Canthopexy Surgery to Correct Droopy Eyelids
Canthopexy is a surgical procedure that lifts and suspends drooping or sagging lower eyelids. Aging, sun damage, previous eyelid surgery, and smoking can break down the collagen and elasticity of the skin around the eyes, and this can produce an aged appearance that detracts from your natural brightness and youthfulness. Canthopexy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses sutures to stabilize and restore the angle of the eyelid to its previous position. This procedure can be performed in place of, or alongside, blepharoplasty for complete eye rejuvenation.
Individuals who are considering canthopexy experience digressed skin quality on their lower eyelids due to sun damage, aging, paralysis, or prior eye surgery. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good physical health, have realistic expectations of their results, and are non-smokers or are willing to quit before and after the treatment. Dr. Mendieta will perform an in-depth evaluation during your consultation to determine if canthopexy is the appropriate treatment for you. Canthopexy candidates suffer dissatisfaction from:
- Drooping or sagging lower eyelids
- Puffy bags underneath the eyes
- The lowering of the outer angle of the eye
- A tired appearance
Sagging and drooping eyelids are the result of the loosening of the canthal tendon. Canthopexy is a surgical treatment that suspends and tightens the lower eyelid to combat facial aging. Canthopexy is a modification of traditional blepharoplasty that focuses solely on stabilizing the lower eyelid.
- Canthopexy is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.
- A small incision is made on the outer corner of the eyelid.
- The canthal tendon is elevated and held in place by sutures.
- The incisions are closed.
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Canthopexy is not as invasive as other eyelid procedures, and the recovery period is usually less than that of blepharoplasty. Localized swelling and bruising are expected around the incision and suture sites and may last up to two weeks. Redness of the eye is also common and may linger for the same amount of time. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication usually suffice when it comes to relieving any discomfort. Most patients can return to work after one or two days.
As canthopexy is a surgical procedure, you should plan to take some time off from your exercise routine. Even though patients can go back to work within a few days, you should expect to take one to two weeks off from any strenuous exercise so that you can ensure that you have healed properly. Dr. Mendieta will let you know when you can resume your regular schedule.
Once you have recovered from canthopexy, you will notice the tightening and elevation of the lower lids. Final results will become apparent within several weeks of the treatment. Although canthopexy will not stop the natural progression of aging, the effects are long-lasting when they are paired with a healthy lifestyle. Adequate sun protection and skin care will help to prolong the quality of your results.
How does canthopexy differ from blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty treats the excess skin and localized fat on the upper and lower eyelids rather than just the lower eyelid as is the case with canthopexy. Additionally, during blepharoplasty, excess skin and fat pockets are surgically removed instead of the lifting and suturing techniques involved with a canthopexy procedure. Canthopexy does not remove any skin or fat; however, when these procedures are combined, less skin may be excised from the lower eyelid than during blepharoplasty alone.
What are the risks associated with canthopexy?
Canthopexy is a standard and safe procedure. While rare, risks are possible. Temporary side effects may include:
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Bruising or swelling
- Redness of the eye
- Poor wound healing
Can I undergo canthopexy without blepharoplasty?
Of course. If your facial aging is solely limited to the drooping and sagging of the lower eyelid, then canthopexy alone can provide optimal facial rejuvenation results.
What is the cost of canthopexy?
The price of your canthopexy procedure will vary depending on anesthesia costs, facility fees, surgeon’s fees, and the techniques used. Should you choose to combine your canthopexy with another surgical or non-surgical procedure, additional costs will be factored in. You will be provided with a cost breakdown during your consultation with Dr. Mendieta.