Transform Your Gaze: The Ultimate Guide to Cat Eye Surgery

The Ultimate Guide to Cat Eye Surgery

The cat eye is an eye shape that has been popular across many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and Western Europe. The shape is characterized by the outer corners of the eyes being upturned to the same degree. Aside from a sleeker, pulled-back appearance, the more rounded eye shape also gives the impression of larger eyes. Cat-eye surgery can completely change the appearance of your eye shape.

What is a cat eye lift?

Cat eye lift surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to give eyes a lifted and more youthful appearance, similar to cat-like eyes. This usually entails removing excess skin and fat from the outer corners of the eyes before tightening underlying muscles to achieve this slanted and upturned appearance; many seek this surgery due to its dramatic and exotic aesthetic enhancement effects.

Who is a Candidate for Cat Eye Surgery?

Who is a Candidate for Cat Eye Surgery

Candidates for cat eye lift include:

  • Good Physical Health:
    1. Prior to cat eye surgery, it’s crucial to be in good physical health.
    2. Ensure you are free from chronic illnesses or conditions that might hinder your post-surgery recovery.
  • Realistic Expectations:
    1. Understand the limitations of cat eye surgery.
    2. It won’t make you look younger or eliminate wrinkles around your eyes.
    3. Instead, it focuses on improving droopy upper eyelids by removing excess skin and fat.
    4. This helps them lie flatter against your cheeks.
    5. Having realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes is essential for post-surgery satisfaction.

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How Much Does Cat Eye Lift Cost?

According to the results of an ASPS survey conducted in 2020, the estimated average cost of cat eye surgery is roughly $4,120.2. This price may differ depending on your location, facilities available, and surgeon experience level.

Your health insurance will likely not cover a cat eye lift as an elective cosmetic procedure; however, if necessary to treat medical issues such as chronic dry eyes, some coverage may apply under your policy.

Before committing to having any procedure performed, it is wise to discuss its costs with your surgeon and get their estimates for their costs and possible financing solutions such as payment plans.

Preparation for Cat Eye Surgery Surgery 

Preparation is an essential part of any surgical procedure. The following are the instructions that you will receive from your surgeon:

Stop Blood-Thinning Medication:

    1. Discontinue any blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen, apixaban, Heparin, etc.
    2. This prevents excessive bleeding during surgery.

Light Meal Night Before Surgery:

    1. Have a small meal the night before surgery.
    2. Avoid eating or drinking at least six hours prior to the procedure to reduce the risk of aspiration during anesthesia.

Take Essential Medication:

    1. Continue taking necessary medications like blood pressure or antihypertensive drugs.
    2. It helps manage health conditions and reduces the risk of complications during surgery.

Avoid Makeup:

    1. Refrain from using makeup.
    2. Cosmetic ingredients can irritate the skin and promote bacterial growth.

Gentle Face Cleaning:

    1. Use only water and soap to cleanse your face.
    2. Avoid applying lotion or moisturizer on the day of surgery.

Arrange Transportation:

    1. Ensure you have a safe and timely means of transportation to and from the surgeon’s office.
    2. Temporary impairment from surgery may affect your ability to drive.

Support Post-Surgery:

    1. Have someone accompany you for a few days after surgery.
    2. They can assist you in case of unexpected events or needs.

Pre-Surgery Examination:

    1. Your eye surgeon will perform a final examination before the cat eye procedure.
    2. The lateral canthal tendon will be cut and repositioned or tightened to achieve the desired eye shape during the surgery.

Step By Step Guide To Conduct cat eye lift

Step By Step Guide To Conduct cat eye lift

Removing cat eyes requires expert surgical knowledge and should only be carried out by certified healthcare providers. 

An overview of cat eye surgery steps here:

  1. Patient Evaluation: Begin by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your patient’s medical history and current health status to ascertain if they are suitable candidates for blepharoplasty surgery.
  2. Consultation: Hold an in-depth consultation with the patient in order to ascertain their expectations and assess potential outcomes of surgery.
  3. Anesthesia: Attend to ensure the patient remains relaxed and pain-free during surgery by administering local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia as appropriate to ensure maximum safety and comfort during procedures.
  4. Incisions: For optimal results, carefully plan incisions along the natural folds of your upper and/or lower eyelids in order to minimize scarring.
  5. Tissue Resection and Reshaping: Remove excess skin, muscle, and fat to achieve your desired aesthetic outcome. Reshape remaining tissues for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
  6. Closure: (Major incisions must be closed with fine sutures or skin glue to minimize scarring.).

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Cat Eye Surgery Recovery

Once your eye surgery is over, your ophthalmologist will close and treat the incision site to protect it from infection. In case you experience pain or discomfort after the operation, they may suggest using an ointment, steroid eye drops, or artificial tears as treatment options.

Furthermore, you should wear eye protection for three days following this process to prevent potential trauma or the accumulation of dust or debris.

As part of your post-operative care requirements, such as following up with medical tests or treatments as prescribed by your physician, you must abide by all recommendations issued by them and adhere to them strictly. They could include items like:

  • Incision Care:
    • The surgeon will close and treat the incision to prevent infection.
  • Pain Management:
    • Use ointment, steroid eye drops, or artificial tears if you experience pain or discomfort after surgery.
  • Eye Protection:
    • Wear eye protection for three days to prevent trauma, dust, and debris accumulation.

Post-Operative Care Guidelines:

Post-Operative Care Guidelines

Follow your doctor’s instructions diligently, which may include:

      1. Rest your eyes by taking time off from work and commitments.
      2. Apply an ice pack during the first few days to reduce swelling.
      3. Maintaining good eye hygiene with warm water and 3% hydrogen peroxide three times daily.
      4. Avoid touching, rubbing, or squeezing your eyes to prevent infection and aid healing.
      5. Do not use contact lenses for about two weeks to avoid tension on healing tendons.
      6. Refrain from medication like ibuprofen that can increase bleeding.
      7. Wear protective eyeshields when outdoors or sleeping to prevent injury or irritants.
      8. Attend scheduled follow-up visits to monitor recovery progress.
      9. Applying sunscreen to protect your skin as direct sunlight can affect scar appearance during healing.

Possible Side Effects of Cat Eye Surgery

Some of the common side effects of this surgery include:


Bruising is a common side effect of cat eye lift. This bruising can be mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of bruising depends on how much fat was removed during surgery and where the incisions were made. Mild bruising may occur after 1-2 weeks and persist for up to 6 months after surgery.


The amount of bleeding after fat removal or incision placement varies based on factors like fat removal, incision placement, and any clotting disorders present. Bleeding can last from days to weeks, depending on how well your body can stop itself naturally from bleeding.

Risk of Infection:

While cat eye surgery can be an invasive procedure, its risk for infection is lower compared to some other eye surgeries. Prior to any cat-eye procedures, patients should consult an eye specialist about possible antibiotic prescriptions to help protect themselves against any future infections.

Loose Stitches: 

Loose stitches can be an irritating side effect of surgery. Their thread remnants can lead to irritation, inflammation, and pain.

Excess Tearing:

Excessive tearing may result from tightening of the skin beneath the eyes during surgery, so post-op eye care must be prioritized in order to minimize this complication.

Blood Clots:

Bleeding can become more risky after previous cat eye lift surgeries, increasing their likelihood. If blood clots appear in your eye, seek immediate medical assistance immediately.


Post-operative discomfort includes bruises and swelling around the eyes. There’s always the possibility of complications leading to scarring or permanent eye damage from surgery; scarring should only be expected as part of its risk.

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Fox eye vs. cat eye surgery

“Fox Eye” and “Cat Eye” surgeries are both cosmetic procedures designed to elongate and lift the eyes, though their respective techniques differ, and their desired outcomes vary accordingly.

Cat Eye Surgery:

  1. Purpose: cat eye lift primarily targets rejuvenating either the upper or lower eyelids to address issues like sagging skin, puffiness, and droopiness in that region of the eyelid.
  2. Incisions: Cat eye surgery typically involves making incisions along the natural creases of eyelids to remove excess skin and fat as well as to reshape them, creating cat eyes.
  3. Outcome: cat eye lift aims to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance by altering the contours of eyelids.

Fox Eye Surgery:

  1. Purpose: Fox eye surgery is an emerging trend in cosmetic procedures that seeks to mimic the almond-shaped eyes commonly associated with foxes. This technique creates more slanted and lifted eyes for an aesthetic result.
  2. Techniques: Fox eye surgery includes multiple techniques, including thread lifts or botox injections. Thread lifts utilize dissolvable sutures to lift and reshape eyebrows and outer corners of eyes for a longer-elongated appearance.
  3. Outcome: Fox eye surgery aims to create the iconic cat-eye appearance with lifted outer corners of eyes and more defined brow arches.

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Cat eye lift: What to Expect 

Cat eye surgery is performed as an outpatient operation, meaning you will return home the same day after treatment. Our surgical team will use intravenous (IV) sedation and local anesthetics to keep you relaxed during the procedure.

If an extensive and in-depth procedure is needed, your surgeon will use general anesthesia so they can operate while you remain unconscious – this process usually lasts around two hours.


Cat eye lift can be an excellent solution if you suffer from dark circles, blood vessels, or discoloration around your eyes. It isn’t difficult and has minimal risks – leaving you looking much younger and refreshed afterward!

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Recovery after cat eye surgery typically takes between two and three weeks for the majority of patients. A full recovery won’t happen for several more weeks.
The healing process consists of three stages: the bruising stage, the swelling stage, and the scar formation stage. Scars will eventually go away as time passes.
In addition, once several months have passed, you will begin to notice changes in the appearance of your eyes.

The duration of cat eye removal surgery, commonly referred to as canthoplasty, typically depends on several variables, including procedure type and individual factors. On average, however, cahoplasty typically lasts 1 – 2 hours, but your plastic surgeon can provide more accurate estimates during your consultation appointment.

Yes, cat eye surgery such as canthoplasty should generally be considered permanent. The surgery aims to alter the shape and appearance of eyes by creating cat-like or almond-shaped features. Although some aging changes may take place over time, its overall transformation remains permanent.

Cat Eye Surgery should produce results that last many years – often even a lifetime – but factors like natural aging, lifestyle choices, and genetics may impact whether the results remain optimal over time. Frequent consultations with your plastic surgeon are key in prolonging results over time.

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This article was Medically reviewed by Dr. Ali Cem OKTAY

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Binsy George
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