Oculofacial Plastic Surgery
Physicians with combined training in ophthalmic plastic surgery and ophthalmology have unique abilities to perform a host of delicate procedures around the eyes while taking advantage of opportunities to cosmetically enhance a patient’s appearance. This skill set complements the expertise of every ophthalmic sub-specialist and makes an important contribution to the services of practitioners in other medical disciplines.
Cosmetic surgery is generally perceived as a “beautification” procedure rather than as the repair of a physical flaw. Most of the work Bascom Palmer’s ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeons perform strikes a balance between surgical science and facial appearance. They apply their knowledge of ophthalmology, anatomy and tissue behavior, as well as an awareness of existing limitations, with the wisdom to know what to do and why.
Some of the more common problems treated surgically include droopy brows, droopy lids, redundant upper and lower eyelid skins, furrows on the forehead and around the eyes, and congenital disfigurements.
As members of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, much of the team’s practice involves eyelid repair and tissue replacement in cases related to facial burns, domestic violence, auto accidents, gunshot wounds, lacerations, and bite wounds.