Canthoplasty — Lifting the corner of the eye
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Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure used to help create an upward slant in the outer corner of the eyelid, or correct a drooping appearance in this portion of the eye. Canthoplasty is used to create the sought after cat-eye look with an upwardly slanted outer eyelid corner. It can easily be combined with the rest of your Facial Feminization Surgery.
When is a canthoplasty indicated?
A canthoplasty is indicated if the lateral corner of the eye is ‘drooping’.
- A canthoplasty can be done in local anesthesia, but general anesthesia has our preference.
- Although the exact procedure used for a canthoplasty varies from patient to patient, the main goal is to cut the lower canthal tendon so it can be moved and tightened.
- Generally, an incision is made in the outer corner of the patient’s eyelids in order to access the tendon. Care is taken to perform the incision within the natural crease of the eyelid, in order to minimize the visibility of scarring as much as possible.
You should expect some bruising of the lower lid. It will fade away in 2-3 weeks.
Complications that may occur are:
- Overcorrection (too high) or undercorrection (too low).
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