The eyes are considered by most people to be the windows to the soul. This widely held belief is what makes eyelid surgery one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed yearly. Not only that, an eyelid lift (also known as a blepharoplasty) can help patients see better by removing any excess skin that may be blocking their field of vision. At TabanMD in Beverly Hills, we understand that it can be daunting to choose the right eyelid plastic surgeon because of all the factors that need to be considered when having a surgical procedure.
The leading concern for most people considering an eyelid procedure is how to choose the right surgeon for their unique needs. Cosmetic or reconstructive eye surgery requires an expert in treating the eyelids, eye sockets, and tear ducts. These specialists are called oculoplastic surgeons and they have dedicated their surgical careers to addressing the structures of the eyes, including the cosmetic appearance and function of the eyes.
The Top Reasons to Choose an Oculoplastic Surgeon Over a Plastic Surgeon
1. Oculoplastic surgeons have more experience with eyelid surgery than any other surgical specialists. While it’s true that plastic surgeons perform blepharoplasty surgeries, most plastic surgeons aren’t trained to handle difficult eyelid cases, often referring patients to oculoplastic specialists. Even though most eyelid surgeries go well, if there are any additional risks or if your unique anatomical structures require more complex surgical techniques, you’ll want to go to an expert like an eye plastic surgeon.
2. Oculoplastic surgeons have more anatomical training regarding eyelid function and eye structure. Being an expert in the anatomy of the eyes is invaluable for identifying patients who are at a higher risk of complications. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to recognize subtle abnormalities in eyelid position and function, which may lead to surgical challenges.
3. Other surgeons send high-risk patients to oculoplastic surgeons: Oculoplastic surgeons are experts in the field of eyelid surgery. They have the most experience performing eye surgery and they have the highest success rate when treating higher risk and revision eyelid surgical patients. Eyelid surgery can be a scary proposition, but who better to perform your eyelid surgery than the very doctor other doctors refer their own patients to?
Oculoplastic surgeons are innovators in the field of eyelid surgery and at the cutting-edge of every advancement in blepharoplasty, eyelid ptosis surgery, tear trough treatment, among others. Choosing an oculoplastic surgeon over a plastic surgeon is an easy choice, but then the question becomes how to choose the perfect oculoplastic surgeon for your procedure.
4 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Eye Plastic Surgeon
The Shape of the Eyelids: Different muscles are responsible for raising and lowering the eyelids and determine eyelid shape (along with other connecting structures). It’s important that your eyelid plastic surgeon pays meticulous attention to the shape of the eyelid, using precise knowledge of anatomy when performing a blepharoplasty or cosmetic eyelid procedure.
The Eyelid Fold: One of the most important aspects of eyelid surgery is knowing how to maintain a natural-looking eyelid crease. Positioning the lid crease too high, removing it completely, or creating a second fold can cause undesired results. Eyelid plastic surgeons have the expertise and knowledge necessary to create beautiful looking eyelid folds.
Safety of the Procedure: With any surgical procedure, there are risks of complications. The risks associated with blepharoplasty or eyelid ptosis surgery include vision loss, dry eye, and eyelid retraction. An oculoplastic surgeon can significantly reduce the risks of these and other complications. Also, oculoplastic surgeons are specialists who commonly fix problems for patients who have had unsuccessful surgeries with another surgeon.
Dry Eyes: Post-operative dry eyes are one of the biggest complications possible after an eye surgery. Oculoplastic surgeons are uniquely trained to identify patients who are at a higher risk for developing post-operative dry eyes. Additionally, if a patient happens to develop dry eyes after their procedure, eyelid plastic surgeons can help minimize discomfort and create a suitable treatment plan.
Learn more about dry eye treatment at WebMD.com.
To Learn More, Contact Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr. Taban
Dr. Mehryar “Ray” Taban is highly sought-after because of his meticulous skill, experience, and training as a Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeon. Yet, time and again, patients attribute their positive experience and successful results to Dr. Taban’s compassion and care. Contact Dr. Taban today to schedule a consultation or call our Beverly Hills location at 877.958.9277 or our Santa Barbara office at 805.669.9101.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.