Why You Should See an Oculoplastic Surgeon vs a Plastic Surgeon for your Eyelid Surgery
Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized field of medicine that brings together two diverse sources of knowledge – plastic surgery and ophthalmology. Ophthalmic plastic surgery centers on plastic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, tear ducts, and orbit, along with cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and brows. Oculoplastic surgeons are also skilled in aesthetic rejuvenation of the face with botox and fillers like Juvederm and Restylane.
The training to become an oculoplastic surgeon is what makes them true eyelid experts. After four years of premedical education in college, an oculoplastic surgeon will earn their MD in medical school. Next, a one year internship in medicine or surgery is completed before a three year residency in ophthalmology and general eye surgery. Finally, a two year fellowship and ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive, and orbital surgery is undertaken to bridge the gap between ophthalmology and plastic surgery.
The most common conditions that an oculoplastic surgeon will treat is droopy eyelids, ptosis, eyelid bags, eyelid puffiness, dark circles under the eyes, blocked tear ducts, stye, chalazion, entropion, ectropion, eyelid skin cancer, thyroid eye disease, abnormal blinking, blepharopasm, and many other related conditions. The most common surgeries performed by an oculoplastic surgeon are blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, entropion repair, ectropion repair, DCR, eyelid skin cancer reconstruction, orbital biopsy, and many others. The most common cosmetic office procedures performed by an oculoplastic surgeon include botox injections, filler treatments, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing.
Kansas City area residents looking for an eyelid expert to perform their surgery may turn to Eyesthetics Eyelid, Face & Aesthetic Surgery for oculoplastic surgery services. With offices in Leawood, KS; Independence, MO; Kansas City, MO; and Topeka, KS, we provide expert care for the eyelids to treat functional and cosmetic conditions. An in-office consultation begins the process. At this consultation, clinical photographs will be taken to highlight the best way to evaluate and treat and particular condition. After an extensive discussion about goals for a particular procedure, the decision can be made to proceed with eyelid surgery or facial rejuvenation.
Ophthalmic plastic surgeons are a group of eyelid experts who can treat the full range of conditions that occur around the eyes and upper face. With special attention to how the eyelids interact with the surrounding facial structures, oculoplastic surgeons can restore function and looks. It is our goal to make sure that our patients see and look their best!