Eye Lengthening Surgery

What is eye lengthening surgery?

Eye lengthening surgery or lateral canthoplasty is a surgery performed especially in Asians to increase the eye’s length from one corner to the other. It is performed at the outer corner of the eyelid margin.

Why is eye lengthening surgery performed?

In those of Asian descent and certain other populations, the outer portion of the upper eyelid slants or droops down. This may be pronounced, reducing the length of the eye, making it look small and tired. Surgery may be performed to remove or reduce this fold and increase the length of the eye, making them appear more alert.

How is the procedure performed?

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia with light sedation. Fine incisions are made to create tiny flaps which are then repositioned and sutured to create the desired shape, while removing excess skin. Most procedures usually take an hour to complete.

How long does recovery take?

Following surgery, there may be some swelling and bruising for about 2 weeks, during which time you must refrain from strenuous activities. Your doctor will prescribe medication to minimize pain. Sutures are removed a week after surgery, after which you can return to work.

Do the procedures leave scarring?

Some of the procedures leave no scars while others are performed so that incisions are placed within the natural folds of the eye to minimize visible scars.