There are many reasons people choose to undergo cosmetic surgery, with a wide range of procedures now available to suit every person and their individual needs. Many of the most popular procedures done focus on the eyes and their surrounding area, often wishing to combat the signs of ageing, or for corrective purposes. Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is now listed as the second most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK (BAAPs), with brow lifts hitting the top ten procedures performed too.
When considering cosmetic surgery, it’s natural that you would think of visiting a plastic surgeon, but nowadays more and more people are visiting oculoplastic surgeons, specialising in both eyelid and facial plastic surgery relevant to the eyes. What are the reasons you should consider visiting an oculoplastic surgeon if considering surgery on this area?
1. Plastic surgeons are skilled experts, of course, but they do not have the same level of training when it comes to the eyes. Plastic surgeons train in surgery and reconstruction of many different body parts, but they will have almost no exposure to eyelid surgery during their training – most of this surgery is now done by oculoplastic surgeons.
2. An oculoplastic surgeon is a trained ophthalmologist, spending a minimum of seven years training in eye and eyelid surgery, then choosing to spend longer in specialist training for oculoplastic surgery. This makes them the ideal specialist for you to go to if considering facial plastic surgery around the eye and on the eye itself.
3. An oculoplastic surgeon’s background and training provides for more finesse and a more precise approach.
4. An oculoplastic surgeon can treat a wide range of conditions, and perform reconstructive surgery, rejuvenation surgery, and aesthetic surgery. Some of the most common reasons an oculoplastic surgeon is sought out include droopy eyelids (ptosis), blepharospasm, skin cancers, trauma and injury, removal of excess skin, or tear duct problems. Two of the most common procedures performed are blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and brow lifts, which reduce wrinkle lines and raise sagging eyebrows.
5. Oculoplastic surgeons, with their skill, precision, and attention to detail, can also correct results from previous unsuccessful cosmetic surgery, or the results of surgery around the eyes which does not meet with the patient’s expectations. Corrective surgery is particularly specialised and a thorough knowledge of the eye and how it has been affected by the original surgery is essential.
Remember that if you do decide to undergo surgery, it is not a decision which should be made without serious consideration. Meet with a recognised specialist and discuss exactly what you are looking for, in order to ensure the best results and decide upon a course of treatment or the surgery which is tailored to you and your needs.