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Q: Eye 'Shaping' Surgery ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Eye 'Shaping' Surgery
Category: Health > Beauty
Asked by: mimi25-ga
List Price: $150.00
Posted: 22 Jul 2005 10:07 PDT
Expires: 21 Aug 2005 10:07 PDT
Question ID: 546651
To whom it may concern, 
I was wondering if there are any procedures to enable a patient to
enhance or change their eye shape (to make it bigger, or have an
upward slant to achieve a sexy look).
Also, I would like to know what can be done for 'asymmetrical eyes'
are there any correcting procedures???
Subject: Re: Eye 'Shaping' Surgery
Answered By: journalist-ga on 22 Jul 2005 12:52 PDT
Greetings Mimi25,

Yes, there are cosmetic surgeries for altering eye shape, and your
major concern before submitting to any cosmetic surgery should be to
personally interview cosmetic surgeons in your area, and ask to see
their before/after pictures of former patients.  You want to be
absolutely certain that your surgeon knows what he/she is doing.

Some surgeons may also offer to have former patients discuss their
procedures with you ? I would recommend doing this, so be sure and ask
if the surgeon offers this service to customers.  This way, you will
not only learn about the procedures from the point of view of the
patient, but you?ll also learn the details of after-surgery care that
the surgeon offers.  Also, make sure the surgeon you ultimately choose
is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (and make
certain the surgeon has extensive experience performing the type of
procedure(s) you seek).

For example, radical eye shaping surgery was sought by and performed
on well-known socialite, Jocelyn Wildenstein.  Ms. Wildenstein wanted
her eyes to resemble the slanted eyes of "big cats" (tigers, lions,
etc).  Please see these before/after images, and be warned: Her
transformation took place through a series of radical cosmetic
surgeries, and the effects may be shocking to viewers unaccustomed to
her current appearance.

Here is an interview with Jocelyn regarding how to choose a plastic
surgeon (some sage advice from one who knows):



Basic facial asymmetry - normal
"Asymmetry- The human face and eyelid region is normally asymmetrical.
There can be a variation from one side to the other following a
blepharoplasty surgery [eyelid surgery]."

"Will my eyes be symmetrical after the surgery?" 
"This is irrelevant. No two eyes are perfectly symmetrical to begin
with, and if you really look closely you will certainly see
differences in your eyes after surgery. But your good surgeon will do
everything he or she can make your eyes as symmetrical as possible;
indeed some eyelid surgeries are done primarily to make asymmetrical
eyes more alike."
(Please read the entire FAQs - some great general info about eyelid surgery)

Asymmetry in Facial Expression
?Facial asymmetry can be produced by structural abnormalities or by
unilateral or asymmetrical weakness of the muscles of the face.
Structural abnormalities are due to musculoskeletal deformations, soft
tissue masses, and tumors. The weak muscles involved in the production
of facial asymmetry are the: (1) facial mimetic muscles; (2) levator
palpebrae muscles; or (3) muscles of Müller.

?The distinction between functional and structural facial asymmetry
can be made by observation. Structural facial asymmetry is diagnosed
by observing a physical cause for the facial asymmetry. Functional
asymmetry is diagnosed by the absence of a physical deformity. The
neurogenic system involved in functional asymmetries can be determined
by the area of the face involved, the degree of asymmetry at different
behavioral stages (crying and quiet awake) and the presence of
associated neurological and general findings.?


?Seven percent of South Koreans have had double eyelid surgery, a
procedure that emphasizes upper-lid creases. Italian women are equally
fixated on reshaping their eyes, often requesting an upward slant,
says New York plastic Surgeon Cap Lesesne, MD. Back in the States,
doctors can apply Korean and Italian lid-shaping techniques when
removing sagging skin during traditional eye lifts.?

Malar Augmentation (cheeks)
?A relatively under-developed mid-face is source of imbalance with
several effects: around the eyes it leads to a lower position of the
lid margin, with a downward eyelid slant and a slightly more rounded
eye (rounded palpebral fissure): commonly young patients will have
lower lid bags.?

?Eyelid surgery is a procedure to remove fat ? usually along with
excess skin and muscle ? from the upper and lower eyelids. Besides
correcting drooping upper lids that give a hooded effect to the eyes,
eyelid surgery removes puffy bags below the eyes. New procedures
change the slant of the eye and tighten the lower lid. Though most of
those who opt for eyelid surgery are middle-aged or older, younger
people with droopy or baggy eyelids may decide to have the surgery.?

Brow lift (in relation to eye position)
?The brow lift raises the eyebrows and lifts the skin that may be
covering the upper eyelids. It helps to soften forehead creases and
frown lines between the eyes. Different techniques can be used, and
the endoscope has made it possible to do brow lifts and facelifts with
minimal scarring. Healing is quicker, incisions are smaller and less



? It has come to be known as the "Lunchtime Facelift" and when
combined with other safe and effective treatments such as Botox and
Collagen, patients can expect to have almost a surgery-free facelift
that could take off  years from their appearance. Essentially
ThermaCool reduces the appearance of existing wrinkles, Botox works on
the facial muscles that create new wrinkles and Collagen fills in any
persistent deep pockets and pits. The final product is smoother,
tighter and much younger looking skin that is even resistant to acne. 
ThermacoolTC is the Hottest thing to hit Beverly Hills in the last
couple of years and the excitement continues to build as people learn
about it. It has even been recently shown on the Oprah Winfrey Show
and Good Morning America!?


From FAQs on permanent makeup (tattoo makeup)
"Some patients request a lash enhancement to balance out asymmetrical eyes."

"Facelifts and cosmetic surgery in the eye area require very close
attention to the texture of the skin and the placement of surgical
cuts (incisions)."

?No laws exist requiring doctors who offer specialty care ? like
plastic surgeons ? to meet specific qualifications. Thus, anyone with
a medical degree may choose to perform plastic surgery.  In selecting
a doctor, it is important to make sure to choose a plastic and
reconstructive surgeon who is certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery and who is experienced in the procedure you desire.
The surgeon should make you aware of all the risks involved in any
procedure. It is also advisable to see pictures of people the doctor
has treated and to talk with other patients.?


From what I discovered, it may be that you will decide on more than
one procedure (or a surgeon may suggest more than one procedure). 
Brow lifts are normally associated with a ?look of permanent surprise?
as the lift makes the eyes more round and open.  However, a surgeon
may recommend an eyelid lift, brow lift and/or malar augmentation to
achieve the look you are seeking.

Also, with the advent of better computer programs, many cosmetic
surgeons offer a pre-surgery computer enhancement example of the
changes a patient might expect to see after surgery.  This would be
extremely beneficial to you as it might cause you to discover you
do/don?t want certain recommended procedures.

Two excellent sites to peruse are and 
Many before/after celebrity photos are on both these sites.  Very
interesting reads and images.  See the bottom of the right columns for
general info on a variety of cosmetic surgeries.

After examining all the info I?ve provided, you may need
clarifications (or want to ask a related question about the info) ?
please don?t hesitate to ask as I want you to be fully informed on
cosmetic surgery procedures before you speak to a surgeon.

Best regards,


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Request for Answer Clarification by mimi25-ga on 22 Jul 2005 13:57 PDT
Thank you so much! I just need to ask a couple of more questions
1) What is the surgery called - the one to change your eye shape?
Also, will there be any visible scars? and is it performed often by
certified surgeons?
2) Regarding Asymmetry in Facial Expression - is there any more
information about this?


Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 22 Jul 2005 14:34 PDT
You are very welcome!  I'm delighted you are pleased.  :)

Regarding your clarification requests:

1) The procedure for slanting the eyes 

From Insider's Guide to Blepharoplasty

Reinforcement at the Lateral Canthus
? Other names: Canthoplasty, tarsal strip resuspension, lateral
canthal plication, canthopexy, lateral retinacular suspension,
inferior retinacular suspension

Terminology: While the terms canthoplasty and canthopexy are sometimes
used interchangeably, the two procedures are not equivalent.

"Canthoplasty" refers to a procedure designed to reposition and firmly
reinforce the lower eyelid by cutting apart and permanently
repositioning the lateral canthal tendon.

"Canthopexy," on the other hand, refers to a much simpler and less
invasive procedure designed to stabilize the eyelid by placement of a
single suture. Its effect is usually minimal as well as fleeting.

? Primary goal: Strengthening the tissues at the outer corner of the
eyelids (lateral canthus).

? Secondary goals: Lessening the chance of surgical complications most
commonly associated with transcutaneous (skin incision) lower

***Risks and complications: As in Chapter 28: Blepharoplasty
Complications. The anatomy of the canthus is delicate and complicated.
If canthoplasty is not well performed (or sometimes even if it is
expertly performed), the junction between the upper and lower eyelids
may become rounded, retracted, or deformed. Uncommonly, there can be
inflammation around the sutures. In the presence of a prominent eye,
shallow eye socket or in patients with inadequate bony support
(orbital rim and upper cheek hypoplasia), canthoplasty may result in
unintended downward retraction. ***On the other hand, if overdone in
patients with normal or deep-set eyes, it may result in an unnatural
upward slant to the eyes.***

So, I suppose the term to call it might be "canthoplasty" or "Asian canthoplasty" 

"The earliest reference to upper eyelid crease creation appeared in
Japanese scientific literature in 1896 when Dr. K. Mikamo introduced a
surgical technique for altering the eyelid ? a non-incision method
using three stitches to construct a palpebral fold. American surgeons
have records as early as the 1950s documenting a similar procedure in
the Philippines, and Khoo Boo-Chai, a Malayan doctor, became a modern
pioneer in the field in 1963 with his non-incision method of what he
called ?Oriental blepharoplasty.? Since then, the procedure has gained
popularity, becoming as commonplace in some parts of Asia as getting
braces in the States."

and from the same article

"Asian blepharoplasty (double eyelid surgery) was by far the most
common procedure among AAs in 2003, followed by rhinoplasty (nose

Perhaps parts of this article will give you reference terms you can
discuss with a surgeon -it's a long and comprehensive article.  Maybe
"non-Asian blepharoplasty" or "reverse Asian blepharoplasty" or "slant
at the Lateral Canthus"?  I couldn't locate an actual term but maybe
my guess of the term will help.


2)  Regarding Asymmetry in Facial Expression 

From "Learn To Draw"
"Facial asymmetry is a natural thing, and is far more common than
facial symmetry, but you don't really see it unless you're looking for
it. Facial symmetry does exist, but it is very rare, and when we see
it, we call it "beautiful". People called Supermodels often have
symmetrical faces - that's why they're Supermodels, and also, an
unrealistic standard of beauty. But if you look at the "supermodels"
really closely, I bet you'll find some that aren't so symmetrical."

Facial Symmetry - an image of a person's face, then the same face with
left side and then right side mirrored - interesting images.  For $19,
you can send them your photo for this type of image, or merely take a
digital photo of yourself and perform the same test in a Photoshop

Another image example of forced symmetry

How to do facial symmetry yourself

White Paper: Are human preferences for facial symmetry focused on
signals of developmental instability?
"Humans find symmetrical faces more attractive than are asymmetrical
faces. Evolutionary psychologists claim that our preference for
symmetry can be explained in the context of mate choice because
symmetry is an honest indicator of the genetic quality of potential
mates. These arguments assume that asymmetry in human faces is
fluctuating asymmetry (FA), because this form of asymmetry can be
revealing of developmental instability. However, no study has yet
examined the characteristics of facial asymmetry. Here we provide the
first detailed study of the patterns of asymmetry in human faces."

Facial Asymmetry Experiments with varying measurements

Facial Asymmetry as a Biometric


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