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What is the difference between oculoplastic and plastic surgery?
At Eyesthetics Eyelid, Face and Aesthetic Surgery, we offer a wide variety of services to help you see and look your best. We offer safe surgical and non-surgical options to help address signs of aging in the forehead, eyebrows, upper eyelids, and lower eyelids. These services are commonly referred to as oculoplastic procedures. But what are oculoplastic procedures, and how are they different from other forms of plastic surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that focuses on surgery of the eyelids and face. After medical school, oculoplastic surgeons complete their internship and residency training in ophthalmology, where they take a deep dive into the intricate details of the orbital area, eyelids and the tissue around the face. These doctors also master the delicate touch that it takes to perform complex eyelid surgery.
After internship and residency training in ophthalmology, these doctors complete a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery. These surgeons take the same detailed surgical skills learned during their ophthalmology residency and apply them their oculoplastic surgical training.
Oculoplastic surgery can be used to achieve a more youthful look. Procedures like BOTOX™ injections or an eyebrow lift can help patients achieve smoother skin, an even complexion, absence of deep creases, and more “awake” eyes. However, oculoplastic surgery is not just for those who want to look younger. It can also provide relief for painful eye disorders or help improve vision. A common sign of aging is drooping eyelids. In some cases, drooping eyelids can become so severe that they interfere with vision, or cause eyelid disorders like ectropion or entropion. In cases like these, oculoplastic surgery can provide relief and help patients see more clearly.
Plastic surgery is a subspeciality of general surgery. After medical school, a doctor wishing to become a plastic surgeon will complete their internship and residency training in general surgery, where they’ll learn about surgical procedures covering every subspecialty of medicine. After this training, general surgeons will go on to complete a fellowship in plastic surgery. Here, they learn about plastic and reconstructive surgery covering every area of the body (breasts, abdomen, arms, face, legs, etc.).
Similar to oculoplastic surgery, plastic surgery can be used to achieve a younger look. But it is also used for medical purposes.
What’s the difference?
While plastic surgeons are well-trained in the reconstruction of the entire body, oculoplastic surgeons are specialists in the functioning of the orbital area, eyelids, and the facial regions around the eye. This expertise in ophthalmology and training in complex eye surgery is key to ensuring that patients achieve the right aesthetic and surgical outcomes.
Why Entrust Your Eyes to an Oculoplastic Surgeon from Eyesthetics?
The Oculoplastic Surgeons at Eyesthetics Eyelid, Face and Aesthetic Surgery have dedicated their careers to perfecting functional and cosmetic eye care procedures. Trust your eyes and face to a surgeon who specializes in oculofacial plastic surgery. Our physicians are board-certified ophthalmologists who have completed advanced training in eyelid, orbit, tear duct system and facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.
To learn more about the many Oculoplastic Surgery options we offer, please contact us to schedule your personal consultation.