Lateral Canthoplasty

Lateral canthoplasty is a surgical procedure that has gained popularity in recent years to enhance the appearance of the outer corners of the eyes. This procedure is often sought after by those who wish to correct issues such as drooping, sagging, or asymmetry of the outer corners of the eyes.


One of the best places to consider lateral canthoplasty is South Korea, known for its advanced techniques, state-of-the-art facilities, and highly skilled surgeons. If you plan to have lateral canthoplasty in South Korea, contact Mina Plastic Surgery.

Why do People Choose to have Lateral Canthoplasty?

People may choose to have a lateral canthoplasty for a variety of reasons.

The most common reasons people choose to have this procedure are to correct a drooping or sagging appearance of the outer corner of the eye that may be caused by aging, genetics, or trauma. The surgery can also enhance the overall shape and contour of the eye area, creating a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

In addition, it can improve the symmetry and balance of the eyes, particularly in cases where there is a noticeable asymmetry between the left and right eyes. Another reason people opt for this procedure is to boost self-confidence and self-esteem by addressing an aspect of their appearance that they feel self-conscious about.

Ultimately, the decision to have a lateral canthoplasty is personal and should be based on the individual’s unique needs and goals. It is crucial to consult with our qualified surgeon to determine if lateral canthoplasty is a suitable option and to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Lateral Canthoplasty?

Lateral canthoplasty is suitable for those who want a soft gaze and a more extended outer corner of their eyes or to correct a sagging or drooping appearance. A person who has one of the following is a good candidate for lateral canthoplasty:

  • Excessive skin on the outer corner of the eyes causes a drooping or sagging appearance.
  • Short eyes. The distance between the inner and outer corners of the eyes is shorter than average.
  • Eyes that appear close together. The positioning of the lateral canthus can cause this.
  • Slanted eyes, where the angle of the outer corner of the eyes is more pronounced, giving a tilted appearance to the eyes.
  • A cross-eyed appearance. Several factors, including the positioning of the lateral canthus, can cause it.                                                       
  • Lastly, candidates must have good overall health and realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome.
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Lateral Canthoplasty: What to Expect

Before everything else, consult a qualified cosmetic surgeon to discuss your goals, medical history, and potential risks or complications. If you are pre-qualified for the consultation, you will be invited to the clinic for further medical examinations to ensure you can safely undergo the procedure.

Once you are qualified for lateral canthoplasty, the cosmetic surgeon provides pre-operative instructions to follow. The instructions may include avoiding certain medications, refraining from eating or drinking, and stopping smoking.

On the day of the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to numb the area around your eyes. If you undergo several cosmetic procedures simultaneously, general anesthesia is provided.

During the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon creates a small incision at the outer corner of the eyes to access the lateral canthal tendon. The surgeon modifies the tendon to create the desired shape or angle of the outer corner of the eye. After the modification, the surgeon will close the sutures.

After the lateral canthoplasty procedure, you will need to take some time to rest and recover. The nurses and surgeon will monitor you in the clinic for a few hours. Keeping your head elevated and using ice packs to reduce swelling and bruising for a few days after the surgery is crucial.

Moreover, your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions for you to follow, including taking antibiotics or pain medication, avoiding strenuous activities, and applying topical ointments or drops to the incision site. You will also have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress, remove sutures, and check for complications.

Remember that the full results of the procedure may take several weeks to months to recover fully, but you should see a noticeable improvement in the shape and angle of the outer corner of your eyes. Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions or concerns you may have during the recovery process.

Why Choose Mina Plastic Surgery for Lateral Canthoplasty?

Dr. Cha considers your eyes, proportion, and balance in the design process. He makes incisions meticulously to prevent scars from becoming visible. Mina Plastic Surgery has a team of experienced plastic surgeons specializing in eye procedures, including lateral canthoplasty.

We have the latest technology to achieve natural-looking results. Dr. Cha knows each patient has their individual needs and goals. Hence, he creates a customized treatment plan for each patient.

Booking Information

Mina Plastic Surgery is committed to providing its patients with the best cosmetic surgery experience. If you want to book a consultation, visit our website and fill out our online booking form. Once our team receives your form, we will contact you for your appointment confirmation and discuss the details of your treatment. You may also reach us at (+82) 10-6295-6552 or [email protected].

The time it takes to schedule an appointment depends on the availability of our doctors and the type of treatment or consultation you seek. Consultations are scheduled as soon as possible, and treatments are scheduled within a few weeks of consultation. Attend your appointment on the scheduled date and time is best to avoid delays.

Procedure Cost and Payment

Lateral canthoplasty in South Korea has an average cost of 1,500,000 KRW to 3,500,000 KRW (approximately 1,200 USD to 3,000 USD). But remember, the actual cost may vary depending on individual factors. You can call Mina Plastic Surgery to have your actual and personalized quotation.

We accept payments through cash, credit cards, and bank transfers. Mina Plastic Surgery ensures that you understand all the costs and fees involved in the procedure before scheduling your surgery appointment.

Recovery and Aftercare

At Mina Plastic Surgery, we care for your overall health. As recovery varies in each person, we personalize and provide attentive aftercare to our patients to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.


We provide porridge and pumpkin juice to help your fast recovery. Just let us know if you are allergic or not fond of pumpkins. Swelling may be uneven on each side. We will provide an ice pack to ease the pain or may offer deswelling laser light therapy if you are qualified to improve your recovery time.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lateral Canthoplasty

You may need this added information to understand lateral canthoplasty better.

Yes, there is likely some scarring after your lateral canthoplasty. But you do not have to worry about it, as it is minimal and well-hidden within the natural creases of your eyes. Moreover, proper aftercare may further lessen its visibility.

Yes, there are a few cosmetic procedures that you can have alongside lateral canthoplasty. Ask your cosmetic surgeon if you are a good candidate for eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or brow lift. Combining these eye cosmetic procedures lessens the overall recovery time and helps achieve a more comprehensive eyes and face rejuvenation.

Lateral canthoplasty is permanent, as the procedure uses a surgical modification on the outer corner of the eye. However, a few aspects may still affect the results, such as our natural aging process and lifestyle.

If you are not ready for the surgical procedure, you can have non-surgical alternatives to improve the outer appearance of your eyes. Derma fillers or botox injections are the common alternatives to lift the brow and create a more open-eyed appearance. However, you must consult your cosmetic surgeon to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure.


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