picanthoplasty is a surgical procedure that’s designed to partially or fully release the epicanthal fold, which is a fold of skin that’s often present on the inner corner of the eyes. The epicanthal fold appears most commonly in people of East Asian descent. By releasing or partially releasing the fold, the candidate can enjoy a more open and refreshed appearance without losing the eye’s beautiful almond shape. An epicanthoplasty is often performed in conjunction with a double eyelid surgery, which creates a crease in the upper eyelid area.

Ideal candidates for the epicanthoplasty procedure are healthy nonsmoking individuals who are displeased with their eyes and are looking for a more open and wide-eyed appearance.

The procedure

The epicanthoplasty procedure can be performed in one of two ways. The first option would be to rearrange the skin tissue of the fold; the second would be to mobilize the tissue within the fold so that it creates flexibility and releases tension without risking scarring. The best procedural method will be determined during the patient’s epicanthoplasty consultation.

The recovery

Epicanthoplasty procedures vary according to the patient; however, most patients can expect a relatively straightforward recovery period. The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, with most patients able to tolerate it under local anesthesia. Your stitches may be removed a week after the procedure, and a large part of your swelling will have likely subsided also by this time. You should expect some swelling to last up to 8 to 12 weeks, at which point you’ll see your final results.

If you’re interested in learning more about an Epicanthoplasty, please contact Awaken Aesthetics to set up a consultation by calling (310) 791-2233 or by completing the form on this page. Awaken Aesthetics serves the Torrance & South Bay, CA areas.

Epicanthoplasty Lift Details

Surgery details

Incision and removal of the excess fold of the lower, central, and/or upper part of the epicanthal tissue

Length of procedures

30-60 minutes


Local anesthesia usually fine, or IV sedation

What is the recovery process like?

Majority of swelling and bruising resolved in 1-2 weeks. Incisions usually slightly red for at least 4 weeks

How soon can I return to work?

Most patients can resume non-physical work in 2-3 days

How soon can I return to my regular exercise routine?

No lifting more than 20 pounds, and avoid bending/straining for 1 week

Will follow up appointments be necessary?

Usually 1,6, and 12 weeks after surgery

Length of consultation

45 minutes 

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