Lateral Canthoplasty Sydney

Canthoplasty Eye Surgery in Sydney & Newcastle by Dr Scott Turner

Canthoplasty Surgery is a cosmetic procedure of the eyelids that aims to correct the outer edge of your eye. The outer angle of the eye, called the lateral canthus, helps determine the shape of your eyes. If it’s tilted down, you appear sleepy and tired.

A down-tilted outer eye corner makes your eyes look small. If, on the other hand, the outer eye is excessively outward tilted, like in those of East Asian descent, it can make your eyes look narrow.

Lateral canthoplasty repositions the tendons that shape the outer eye corner. Most patients get lateral canthoplasty to lift the outer eye corner up and get stronger and more beautiful looking eyes.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Scott Turner is an expert in oculoplastic surgery. He’s one of the top plastic surgeons that performs eyelid surgery in Sydney and Newcastle. His lateral canthoplasty technique in combination is done in combination with blepharoplasty and ensures quality results with minimal surgical risks like asymmetry or over-correction.

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What Is Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty is an oculoplastic cosmetic procedure that lifts the outer corner of the eye, called the “outer canthus”. Its goal is to reshape the outer eye corner of ageing patients.

The outer corner of the eye, called the canthus, is made up of a tendon called the lateral canthal tendon. The direction and shape of this tendon determine how the lateral (outer) part of your eye looks. Your eyes either have a:

  • Positive slant: The outer corner is tilted upward and outward
  • Neutral slant:  The outer eye is not tilted
  • Negative slant: The outer eye corner is tilted downward and inward

The lateral canthal tendons are cut and repositioned to perform canthoplasty and change the way your eyes look. It can also be combined with upper or lower blepharoplasty to tackle droopy eyelids

Canthoplasty vs Canthopexy

Both canthoplasty and canthopexy are cosmetic procedures that target the outer eye corner. Canthoplasty is more invasive. It involves cutting the lateral canthal ligaments and repositioning, lengthening, or shortening them. Canthopexy, on the other hand, involves no tendon cutting. The lateral canthal tendons are repositioned and fixed with sutures in the desired tilt.

Canthoplasty produces more dramatic improvements and is the procedure of choice if you’re serious about getting almond-shaped eyes. Canthopexy produces less dramatic results and can be an option if you just need mild adjustment to the corner of your eye.

Who Needs Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty reshapes the outer eye corner, and can hence tackle more than one problem. The ultimate goal is to give you wider and more youthful eyes.

You should consider getting canthoplasty if:

  • You have downward tilted outer eye corners (negative slant). This makes the eyes look small, sleepy, and tired. In this case, canthoplasty will reposition the outer eye corner higher up, producing wide eyes with an almond shape – upward slanted eyes
  • You have excessive upward tilted eyes (positive slant) causing your eyes to look narrow. This is a common appearance in patients of East Asian descent. In this case, the corner of the eye is repositioned slightly inward, widening your eyes and maintaining an almond shape
  • You want to make your ageing and drooping eyes more energetic and wider. In this case, canthoplasty is combined with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) to give the eyes a younger and more cosmetically satisfying appearance
  • You’ve had previous eye or eyelid surgery that has led to eyelid deformity

The reason to get canthoplasty can differ from one person to another. The cosmetic goals may differ, but the same surgery is done with minor variations to meet your goals.

Benefits of Canthoplasty

Benefits of Canthoplasty Dr Turner Sydney

There are so many benefits for almond eyes surgery that make it one of our patients’ favourite facial cosmetic procedures, along with upper and lower blepharoplasty.

A canthoplasty has the following benefits and advantages:

  • Gets rid of small, sleepy, narrow, tired, and boring eye appearance
  • Widens the eyes and brings them out
  • Gives you a perfect upward slant eye
  • Adjust the excessive upward tilt in patients of East Asian descent
  • Makes you look more alert, energetic, and confident
  • Helps resolve outer eye issues and concerns

If you’re considering getting surgery to change the shape of your eyes, then canthoplasty might be the answer.

How Is Canthoplasty Performed

Canthoplasty can be performed under general or under local anaesthesia, which means that you will be awake during the procedure but would not feel any pain.

Canthoplasty surgery steps include:

  • You will be asked to sit in a surgical chair with your head tilted backward on a support cushion
  • Dr Turner will ask you to close your eyes and will commence cleaning the surgical site
  • He will then apply drapes to keep everything sterile
  • Dr Turner will inject a local anaesthetic into the skin at the outer corner of the eye. This might sting a bit at first, but you will soon feel no pain.
  • Once the area is numb, Dr Turner will perform a small incision around the corner of the eye. This might extend to the upper eyelid or lower eyelid depending on the desired outcome.
  • The lateral canthal tendon is exposed and separated from surrounding tissue.
  • Dr Turner will cut the tendon, relocate it, shorten or lengthen it, and fix it in its final position to achieve a perfect positive slant with a wide eye corner.
  • Once the tendon is relocated, the tissue will be closed around it
  • Any additional eyelid surgery (e.g. upper or lower blepharoplasty) is performed
  • The skin is then closed with tiny sutures
  • The eyes are cleaned from debris and you can then open them

Canthoplasty duration is usually 1-2 hours. This depends on what exactly needs to be done and whether you’ll have additional blepharoplasty or not.

Can Canthoplasty Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Procedures that are usually combined with canthoplasty include:

  • Upper blepharoplasty: upper eyelid lift. It’s an essential procedure for those who have saggy and droopy upper eyelids.
  • Lower blepharoplasty: lower eyelid lift. It’s surgery to have bags under the eyes removed and to reshape the lower eyelid. It’s usually an essential step if you want to make your eyes wider and more elliptical.
  • Brow lift: surgery to have the eyebrows lifted. This usually has a role if you want to have wider fox eyes.

During your first consultation, Dr Turner will examine your eyes and suggest the perfect combination of procedures to produce your desired results.

Recovery after Canthoplasty

Recovery after canthoplasty is not too demanding. Full recovery can be achieved in as little as 2 weeks. The more invasive the procedure is, the longer the recovery period is. For example, if you get additional blepharoplasty, you should expect up to 4 weeks for the symptoms to be gone.

Recovery symptoms after canthoplasty include:

  • Bruising around the eyes
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Double vision
  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes 
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Slight pain

These usually improve quickly within one week and go away completely in 3-4 weeks. You can usually go back to work after 2-3 days, however, keep in mind that the bruising and swelling need more time to be less noticeable.

You can consider applying ice packs to reduce swelling after canthoplasty. Wearing sunglasses can also help keep your eyes protected from sunlight and hide the bruises as you recover.

Risks and Complications of Eye Surgery

Canthoplasty is a safe procedure that does not involve a lot of surgical risks. Nevertheless, some of the rare side effects and complications of canthoplasty include:

  • Asymmetric eyes
  • Abnormal conjunctival exposure (the “red” part of the inner eyelid is exposed)
  • Excessive scarring
  • Surgical site infection
  • Continued bleeding from the wound
  • Irritated eyes
  • Inability to properly close the eyes (if the eyelids are tightened too much)
  • Extremely rarely, sustained vision problems

Although these are already rare occurrences, you can reduce the risks of canthoplasty even more by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr Scott Turner is one of the top oculoplastic surgeons in Sydney and Newcastle. His unique canthoplasty techniques aim to produce almond-shaped eyes while taking very minimal surgical risks.

Canthoplasty Sydney Cost & Prices – How much is Canthoplasty in Sydney?

Determining the cost of canthoplasty is a little complicated. There’s a lot that goes into calculating the price of eyelid surgery. The type of canthoplasty you are getting, type of anaesthesia, surgical venue. These all play a role in determining how much you’ll have to pay.

After your initial consultation with Dr Turner, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.

For an estimate of the canthoplasty price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 641199 –  contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.

Funding your Eye Surgery

Check out the information on a Canthoplasty Payment Plan and medical finance for more details about funding your canthoplasty intervention.

Is Canthoplasty Worth It Dr Turner Sydney

Is Canthoplasty Worth It?

Eye Surgery can change your whole appearance. By having wider and more slanted eyes, your whole face will change.

Canthoplasty is a simple procedure that makes your eyes more energetic and beautiful. It gets rid of the boring and dull appearance and makes you look confident and full of life.

Realself patient surveys report a very high patient rating for Eyelid surgery being ‘Worth It’.

Canthoplasty Surgery FAQs

What is the difference between a Canthoplasty and Blepharoplasty?

Canthoplasty is surgery to adjust and reshape the corner of the eye. It involves the surgical manipulation of the “lateral canthal tendon”. Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, is surgery of the eyelids. It lifts and tightens the eyelid without affecting the tilt or location of the outer corner of the eye.

Does Canthoplasty make the eyes bigger?

Yes. Canthoplasty reshapes the corner of the eyes. It can widen the corner, exposing more of your eyes and making them look bigger and stronger.

Can you reverse Canthoplasty?

Yes. Canthoplasty can be reversed using a variety of plastic surgery techniques. This is done when there’s asymmetry or when the result of canthoplasty is unsatisfactory.

How long does a Canthoplasty last?

Canthoplasty can last more than a decade. Ageing will naturally make your eyelids droop affecting the results as you advance in age. In such cases, a second canthoplasty might be needed.

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About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


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