What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

When you hit our pulldown menu for our services, you’ll notice two types of surgeries you’ve likely never heard of: cosmetic oculoplastic services and reconstructive oculoplastic services. Oculoplastic — That’s a big word that makes little sense to most people. So, this blog will describe what an oculoplastic surgeon is and what kinds of procedures they perform. At Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Dr. Cockerham, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Tittler perform most of these procedures.

What does it mean?

You can get a sense of the meaning of oculoplastic surgeon from the root, ocular, which means “of or connected with the eyes.” Oculoplastic surgery represents a variety of procedures that involve the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the face. Ocular reconstructive surgery, aesthetic eyelid surgery, facial plastic surgery, and various cosmetic procedures all fall within the category.

What types of surgery are classified as oculoplastic?

Oculoplastic surgery covers a wide range of procedures, including:

  • Eyelid surgery, including blepharoplasty and eyelid reconstruction, for ptosis, entropion, ectropion, and eyelid tumors
  • Tear duct surgery
  • Orbital surgery to manage thyroid and eye disorders, tumors, and trauma
  • Pediatric oculoplastic surgery to correct congenital defects and disorders in children
  • Eyebrow and forehead lifts
  • Facial rejuvenation (midface lift, lower facelift)
  • Non-surgical treatments such as filler injections

Four commonly performed oculoplastic procedures that can change lives

These four surgical procedures are common and can change the life of the patient:

  • Entropion repair surgery — This corrects eyelids that fold inward.
  • Ectropion repair surgery — This corrects eyelids that turn outward.
  • Ptosis repair surgery — This corrects drooping of the upper or lower eyelids.
  • External dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) surgery — This restores the flow of tears by either clearing or creating the proper tear drainage ducts.

Now that you know just what an oculoplastic surgeon is, if you’re having issues with any of the areas mentioned above, schedule an appointment with our experienced oculoplastic surgeons at Central Valley Eye Medical Group. Call us at (800) 244-9907 to schedule your appointment.

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