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The eye is a delicate facial feature, any change to it is immediately noticeable. But in the world of aesthetics and in expert hands, whenever there is a change done to the eyes, it is usually quite hard to pinpoint the exact difference. When done right, your eyes give out a glow resulting in a younger looking you. One such eye procedure that is gaining popularity and taking over faces is the cat eye surgery.

The cat eye or the fox eye effect, which also goes by the technical name Canthoplasty is a procedure that alters the outer corner of the eye where the eyelids meet (lateral canthus) to elongate and naturally produce almond-shaped eyes. The procedure involves tightening, lifting and repositioning the lateral canthus resulting in a more exotic and youthful look. The look is similar to the winged eye that can be achieved through a flick of liquid eye liner.

Canthoplasty has its background from blepharoplasty or eyelid lift which is a procedure that involves removing or moving fat and skin from the lower and/or upper eyelid resulting in a more refreshed appearance. The procedure can dramatically change the appearance of hooded or bags’ eyelids which often give someone a tired or sad look. A cat eye lift can be done alongside a blepharoplasty since both procedures use the same type of incisions. 

Ideal Candidate for Cat Eye Lift

Canthoplasty is more appealing to a younger set of individuals who are mainly in their 20s and 30s but tend to be under 40. The fox eye effect is suited for both men and women and it is attractive and desirable in both genders.

What Canthoplasty Involves

As mentioned, Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used to lift the outer corners of the eyes. It can improve a sad or tired expression by resulting in a ‘cat eye’ appearance which creates a more youthful look to the eyes.

The procedure involves an incision in the eyelid’s outer corner to redesign the stretched or weakened canthal tendon which anchors the lower eyelid. This in turn elevates the outer corners of the eyes thereby improving their overall shape.

A minimally invasive approach is usually used for the lateral canthal procedures and tightening of the lower eyelid in order to achieve better eye skin contour with tiny hidden scars. Individuals who previously had lower blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery) can also benefit from lateral Canthoplasty with pulled down (retracted) lower eyelids and rounded canthus. Canthoplasty surgery can also be used to repair an overdone surgical appearance of the eyes as well as correct deformities caused by disease or trauma.

Recovery and Results

Following the cat eye lift surgery, you may experience mild to moderate discomfort but it can be managed with pain medication. You will also experience some bruising and swelling but these typically subside within a week. During your recovery period, your eyes will be bandaged for a short while and your vision will be a bit blurry after they are removed but this is only temporary.

A cat eye lift surgery produces youthful and rejuvenating results around the eyes. The results comprise of subtle change to the shape of the eyes, making them take an almond shape. When combined with other blepharoplasty procedures, it gives the individual a youthful and refreshed look.

Next Step

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