A Cat Eye or Fox Eye Lift is a procedure usually performed on younger women who like a strong windswept brow, or for anyone with heavy skin of the upper eyelids. The almond shape eye is harmonious with the angle of the brow (and midface) however this procedure can be performed on any shape of the eye.
The Cat Eye procedure also helps to enhance the anatomy of the shape of the eye and is a must have those who like a straight flared brow like Kendall Jenner. It helps to open the eyes and can even be incorporated with a midface lift to smooth under eyes and lift the cheek.
There are a few different options in performing the Cat Eye or Fox Eye lift. One option is to use threads however this result does not appear to give a long-lasting option, it can however be performed under local anaesthesia in the office.
The surgical technique is longer lasting and the option I tend to prefer. With this technique an incision is hidden behind the temporal hairline, the lateral brow skin is elevated and pulled in a horizontal (sideways) or horizontal and vertical direction. This approach can also extend down into the midface so that a combination of the lateral brow and midface can be lifted. A Canthoplasty can also be incorporated with the Cat Eye which lifts the position of the lateral eye to make it more almond shaped. An Ophthalmologist colleague would usually perform this. The surgical Cat Eye lift is a longer lasting and more predictable option.
The length of time that the results of your Cat Eye or Fox Eye Lift will last for is dependent on the technique used. If you choose to have threads, results typically last between 3 to 12 months. The surgical technique will give you results that last approximately 4 years on average.
The ideal candidate for Cat Eye surgery is someone who is in good physical and mental health. Smokers are encouraged to quit at least 2 weeks before the procedure and it is also recommended to not drink alcohol before and after surgery. This promotes proper healing and aids in avoiding complications during the procedure.
Our experienced surgeon Dr Zacharia will explain what can be done to assist eligible candidates for this procedure. He will discuss the steps of the proposed surgery and the variables that may affect the procedure. Physical characteristics may affect the technical considerations.
At the consultation, Dr Zacharia will discuss the procedure, risks and limitations, costs involved, patient expectations and goals, as well as the recovery process. He will also conduct a medical examination and help the patient prepare both physically and mentally for Cat Eye Lift Surgery.
Dr Zacharia will then provide a Cat Eye Lift information packet that explains everything a patient should do and know before their surgery date.
Dr Zacharia and his anaesthetist will assist patients in making the decision regarding which type of anaesthesia is best for their individual procedure.
No surgery is risk free. As with all procedures, there are number of risks and complications. Understanding the risks is imperative and Dr. Michael Zacharia discusses these openly with prospective patients in the initial consultation.
The chance that any of these complications may occur during the surgery or recovery is usually very small. The following is a list the most common risks that may occur, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, small burst blood vessels, etc.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Zacharia will answer any questions and make sure the patient fully understands all possible complications involved with the surgery.
Depending on the techinque used, normal activity can be resumed after around 4 weeks, with physical activity limited during the first 2 weeks.
Mild bruising may persist in affected regions on the face, so it’s recommended that the patient takes two weeks off work, or as advised by Dr Zacharia.
Anytime that the skin is cut, a scar is formed. Incision healing is dependent on several factors, including surgical technique, prevention of infection, reduction of tension, patient nutrition, as well as smoking (before or after surgery), etc.
Dr Zacharia will explain any incision sites during your consultation so you know where to expect scars if there will be any.