Epicanthoplasty

Epicanthoplasty

 

 

Epicanthal fold referred to the skin fold that covers the inner corner of the eye. Epicanthal fold is common in the Oriental population but is rare among Caucasians. Epicanthal fold makes the eye appear shorter and smaller than it actually is and makes both the eyes appear farther apart. For those with double eyelid crease, the tension in the epicanthal fold pulls the double eyelid crease downward to join the upper eyelid margin, forming a tapered double eyelid crease instead of a parallel double eyelid crease.

 

Epicanthoplasty is a minor surgery to remove the epicanthal fold in order to open up inner  corner of the eye. The aim is to make the eye appears longer and bigger. In the presence of a thick epicanthal fold, epicanthoplasty may be required during double eyelid surgery in order to create a parallel double eyelid crease.

 

 

 

Preparation

        1. Inform the doctor of any pre-existing medical conditions and drug allergy. All medical conditions must be treated and stabilized before surgery.
        2. Stop smoking at least one week before surgery. Smoking is harmful to wound healing and increases the risks of other post-operation complications.
        3. Stop the following medications and supplements from one week before surgery until one week after surgery.
          1. All supplements containing vitamin E, ginseng, ginkgo, garlic, fish oil, and other ingredients that increase bleeding during the procedure. Other supplements, traditional medicine, and herbs, in which ingredients are unknown, have to stop as well.
          2. Medicine that increases bleeding during the procedure such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and warfarin. However, you may need to consult your physician who prescribed the medication before you stop them.
        4. On the day of surgery, wear simple and comfortable clothing and do not wear any makeup