The eyes are special and vital! Any surgery around the eyes needs to be done carefully. For one thing, your eyes need to both open and close! Oculofacial plastic surgery is the specialty for eyelid surgery. The upper and lower eyelids work together to protect the eye. Everyone wants an expert performing their surgery. That means you want someone who does the surgery a lot! For an oculofacial plastic surgeon there are three high-volume surgeries. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty, lower eyelid blepharoplasty, and brow lift surgery.
But we also want the eyelids to look good! Droopy eyelids can give a sad, angry, or tired appearance. An oculofacial plastic surgeon can strike an important balance. You want a great cosmetic outcome. But you also want to protect the eye. This is the biggest reason to choose an oculofacial plastic surgeon for eyelid surgery.
Eyelid Surgery Gone Wrong
One complication of eyelid surgery is when a surgeon removes too much upper eyelid skin. This can occur in upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery. The upper eyelid may not close well and the eyes get severely dry. Also, some surgeons remove too much skin during lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This surgery can remove lower eyelid wrinkles and bags under the eye. Aggressive surgery causes lower eyelid retraction. This means the lower eyelid is pulled down and the eye gets severely dry. This is a difficult situation to reverse! Dr. Eftekhari has extensive experience with revisional surgery after unsuccessful surgery elsewhere. But he often needs to place a skin grafts to fix it. So get it right the first time!
The Best Surgeons Have the Best Training!
An oculofacial plastic surgery trains first as an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon). Then the surgeon completes a fellowship in Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. You want your surgeon to first learn about protecting your eye! Then we learn how to improve the skin and ligaments around it.
The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) administers these rigorous training programs. The surgeon spends two years learning eyelid plastic surgery. Two years for such a small part of the body! That’s why ASOPRS surgeons are eyelid experts. In addition, surgeons learn facial injections like BoTox and filler. These programs also teach reconstruction after cancers around the eyelids, tear duct and orbital surgery. To find an oculofacial plastic surgeon verified by ASOPRS, visit www.asoprs.org
Dr. Eftekhari is Board-Certified
Dr. Eftekhari is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (www.abo.org), completed a fellowship sponsored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and plays an active role in leadership within this prestigious society.