So far, I have not come across websites that offer to change the shape of the eyes per se. Although blepharoplasty might naturally change the eye shape to some extent (e.g. by making the eye rounder and larger), are there ways to make the eyes more almond shaped, for instance?
Can I Change my Eye Shape?
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Yes, you can change your eye shape
I perform some sort of Blepharoplasty or eye procedure in my practice almost every working day. Asian Eyelid Surgeries are probably the most common in terms of changing the shape of one's eyes. It can indeed open the eye and make it appear larger as well as giving the eye the often sought after "eyelid crease".
Almond eyes, or exotic eyes, are slightly turned up in the outer corners, making them beautifully balanced. This shape is soft and welcoming. Almond eyes are youthful, boasting confidence. Many men and women are blessed with natural almond eyes, but for those who are not, science may intervene.
It is important that a potential patient make sure that he or she is seeking a specialist in this area. Make sure the surgeon is certified and ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon's work.
Yes, you can have almond shaped eyes
It's quite simple to create almond shaped eyes in most people with a canthoplasty. This tightens the corner of the eye, which reduces roundness and creates an almond shape.
Can I Change my Eye Shape?
Changing the shape of an eye is possible. This requires more advanced eyelid plastic surgery techniques. Not all changes are possible nor desirable. Your example of making the eye more almond shape can be done, however, everyone's anatomy is different and the results are not the same for all eyes. Some eye shape changes, specifically the round eye that you mentioned, is more often a complication of eyelid surgery then a desired result. You need to consult with your physician and go through each detail carefully to assure your best outcome.
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Changing eye shape with eyelid surgery
While the most common goals in Blepharoplasty surgery include rejuvenation of the face in the area around the eyes, alternative goals may include changing the shape of the eye. In the lower eyelids, this will usually involve eliminating puffiness and/or excess skin. In upper eyelids, this will most commonly involve reduction of a hooded look. In both cases, the result is not only rejuvenation but also a more refreshed look- like you have been on vacation for a month! Some patients, who do not have a natural fold in the upper eyelid, may wish to create upper eyelid dimension. This is most common in Asian patients. Part of the Blepharoplasty may include tightening the lower eyelid or adjusting the position of the outermost aspect of the lower eyelid. In each of these cases, the shape of the eye will change to a degree.
Blepharoplasty can create almond shaped eyes.
In general, we try to AVOID changing the shape of the eyes when doing a blepharoplasty. But in selected cases a canthopexy can create a more almond shaped eye, if that is what is best for the patient.
Unless patients have a lateral down-turned or hound dog...
Unless patients have a lateral down-turned or hound dog look to the lower lids with a scleral show or ectropion, the shape of the eye should not be altered.
Most patients are not interested in looking like the Cat Woman or changing the shape of their eyelids. The idea behind a blepharoplasty is to maintain the eyelid shape unless there is an overriding functional or aesthetic reason to change the shape.
Ocassionaly, patients do ask for changes in the shape of the eye. The most common application of surgical techniques to alter eyelid shape is in "asian blepharoplasty" to create or accentuate the upper eyelid crease. This does appear to make the eyes more "open".
A tightening or repositioning of the inner or outer corners of the eyelids will also change the shape of the eyes. These procedures, called canthopexy and canthoplasty, respectively, can change the opening of the eyes and/or the angle of the opening.
Expertly placed botulinum toxin (Botox) can also open the eyelids and change their shape, although the results are temporary, lasting approximately 4 months.
Changing the shape of the eyes
I routinely perform more than 100 Asian eye lid surgeries per year in my practice. The goal of the procedure is to create the double eyelid crease and make eyes rounder and more open. About 25% of these patients also require what is called a medial canthoplasty, where the corder of the eye next to the nose is opened up surgically to give the eyes a more open look.
So the answer to your question is "Yes", although obviously there are limitations to any surgical/medical procedures.
It’s not unusual for patients to have specific aesthetic goals when undergoing blepharoplasty surgery. The vast majority of patients are interested in a more youthful appearance and want to look more rested. Occasionally patients request changes in the shape of their eye, in an effort to look more exotic. Examples would include the creation of a double upper eyelid fold in Asians or the creation of an almond shaped eye.
When patients request an almond shaped eye, a simple procedure known as a lateral canthopexy can be performed. This procedure tightens the corner of the eye and raises its position.
The majority of patients who undergo this procedure are happy with the results of this maneuver when performed with blepharoplasty.
Changing your eye shape with blepharoplasty
Absolutely, the main purpose of a blepharoplasty is to create a more beautiful, youthful eye by eliminating unwanted skin, fat or drooping of the eyelid. One of the common forms of blepharoplasty that is done is commonly called a double eyelid surgery. This is a very popular procedure for someone who has a single eyelid and that may also have excess skin over the tear trough. This can be done with full incision or part incision depending on the patients’ desires and preferences. This procedure is also commonly known as an Asian Blepharoplasty as it is a very common procedure in East and Southeast Asia.
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