Canthoplasty and Canthopexy

Canthoplasty and canthopexy are two surgical procedures that modify and correct the eyes’ shape. They are also part of “eye surgery”.
The periocular region and the gaze can become dull or heavy for different reasons, including aging, the congenitally downward shape of an eye, or even a previous unsatisfactory blepharoplasty.


The main purpose of canthoplasty is to correct drooping or sagging of the outer corner of the eye: the surgeon, repositions the tendon and ligament of the external palpebral canthus by making an incision in the outer corner, thereby elevating the canthal angle to achieve a bigger and brighter looking eye. The result is the lifting of the eye, which assumes the typical elongated shape known as “fox eye”.


A canthopexy procedure remodels the shape of the eye by repositioning its external corner. The canthal tendon is tightened by suturing the periosteum of the orbit. In this way, the tendon of the orbicularis muscle is also strengthened and raised, stretching the eye outwards and accentuating the natural shape of almond-shaped eyes.

In summary

For whom it is appropriate

When the patient has set down, sagging or drooping eyes, or also prominent or too closed.


The surgery can be performed on patients aged 16 and over.


Local anaesthesia with sedation, or general anaesthesia.

Recommended post-surgery treatments

Post-surgical massage, diathermy.


A stay in the clinic from 2 to 5 hours is required. The surgery itself can last from 20 to 60 minutes.

Post-surgery visits

On the third day after surgery.

Social return

Immediate for canthopexy, after a few days following canthoplasty.


Image team led by Prof. Carlo Tremolada performs canthopexy and canthoplasty operations in Milan.


You can view before and after photos of canthopexy and canthoplasty in our clinic. The material related to previously treated cases allows to evaluate examples of results according to different needs.


The costs of canthopexy and canthoplasty depend on many variables and are tailored to each patient. View our prices page or fill out the form to request information.

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