Lateral Canthoplasty


ateral canthoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to adjust the horizontal length of the visible eye. In most cases, it is performed to tighten lower eyelids that have become loose and become rounded over time. Lateral canthoplasty can also be done to open up the eyes by increasing the visible portion of the outside corner of the eye. Ideal candidates for this procedure are healthy nonsmoking individuals who are unhappy with their eyes and are looking for a more open and balanced eye shape.

The procedure

The lateral canthoplasty procedure is usually performed by detaching the outside portion of the upper and lower eyelid skin, muscles, and tissue. It is then readjusted until the desired outcome has been achieved. Most plastic surgeons usually change the tilt of the eye as well, to produce a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Tilting the eye upward helps prevent the person from looking tired or fatigued, as is what typically happens when the eyes tilt downwards.

Sometimes a graft may be required and added behind the eyelid to help lift eyelid that has become pulled down or retracted.

The recovery

Lateral canthoplasty procedures vary according to the patient; however, most patients can expect a relatively straightforward recovery period. The procedure itself takes about an hour, and it’s performed under local anesthesia. Your stitches will be removed a week after the procedure; at this point, most of your swelling will go down. 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 Lateral Canthoplasty, 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.

Lateral Canthoplasty Details

Surgery details

Tightening and/or horizontally widening or adjustment of the outside corner of the eyes

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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