What Is Canthoplasty?

Eye shape might seem subtle but can have a powerful effect on your overall aesthetic. An almond-shaped eye has the outer corner of the eye slightly higher than the inner corner and has the lower eyelid in a position where no white of the eye (sclera) shows beneath the colored part of the eye (iris). This eye shape is more common in people of Asian, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, or mixed ethnicities and can give a beautiful, youthful, and exotic look to the eyes.

Throughout the aging process, people’s eye shape can change to become more rounded in shape, horizontally shortened, and oftentimes with the white of the eye showing below the iris. This can give the eyes a more aged, tired, or sad appearance.

Lateral canthoplasty can create, accentuate, or restore an almond-shape to the eyes that give them an alert, youthful, and alluring appearance.

How Does Dr. Lee Customize Your Canthoplasty?

Our goal is to help you achieve your desired aesthetic, and the consultation process is very important. If you are looking to accentuate or create an appealing eye shape, you should bring in photos of eye shapes that you prefer. This helps us get a precise idea of what your goals look like.

For this reason, we fully tailor every aspect of your procedure, delivering an eye shape that matches your unique features and looks entirely natural. In short, we strive to make it look like you were born with this eye shape. We aim to avoid any “artificial” looks and instead emphasize your natural beauty.

You can also combine canthoplasty with other procedures to achieve a more powerful enhancement. Other procedures combined with canthoplasty can include:

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Why Do Patients Prefer an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon for Canthoplasty?

The eyelids have very delicate anatomy, and changing the shape of the eye can sometimes alter the aperture of the eyelids, blink function, and even the ability for the eyes to close. An oculoplastic surgeon is an eyelid specialist who understands and can work with the complexity of the eye area. The changes we make during canthoplasty are small, so they demand incredible precision in order to create the desired effect.

If you plan to combine canthoplasty with other eyelid surgeries, your oculofacial plastic surgeon can help ensure that your overall surgery achieves a harmonious and stunning result.

What Is the Downtime After Canthoplasty?

After your canthoplasty, you can expect some swelling and bruising that will improve over the first several weeks. Patients are advised not to do any strenuous activity for the first 2 weeks. The eyelids may initially feel slightly tight but will relax and feel natural over the course of several weeks. As you continue to heal, the swelling will subside and your final results can be appreciated about 2-3 months after surgery.

If you have any questions or concerns during this period, give us a call. We will gladly work with you to provide information and assistance.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Take the first step toward achieving your ideal aesthetic with canthoplasty. When you schedule your consultation, you can get started with Dr. Lee on building your personalized treatment plan.

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