What Is Canthoplasty And It’s Three Procedure Types


Are you considering canthoplasty surgery? This increasingly popular surgical procedure is designed to improve the eye shape and its overall appearance. It can brighten up tired-looking eyes while also helping improve vision by allowing more light into the eye area. If you’re looking for more information about what this reconstructive surgical procedure involves, then you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll cover everything there is to know about canthoplasty — from an overview of its three types of procedures to what each process really involves. Read on to find out if canthoplasty could be right for you!

What exactly is canthoplasty eyelid surgery?

Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the alteration of the outer corner or lateral canthus, lower eyelid, and/or upper and lower eyelids. This procedure can be used to adjust a downward slanting eyelid, modify the shape of the eye’s lateral canthal angle or reshape the lateral orbital rim. The procedure itself involves tightening the lateral canthal tendon, repositioning the lateral orbital tubercle, and creating new cuts in both the superficial lateral palpebral ligament and deep lateral palpebral ligament. When performed together with other facial plastic surgery procedures, it can also help achieve balance in overall facial features.

Why should you consider canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty can be a great option for those looking to improve the appearance of overall eye shape. It can help reshaping the shape of eyes in lateral and vertical way for more open look and natural eye shape. Canthoplasty can also help correct visual impairments as well as provide aesthetic benefits; making it an ideal choice for many patients looking to improve their eye shape and contour. The procedure is minimally invasive and can help restore a more youthful appearance to your face with minimal downtime. Additionally, it’s a great choice for those who have already had blepharoplasty or other cosmetic surgeries, as it can provide further enhancement to these procedures’ results.

What are the 3 types of canthoplasty procedures?

Depending on your individual needs, there are three main types of canthoplasty: epicanthoplasty, lateral canthoplasty and lateral hotz canthoplasty. Let’s take a closer look at each type in the rest of the article.


Epicanthoplasty, or epicanthal reshaping surgery, is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the eyes. It involves reducing excess skin along the inner corner of the eye that may cause an unnatural fold known as an “epicanthic fold.” The goal is to make the eyes look bigger and more open by reshaping the inner corners. It typically takes 30 minutes to 1 hour. and can be done under sedation. This procedure can also be combined with other surgeries for eyelid enhancement such as blepharoplasty or eyebrow lift. Recovery time is usually about one week with minimal swelling and bruising that should resolve shortly after. The results of this surgery are permanent and you should see an immediate improvement in the size, shape, and symmetry of your eyes.

Lateral canthoplasty

Lateral canthoplasty is often done to correct the appearance of drooping eyes. This type of procedure typically involves repositioning or tightening the lateral canthal tendon which connects to both sides of the lateral orbital rim near your temple area. The procedure involves making an incision at either side of the eye, and then lifting and tightening the lateral canthus muscles to hold them in a more upward position. This helps to reduce sagging or wrinkling around the outside corner of the eyes, giving them a more youthful appearance. Additionally, this type of surgery can also improve vision by allowing more light into the eye. Lastly, it can be used to help treat entropion which is a condition where the eyelid turns inward towards the eyeball causing discomfort and irritation.

Lateral Hotz canthoplasty

Lateral Hotz is the third type of canthoplasty procedure. It involves making an incision along a line just above the inner corner of each eye and cutting out a small wedge-shaped piece of tissue from each side. The remaining skin is then sutured together to create a more forward-sloping cantus or lateral canthus angle. This can help to reduce roundness and puffiness in the eyes, as well as brighten up one’s gaze by opening up their eyes and creating better definitions around them. Results are usually long lasting and results can vary greatly depending on how much tissue is cut away.

Who are suitable candidates for canthoplasty?

Now that you are aware of the three different types of canthoplasty procedures, you may be wondering who are suitable candidates for canthoplasty. Generally, people with droopy eyelids or eyes that appear tired are good candidates for this procedure. In addition, those who have asymmetrical eyes or uneven lower eyelid heights could benefit from this surgery. People whose vision has been impaired due to excess skin on the upper eyelid may also be advised to undergo a canthoplasty procedure. It is important to note, however, that every patient’s situation is unique and an experienced ophthalmologist should be consulted prior to making any decisions regarding treatment.

What are some useful tips if you are considering canthoplasty?

When considering canthoplasty, it is important to get an accurate assessment of your needs and the best procedure for you. Your surgeon should be careful to understand your goals and can help map out a treatment plan tailored to you. It’s also important that you understand the anatomy of your eyelids so that you know what type of canthoplasty will be most effective in achieving your desired outcome.

Before taking the next step, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive consultation with your surgeon to design a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. At Banobagi Plastic Surgery, you can rest easy knowing that all our doctors are board-certified with many years of specialized experience in canthoplasty and other procedures. This ensures that you’re receiving top-tier care from a team of highly qualified professionals. In addition to discussing your treatment plan, make sure to inquire about the expected recovery time, any potential risks, and the follow-up care that will be provided. Your well-being and satisfaction are our utmost priorities at Banobagi.


Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat various eyelid issues such as an outer corner that is turned down or a downward slanting of the eyelids. It can also be used to correct issues with the lower or upper eyelid or even both. With three different types of canthoplasty available, you’re sure to find a procedure that meets your specific needs.


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