A canthopexy surgery raises the lateral corners of your eyes to increase the upward slant of your eyes – commonly called the ‘cat-eye’ effect. The procedure is performed alone or more frequently together with a brow lift or full lower eyelid plasty. Fresher, less tired-looking eyes are the key to looking younger and having a happier facial expression.
A canthopexy surgery is a surgical procedure that is designed to elevate and fix the lateral canthal tendon to a higher position on the bone. The effect is a subtle yet visible correction in the angle of the outside corner of the eye.
After giving a few injections to anesthetize the skin, a very small incision is made at the meeting point between the upper and lower eyelid crease on the lateral corner of the eyes. The surgeon will elevate the lateral canthal tendon and fix it to a higher position. A suture is then placed within the crease so the scar will remain hidden.
Since a canthopexy is commonly combined with lower eyelid skin and fat bags removal or lower blepharoplasty, incisions may extend further under the lower eyelid.
A canthopexy surgery has several benefits that depend mostly on your desires. For younger patients, the procedure can be mainly cosmetic to raise or elevate the lateral corners of the eyes, giving a ‘cat-eye‘ / almond effect. Younger patients may also consider having a lateral brow lift together with canthopexy to produce a more significant impact.
For older patients, the procedure is mainly done in combination with a lower blepharoplasty. A lower blepharoplasty rejuvenates the eyes by removing excess skin, fat, and eye bags making eyes look younger. You can read more about lower blepharoplasty surgery here.
A canthopexy surgery can is performed alone or in combination with either a lower blepharoplasty or a brow lift. If performed solely, the entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete. If combined with one of the surgeries mentioned above, it may take up to 1 hour to complete.
Since the incision point is right at the lateral corner or crease of the eye where the upper and lower eyelid meet, the scar will remain mostly hidden and unnoticeable after the proper healing time.
A canthopexy is performed with just a local anesthetic. At the beginning of the procedure, the surgeon will give you a few injections to anesthetize the skin at the outer corners of your eyes. After just a few minutes, the anesthetic will take effect, and you will feel no pain. You will be awake, however, during the procedure.
At no point during the surgery will the surgeon operate on your eye, only the skin, and tendon around the eye.
A canthopexy surgery requires that you stay in Budapest for anywhere from 1-5 days. This depends on if you want our surgeon to remove the stitches. If you have a home nurse or doctor, you can easily visit once you return home, you can leave the very next day.
Like all types of surgery, there are certain risks involved. General risks associated with a breast lift are usually temporary but can include oedema, bleeding, infection, seroma (fluid accumulation) and a temporary loss of sensitivity in the breast area. All the risks of having a breast lift will be provided to you by the surgeon at the time of the consultation.
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