Oculoplastics, or oculoplastic surgery, encompasses both reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures for the area on and around the eyes, including the orbit of the eye, eyelids and tear ducts. This area of ophthalmology requires an ophthalmologist to have additional years of specialized training in order to treat this delicate area, and the structures that are associated with it, so that both vision quality and facial appearance is preserved and enhanced.
Leading Medical Clinics of the World® has brought together top oculoplastic surgeons from around the world so that you can choose one in your area that meets your individual needs as a patient. Read on to find out what types of oculoplastic procedures are typically offered, and what to consider when choosing one of the highly recommended ophthalmologists from our list.
Common Types of Oculoplastic Surgery
Orbital surgery includes any procedure that involves the boney eye socket that contains the eye and the muscles, nerves and blood vessels surrounding it. Problems involving the eye socket may be caused by eye trauma, thyroid diseases, Grave’s disease, tumors and other factors. These factors adversely affect eye function, often causing loss of vision, eye pain and swelling and other issues. A number of surgical approaches are used to manage these issues with the goal of relieving discomfort and preserving eye functionality and vision.
Tear duct surgery
Problems with tear duct drainage can cause excessive tearing and infection of the tear duct, with symptoms that include chronically watery eyes and blurred vision. The tear duct may also be swollen and painfully tender. Tear duct surgery is used to unblock the tear duct by creating a new route between the side of the nose and the tear sac through which tears can drain.
Pediatric oculoplastic surgery
Pediatric oculoplastic procedures focus on correcting problems with the eyelid or tear ducts in children. These problems can occur as a result of an eye injury or eye tumor, or can stem from a congenital birth defect. The most common surgical procedures performed in pediatric oculoplastic surgery are those that fix congenital eyelid conditions (such as droopy eyelids, or ptosis, caused by underdeveloped eyelid muscles) and tear duct drainage problems that cause excessive tearing.
Surgical procedures to remove excess fat, tissue and skin from sagging upper and lower eyelids are often used to cosmetically enhance a person’s facial appearance, making them look younger and more alert as a result. Aside from aesthetics, a person may wish to have eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, on one of their upper eyelids to remove the excess, hanging skin that obstructs their vision.
Eyebrow lift surgery
Oculoplastics Cosmetic ModelEyebrow lift surgery, often called “brow lift,” is a plastic surgery procedure used to smooth out lines and wrinkles on the forehead and between the eyebrows, with the effect of a more youthful face. This procedure trims away the hanging skin that occurs on the upper portion of the face as a result of the natural aging process.
Cosmetic fillers and injections
Dermal fillers and cosmetic injections are used by oculoplastic surgeons to enhance the appearance of the area around the eyes. Fine lines, wrinkles and deep creases on the outer corners of the eyes and between the brows can be temporarily smoothed out using non-surgical cosmetic injections such as Botox® and Dysport (among others). Other dermal fillers consisting of smooth gel are used to fill in facial wrinkles and depressions around the eyes that give eyes a hollowed-out look. The most common dermal fillers used are Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, Voluma and Perlane®.
Finding the Right Oculoplastic Surgeon for You
Our Leading Medical Clinics of the World® directory lists ophthalmologists that are at the forefront of their field in both experience and training. A number of these trusted eye doctors are also specially trained as oculoplastic surgeons.
All of the oculoplastic surgeons in our network:
- Are board-certified
- Are ophthalmologists who have undergone additional years of specialty training in oculoplastic surgery
- Are well-respected by peers
- Are positively reviewed by patients
- Are ranked as a top medical practitioner in their field
- Are in good standing with their medical board(s)
- Operate from a clinic that upholds the highest level of healthcare standards
- Which surgical and non-surgical options are available to me?
- How long will the treatment or surgery last?
- What results can I expect?
- How many oculoplastic procedures (especially the type I will be undergoing) have you performed?
- What are the risks and/or side effects associated with the surgery or treatment?
- Will my/my child’s surgery be performed under anesthesia? If so, will it be general or local?
- How long is the recovery period, if any, after surgery/treatment?
- How much time will I have to take off of work for recovery?
- How long will I have to keep my child out of school in order for him or her to recover fully from surgery?
- What type of pain medication can I give my child to help with discomfort during recovery?
- What types of limitations (driving, exercising, etc.) will I/my child have during the recovery period?
- Will I/my child have scars from surgery?
- Can you provide me with any patient information (whether print or digital) to help me better understand my/my child’s treatment?
- What types of dermal fillers do you offer, if any?
- Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
- What financing options are available to me as your patient?
- Will my insurance cover my surgery?
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