No search for an oculoplastic surgeon is complete without a visit to his or her website. The website is a great place to start when looking for information about the surgeon’s background and areas of expertise. Below, the team at Eyesthetica reveals four things to look for when visiting an oculoplastic surgeon’s website.
Oculoplastic surgeons are ophthalmologists with specialized training in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and surrounding areas of the face. Your prospective oculoplastic surgeon should be board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, indicating that they have completed the education and training required to work on such a delicate area of the face, and passed difficult tests evaluating their knowledge and expertise.
All of the doctors at Eyesthetica are certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Membership to the ASOPRS
Another mark of an exceptional oculoplastic surgeon is a membership to the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the primary governing board of oculoplastic surgeons.
After passing the board exams, your oculoplastic surgeon should have enrolled in a two-year fellowship program approved by the ASOPRS. Only about 20 oculoplastic surgeons are trained in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery every year. After the fellowship training, the oculoplastic surgeon must pass written and oral exams and write a scientific thesis before being accepted into the elite ASOPRS organization.
All of the doctors at Eyesthetica are members of the ASOPRS.
Before and After Images
After confirming your oculoplastic surgeon’s board-certification and membership to the ASOPRS, you will want to take a look through their before-and-after photo gallery. Focus on the photos of patients that had the procedure you want. These photographs can give you an idea of the type of results you can expect from the surgeon.
Photographs only tell part of the story (i.e., the results). Patient testimonials can give you clues into the surgeon’s demeanor, approach to surgery and bedside manner. These reviews may help you find the best “fit” in terms of personality. After looking at the patient testimonials featured on the surgeon’s website, head to a third-party website like HealthGrades or Yelp to read more reviews.
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