Oculofacial plastic surgeon: what does that mean?
Oculofacial plastic surgery is a specialized surgical field focused on cosmetic and functional treatment of the eyes, eyelids and face. An oculofacial plastic surgeon is a medical doctor trained in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Highly trained, these surgeons are experts in managing the delicate and complex anatomy of the eye and surrounding facial area with precision and an eye for aesthetics.
Oculofacial plastic surgeons perform a variety of procedures for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes. Some of the surgeries an oculofacial plastic performs include:
- Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to correct drooping eyelids, remove excess fat or improve a hollow appearance below the eyes
- Ptosis (drooping eyelids) due to muscular problems or nerve damage
- Ectropion (turned out) eyelid correction
- Entropion (turned in) eyelid correction
- Eyelid reconstruction
- Eyebrow lifts
- Orbital repair due to trauma or tumors in the area
- Face lifts
In addition to surgery, oculofacial plastic surgeons also perform a variety of appearance-enhancing procedures that can address signs of aging, such as:
- Chemical peels
- Botox to soften wrinkles and fine lines
- Dermal fillers to treat signs of aging, improve facial volume, and balance the face
Oculofacial plastic surgeons must complete extensive training in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery before completing a residency and fellowship to earn their certification. Oculofacial plastic surgeons also continue their education through classes and conferences to stay up to date with the latest surgical techniques and treatment advances. If you need cosmetic or reconstructive surgery involving the eyes or face, you’re in good hands with an oculofacial plastic surgeon.