The word-stem "cantho-" refers to the canthus, which is the corner of the eye (strictly the angle at which the upper- and lower- eyelids meet). It is useful to recognise this term when it is used to refer to procedures concerning the corner(s) of the eye(s).
A canthoplasty is a surgical procedure to reconstruct the canthus (corner of the eye). It is also known as:
- inferior retinacular suspension, and as
- lateral retinacular suspension
It involves re-shaping the eye and may be performed for functional clinical reasons. It is also sometimes requested for cosmetic reasons (cosmetic surgery).
Canthoplasty might involve cantholysis as part of the overall process. It might also be a part of a more involved procedure, e.g. one that also includes blepharoplasty (which is an operation to repair or reconstruct an eyelid).
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