Lateral Canthoplasty

At CK Plastic Surgery, lateral canthoplasty does not use the customary method of pulling and suturing the eye but is performed by dividing the upper and lower end of the eye with an incision into the conjunctiva so that the skin will not stick together again. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim to know more about Canthoplasty Surgery in LA.


Features & Benefits

Widening of the Eye Aperture

Lateral canthoplasty can widen the eye aperture, which is the distance between the inner and outer corners of the eyes. This can create a more youthful and open-eyed appearance, giving the eyes a more alert and awake look.

Altered Eye Shape

This procedure can modify the shape of the eyes, making them appear larger or more almond-shaped. This alteration can contribute to a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing facial appearance.

Correction of Epicanthal Folds

Epicanthal folds are the folds of skin that cover the inner corners of the eyes, commonly seen in individuals of certain ethnicities. Lateral canthoplasty can help minimize or eliminate these folds, resulting in a smoother transition between the bridge of the nose and the inner corners of the eyes.

Enhanced Aesthetic Appearance

Lateral canthoplasty is often performed for cosmetic reasons, as it can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the eyes and the face. By adjusting the outer corner of the eye, the surgeon can help achieve a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance.

Before & After Results

Experience the Remarkable Transformation: Witness the Astonishing Before and After Results of Lateral Canthoplasty

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 Lateral canthoplasty is a surgical procedure performed on the outer corner of the eye to enhance the shape and appearance. It involves modifying the outer canthus (the area where the upper and lower eyelids meet at the outer edge) to achieve a wider and more open eye appearance.

Lateral canthoplasty is commonly sought by individuals who desire a more almond-shaped or wider eye appearance. It can help correct a narrow or downturned eye shape and provide a more aesthetically pleasing result. Some people also undergo this procedure for functional reasons, such as correcting eyelid laxity or to address asymmetry.

The exact technique may vary depending on the surgeon’s preference and the patient’s specific needs. Generally, lateral canthoplasty involves making an incision at the outer corner of the eye and modifying the outer canthus. This can include techniques such as tightening or repositioning the canthal tendon, removing excess skin, or adding a graft to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

 Lateral canthoplasty is considered a minor surgical procedure. It is typically performed under local anesthesia, although general anesthesia may be used in some cases. The procedure is usually outpatient, allowing patients to go home on the same day.

Recovery time can vary, but typically, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the surgical area for the first week or two. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication and recommend cold compresses to reduce swelling. Stitches are usually removed within a week. It’s essential to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by the surgeon and attend follow-up appointments for proper healing.

As with any surgical procedure, lateral canthoplasty carries some risks and potential complications. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, changes in eye shape, dry eyes, or difficulty closing the eyes fully. It’s important to discuss these potential risks with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

It may take several weeks to a few months to see the final results of lateral canthoplasty. Swelling and bruising should subside gradually, allowing the eyes to settle into their new shape. However, the exact timeline can vary between individuals.

Yes, lateral canthoplasty can be combined with other procedures to achieve more comprehensive results. It is not uncommon for individuals to undergo lateral canthoplasty alongside procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or ptosis repair (correcting droopy eyelids).


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