An Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon (also known as Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon, Facial Reconstructive Surgeon, or Oculoplastic Surgeon) is an ophthalmologists (medical doctor and eye surgeon) that is specialized in cosmetic and reconstructive aspects of the eyelids, the lacrimal (tear) system, the orbit (the bony cavity surrounding the eye), and the adjacent face. There are only about 20 ophthalmologists each year that are selected to be trained in this field.
This type of ophthalmologists is meticulously trained during a 2 year post-residency fellowship where they receive additional formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery that is limited to the structures surrounding the eye. Furthermore, the ophthalmologists must pass a written and oral examination and write scientific thesis of original research.
The average Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon has spent 6 years in the training of eyes and eyelids which is more time and more specialized eyelid work than any other type of cosmetic surgeon. When you consult with an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, you a consulting with an expert. It is estimated that there are only 500 an Oculofacial Plastic Surgeons worldwide.