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How Is A Cat Eye Lift Performed?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Are you following the latest trends in Hollywood and on social media right now? If so, you’ve probably noticed the growing popularity of “cat eyes.” While some celebrities seem to be blessed with naturally almond-shaped eyes – like Kendall Jenner – most men and women have to use a variety of makeup techniques and tricks to enhance their eye shape. For those who want to achieve a more dramatic, longer-lasting improvement, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the exceptional team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV are proud to offer the innovative and highly sought-after cat eye procedure.

What is canthoplasty?

Commonly known as cat eye surgery or cat eye lift surgery, canthoplasty is a delicate cosmetic procedure that aims to lengthen the eye opening while also lifting the outer corner, resulting in a more almond-shaped, seductive look.

Who needs cat eye surgery?

In almost all cases, cat eye lift is an elective, cosmetic procedure that helps patients achieve a more attractive eye shape. Men and women who have a significantly round eye opening or downward turning of the outer eye can benefit from this breakthrough eye lengthening surgery.

How does cat eye surgery work?

During Las Vegas canthoplasty, which can often be performed using local anesthesia, Dr. Khorsandi will use extreme precision to lift the outer corner of the eyes where the eyelids meet, formally known as the canthus. Typically, a tiny incision is placed at the outer corner of the eye to allow the surgeon to access the underlying structures, including the canthal tendon. The surgeon will carefully cut the tendon, tighten and pull it into a more lifted position, and secure it with sutures before closing the incision.

How long is recovery after cat eye lift?

Cat eye lift, or canthoplasty, is considered a fairly minimally invasive procedure without a lengthy recovery period. Some level of discomfort, swelling, and minimal bruising is normal and expected in the first 1 – 2 weeks after surgery, though most patients feel confident enough to return to work and other social activities after about a week. It is critical that patients follow their surgeon’s postoperative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and ideal results. These guidelines may include sleeping on your back, avoiding eye strain, and wearing glasses instead of contacts.

Do you have scars after cat eye lift?

As with any procedure requiring an incision, cat eye lift will result in some level of scarring. However, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to place his incisions within the natural lines and creases of the face so that they can be concealed or camouflaged almost completely. Furthermore, the incisions used during canthoplasty are exceedingly small, and the resulting scars are often imperceptible, even to patients themselves.

What’s the difference between blepharoplasty and canthoplasty?

Both blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and canthoplasty (cat eye lift) have their own unique set of benefits and can help rejuvenate a patient’s entire look. However, it is important to understand the differences between each procedure in order to determine which one may help you achieve your personal goals.

Blepharoplasty is often considered an anti-aging procedure and can be used to enhance the upper and/or lower eyelids through a variety of techniques. Most often, blepharoplasty involves trimming excess upper eyelid skin and/or removing bulging fat under the eyes to reveal a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Canthoplasty, on the other hand, is typically performed on younger patients to alter the eye opening, resulting in a more almond-shaped or fox eye look. However, patients of all ages can benefit from either canthoplasty, blepharoplasty, or both. In fact, many patients choose to undergo multiple cosmetic face and eye procedures during a single surgical setting to cut down on their costs and achieve an even more dramatic transformation. Common procedures that are paired with cat eye lift in Las Vegas include:

Get sexy, seductive, smoldering eyes with cat eye surgery in Las Vegas, NV

When it comes to the shape of your eyes, even the most subtle change can make an incredible difference in your overall look. By slightly elongating the eye and lifting the outer corners, cat eye surgery results in the striking, sexy, beautiful look even Hollywood stars envy. If you’re ready to take your look to the next level, call the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your on-site consultation or virtual appointment with internationally recognized board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today, and find out more about the stunning results that are possible with cat eye lift in Las Vegas.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.