Epicanthoplasty - Melbourne

Epicanthoplasty - Melbourne

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Epicanthoplasty is a specialised cosmetic surgery procedure that focuses on the modification of the epicanthal folds, commonly found at the inner corners of the eyes. This procedure is often sought to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the eyes, creating or accentuating a double eyelid crease.

What is an epicanthoplasty?

Epicanthoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure targeting the inner or outer corners of the eyes. It is more commonly performed for the inner corner where the epicanthal skin fold is present in most people of Asian descent, covering some of the structures at the inner corner of the eye.

This surgical procedure alters the shape of the epicanthal skin to enhance the eye's appearance, often complementing double eyelid surgery.

Medical epicanthoplasty surgery

A “medial epicanthoplasty” may be performed at the time of double eyelid surgery, or separately as an individual procedure. While many techniques have been described, they all aim to reduce or remove the epicanthal fold to create a more parallel double eyelid crease.

What are the benefits of having an epicanthoplasty?

The benefits of epicanthoplasty include a more open upper eyelid crease. This is considered by some patients to be more aesthetically pleasing as it allows more of the natural structures of the eye to show through and subtly alters the proportions of the eye.

​​Am I a good candidate for an epicanthoplasty?

Good candidates for epicanthoplasty often have a prominent epicanthal fold that obscures the inner corners of their eyes. Individuals seeking to create or define a double eyelid crease or improve the harmony of their facial features may also benefit.

Are there any risks or side effects?

As with any surgical procedure, epicanthoplasty carries risks such as infection, scarring and asymmetry. The benefits of this procedure should, as always, be balanced against the potential risks, most notably that of unfavourable scarring in this part of the eyes. This highlights the importance of a detailed consultation and assessment with a specialist plastic surgeon. For more details on surgical risks and recovery please click here.

What to expect when having an epicanthoplasty in Melbourne?

Consultation

At your initial consultation, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Frank Lin will provide an individualised assessment of the eyelid position and structure, assess your suitability for surgery, and also take time to understand your concerns and goals. He will answer any questions and discuss any concerns you may have to ensure you have all the information you need before proceeding with any treatments.

Procedure

Epicanthoplasty is carried out by making small incisions in the epicanthal skin, and then reshaping or removing excess skin. This modifies the shape of the inner corner of the upper eyelid to harmonise the curvature of the eyelid fold. There are small sutures at the inner corner of the eye which are removed a few days later.

Recovery

As with all surgical procedures, recovery will differ between individual patients. Generally, epicanthoplasty can be performed as a day operation. For more details on surgical risks and recovery please click here.

It is common to have:
  • Some mild discomfort following the procedure, which is usually well controlled with oral medications.
  • Swelling and bruising which persists for 1 to 2 weeks. Overall, in 80% of our patients, the majority of swelling will be resolved by 2 weeks.

Most patients usually return to office work after one week. Light exercise and physical activities can usually resume after 2 weeks. Heavy sporting activity usually needs 4 - 6 weeks of recovery.

Before and after results of Epicanthoplasty

Below you can see some images of patients who have had double eyelid surgery and epicanthoplasty with us at Eastern Plastic Surgery:

Some more examples of pre- and post-surgery results can be found on our results page.

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Everyone’s anatomy and expectations are unique. Dr Lin will assess your individual needs during your consultation, and show you a larger selection of photos and videos which are more relevant and meaningful to your individual case

  • Asian double eyelid surgery and Epicanthoplasty before and after 3 双眼皮及开眼角手术对比图by Dr Frank Lin | Eastern Plastic Surgery | Melbourne
  • Asian double eyelid surgery and Epicanthoplasty before and after 4 双眼皮及开眼角手术对比图by Dr Frank Lin | Eastern Plastic Surgery | Melbourne
  • Asian double eyelid surgery and Epicanthoplasty before and after 双眼皮及开眼角手术对比图1 by Dr Frank Lin | Eastern Plastic Surgery | Melbourne
  • 35 Asian double eyelid surgery before and after 14 双眼皮手术对比图 by Dr Frank Lin | Eastern Plastic Surgery | Melbourne
*Images are posted following patient consent. Results are only relevant for this patient and do not reflect the results others may experience. Results may vary due to multiple factors including genetics, diet and exercise. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Frank Lin (MED0001193706) Registered medical practitioner, specialist plastic surgeon (specialist registration in surgery-plastic surgery).

How much does epicanthoplasty cost in Melbourne?

The cost of an epicanthoplasty can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. An accurate cost estimate will be provided during your initial consultation, where your specific needs and expectations can be discussed in detail with our specialist plastic surgeon.

Why choose us for your epicanthoplasty in Melbourne?

Dr Frank Lin has a special interest in eyelid surgery for Asian patients. This includes upper and lower eyelid surgery, as well as specialised aspects of the procedure such as medial and lateral epicanthoplasties.

Dr Lin is one of the only specialist plastic surgeons in Australia to have both published in this area and has been invited to lecture at both national and international conferences on Asian eyelid surgery.

Meet Dr Frank Lin

Dr Frank Lin (MED0001193706) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and founder of Eastern Plastic Surgery and EST Clinic. Dr Lin’s area of interest includes facial and breast aesthetic surgery, as well as non-surgical aesthetic treatments. He has a special interest in minimally invasive treatment for the face and body and a special interest in the treatment of Asian patients.

FAQs

If you have any more questions about epicanthoplasty, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, you can find FAQs below that may provide the additional information you’re looking for.

What is the difference between blepharoplasty and epicanthoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is primarily focused on addressing issues with the upper eyelids or lower eyelids, such as the creation or stabilisation of the eyelid fold, or removal of excess skin and fat. In contrast, epicanthoplasty specifically addresses the epicanthal folds at the inner corners of the eyes to complement a double eyelid crease.
Can epicanthoplasty be reversed?

Reversing epicanthoplasty is complex, especially when it involves intricate areas like the double eyelids and the upper eyelid crease. Although it's not impossible, any reversal would necessitate another surgical procedure with its inherent risks.
How effective is epicanthoplasty surgery on enlarging eyes?

Epicanthoplasty is an operation on the skin of the inner corner of the eyes. It does not affect the eye-opening and does not physically “enlarge” the eyes. It does, however, alter the shape of the upper eyelid fold. When performed in conjunction with Asian double eyelid surgery, it can have the effect of enlarging the contour of the eyes. Some patients find that this contributes to a more “open” appearance to the eyes.
When is the best time to have medical epicanthoplasty surgery?

Not everyone is suitable for this operation and it would depend on the severity of your epicanthal fold. In patients who are suitable the best time for medial epicanthoplasty is at the time of your double eyelid surgery.
The main drawback with this operation is that it potentially leaves a very small visible scar on the inner side of your new double eyelid fold. Compared with a simple double eyelid procedure where the scar is hidden in the depth of the new supratarsal (double eyelid) fold, and is therefore not visible with the eyes open.
Will the medial epicanthoplasty scar be obvious?

This is one of the most common questions asked by patients who are considering the surgery. Dr Lin utilises a technique which places a very small scar within eyelid skin immediately under the new supratarsal (double eyelid) fold. This has the advantage of keeping the scar as small as possible, as well as avoiding the thicker, more oily skin of the nasal dorsum which potentially gives rise to more visible scars.
It is important to realise that all scars have the potential to become thick or unsightly (hypertrophic or keloid scars). Although these are rare on eyelid skin, it is one of the risks that Dr Lin will discuss with you during your consultation.
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