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What is fox eye surgery?

Fox eye surgery has enjoyed a huge resurgence recently, thanks to celebrities, models and influencers on social media platform TikTok.

Also known as cat eye surgery, this look is achieved when the eyebrows are angled upwards, giving a more lifted appearance to the eyes. As we age, our eyebrows can droop, so the fox eye lift can open up the face and restore a youthful appearance in the eye area.
Despite the fox brow lift having its moment in the sun, it is not a new procedure.

Fox eye surgery was originally invented 50 years ago by Dr Robert Flowers in Honolulu. Dr Flowers was inspired by the aesthetics of the Asian eye. Fox eye surgery is a combination of a brow lift treatment, that raises the outer corners of the eyebrows, and an eye lift (blepharoplasty). This surgery acts to reduce the size of the eyelids in order to achieve a firmer, more open, youthful appearance.  




An increasingly popular, non-invasive way of achieving the fox eye look is using a thread lift, which can be done in as little as 30 minutes. A local anaesthetic is applied and PDO threads are inserted using a needle to lift the outside corner of the eyebrow. The downtime is also minimal with mild swelling and bruising for up to two weeks. This option can last anywhere from six months up to a year, depending on the individual patient. Further treatments will be required in order to maintain the result.

However we would sound a note of caution about the surgical and non-surgical fox eye lift.

The eyebrows in women naturally sit on the superior bony margin of the orbit and then peak at the outer upper corner of the eye where they then continue to follow the bony rim and eye.  

The fox eye lift changes the natural shape of the eyebrow so that the outer third of the brow extends upwards. By not following the natural lines and contours of the face, this creates an unnatural look of the eyes with the eyebrows sitting too high.  

Fox eye surgery is an irreversible procedure and comes with risks. As the aging process marches on and the skin naturally loses its elasticity, there is a risk of damage to the eyelid tendons.

The use of threads are also associated with complications such as folding and puckering of the skin and a loss of sensation in the area. Such complications can be difficult to reverse, so anyone seeking fox eye surgery should take this into account when making their decision. For a non-surgical fox eye lift, a professional brow shape and lamination can improve the eyebrow height, creating a strong eyebrow to shape and define the eyes.

We do not offer fox eye surgery or a non-surgical fox eye lift here at the Cadogan Clinic.

Rather than undergo fox eye surgery to attain a youthful, wide-eyed look, we would recommend a combination of a surgical brow lift and blepharoplasty (eyelid reduction surgery). These are two popular treatments that we offer here at the Cadogan Clinic. This combination can be tailored to meet the requirements of the patient, meaning that it can achieve similar results to the fox eye lift, which is currently so sought after.

A brow lift improves the appearance of the forehead, the brow and the area around the eyes by raising the soft tissue and skin of the forehead and brow. The flattening and descent of the brow is caused by the skin losing its elasticity as part of the natural aging process. The patient is left with a more youthful-looking brow after treatment. There are several different surgical techniques to achieve a brow lift. Sometimes this involves removal of excess facial skin and tightening of the underlying tissues. A surgical brow lift produces permanent results, although these are at the mercy of the aging process, meaning surgery may need to be repeated in the future.

Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid reduction, eye lift or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure to reshape the eyelids by removing excess fat and skin. Blepharoplasty is a highly effective treatment for the signs of aging around the eye area and can improve common complaints of eye bags and hooded or droopy eyelids. There are different surgical techniques which can be used to achieve the desired result.

Both these treatments can recreate the fox brow lift, without the associated risks.

Alternatively, there are non-surgical procedures to help you achieve temporary results.These include the use of anti-aging injectables, such as botox, and Enerjet high energy therapy. This particular treatment does not use any needles. Instead, a machine delivers kinetic energy and a healing compound to a controlled depth in the brow to achieve the desired result.

Dermal fillers can also be used. These are safe and will be naturally reabsorbed into the body after a period of time. The beauty of temporary fillers is that these are quickly and easily reversed if you are not satisfied with the results.

Temporary fox eye threads cost in the region of between £300 to £700 in the UK. Non-surgical eyebrow lifts at the Cadogan Clinic start from £700. Although this is slightly more expensive than the non-surgical fox eye lift, our non-surgical brow lift produces superior, natural-looking results, with a reduced likelihood of complications or poor results.

Our consultants are experts in their field and are all qualified and highly experienced so you can be assured you are in the very best hands.

If you are looking for a surgical or non surgical brow lift and blepharoplasty, our award-winning clinic is conveniently located on Sloane Street, Chelsea. Book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons here at the Cadogan Clinic to find out how we can help you achieve your desired look.

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