We all desire to have bigger and brighter eyes, because that is beautiful.
All reasonable makeup techniques aim to create the illusion of bigger eyes. There’re contact lenses to make our eyes look bigger by enlarging the size of the irises.
How else to achieve bigger-looking eyes?
Well, first and foremost, if you have single eyelids or even hidden double eyelids, think about creating visible double ones! You can use eyelid tape or glue but, rather than having to recreate them daily, more lasting solutions will include eyelid stitching or even open blepharoplasty to create beautiful double eyelids. That’s the first and greatest difference you can achieve.
Other surgical options to create bigger eyes include epicanthoplasty and lateral canthoplasty. In simple explanations: epicanthoplasty is done by removing tiny flaps on the medial sides of the eyes before stitching up to pull the corners of the palpebral fissures (i.e. the opening for the eyes) medially (i.e. towards your nose), thereby creating bigger-looking eyes.
Lateral canthoplasty is a procedure commonly performed to repair a weakened or stretched lateral canthal tendon, more often in older people who suffer from droopy eyelids or even ectropion (an eversion of the eyelid, leading to improper closure and subsequent problems). When the procedure is used to create bigger eyes (where it is more accurately termed a lateral canthotomy), flaps are also created by extending the lateral corners of the palpebral fissures. It is a wee bit more complicated than a medial epicanthoplasty– the flaps have to be pulled back for attachment to the bony orbital rim in order to maintain effective eye closure. Very few people truly achieve bigger eyes from this procedure– perhaps a cat-eye look or only on profile view. It is more for reconstruction than for cosmetic purposes. In fact, this procedure may sometimes weaken the lateral canthal tendon and cause problems with eye closure later on– a big headache, especially in someone without a problematic lateral canthal tendon to begin with.
All risks inherent to surgical procedures apply, which typically includes bleeding, infection, possible scarring or poor healing. The most unpredictable risk is, of course, unsatisfactory results. Specific techniques and results vary among surgeons, so it is important to consult your plastic or oculoplastic surgeon before considering this procedure!
Lastly, you could also consider less invasive ways of achieving bigger-looking eyes, such as with Botox injections to create a brow lift and diminution of the pretarsal muscles under the eyes, so resulting in bigger-looking eyes. It lasts for a few months, takes only 15 minutes and has no downtime at all.
So, that’s that– a simple synopsis for bigger and more beautiful eyes!