Results of Canthoplasty

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Canthoplasty is a relatively successful surgery and most patients are happy with the outcome. It is important to be realistic about the results so that you are not disappointed with the results due exaggerated expectations. The main goal of Canthoplasty is to tighten the drooping eyelid and this form of surgery does so quite successfully.

Canthoplasty can make the eyes appear younger and give them a cat eye appearance because it tightens the drooping eyelid and it can remove excess skin. In doing so, you get a more rejuvenated appearance and some of the wrinkles and sags of skin around the eye have been removed. You get an overall tighter appearance around the eyelid, which makes the eye look refreshed. The surgery can also help in protecting the eye because that is one of the eyelids roles and in tightening the lid; it can provide more support and protection to the eyeball.

When will I notice the results?

The results of Canthoplasty will not be immediately obvious because there will be swelling and bruising around the eye. Therefore, you will not be able to see the full effect of the surgery straight away. Once the swelling subsides, you can get more of an idea of the changed appearance of your eyes and you will see the full effects of the surgery approximately three weeks later.

A Canthoplasty cannot get rid of dark circles under the eyes so this will not be one of the results you will see. It will only get rid of the dark circle if the darkness is a shadow from the excess skin.

How do I maintain the results?

To make sure that your surgery is as successful as possible, you should follow the instructions set out by your surgeon for aftercare. You should also maintain a healthy diet and take vitamins to keep a healthy appearance. You should also avoid smoking as it can have an adverse effect on the eyelids. Remember, as you age, the muscle will lack elasticity and your eyelid may start to droop once more. However, this is unlikely to happen for a number of years as the surgery is in effect giving your eyelid a boost to help it retain its position.

When Canthoplasty goes wrong

There is a chance that the surgery will not give you the result you were looking for. In some cases, the eyelid can actually retract downwards which is the opposite of what you want it to do. Also, if the incision has not been made correctly, the junction where the upper and lower eyelids meet may be deformed or rounded. This deformation may happen straight away or it might happen a few years later. Sometimes the wrong technique is applied to the patient and it does not give the desired effect or the surgeon made a mistake. If this is the case, further surgery can be undertaken to correct the problem but this may be difficult in some cases because you are cutting away some of the tendon underneath the eye and once cut, you cannot get it back.

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