The cat eye lift, also known as the fox eye lift or effect, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that creates a subtle, slightly raised wing in the outer eyelid corners. It goes by the technical name canthoplasty, which, put simply, is a procedure that changes what is called the “lateral canthus,” (the outer corner where the eyelids meet), to produce more elongated and naturally almond-shaped eyes.
The surgery involves lifting, tightening and repositioning that lateral canthus to produce a more youthful and exotic look. It can also be done in addition to a blepharoplasty, which uses the same incisions to remove excess skin or fat in the lower and upper eyelids.
The most natural, youthful and exotic look for the cat eye surgery is achieved with a combination of Botox, fillers, a temporal brow lift that attractively repositions the eyebrow, and an endoscopic brow lift that releases and elevates the eyebrow tissue, along with a blepharoplasty eyelid surgery. As anatomy and cosmetic goals vary from patient to patient, the exact plan of treatment for a cat eye or fox eye lift would be discussed and determined in your personal consultation with Dr. Grover.
Canthoplasty is widely appealing to a younger demographic, with many patients being in their 20s and 30s and most tending to be under 40. As almond-shaped eyes are attractive and often desirable in both sexes, the procedure is well suited to both men and women.
The procedure is intended to produce a highly noticeable youthful and rejuvenating effect around the eye, along with a more subtle change to the shape of the eye, making it almond-shaped. Improvements made around the eye gives the patient a refreshed and youthful look, while with the cat-eye effect itself, subtlety is key.
Patients should expect mild to moderate pain that can be managed with pain medication, as well as swelling and bruising that typically subsides in under a week. During this time, bandages are worn and the vision may be blurry for a short period.
As with all surgical procedures, risks include bleeding, bruising and swelling. Another risk with a canthoplasty surgery is an asymmetrical outcome, one eye not matching the other, This risk is minimalized greatly by seeing a cosmetic surgeon who is adept and experienced in the procedure itself, has an artistic eye and a through understanding of the related anatomy.
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