Oculoplastic surgery: a surgical specialty to rejuvenate your eyes

  • 27.07.2018

It is no mere cliché that the eyes are “the window to the soul”. If you doubt this, try to convince someone that you are happy while you frown! Or think of the multiple times your friends and colleagues have asked you if you feel tired because they can’t help noticing the bags under your eyes. Our eyes are sending out a message all the time, whether we are aware of it or not.

The tissues around our eyes have a singular anatomy that allows them to express feelings and emotions. Our eyelids and eyebrows are designed to portray dozens of these emotions with minute changes in their shape. For these and many other reasons, the area surrounding our eyes is considered one of the most difficult areas of the body to operate on.

Therefore, a surgical subspecialty was created just for this area. The name of this specialty is Oculoplastic Surgery.

What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

Oculoplastic Surgery is a surgical subspecialty that originated from Ophthalmology. This means that oculoplastic surgeons are first trained in ophthalmic microsurgery to treat eye diseases and pathologies. After finishing their residency, they must complete a two-year fellowship to subspecialize in plastic surgery of the delicate tissues that surround the eyes.

Oculoplastic surgeons are qualified to diagnose and treat any condition that affects the eyelids, the tear duct system, and the orbit – the anatomical space where the eye is located – and to perform aesthetic surgery of the forehead, eyebrows, eyelids, and midface. They also have extensive training in non-invasive aesthetic facial procedures, such as Botox and dermal fillers.

Aesthetic surgery of the eyelids, eyebrows, and midface

The eyes are doubtless the most important area of our face when it comes to our appearance. This is also the first area to show signs of aging. As the years go by, our faces express unwanted emotions, such as fatigue or anger. This is caused by changes in the periocular region, shaped by our eyebrows, eyelids and cheeks. Crow’s feet, deep wrinkles, eye bags, and droopy eyelid skin are unpleasant reminders of the passage of time. These tell-tale signs of aging create an expression of fatigue in our faces.

Until a few years ago, the possibility of combatting these bothersome aging signs was limited to cosmetic surgery treatments that left nasty scars or a “done” appearance. These unnatural results, produced by old practices of aesthetic surgery, have given way to novel techniques that accomplish harmonious and rejuvenative outcomes.

Oculoplastic surgeons specialize in aesthetic procedures to rejuvenate the eyes. They use sophisticated equipment and the latest surgical technology to achieve the best possible aesthetic results with the least downtime. These techniques are employed in such a way to make scars imperceptible and results are very natural appearing and harmonious.

An eyelid plastic surgeon can modify the soft tissues around the eyes through micro incisions to create elegant curves and gentle contours that are characteristic of a youthful face. These surgeons use the latest technology to sculpt the face without leaving a visible scar. An endoscopic forehead lift is a good example of the use of this technology. With this procedure, the oculoplastic surgeon can elevate droopy eyebrows, reduce frown lines and treat crow’s feet without making a single cut on the skin of face. The same technology is used to perform a cheek lift and remove bags under the eyes.

Most of these surgical procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can recover at home the same day of the operationsurgical intervention, without requiring hospitalizationin patient monitoring following the procedure. Local anesthesia plus mild sedation is required for most procedures. The benefits of this type of sedation include: increased safety, less pain, and faster recovery. However, in some cases, your procedure can be done without sedation (for example, upper eyelid lift). Downtime for these procedures varies, but most patients can resume their normal activities in within 5 to 14 days.

Oculoplastic surgery at Lindora Medical Center

Oculoplastic surgery is becoming very popular in Costa Rica. There are only a few subspecialists in the country that are fully trained in their that field. Our oculoplastic surgeon was trained by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive surgery (ASOPRS) in the United States. He specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic eyelid plastic surgery. His passion is to help his patients achieve their goals by providing the best care while using the most advanced technology in his this field.

Dr. Abraham Gómez Hernández.
Ophthalmology, Oculoplastic Surgery, part of Our Healthcare Network.

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