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What is the difference between oculoplasty and plastic surgeons?

Oculofacial Plastic surgery is a dynamic branch that combines brilliance of Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery, resulting in beautiful eyes and faces. Are you wondering why I can not visit a general plastic surgeon to enhance the appearance of my eyes? This blog here will help you understand the difference between Oculofacial Plastic surgery and General Plastic Surgery.

Who are Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons?

To get certified as an Oculofacial plastic surgeon, one receives extensive training after medical school and residency in Ophthalmologic (eye) Surgery. There is a certified and structured course in Oculoplasty and Oculofacial Plastic surgery. The duration is 2 years. This training solely focuses on operating on the eyes and surrounding structures.

The area in and around the eye is one of the most delicate and complex in our body. This is the reason why you need specialist training to deal with these types of treatments. Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons are best prepared to deal with oculofacial structures due to their detailed understanding of the area's anatomy.


Who are general Plastic surgeons?

Plastic surgery is a sub-speciality within general surgery, where surgeons learn about surgical procedures of the whole body. Plastic surgeons typically undertake plastic and reconstructive surgery of the abdomen, breasts, arms, face, legs, etc.

So what is the difference between oculoplasty and plastic surgery?

The critical difference is that an Oculoplasty Surgeon masters the "delicate touch" art required to perform complex surgeries in and around the eyes while working with small tools and fine sutures during training. To give you an idea, the sutures in eyelid surgery are so sensitive that they can float even if there is the slightest breeze in the operating room. This minute focus on the eyes is not what most Plastic Surgeons are trained for. They are generalists performing cosmetic procedures on every area of the body. To provide a comparison, a typical Plastic Surgeon may perform 150 eyelid surgeries throughout their training period. However, an Oculofacial plastic surgeon does close to 500 eyelid surgeries just to understand the nuances of such procedures.

Our distinguished team of Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons at Clinica Fai, have years of extensive expertise in performing the sensitive and delicate surgeries of the eye. Dr Shubhra Goel, a world-renowned surgeon in this field, believes that everyone has the right to look their best, which is the motto of Clinica Fai.


Make use of our unique virtual consultations from the convenience of your home and get any queries clarified. Contact us at: drshubhragoel@clinicafai.com/ +916281117454.


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