(Updated Tuesday, Apr 1, 2008, 05:11:03 PM to reflect the 100 most recent valid responses.)

Assuming you are an Asian American woman, what is your attitude toward cosmetic surgery?
I would never consider undergoing it. | 42%
I might consider it in the future. | 27%
I am considering it. | 21%
I have had it performed. | 10%

Assuming you are an Asian woman willing to consider cosmetic surgery, which of the following procedures would you be most likely to consider?
Hip/thigh reduction | 4%
Breast augmentation | 33%
Reshaping the nose | 18%
Thinning the eyelids | 17%
Facelift | 8%
Removing skin irregularities | 20%

What is your attitude toward people who have had cosmetic surgery?
I have no particular feeling toward them. | 45%
I scorn them for being so vain and/or insecure. | 24%
I pity them for having the need to undergo it. | 23%
I envy them for being able to afford it. | 8%

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To single lid big eyes,
You go grrl!!!! You are so am I. I also have big eyes that are single lided. I owe it to my parents. And I owe my tall nose to my dad. My relatives envy my nose..which sometimes is kinda weird...but I understand. That's how they judge beauty. People say I look alot like the chinese actresses you see in soap operas. And the funny thing is that I'm Vietnamese. The only thing is I wish I was darker. I have a very light complexion. But anywayz...plastic surgery is good if it helps people feel better. I wouldn't do plastic surgery because they cut you open..yuck.
Mai    Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 07:23:58 (PST)    []
Does anyone ever fancy about having cosmetic surgery?? I'm sure there are people who would like to change a certain feature about themselves, but wouldn't consider surgery. But, given the time and money would you? And even just for fun, what would you like to change? Don't be shy.

For me, I'd like to have a more prominent pointier nose. Bigger boobs like a size 36 like my friend Lin would be nice. And a more defined single eyelids.
Crea    Friday, January 03, 2003 at 10:19:46 (PST)    []
I think if it helps you accept yourself more, then it is fine. Everyone should except what God has given them, but if you got burned you would not find anyone opposed to skin resurfacing. Therefore, it is a moot issue.
Rachel    Friday, December 27, 2002 at 11:36:25 (PST)    []
I too would like to know where you can purchase the eyelid glue. Do they sell it online?

Thank you!
caligirl    Friday, December 27, 2002 at 00:11:17 (PST)    []
beauty is impt to any woman..some women are just not satisfied with what they are born choose surgery..however, i feel that as a child of your should accept everything they gave you, instead of changing them...
Grace    Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 01:49:11 (PST)    []
Re: DST Method
There are many pro/cons compared with the DST to the full incisional. In fact, not everyone is a good candidate for DST method. Deciding on which method depends on which results are most important to you. I had the option of both but I went for the full incision because I wanted them to be permanent and wanted a deep crease. Also, with the incisional method, the doctor removed 2mm of eyelid skin and some fat pockets, resulting with my eyelashes to be "lifted" so I don't have to curl my lashes and they appear twice as long! That's the best part since I no longer have skin pushing down on them. Besides, I didn't mind at all taking 3 weeks of vacation before returning to work either :) The DST sounded attractive to me because everything would be normal and results very natural after just 3 days in most cases. However, I wasn't willing to risk having one of the creases fall out after a short period and having them redone. (You'd have to pay for it again.) My sister had DST and the left suture popped out 1 year later while giving a speech at a conference in front of 300 ppl! Imagine that! It was horrifying and difficult to get to the surgeon immediately since he was 600miles away. She finally went for the full incisional afterwards. So if you live just minutes away from your surgeon and always have extra cash to get them redone, then go for the DST.
rubyskies    Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 08:50:13 (PST)    []

How long after you had the surgery did you feel ok going out in public?
dillpickle777    Sunday, December 08, 2002 at 12:53:21 (PST)    []
Heya ppl*. K. Like my eyes are very special ~ cause they are very big and almond shaped but on the otha hand my eyes are single lidded ~ they are actually really beautiful!!!! Cause like my friends aLWAYS ask if I've put eye liner on and thing is ~ I never ~ my eyes just have that look ~ hey imagine this pretty gal needs no eye liner hehe*. I totally LOVE my eyes ~ at the end of them, there's a bit of a groove and the lashes at the bottom is very visible ~ what can I say.. I'm pretty.

O yea* and as for my teeth... hehe* ~ THEY ARE SOOO PERFECT ~ like every dentist I have went to so I have PERFECT teeth* ~ they aren't jutted out or anything ~ they are just perfect* lol.
single lid big eyes!    Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 23:38:23 (PST)    []
Hi Chell
I recently met someone online who did the DST method by Dr. Kure in Beverly hills. She loves her results. She said that the day after surgery she was able to shower and she even wore eye makeup two days later. The swelling was all gone by a week and the results looked great! The swelling was also very minimal. And i believe she said it cost $1400 or $1500 USD.
The incisional method takes about 8 weeks to 12 weeks to fully heal...sometimes even longer.
Strawberry    Friday, December 06, 2002 at 14:35:49 (PST)    []
Hi there, has anyone ever had the DST method ("Double Sutures and twisting method") to create the Double eyelids

I would like to get the surgery but can't take time off work and I have heard that you need weeks before the swelling goes down if the double eyelids are done using incisional methods.
Chell    Thursday, December 05, 2002 at 22:20:41 (PST)    []
China girl,

Who's this surgeon? Does he have a website??
dillpickle777    Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 11:57:54 (PST)    []
Hi Meemee,
I didn't receive your email. I think i saw Dr. Nguyen's site before online. I wish that i had gone to someone with more experience with asian eyes than the doctor i chose. Dr. Middleton didn't even have photos to show me except the three on his website.
The day i got my stitches out he said that I shouldn't worry about anything and that if there's anything wrong that he'll fix it for me. He didn't say if it'll be free but even if it was i for sure wouldn't go back to him. I feel like my experience with him was sooo bad. I should've listened to my gut feeling and not got it done by him after my initial consultation.
Where are you from by the way? which state?
Email me again if you can. It'll be great to talk to someone who has the same prob as me.
Strawberry    Monday, December 02, 2002 at 18:44:24 (PST)    []
I got my eyes and nose done and I am so in love with the results! I had it done in NY by a Chinese surgeon. I was pretty before, but just
China Girl    Sunday, December 01, 2002 at 15:41:53 (PST)    []
Hi Strawberry,
I went to this vietnamese doctor name Ly Quang Nugyen from San Jose. His office is in Orange County, and he comes down to San Jose every other week. I heard he moved back to vietnam permanently. Not sure why. Maybe he got a lawsuit from one of his patients. I had came across Dr. Chen's website when I had decided to get eyelid surgery, but went with Dr. Nugyen because he was much cheaper. He takes cash only, and at that time, which was about 4 years ago, he charged $1000. I totally regretted it. I would've much rather spend alot more and get it done right the first time. I had two revisions from him. I even had to fly down to orange county to get them done, because he wasn't coming back to san jose as often. The airfares and everything all came down to about the same amount as if I had went to another surgeon. I just emailed you :)
meemee    Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 20:41:14 (PST)    []
I have heard of some "Asian tape" for your eyes. I do not know if it is true but if it is, I will use it and not the surgery. Not only am I afraid of needles and such, but I am 14 years old and don't have that kind of money! I have also heard that when you have the surgery your eyes get very tired and it is hard to keep them open. So if anyone has seen the "Asian tape", please tell me about if it is real. Thanks.
Sour-apple    Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 20:38:20 (PST)    []
Hey Dillpickle,
I think it was on his website or i asked him on email...I'm not sure how i knew it was $2500 but i remember being told the price...oh i think it was someone who went to his consultation that posted it here.
Well, actually it's in american dollars. But i still think it's very worth it.
I haven't met him in person yet but from reading his site and from hearing from the girl who went to see him for consultation he seems very credible. I want him to do my revision for sure!
Another person who seems to be knowing what he's doing is Dr. Won Bae...I asked him many questions and he always replies. He even has pictures on his site...but i am going to Dr. CHen cause he specializes only on eyes. Other surgeons do eyes plus other body parts. There is only so much a surgeon can know about so many parts. But Dr. Chen will know all about the eyes and the anatomy. He even wrote a book on the Asian Eye plus numerous other books.
Strawberry    Thursday, November 21, 2002 at 15:56:52 (PST)    []

How do you know that Dr Chen charges $2500? Wow. That's alot in canadian dollars....but I guess your right, if he does a good job then it's worth the $$$$. Have you seen any before and after pics? Is he really that great??
dillpickle777    Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 13:40:38 (PST)    []
Hi Meemee,
I don't know anybody personally who's had multiple surgeries done on their eyes but I know for sure that it's not uncommon. I've seen many websites where they show pictures of befores and afters that are people who have gotten mulitple surgeries already and still going in to get a correction and everything is fine after. You can email me and i could email you those sites just to let you see their results afterwards.
Which doctor did you go to? I too got unsatisfying results...the doctor said he can fix anything that is wrong for me but i'd rather not make another mistake by getting him to fix it.
I really suggest to go to Dr. Chen! I've written him many times and he's responded and also someone else on here posted that she had a consultation with him and he was very kind and knowledgeable. I'm going next year for sure!!

I believe i saw on his site that Dr. chen charges $2500 american dollars. That is more than in Toronto but I would say the price shouldn't matter if it can be done nicely...yours eyes are with you for life!
Strawberry    Monday, November 18, 2002 at 17:14:35 (PST)    []
I hear Dr chen has a very good there anyone that had their eyelids done by him??
dillpickle777    Monday, November 18, 2002 at 13:51:18 (PST)    []
zoe, i went to dr wong. i'm not totally satisfied with my results. just to let u know. i'm not hideously disformed or anything, but there's slight unsymmetry that really bothers me. it's hard to find asian eyelid surgeons in toronto.
jc    Sunday, November 17, 2002 at 23:00:26 (PST)    []