A new hashtag all over social media is the #cateye or the #foxeye procedure. If you search the hashtags you’ll see some extreme freaky immediate before and afters, especially from some Russian accounts, that resemble more of an alien than natural beautiful eyes. I personally don’t think anyone in their right mind comes in wanting to look like those before and afters. Here are my thoughts on this topic. First, beautiful eyes come in all shapes and forms, and the notion that everyone must have the same shaped eye is absurd and boring to me. That said, historically we associate beautiful feminine eyes as having some combination of these features:
- The eyebrows have a temporal arched flare to them
- The upper eyelid creases sit high with tight skin
- The corner of the eyelids (technical term lateral canthus) sits higher and slants a little upwards
In fact, a lot of makeup is done to create an illusion or exaggerate some of these features.
If a patient is the right candidate, which means anatomically the facial harmony allows extenuation of some of these features to achieve natural beautiful results, then we have some tools in plastic surgery at our disposal to achieve them.
- Brow lift: I personally like the endoscopic or the temporal lift to achieve a lateral flare. Botox can also be done to help raise the corners of the eyebrows, given they have the right anatomy. Thread lifts in their current form only last 3 to 4 months.
- Customized upper eyelid blepharoplasty: This procedure, when performed correctly, reduces temporal hooding and allows a youthful shape to the eyes.
- Canthopexy: For the right patient this procedure allows tilting the lateral corners of the eyes to achieve natural almond shaped eyes.