About Canthoplasty

Canthoplasty and Canthopexy are cosmetic surgeries for the correction of drooping, sagging and baggy lower eyelids. Saggy skin on the lower eyelid is usually the result of aging and sun exposure but some people can develop bags under their eyes at a young age. In Canthoplasty and Canthopexy surgeries, bags under the eyes can be removed. Blepharoplasty is often used for the eyelids and sometimes just for the upper lids. Blepharoplasty on the lower eyelid removes fat tissue and excess skin under the eye and the same procedure is performed for the upper eyelid whereas Canthopexy and Canthoplasty are applied specifically to the lower eyelid.

Canthoplasty Procedure

Canthoplasty usually takes from 1 to 2 hours. The surgery can take longer if other surgeries are done together with Canthopexy. Usually Canthoplasty is done using local anesthetic and sedation so the patient is awake but doesn’t feel anything. Before the surgery begins a plastic clear shield will be put to cover the eye throughout the surgery. The surgery will start by the surgeon making marks on the upper eyelid where the incisions will be made. Incisions around 1 cm will be made on the upper eyelid following the natural folds of the area. Once the surgeon gets to the canthal tendon he / she will tighten it and fix it to the membrane that covers the orbital rim (periosteum).  If there is too much excess skin or fat on the lower eyelid, the surgeon will remove them and then close the incisions with sutures. Once the surgery ends the shield will be removed from the eye and a dressing will be applied to protect the wounds.

Suitable Patients for Canthoplasty

Canthoplasty is suitable for

  • Male and female patients over the age of 18
  • Patients who are at a good health condition and healthy both mentally and physically

Before Canthoplasty

• Patients must quit smoking 6 weeks before the surgery and avoid drinking alcohol a week before the surgery.

• Patients must be at a good health condition, avoid any medication before the surgery and herbal supplements.

• Patients need to make sure they arrange for someone to come with them to the surgery, as they will be given sedative and local anesthetic, they can feel tired and drowsy.

• Patients are advised not to eat for a certain time before the surgery (patients will be informed by the surgeon before the surgery).

After Canthoplasty

• Patients are usually sent home a few hours after the surgery.

• The stitches are usually removed 2 days after the surgery and most of the swelling is gone within 2 weeks.

• Patients should keep their head elevated by sleeping on around 2 pillows.

• Cold compress can be done on the eye a few times during the day.

• Extra care should be taken to avoid injuries to the eye.

• Patients should not bend or lift heavy things.

• Patients have to apply and take the eye drops, ointments and other medications will be prescribed by the surgeon.

Risks of Canthoplasty

Canthoplasty is a minor surgery and doesn’t have serious risks but just like every surgery there are some risks with Canthoplasty surgery as well such as

  • Temporary blurred or double vision
  • Swelling
  • Infection


Sutures – also called stitches, used to hold the tissues together

Incision – surgical cut made in the skin during surgery or treatment

Local anesthesia – induces absence of sensation to a specific part of the body

First day of Canthoplasty

The patients will attend a consultation with the surgeon and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the surgery. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospital the next day.

Second day of Canthoplasty

Canthoplasty will be performed. The surgery will be performed using local anesthetic. The surgery will take around between 1 to 2 hours to perform, if there are other surgeries done together with Canthoplasty then the duration can extend. Canthoplasty is done on an outpatient basis. Once the surgery is over the patient will be taken to a private room where they will be staying in the hospital for resting. The surgeon will perform a check up and if they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results are all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to be discharged from hospital to their settlements.

Third day of Canthoplasty

Patients are advised to continue resting at their settlements. They must avoid heavy activities like bending and lifting. Patients are able to go on little tours around the city if they are feeling better and carry on taking their medications correctly.

Fourth day of Canthoplasty

Patients will attend a post surgery appointment for a final check up and consultation. The patient will be advised on further medication. The stitches will be removed and if everything is right then the patient is ready to return to their destination, unless patients undergo other surgeries together with a brow lift surgery that require for them to stay longer.


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What is Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty surgery is a cosmetic surgery done to correct baggy, droopy and bagged eyelids.

How is Canthoplasty surgery done?

The surgery is usually done using local anesthetic and sedatives so the patient is awake during the surgery but not feeling any pain. There will be incisions made in the upper eyelid on folds to prevent visible scarring. The canthal tendon will be fixed and tightened.

How long does Canthoplasty surgery last?

The surgery usually lasts from 1 to 2 hours. If there are other surgeries to be done together with Canthoplasty, then the duration of the surgery can expand.

How long do I need to stay in hospital?

Canthoplasty is usually done on an outpatient basis so patients are sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Canthoplasty is 4 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

When can I return to work?

Patients usually return to work 2 weeks after the surgery even though some can go back even sooner. Activity should be to minimum for at least 2 months after surgery, bending and lifting heavy things should also be avoided.

Who can have Canthoplasty?

Canthoplasty is suitable for patients with bagged eyes, sagging or drooping eyelids. The surgery can be done at almost any age but is mostly decided to have by people between their 30s and 40s.

Devices used in Canthoplasty

There are no special technical devices used in a Canthoplasty surgery.

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