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Canthoplasty surgery, also known as lateral canthoplasty or eyelid lift surgery is a type of cosmetic procedure usually performed in order to improve the aesthetic appearance of the eyes region.

Canthoplasty surgery can correct sagging, drooping or bagginess of the lower eyelids. Some individuals may be born with drooping lower eye lids but lower eyelid droopiness can also be caused by the natural aging process – the skin becomes less elastic after a certain age and small bags begin to develop under the lower eyelids. Sun exposure can also lead to drooping and sagging of the lower eye lids. Patients are usually left with a tired looking face. The primary goal of canthoplasty surgery is to remove any bags from under the eyes and rejuvenate the face of the patient. This procedure is also known as lower eye lift surgery.

Canthoplasty Candidates

Canthoplasty surgery is recommended for patients with droopy or saggy lower eye lids. The procedure is also recommended for patients with baggy lower eye lids or simply patients who wish to rejuvenate their appearance.

Am I Suitable for Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty surgery, also known as lower eye lift surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from one or more of the following:

● Cardiovascular disease
● Glaucoma
● Hypertension
● Diabetes
● Detached retina

Preparing for Canthoplasty

Patients are required to stop smoking for at least 3 weeks before and after the canthoplasty surgery. Oral supplements, herbal teas and blood thinners such as aspirin need to be avoided for at least 2 weeks before canthoplasty surgery. Alcohol consumption is prohibited for at least 48 hours before and after the lower eye lift surgery.

How is Canthoplasty Performed?

Canthoplasty surgery can be performed either under local anaesthesia with sedation or under general anaesthesia. The surgeon will discuss these options with the patient and decide on the best approach.

Once the patient is under anaesthesia, the surgeon will begin marking the incision spots. The incisions are usually created in a crease located at the corner of the eye, so it can remain hidden.

A thin plastic shield is placed in order to protect the patient’s eyeball. Canthoplasty surgery varies from patient to patient but usually the lower canthal tendon is cut, then repositioned and tightened in order to achieve a more pleasing aesthetic effect. Once the procedure is over, the plastic shield is removed and the incisions are carefully closed. Bandages are applied on the area to prevent infection.

Canthoplasty Summary


Local or General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

Usually overnight stay is not required

Duration of Operation

1 to 3 hours

Back to Work

1 week

Canthoplasty Recovery

The canthoplasty surgery recovery period usually lasts around 2 weeks. If normal stitches are used, they will be removed in around a week after the procedure. If dissolving stitches are used, they don’t need to be removed. Patients can return to work and normal activities in around a week after the canthoplasty surgery. Eye drops can be used in order to keep the eyes moist. Patients will be provided with a special type of gel that can be used to keep the eyes region clean.

Makeup should be avoided for at least a week after the canthoplasty surgery. Patients can also use cold compresses to help reduce swelling during the canthoplasty recovery period.

Canthoplasty Risks and Complications

Canthoplasty surgery complications can include:

● Scarring
● Infection
● Hematoma
● Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
● Asymmetry
● Canthoplasty revision surgery

Canthoplasty Side Effects

Canthoplasty surgery side effects can include:

● Dry eyes
● Bruising
● Increase in sensitivity to light
● Teary and itching eyes
● Pain
● Discomfort
● Swelling
● Nausea and vomiting
● Blurred vision

Canthoplasty Success Rates

The average canthoplasty surgery success rate is over 90%.

Before and After Canthoplasty

The procedure’s results are visible immediately. After canthoplasty surgery, patients can enjoy a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. The patient’s eyes will be bigger and any droopiness or sagginess will be a thing of the past. These results usually last anywhere between 10 and 15 years – some patients opt for revision surgery during or after this period.

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Canthoplasty Cost

Average Canthoplasty costs are € 2,063, based on Canthoplasty prices from 8 clinics.

Canthoplasty prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Canthoplasty in Turkey is a popular option where Canthoplasty costs as low as € 2,063.

Please note that the Canthoplasty prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Canthoplasty procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Canthoplasty procedures. To receive a personalized Canthoplasty quote, please click HERE.

Canthoplasty FAQ

Can canthoplasty surgery be combined with other procedures?

Yes, canthoplasty surgery can be combined with blepharoplasty surgery and canthopexy surgery.

What is the difference between canthopexy, blepharoplasty and canthoplasty surgery?

These procedures are similar and all three aim at improving the aesthetics of the eyes region. The difference is the technique used. Different techniques are better suited to different patients and it depends on the problem they are facing.

Can canthoplasty surgery help me get rid of the dark circles under my eyes?

It can help, but only if the dark circles are caused by drooping eyes or bags under the eyes. Usually, dark circles under the eyes are caused by pigment problems and canthoplasty is not a solution.