Oculoplastic Surgeon = Ophthalmologist or Plastic Surgeon?
Oculoplastic or Oculo-facial plastic surgeons are Ophthalmologists sub-specialized in the field of oculo-facial plastic surgery. This implies 2 additional years of full-time fellowship training in an accredited ASOPRS (American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). There are 12 training programs available each year in the entire United States.
Oculoplastic surgeons are not cataract surgeons and they do not prescribe glasses! Even though they are formally trained as ophthalmologists, they have abandoned intraocular surgery at the time of their fellowship training.
The field of oculo-facial plastic surgery is situated at the intersection of 4 specialties: Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) and OMF (Oro-maxilo-facial) surgery. It deals with all those structures that assure the proper functioning of the eye: the bony eye socket (orbit), the eyelids and the surrounding soft tissue structures (brows and cheeks) and the lacrimal (tearing) system.
The oculo-facial plastic surgeons specialize also in the cosmetic surgery of the eyelids and the face such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), browlift, midface lift, lower facelift and facial fat transfer (lipostructure). They are also experts in facial esthetic procedures such as Botulinum toxin injections (Botox), Filler injection (Juvederm, Belotero, Radiesse), collagen stimulation (Dermapen) and chemical peels (TCA, Glycolic acid).