What is Oculofacial Plastic Surgery?
Oculofacial plastic surgery is a surgical sub-specialty of ophthalmology that includes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, brows/forehead, and face. In addition to surgical means of improving facial appearance, non-surgical techniques such as neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) and dermal fillers (Restylane and Juvederm) are also utilized. Oculofacial plastic surgeons are also experts in the treatment of disorders involving the tear drainage system, growths/skin cancers around the eyelids and face, and treatment of orbital disease including orbital trauma, orbital tumors, and thyroid eye disease.
Who are Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons?
Oculofacial plastic surgeons are board-certified ophthalmologists, that have years of unique microsurgical training performing surgeries on the inside of the eye and on structures around the eye. After completing a residency in ophthalmology, oculofacial plastic surgeons then complete additional training focused on aging changes and pathology of the eyelids, orbit, brows, and face. These fellowships are extremely competitive and there are only 20 positions a year available between the United States and Canada that are accredited by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the governing body for oculofacial plastic surgery.
Where can I find an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon?
-The Center for Advanced Eye Care is proud to have both Dr. Mallon and Dr. Blandford, the only fellowship trained oculofacial plastic surgeons in Indian River County.
-Dr. Blandford is the only plastic surgeon in the community to complete a 2-year ASOPRS accredited fellowship, which he completed at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.
Why should I see an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon?
If you or a family member are considering eyelid surgery or surgery around the eyelids and face, you owe it to yourself to see an expert. Oculofacial plastic surgeons limit their practice to surgery on the eyelids, brows, orbit, and face and have years of advanced microsurgical training. This advanced training and commitment to precision translates to the fine delicate structures of the eyelids and face as opposed to surgeons that may specialize in other plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation and abdominoplasty.
Also, as ophthalmologists, oculofacial plastic surgeons have the greatest insight into the anatomy of the tissues around the eye and perform minimally invasive, naturally appearing surgeries to ensure protection of the eye itself.