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Epicanthoplasty is eye surgery to remove the epicanthal folds. It can be a challenging procedure because the epicanthal folds overlay the lacrimal canaliculi (tear drainage canals).[1] Although an epicanthic fold can also be associated with a less prominent upper eyelid crease (a feature commonly termed "single eyelids" as opposed to "double eyelids"), and is a trait that appears more commonly in East Asian ethnicities, the two features are distinct; a person may have both epicanthal folds and an upper eyelid crease, one and not the other, or neither.[2] Single eyelids are reshaped using Asian blepharoplasty.

Epicanthoplasty may leave visible post-surgical scar lines. A common corrective technique involves using Z-plasty.

See also


  1. ^ Meronk, F. "Epicanthoplasty". Retrieved May 11, 2006.
  2. ^ Lam Facial Plastics "Asian Blepharoplasty". Retrieved July 12, 2012.

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