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What is Canthoplasty?

Published on April 10, 2015



Canthoplasty | Eye Surgery | Plastic Surgeon | Beverly Hills CAOur appearance is shaped by our genetic background, giving each of us a distinct appearance and unique beauty. Unfortunately, however, even the most self-confident individual can always find ways to improve upon what genetics gave them! For many individuals, the shape of the eye is of particular concern, due to the eyes’ prominent position and important role in face-to-face communication. For individuals whose eyelids sag or whose eyelids appear uneven, modern eye surgery performed by a talented, highly trained oculofacial and cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir in Beverly Hills, California can improve the natural shape and tone of the eyelids to refresh your appearance and correct minor deviations undermining your natural beauty.


Canthoplasty is a surgical procedure performed at the outer corner of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet, also known as the lateral canthus. For most individuals, this junction should be slightly above the medial canthus (the junction of the upper and lower eyelids near the nose), resulting in a positive canthal tilt and an almond shaped eye. The appearance of the lower eyelid can also depend heavily on this positive tilt. A canthoplasty can correct a neutral or negative canthal tilt resulting in saggy or heavy eyelids, an unbalanced appearance, or other aesthetic concerns.


The short answer is “maybe”. To achieve each patient’s specific goals while maintaining the natural balance of the face, a skilled oculofacial surgeon must carefully analyze the anatomic details of the eyelids and the entire facial structure to diagnose the structural causes of the aesthetic concerns. In some cases, a canthoplasty may be the correct approach, while in other cases, lower eyelid surgery or a combination of procedures may be more appropriate. This personalized approach is especially important for patients in their 20s and 30s, to take into account potential further growth, the potential implications of the natural aging process, and the psychological reasons driving the desire for cosmetic surgery.


A definitive answer to the question, “Is canthoplasty right for me?”, requires a personalized consultation with an experienced oculofacial and cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir. Dr. Steinsapir’s years of specialized training have given him a unique ability to correctly diagnose the root causes of many aesthetic concerns, as well as to visualize how even minute changes to the eyes can alter the aesthetic balance of the entire face. His innovative surgical techniques are designed to ensure successful, long-lasting results while ensuring the safety and comfort of his patients. During your consultation, Dr. Steinsapir will conduct an extensive evaluation of your facial structure and develop a custom-tailored surgical plan that will achieve your aesthetic goals, maintain the natural harmony of your face, and enhance your natural beauty!

If you would like to learn more about canthoplasty or would like to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Steinsapir, please contact our Los Angeles office today. If you would like additional information about other cosmetic surgery or eye surgery procedures offered by Dr. Steinsapir, we encourage you to visit www.lidlift.com or contact us directly! We look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more about procedures and treatments performed by Beverly Hills | Los Angeles Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir, contact us at 310-274-7422

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