surgery. Can you help? Thank you so much.
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Postby lollipop » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:12 am

I heard he also specializes in asian nose revisions, my nose photographs too big I think I am going to have him fix that 2. He also does asian jaw reduction with botox! The typical square wide jaw that many asians have can be fixed permanently with botox, you need 3 treatments and then it permanently reduces the muscle, I have seen pics, its amazing the square jar is gone and anoval more asthetically pleasing jawline remains.
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Postby threekings » Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:40 pm

actually dr. william chen, the one based in Long Beach, CA, does only eye and eyelid procedures. He's an oculoplastic surgeon, and as far as I know, he does not perform plastic surgeries such as jaw reduction and nose revisions.

lollipop wrote:I heard he also specializes in asian nose revisions, my nose photographs too big I think I am going to have him fix that 2. He also does asian jaw reduction with botox! The typical square wide jaw that many asians have can be fixed permanently with botox, you need 3 treatments and then it permanently reduces the muscle, I have seen pics, its amazing the square jar is gone and anoval more asthetically pleasing jawline remains.
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Postby k.on.oahu » Mon Mar 13, 2006 6:18 pm

To 3kings.
Hey im happy to hear that your surgery went well. How much was it?? Im also interested in getting asian bleph.
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Postby threekings » Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:54 pm

the total price was $3700. well worth it. I'm at 2 weeks now after surgery and there's minimal swelling. The scar isn't really noticeable except to me. I was worried at first the eyelids would appear too big and fake, but they actually look really natural. Part of me thinks I should've asked for a slightly bigger eyelid crease. Then again, this was just a revision and I'm happy with the subtle results I got.

k.on.oahu wrote:To 3kings.
Hey im happy to hear that your surgery went well. How much was it?? Im also interested in getting asian bleph.
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Postby k.on.oahu » Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:47 pm

3kings:
Hey thanks for the info that's awesome your surgery was successful. i wanted to do this surgery for a while now and one of the reasons why i haven't done it yet is cause im really worried that im gonna regret it or it won't look natural, so great to hear about your surgery!! DId people notice that you've gottensurgery?
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Postby bogobogo » Thu May 04, 2006 3:33 pm

I had a consultation with dr chen also, but it seemed too quick and breif which is why I did not go with him.

During the surgery, did dr. chen make you open your eyes or did he do the whole surgery with your eyes closed?
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Re: personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

Postby onelilkgirl » Wed Sep 29, 2010 1:31 am

This post is to help others that have had bad upper asian bleph as i have had.I had upper eyelid surgery about 15 years ago,wasnt very happy with the results but i could live with it.I decided after many years and consultations to finally go for it. I had finally decided to go with Larry Schlesinger in Honolulu, HI after he had reassured me that i was going to look more beautiful,he'd clean up my eyes, make them more even and had even said it would be a simple procedure. So, he told me he was going to take out extra skin,even out my creases, creases would go to corner of my eyes and taper out, and put fat into the hollow of my upper eyelids. The morning of the surgery, I really wanted to back out but again he reassured me that everything would turn out fine.I woke up from the surgery and looked in the mirror. I noticed right away the incisions were crooked and one went out further and higher than the other.I also could see the under white part of my eyelids,they were in a sense flipped up. He said that they are just tight from the surgery and will relax with time. I went to my follow up appts with concerns that they were not what i asked for and of course he would say how great they were coming along.They werent!! He's a liar and even his staff seemed aware of his mess up!! This is what i ended up with, my left eye has more skin than my right eye, the crease left eye comes to a triangle, meaning the crease in the middle comes to a point and then the rest of the crease goes down on both sides creating a trianle,my right side the crease is not as deep, there is less skin so it folds over less,right side is much more hollow than left side, left side crease goes past my outside corner of eye making me look old, in other words they look worse than they did before i had them done by Dr. Schlesinger.On top of that he charged me bout $8000 to do it.With much complaining and crying in his office, he reluctingly refunded all money minus the surgery room and anethesioligist which was close to an additional $1000.Its caused me much depression and anxiety. Im a single mother of two young children.Its caused me to not go to some of their functions and activities.I'm also a student and have dropped out and havent pursued going into real estate.After a month, he said he'd go in and release some stitches so my left eye's crease wasnt so high.In no way was i going to do that! I got a consultation with another doctor,DR.Mcdivott and he said he wouldnt touch me for another three months. I also went to Dr.William Chen and he said in a year he would do it.He said in no way would he do it any earlier and reassured me that its totally fixable. Dr.Mcdivott also said that would recommend me to go to Dr.Chen.I totally appreciate his honesty and sympathy. I only wish Dr.Schlesinger had done the same. Dr.Schlesinger seemed more interested in collecting that money then seeing my best interest. I believe he only refunded me my money because he doesnt want me to say anything and I had brought in a couple friends at seperate times and they both told him that he did a terrible job and said that he should refund me my money.Anyways, I will being getting my revision done by Dr.Chen. My year mark will be february and I'm very nervous but cant wait to get it done and i hope and pray that it'll turn out with something that is much better than what i have now and to get on with my life.
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Re: personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

Postby Roxymydog » Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:07 pm

Hi guys,

Im new here and really need your help and opinions, I have read the posts by peaple who have had bad results from eyelid surgery and I totally can relate. I had regular upper lower eyelids surgry a few years back which left my upper left with double lines I went back and had a revision by another doctor, it turned out pretty good, but only corrected half of the problem by that I mean from the inner corner to the midle was ok and the midle to the end still left me me with doulble line. I know I should of stop right there, but I thought since he corrected half, a minor revsion wouldnt hurt. It was a BIG mistake. I don't know if he had a bad day or he just didn't give a damn obout me. He pretty much butchered it. I left with massive scars, hallow, very high and unnatural looking eye/crease.

The last surgery was done in 2007, since then, I can't even look at myself in mirror without out crying and regrets. Im REALLY scare to have any thing done to it now, but at the same time, I can't torture mysself any more and really need to do something.
I have been reseaching the specialists in california and came across a few doctors like dr. william chen, dr. frank ******, and dr. Kami para. I would like to get inputs and any experiences that you may hae with these doctors before I make appointments with them. Most of the doctors charge at least 200.00 for a consultation, and can't afford to see that many doctors cause it adds up.

Please reply any inputs will be appreciated.
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Re: personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

Postby Socalasiangirl » Thu May 03, 2012 5:51 pm

onelilkgirl wrote:This post is to help others that have had bad upper asian bleph as i have had.I had upper eyelid surgery about 15 years ago,wasnt very happy with the results but i could live with it.I decided after many years and consultations to finally go for it. I had finally decided to go with Larry Schlesinger in Honolulu, HI after he had reassured me that i was going to look more beautiful,he'd clean up my eyes, make them more even and had even said it would be a simple procedure. So, he told me he was going to take out extra skin,even out my creases, creases would go to corner of my eyes and taper out, and put fat into the hollow of my upper eyelids. The morning of the surgery, I really wanted to back out but again he reassured me that everything would turn out fine.I woke up from the surgery and looked in the mirror. I noticed right away the incisions were crooked and one went out further and higher than the other.I also could see the under white part of my eyelids,they were in a sense flipped up. He said that they are just tight from the surgery and will relax with time. I went to my follow up appts with concerns that they were not what i asked for and of course he would say how great they were coming along.They werent!! He's a liar and even his staff seemed aware of his mess up!! This is what i ended up with, my left eye has more skin than my right eye, the crease left eye comes to a triangle, meaning the crease in the middle comes to a point and then the rest of the crease goes down on both sides creating a trianle,my right side the crease is not as deep, there is less skin so it folds over less,right side is much more hollow than left side, left side crease goes past my outside corner of eye making me look old, in other words they look worse than they did before i had them done by Dr. Schlesinger.On top of that he charged me bout $8000 to do it.With much complaining and crying in his office, he reluctingly refunded all money minus the surgery room and anethesioligist which was close to an additional $1000.Its caused me much depression and anxiety. Im a single mother of two young children.Its caused me to not go to some of their functions and activities.I'm also a student and have dropped out and havent pursued going into real estate.After a month, he said he'd go in and release some stitches so my left eye's crease wasnt so high.In no way was i going to do that! I got a consultation with another doctor,DR.Mcdivott and he said he wouldnt touch me for another three months. I also went to Dr.William Chen and he said in a year he would do it.He said in no way would he do it any earlier and reassured me that its totally fixable. Dr.Mcdivott also said that would recommend me to go to Dr.Chen.I totally appreciate his honesty and sympathy. I only wish Dr.Schlesinger had done the same. Dr.Schlesinger seemed more interested in collecting that money then seeing my best interest. I believe he only refunded me my money because he doesnt want me to say anything and I had brought in a couple friends at seperate times and they both told him that he did a terrible job and said that he should refund me my money.Anyways, I will being getting my revision done by Dr.Chen. My year mark will be february and I'm very nervous but cant wait to get it done and i hope and pray that it'll turn out with something that is much better than what i have now and to get on with my life.
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Re: personal experience, asian bleph with dr. william chen

Postby chru » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:30 pm

Glad to hear someone had a positive result, but I had the exact opposite result. Dr. Chen did my eyelid surgery and the results came out so uneven. I have a lot of scarring too and I now I have trouble closing one of my eyes which is a health issue I will have to deal with for the rest of my life. He also gave me high parallel folds that look very unnatural on my face, and this was even after consultation when I asked for low nasally tapered folds. This thread is about personal experience so in my personal experience my surgery was done carelessly. He did not take any measurements and cut the wrong kind of folds. My advice would be to choose your surgeon very carefully and make sure the procedure is for you. I regret going to Dr. Chen and hope my experience will help others make an informed decision.
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