Eye Lengthening Surgery

Epicanthoplasty

What are epicanthic folds?
Epicanthic folds are common amongst Oriental Asians and also known as Mongolian folds. These are the folds of skin and muscle which cover the inner corners of the eyes. If severe, these folds decrease the size of the eye, sometimes making them look fierce and slit-like.

What is Epicanthoplasty?
Epicanthoplasty is a small surgical procedure to take away these sometimes unsightly folds. It is sometimes known as inner eyelid surgery. It is frequently performed together with double eyelid surgery to give a nicer shape to the double eyelid.

What are the benefits of an Epicanthoplasty?
The benefits are many:

  • The eyes look larger and longer, hence more vibrant as more white (sclera) is exposed
  • Tapered double eyelid folds become parallel
  • Eyes which appear too far apart have the distance between them reduced
  • The eyes look less fierce and less cross-eyed

How do I tell if an Epicanthoplasty will benefit me?
Look at yourself in a mirror, pull the skin on the nose-side of your eye towards the nose by 2-5mm. This simulates the results of an epicanthoplasty.

Will it leave visible scarring?
There are many methods of Epicanthoplasty. Some methods leave scarring which can be obvious. The method I perform hides the scars within the existing folds of the eye so they cannot be seen.

How long does the surgery take?
The surgery usually takes less than 60 minutes under local anaesthetic and light sedation.

What is the recovery time?
Most of our patients return to work within a week.

Lateral Canthoplasty

What is a Lateral Canthoplasty?
A lateral canthoplasty is a small surgical procedure done by a cosmetic surgeon to lengthen the eye on the outer side. It is sometimes known as outer eyelid surgery. It is frequently performed together with epicanthoplasty.

What are the benefits of a Lateral Canthoplasty?
Lateral canthoplasty increases the side-to-side length of the eyes. More sclera (the white part of the eye) is exposed, making the eyes look larger.

How do I tell if an Epicanthoplasty will benefit me?
Look at yourself in a mirror, pull the skin on the nose-side of your eye towards the nose by 2-5mm. This simulates the results of an epicanthoplasty.

Will it leave visible scarring?
No, the scars are hidden and not conspicuous externally.

How long does the surgery take?
The surgery usually takes less than 60 minutes under local anaesthetic and light sedation.

What is the recovery time?
Most of our patients return to work within a week.