Many celebs have resorted to the fox eye thread lift cosmetic trend but the risks on the long run might not be worthy.
In the past couple of years, fox eyes have become an increasing trend. What started with a trendy makeup style creating an elongating lifting effect, now has evolved into a thorough lifting surgery people seem to jump in without really questioning the health impact it might have in the long run. This surgical procedure has become quite popular around the world mainly after many celebs seem to have resorted to it, and many plastic surgeons are offering the service at a very affordable price, which makes it even more popular.
Also known as designer eyes, the fox eye thread lift is also quite requested because it’s a relatively fast procedure with a relatively easy recovery in the best cases. However, there are many things to consider, and achieving a celebrity look, isn’t as easy as it may thing. Moreover, the risks can actually be bigger and long-term damaging.
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What is the fox eye thread lift?
First things first, how does this work? The fox eye thread lift consists of a series of threads with barbs or cones that are hooked to the brow muscle and lifted through the temples into the hairline. As you would do if you pull the brow skin to the temples, this literally lifts the skin creating an immediate elongated effect in the eyes. Depending on the surgeon and the materials used, this procedure can last between three months and five years.
Though it sounds easy and quite simple to achieve, this procedure has its own risks. According to Dr. Angelo Tsirbas, this lift isn’t something that can be achieved on every single person; the physiognomy of each individual patient is different so it’s likely you won’t have the results you might be expecting, and even so if you’re following the trend after looking how a celebrity looks.
Not only that, in many cases, since you’re pulling up the skin, patients have reported difficulties with basic expression movements like closing the eyes entirely. This is simple physics, they’re lifting the skin up and making it tighter, so it’s very likely you won’t have the normal mobility you used to have.
Also, as Dr. Riccardo Frati explained, at the end of the day this procedure consists of inserting a foreign object into the body, the reaction this might have, no matter if the thread is of the best quality, can react in the face. This reaction ranges from encapsulated tissue around the thread to actual facial disfiguration produced by ripples and adhesions to the skin. If you think about it, all the skin that’s now lifted is not removed just pulled up, so the cumulus of skin makes it prone to these side effects. Depending on the body, some threads don’t dissolve so you’re also exposed to infections.
A culturally problematic treatment
If you want to go further into the problematic issues of the fox eye trend whether surgical or not, is the racism behind it. Many activists, mostly Asians, have called out this trend as being a cultural appropriation and racist. According to them, in the past years, there’s been a rise in Asian features transformed into beauty trends for non-Asian people, and fox eyes are one of the most notorious ones.
At the end of the day, cultural appropriation is the adoption of practices, customs, and identity markers by groups of people that are not members of that said culture, mostly, groups of people with bigger privileges and power. Seeing the fox eye as a trend or a beauty style ends up exoticizing these features that not so long ago were used to discriminate and made fun of.
So, not only are these beauty trends a risk when they involve cosmetic surgery, but we should also think about what’s behind them and how they can be offensive and damaging.