Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery refer to a specialized area of ophthalmology-related to the management of the lacrimal (tear) system, deformities, and abnormalities of the eyelids, eye socket (orbit), and the adjacent face.
Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides advanced solutions for various eye ailments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.
Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon is an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor and eye surgeon) who has undertaken further training in plastic surgery as it pertains to the eyes and their adjacent structures.
The word “plastic” comes from a Greek word meaning to “give form” or “mold.” Plastic surgery is a surgical procedure that reconstructs or molds areas of the human body.
Ophthalmic plastic surgery is restricted to the structures around the eyes. As this is complex surgery, it can impact a person’s vision. Ophthalmic plastic surgeons are most appropriately qualified to undertake it as well as offer any care that the eye itself may require.
Only ophthalmologists who are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and who have cleared rigorous tests in this specialized area can acquire membership in the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The conditions that can be addressed through this surgery include eyelid and orbital cancer, eyelid malpositions, Graves’ Disease (also called thyroid eye disease), periocular trauma, and spastic eyelid disease (blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm).
In addition, both surgical and non-surgical facial plastic surgery, including eyelid lift surgery and Botox injections for the reduction of wrinkles are undertaken.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a surgeon?
Prior to choosing a surgeon, it is vital to understand the type(s) of surgery being considered. Patients should ask questions on the doctor’s background, operating privileges, and training to be well-informed.
Ophthalmic surgeons are board certified ophthalmologists with further training in oculoplastic surgery. These surgeons undergo years of specialized training and possess extensive knowledge of the delicate tissues surrounding the eyes to be able to perform procedures effectively and safely.
What about recovery? How much time does it involve?
The patient will require time to heal after the surgery. Inflammation and bruising are temporary. In general, cosmetics can be used shortly after many procedures to camouflage any redness or bruising. Patients should check with their doctor to determine to approximate recovery duration for specific procedures.
How soon can I resume work?
Most patients recover between five to ten days, depending on aspects such as their overall health, age, and the extent of the procedures. Patients can usually resume telephone and computer work within a few days of their procedures.
Will there be scarring after surgery?
Any procedure involving incisions always causes scars. But an experienced surgeon will place the incisions in the natural facial creases to ensure that any future scarring remains discreet.
Is plastic surgery right for me?
Plastic surgery is undertaken on people of all ages who want to enhance their appearance, whether to appear rejuvenated or look younger. Eye cosmetic surgery does not promise eternal youth. However, it can effectively mitigate puffy eyelids, bags under the eyes, acne scars, wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, and growths.