1. Oculoplastic surgeons are not just regular surgeons. They are ophthalmologists or eye physicians who have taken an additional one or two years training after they have completed their ophthalmology residency. Otolaryngologists or ENT doctors as well as plastic surgeons may be trained to perform oculoplastic procedures, but it is best to go to an ophthalmologist who is also an oculoplastic surgeon, especially if you will undergo surgical procedures for non-cosmetic purposes.
2. There are many types of oculoplastic surgical procedures. They are commonly done for cosmetic purposes such as facial rejuvenation as well as forehead and eyebrow lifts, but they can also help treat genetic conditions like eye disorders and congenital defects. Oculoplastic surgeons also perform non-surgical treatments. These include facial filler injections and skin rejuvenation treatments like chemical peels and laser skin treatments.
3. Oculoplastic surgery is not for everyone. It is best to meet with an oculoplastic surgeon first for a thorough consultation and assessment. The surgeon can determine if your expectations are plausible. Some surgeons do not perform cosmetic procedures on patients who are young and whose facial features are not yet fully developed.
4. Oculoplastic surgery is just like any other surgery procedure, with risks involved. The actual procedure is quick, but post-care is crucial. It is best to set follow-ups with your surgeon.
Oculoplastic surgery is a major decision. A good surgeon should be able to answers to any questions you may have pertaining to your surgical procedure and give advice on what is best for you.