The skin around your eyes is special. It’s some of the most sensitive skin on your body, and it’s one of the first places that displays the passage of time. However, its sensitivity and flexibility is what gives us the ability to fully express ourselves to others. In short, the skin around our eyes highlights our features and emotions, but it is too easily damaged by life.
When we observe others’ faces, our focus is typically on the region of the face around the eyes. In short, this area of the face is constantly on display. So that is why it is important to choose a surgeon who specializes in specifically this part of the face when considering eyelid surgery.
There are subtle anatomical considerations that must be made to ensure excellent cosmetic outcomes. But eyelid surgery also seeks to deliver excellent functional outcomes. To achieve success on both levels, you need a specialized surgeon. For eyelid surgery, you will only want an oculoplastic surgeon.
What Makes an Oculoplastic Surgeon Different?
An oculoplastic surgeon first spends four years in training as an ophthalmologist (an eye surgeon). During this time, they learn about various disease processes that may require medical or surgical care of the eye. They then spend an additional two years mastering the:
- Anatomy of the eyelids
- Tear drains
- The bony orbit around the eye
Their training allows them to focus solely on the medical and surgical care of these specific areas. Not all trainees make the cut. Their next steps are to:
- Pass a rigorous written and oral certification examination
- Complete a scientific research thesis
Only then can they be accepted as members of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
Including Dr. Dewan, there are approximately 10 such surgeons in the state of Minnesota. Across the entire United States, there are only about 500. With the expertise of both an ophthalmologist and a plastic surgeon, an ASOPRS-trained oculoplastic surgeon is an expert you can trust.
If you want the safest and best outcomes for your surgery, choose an oculoplastic surgeon.
What Are Board Certifications?
Board certifications require medical professionals to take a step beyond medical school and specialization. To become board certified, qualified doctors must take an extensive exam that displays their expertise in their chosen field. Over the years, these same doctors must take part in continued education. This ensures they are up-to-date on developments within their field. The truth is that it is always better to put your trust in a board-certified surgeon. But it may be most important when it comes to the delicate and incredibly visible structures of your eyes.
What Is an Oculoplastic Surgeon?
An oculoplastic surgeon is a very specialized field. These surgeons typically study ophthalmology as their primary field of study. Ophthalmology focuses on the structure and health of human eyes. Unlike optometrists, ophthalmologists are trained in surgery. This allows them to perform more in-depth medical procedures. However, these procedures are almost entirely done out of medical necessity.
Ophthalmologists that specialize in cosmetic eye procedures are sometimes referred to as oculoplastic surgeons. These professionals represent the best of both worlds if you’re looking to give your eyes a little lift. Board-certified plastic surgeons are often certified under ophthalmology. And their credentials are easy to check and verify. Some specialists are also certified plastic surgeons. But the focus on ophthalmology is essential due to the complexity and sensitivity of the structures around the eye.
Finding the Right Oculoplastic Surgeon for You
Here are a few things you can use to screen for a good fit.
- Check their Certifications: Surgeons will proudly display their board certifications. But you can also check them online once you know which institution(s) granted their certifications.
- Have a Look at Their Past Clients: Oculoplastic surgeons typically keep photographic records so that you can see the kinds of results you might expect. You should also do some online research to learn more about other patients’ experiences. Pay attention to nuance and well-thought-out comments.
- Talk with potential surgeons at least once before deciding. Be honest regarding your expectations. A good surgeon will listen to you and provide additional information as needed, especially when they need to manage your expectations.
By doing your homework and taking your time making a choice, you will find the best oculoplastic surgeon for you. Together, you can identify the best procedure to achieve the results you want. Go through all of the pre-surgical and post-surgical details to ensure that you’re well prepared for your procedure and recovery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Contact us today to learn more about how Dr. Dewan can help you achieve your goals. During your consultation, you can learn about your options and see before-and-after photos. We provide complete information and transparency at every step. So you can always decide in comfort and with confidence.