Is There a Procedure to Make Eyes More Almond Shape?

Is there a procedure than can make the eyes look more almondy? I know of eyelifts but say you are in your early 20s and wish to have more almond-like eyes. I am Eurasian but look more on the Caucasian side and would like to match my heritage and perhaps look more exotic, with my oriental side more noticeable. I have quite large, round eyes.

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Follow the line of your eyelashes, It is already Almond Shaped

Hi conserpos,


Great question.  If you look at everyone's eyes, the eyelid opening is already Almond shaped.  The reason eyes look round is that the "frame" around the eyelashes is no longer Almond Shaped any more.  If you look back into your photos from when you were a child, most likely, you will see that your eyes looked more Almond shaped back then.  


Some surgeons will perform a Canthopexy or Canthoplasty to pull the outer corners of the eyes upwards a few millimeters.  I think this is a helpful procedure for patients that have drooping lower eyelids which need to be tightened, but by changing the "Canthal Tilt" it can shape the shape of your eyes. 


My ethnicity is Chinese.  I don't believe that Asian eyes look Asian because of an upward canthal tilt.  I remember as a child, kids would Joke, by pulling on the outer corners of their eyelids, "Chinese, Japanese ..."  Some Asians do have a natural upward tilt, some with a natural downward tilt and most are more neutral, but all their eyes still look Asian, so the angle of the canthal tilt.  In my before and after gallery, I have an example of one patient who is Caucasian who has a natural downward tilt to her eyes, but on her after photo, her eyes are more almond shaped without changing the angle of the eyes.  Even a few millimeters of change around the eyelids can make a big difference, both good and bad.


Another possibility, is that Caucasian eyes do not have an epicanthal fold, which is a common Asian eyelid feature.  Perhaps you do not have an epicanthal fold, which makes your eyes more Caucasian, and recreating an epicanthal fold on a person who doesn't have one is difficult, let alone looking natural.  Regardless of the epicanthal fold, if you look through fashion magazines at models, their eyes are mostly almond shaped, except for women with deep set, bedroom eyes, which tend to look rounder. If your goal is to have more Almond shaped eyes like you may have had when you were younger, then there are options to do that.  I don't know of any surgeons in the U.S. who surgically create epicanthal folds, but I'm sure some plastic surgeons in Korea have been performing it, as a way to reverse some epicanthoplasties (a procedure to remove the epicanthal fold and make the eye look more westernized) for patients who regret having it done, because they don't feel like they look like themselves anymore.


By restoring the volume around the eyes, both upper and lower eyelid area, the skin below the eyebrow, and the fullness under the lower eyelash line will become more reflective and create a tighter "frame" around the eyelashes.  By doing this, the reflective skin around the eyelashes then accentuates the natural Almond shape of the eyes.


As people age, the fat around the eyes gets metabolized and atrophies (shrinks).  As this fat shrinks, the skin above the upper eyelid crease retracts and the person shows more eyelid and less skin showing below the eyebrow.  The same can happen on the lower eyelid.  As the fat shrinks away, there are more shadows that form below the eyelid, called tear troughs and periorbital hollowing.


The upper eyelid hollowing looks similar to eye shadow, which is what a young girl or young woman will apply to their upper eyelid toward their eyebrow to mimic a more mature woman.  For an older woman, applying eye shadow can further age their eyes, and some makeup artists will suggest using a light shade to brighten the same area.


Follow the link to my website below, perhaps the before and after results will make the comments above make more sense.




Dr. Yang

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Is There a Procedure to Make Eyes More Almond Shape?


You can have a endoscopic temporal lift which will pull your eyes laterally. If your young, this may not be a permanent solution but it will give you a more almond shape.See video.

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Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Oriental eyelids may be modified to look like occidental and viscevers ( contrary )

occidental  eyelids may be  modified to look like oriental the trick it is to pull up the orbicular external lid muscle flap to be fixed a litle bit upper than normal horizontal lateral projection of both pupils, that will  form the almond  eyes.

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