cosmetic surgery for eye enlargement
One of the most prominent features is the Mongolian fold (medically known as the epicanthal fold) found in the corners of the eyes. The epicanthal fold forms a web across the eye and covers the medial canthus. Simply put, this fold can impair the beauty of the eyelids and makes the eyes look smaller laterally and more tired-looking.
Epicanthoplasty is sought by women and men who would like to adopt a more widen or to make the eyes not only “appear bigger, brighter, and more alert” but actually bigger physiologically. It is also often requested by patients whose epicanthal folds are abnormally large that they negatively impact the appearance and shape of the eyes
Epicanthoplasty can offer a more attractive shape and appearance to eyes hidden by a pronounced epicanthal fold. Reshape the inner corner of the eye and the outer(lateral) corner of the eye to make the eye bigger and brighter by “redraping” the medial epicanthal skin and by reshaping the lateral epicanthus. In addition this procedure can change the angle of the eye and can come along with blepharoplasty.
This surgery is used to reduce the epicanthal fold (also known as the Mongolian fold) in the corners of the eyes . A patient may require this procedure to simply open up the eyes and make them appear less tired.
Who is a Candidate for Epicanthoplasty?
It may be requested if the epicanthal fold is so large that it negatively impacts the shape or appearance of the eye. The procedure makes the eye appear wider and in better proportion to the rest of the face. The best candidates for epicanthoplasty are:
- Patients who are in relatively good health and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure
- Women who have well-developed epicanthal folds that interfere with the shape or appearance of the eye
- Patients who want to improve their appearance without sacrificing their ethnicity
- Individuals who are comfortable with a mild degree of scarring after the procedure
- Patients who are interested in double eyelid surgery and would like to add the epicanthoplasty procedure to their treatment
Types of Epicanthoplasty Procedures
This procedure focuses on the inner corner of the eye, removing the excess fold to reveal the medial portion of the eyes. Medial epicanthoplasty is designed to make the eye appear larger and more open, and may straighten slanted eyes.
In addition to focusing on the fold at the inner eye, this procedure also addresses the outer portion of the eye. Lateral epicanthoplasty is done to lengthen the eye and correct a slant that makes an eye appear droopy or tired. A patient and doctor should work together to determine the best procedure for the patient’s specific needs. It is important to choose a doctor who is experienced in both epicanthoplasty procedures to ensure you get the best outcome from your surgery.
What is the Procedure Like?
Following a thorough assessment, the doctor will advise as to which procedure is best for the patient’s specific needs. The actual epicanthoplasty usually starts with the application of local anesthesia. Once in effect, the cosmetic surgeon will make pre-planned incisions around the corner of the eye. Through these incisions, the surgeon creates small flaps to restructure the shape of the inner eyelid. Excess skin will be removed. In lateral epicanthoplasty, incisions on the outer corners of the eyes are also made. After the surgeon successfully “opens up” the eyes, the area is delicately sutured to close the open skin folds. Epicanthal surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis and lasts about 30 minutes to an hour. After surgery, the eyelids would appear swollen and bruised. A recovery period of two weeks is often recommended. During recovery, the eyelids are allowed to heal and return to normal, so patients are advised to rest and refrain from strenuous activities and sports. Pain medication is prescribed to manage pain. Wearing eye makeup is discouraged until after the sutures have been removed (a week after surgery).
If performed by a licensed and well-experienced surgeon, epicanthoplasty is a safe procedure with very high success and satisfaction rates. However, just like any surgical procedure, there are possible risks and complications that may arise. Some possible risks that should be fully considered by the patient include:
- Poor scarring – Epicanthoplasty can be performed these days using certain techniques that utilise hidden incisions to avoid visible scarring after the procedure. However, there continues to be a risk of unexpected scarring. Scars may be noticeable for a few months, and eventually improve over time.
- Allergies – Allergies to the anesthetic or sutures are possible complications, but highly unlikely. Skin testing for allergies is typically performed prior to the procedure to avoid this complication.
- Unsatisfactory results – Disappointing results can be easily avoided by making sure that only a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon performs the procedure.
- Infection. Also an extremely rare complication, which may occur if the incisions become infected. This is easily remedied by oral or topical antibiotics.
Benefits of Medial Epicanthoplasty
- the surgery decreases the intercanthal distance which makes the eyes appear to be closer together (the ratio between length of eyes and intercanthal distance becomes closer to 1:1, which is the ideal)
- further reveals the medial half of the eyes which makes the eyes appear bigger and brighter
- reveals the medial half of the double fold which makes the creases softer and more natural
- moves the medial canthus medially and upwards so that the eyes look less slanted
What does Epicanthoplasty Cost?
The price of an epicanthoplasty can vary greatly, depending on the surgeon performing the procedure, the area where the surgeon is located and the amount of work begin done during the procedure. Because there are not many doctors currently performing this procedure, the cost of epicanthoplasty may run more than other types of eyelid surgery.
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