Trending: “Fox Eye Lift” Surgery (Canthoplasty)
The fox eye is currently trending, with young female celebrities from Kendall Jenner to Bella Hadid, and Megan Fox hitting the red carpet with stunning almond-shaped eyes. And while “foxy eye” make-up tutorials abound on TikTok and other social media outlets, the truth is that winged cat-eye eyeliner can’t actually “lift” your eyes.
The big celebrity secret is that many A-List and influencer young women have actually undergone a minimally-invasive plastic surgery procedure called a “canthoplasty” to get that coveted upward slant at the corner of their eyes.
In this article renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. M. Azhar Ali discusses canthoplasty (“fox eye lift”) surgery, so you can decide if it’s right for you!
What is fox eye lift surgery?
Fox eye surgery – medically called canthoplasty – is also known as cat-eye or almond-eye surgery. It is a precise but minimally invasive plastic surgery that lifts and repositions the corner of the eye (lateral canthus).
Fox eye surgery (canthoplasty) can correct drooping lower eyelids or reshape eyes that are more round into an uplifted, highly desirable almond shape.
Canthoplasty is a specific type of blepharoplasty – also known as an eyelid lift – that should only be performed by a skilled, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
Why do women get fox eye lift surgery?
While beauty ideals vary from culture to culture and decade to decade, “cat eyes” are one of those facial features that are universally considered beautiful. From the days of Cleopatra in ancient Egypt, to beautiful Josephine Baker in 1920s France, timeless 1950s beauty icon Marilyn Monroe, and today’s international runway models, women with almond shaped eyes have always been considered stunning.
Additionally, drooping eye corners can make a woman look older, tired, sad, or even angry or unpleasant. While uplifted eye corners impart youthfulness and glamour.
Cat eye eyeliner can help “fake” the general look of almond eyes – but obviously makeup can’t actually uplift the eyes. And as a woman get older, pulling off cat-eye make up becomes harder and harder, if not impossible.
But fox eye surgery (canthoplasty) permanently uplifts the corners of the eyes for a lovely, youthful almond shape.
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How is fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty) performed?
A traditional upper eyelift surgery (blepharoplasty) removes excess skin and fat from the top eyelid. A blepharoplasty is helpful for mature eyelids that have started to droop or become hooded.
Canthoplasty is a technique similar to blepharoplasty (and is often done at the same time as blepharoplasty). During the fox eye lift, the plastic surgeon lifts the outer corners of the eye and makes a very small incisions on the outside corners to stretch them slightly and give them an almond shape. The skin is then sutured into place.
Fox eye lift canthoplasty surgery usually takes under two hours, and in some cases may be performed in-office under local anesthesia with twilight sedation. Patients feels zero pain and the twilight sedation puts them into a light sleep to help reduce their anxiety.
Recovery after fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty)
Patients wake up quickly after twilight sedation but will need someone to drive them home as they may still be groggy, and their eyelids will be bandaged. However, fox eye lift surgery offers a relatively fast and easy recovery, because the incisions are very small.
Mild pain typically only lasts about one day after canthoplasty surgery. But because the eye area is bandaged, vision will be somewhat limited for about a week after surgery. Patients should keep their heads elevated during the first week of recovery, as well as avoid exercise, strenuous activity and wearing makeup.
Minor tenderness, as well as some bruising and swelling, can take a week or two to subside. But patients generally resume normal activities after the bandages are removed at their follow up appointment in about a week.
How long does fox eye lift surgery last?
Unlike PDO thread lifts that typically only last for around three months, canthoplasty surgery is permanent.
This is a plastic surgery procedure that actually alters the shape of the eyes, so it is very important to choose a skilled and experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon for your fox eye lift!
Fox Eye Lift Surgery (Canthoplasty) | Birmingham, MI
Dr. Ali is a renowned Birmingham, MI board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has performed thousands of eye surgeries. While traditional blepharoplasty (eye lid lift) is more common among older patients, more and more younger women in the Birmingham, MI area are turning to fox eye lift surgery (canthoplasty) to get stunning almond eyes.
Birmingham, MI board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali combines his artistic eye with the latest surgical techniques and years of experience for truly spectacular results. If you are considering an eye lift procedure, call and schedule a plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Ali today.