25th Jun 2024

Almond Eye Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

Almond eye surgery, or canthoplasty, is a popular aesthetic procedure designed to create an almond-shaped appearance of the eyes. Our experienced and highly trained cosmetic surgeons in London at Kensington Medical provide top results for patients seeking an almond eye look. We specialise in performing the latest techniques for almond eye surgery. In this blog post, you'll learn what is required for this procedure, who makes a suitable candidate, and what your recovery journey looks like. We will walk you through every step of the process, from preparation to recovery.

What is Almond Eye Surgery?

Almond eye surgery, or canthoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure for reshaping the eyelids to create an almond-shaped eye. It can also help correct asymmetrical eyes and make them more symmetrical. People who want to correct droopy eyelids or reduce sagging skin around their eyes seek this surgery.

How Does the Canthoplasty Procedure Work?

The canthoplasty procedure is a minimally invasive surgical technique to help enhance the droopy eyelids look. After making the incision and any necessary skin removal, the surgeon will tighten the tendons, muscles, and skin to create an almond-shaped look. Depending on the patient's needs, the surgeon will remove excess fat, muscle, or skin. We place sutures strategically to hold everything in its new place to complete the procedure. After a few weeks, these sutures will dissolve on their own, leaving no visible scarring behind.

Should You Choose a Canthoplasty Or Canthopexy?

Canthoplasty and canthopexy are different almond eye surgery procedures with other goals for reshaping your eyes. Canthoplasty is a procedure that focuses on tightening up the muscles in the eyelids to create an almond shape. On the other hand, canthopexy focuses on repositioning existing tissue to give you an almond-shaped appearance without removing any skin or fat around your eyes.

Consult an experienced facial plastic surgeon at Kensington Medical to determine which type of surgery, canthoplasty or canthopexy, would be best for you.

What are the benefits of almond eye surgery?

Almond eye surgery is a popular surgical procedure. On a cosmetic level, almond eye surgery can improve self-confidence. Almond eye surgery reshapes eyes to an almond or oval shape, making them appear more alert, youthful, and symmetrical, giving the patient an overall improved look and feel.

Almond eye surgery can reduce drooping of the eyelids, improve vision and reduce signs of ageing around the eyes. Finally, almond eye surgery can help reduce other signs of ageing, such as wrinkles around the eyes, giving a more youthful appearance.

Who is the best candidate for Canthoplasty?

The best candidate for canthoplasty is someone with drooping lower lids or asymmetrical eyes that want to be corrected with minimal scarring or downtime in recovery after surgery. Anyone who wants their facial features enhanced with an almond-shaped appearance should also consider this cosmetic procedure.

How should I prepare for Almond Eye Surgery?

Before undergoing almond eye surgery, you'll need an initial consultation with your facial plastic surgeon to discuss the procedure and your goals. During this time, your facial surgeon at Kensington Medical will take measurements and photographs to document the baseline of your eyes before undergoing canthoplasty. Your surgeon will also explain the procedure, the risks, and benefits involved, as well as any potential side effects, plus you will see before and after photos.

What is the recovery for Canthoplasty?

After almond eye surgery, patients should expect some recovery time, varying between two and three weeks, depending on the person. During this period, they must closely follow our medical teams’ postoperative instructions. This includes:

  • Avoid strenuous activities until cleared by their doctor at follow-up appointments.
  • Avoid direct sunlight exposure for at least four weeks postoperatively to avoid scarring or discolouration around the eyes.
  • Take any prescribed medications.

Swelling, bruising, redness, itching, dryness, and irritation around the eyes should subside within 7-10 days post-operation as patients take precautions and adhere to their surgeons’ instructions.

Contact Kensington Medical to find out more or to book an Almond Eye Surgery consultation.

Are you looking to beautify your eyes? Our expert GMC-registered Kensington Medical plastic surgeons have the experience and knowledge to help you achieve the desired results. Book a consultation or call us on 0204 551 4892.