Lateral canthoplasty is often misunderstood due to multiple techniques involved and the subsequent results that occur. An ideal lateral canthoplasty involves opening the outer corner of the eyes without changing the angles of the eyes. A natural result occurs when the outer part of the eyes open up vertically, laterally, and inferiorly. This is achieved by cutting the outer corner of the eyes and reconstructing the corner so that it will heal at it’s new desired position.
Too often, the lateral canthoplasty leaves scars and the corner opening recloses due to scarring. Therefore, it is imperative to reconstruct the corner precisely.
Lateral canthoplasty is very effective and ideal for Asians. It is because Asians tend to have smaller eye width compared to other races. In addition, Asians tend to have a vertical lateral eye tilt. Therefore, when the eyes are more open horizontally, the vertical outer corner tilt appears less and gives a much more pleasing appearance. Lastly, Asians tend to have wider facial bone width. Therefore, wider eyes balance the overall face more appropriately.
Lateral canthoplasty is an excellent procedure for Asians who are interested in having a double eyelid surgery or for patients who have had double eyelid surgery. It is also applicable for patients who have their own natural double eyelid fold or no double eyelid fold. This is because Asians look better with wider eyes and less accentuated lateral corner tilt.