The Difference between Oculoplastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons

Update 16/09/2018


“Plastic Surgeons are like big sculptors carving stone and chipping away to obtain a beautiful result. Oculoplastic surgeons are like diamond cutters, using fine, small, precise movements to get a beautiful result” – Adam J. Scheiner, M.D.

When it comes to the most delicate and intricate area of the face such as the eye area, it is incredibly crucial to learn and acquire knowledge as much as you can before you make a committed decision for a life-changing surgery.

What is Oculoplastic Surgery?

There are vastly different specialties when discussing about to medical science. One of the most challenging branches is ophthalmology which deals with the anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eyeball and orbit. And oculoplastic is a specialist branch that includes a variety of surgical procedures that revolve around the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the face. Most common medical procedures performed by oculoplastic surgeons (eye surgeons) are blepharoplasty (repair of droopy eyelids), repair of tear duct obstruction, orbital fracture repair, removal of tumors in and around the eyes, eyelid reconstruction, and eye removal.

Oculoplastic Surgeons vs. Plastic Surgeons

There are great differences between oculoplastic surgeons and plastic surgeons. First and foremost, they are trained differently. Oculoplastic surgeons are trained in ophthalmology or eye surgery which requires exquisite accuracy. Plastic surgeons, on the other hand, intern with a residency in general surgery involving everything from bowel surgery to arms and legs amputations, before they get to train especially in plastic surgery.

As mentioned in the metaphoric quote above, plastic surgeons deal with a wide array of surgeries, both cosmetic and corrective, from trauma repair and skin flap to breast, abdomen, limps, and facial surgeries; whereas oculoplastic surgeons articulately perform a variety of surgical procedures that revolve around the eye area.

Obviously, there are plastic surgeons out there who can conduct eye surgeries, but when it comes to this precarious area where function often beats aesthetics, surgeons who are specially trained in this regard are much more trustworthy.

Eyelid Surgery at Naravee Clinic

Over the years, Thailand has become a hub for medical tourism. From internationally-certified healthcare professionals to state-of-the-art facilities, Thailand can offer top-quality treatments that meet international standard for a much lower cost compared to its counterparts in the West. Together with its breezy tropical weather and delightful cuisines, it is only natural for this Southeast Asian nation to rise among the rank of the world’s greatest medical hubs.

As a premier aesthetic center in Bangkok, Thailand, Naravee Clinic offers a variety of oculoplastic surgical solutions to common problems around the eye area, including dermatochalasis, entropion, exophthalmos, orbital diseases, and bags under eyes. And the leading Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Ophthalmologist at Naravee Clinic is Dr. Juntarat Vaivanijkul, M.D. or Dr. Jun.

Dr. Jun is a graduate from Mahidol University who has since continued her training in a number of prominent medical facilities both in Thailand and overseas. Her noteworthy educational background includes Asian Eyelid Surgery Workshop and Advanced and Revision Blepharoplasty Workshop from Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery (KCCS), as well as special training from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri, and European College of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery in Cork, Ireland.

Whether it be surgeries for cosmetic purposes or corrective restorations, with decades of experiences under her belt, Dr. Jun and her exceptional skills can make a difference to your life at Naravee Clinic.



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