Your eyes are the windows of your soul. Eyes reveal your expression, emotion, intention, wishes, fear, self-confidence and everything you feel to people around you. With aging or due to other medical reasons, certain times your eyes undergo major changes. But these changes whether they are functional or cosmetic can be corrected by oculoplastic surgery.
Oculoplastic surgery is a rare super specialty and skilled practitioners are rare. Many surgeons perform these oculoplastic surgeries, but given the difficulty in obtaining top quality results, the best oculoplastic surgeon should perform the surgery.
What is Oculoplastic Surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery is primarily the cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive surgery. It refers to any surgery related to the tissues or structures surrounding the eye that involves the management of the eyelids; tear ducts and orbital region. There are many types of conditions that can affect the eyelids, tear ducts and eye orbits.
Who is an Oculoplastic surgeon?
An Oculoplastic surgeon is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has undertaken further specialist training in performing cosmetic and reconstructive procedures on the eyelid, orbit and tear duct. Your oculoplastic surgeon’s primary goal is the health and safety of your eyes.
Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to perform different types of surgeries of face and eyelids which may range from simpler procedures like eyelid repairs to more complicated procedures which involve other parts of face like the cheeks and the forehead.
Prior to surgery what surgeons in Pune do?
- Oculoplastic surgeons assess the overall health of the eyes and function of the eyelids prior to performing any kind of eyelid plastic surgery.
- An oculoplastic surgeon is good in handling the surgeries associated to these areas. They have a knack in recognizing potential problems.
- Oculoplastic surgeons are trained to handle the complications related to eyelid and facial plastic surgery.
Some of the disorders treated by an Oculoplastic Surgeon:
Through cosmetic eyelid surgery, fatty bags under the eyes, excess skin and fat of the upper eyelids, and drooping eyebrows can be effectively improved.
Eyelid lumps: These are usually unsightly benign lesions causing cosmetic concerns. It may also cause suspicious changes that may require a biopsy. These doesn’t necessarily take long, often, minor operative procedures can be completed on the same day as a consultation.
Eyelid skin tumors: The most common skin tumor around the eyes is a basal cell carcinoma. Surgical treatment for curing the tumor requires specialist oculoplastic expertise. It requires reconstructing the eyelid to return to its normal appearance and function.
Eyelid malpositions: Ectropion (drooping lower eyelid), entropion (turned in eyelid) and ptosis (drooping upper eyelid) can all cause unwanted symptoms like visual field obstruction, dry or watering eye to unwanted facial asymmetry and altered appearance.
Excessive eyelid skin and eyelid ‘bags’: This is a very common condition that can affect both men and women. This usually occurs due to the ageing process. It causes heavy eyelids and visual field obstruction. At times, it may be a cosmetic concern involving either the upper or lower eyelids.
Blepharoplasty surgery (performed as an outpatient procedure) by an experienced oculoplastic surgeon in Pune can restore the ageing eyelid. It can both correct the functional aspect as well as the appearance with satisfactory results.
Blocked tear duct: A blocked tear duct, sometimes known as nasolacrimal duct obstruction, can cause persistent eye watering. The eyelid loses the capacity to hold the tears. Sometimes increased tears can cause significant difficulty reading, especially when looking through bifocals and occasionally can cause infection. It can also cause allergies, eyelid disorders or an obstruction of the tear drainage system. Endoscopic lacrimal surgery, using miniature cameras to operate on the tear ducts internally via the nose, now allows your oculoplastic surgeon to perform ‘scarless’ surgery without a skin incision.
Dry Eyes is a condition caused by lack of tears. Certain times when drops and ocular lubricants have failed to control the symptoms; the tear drainage system can be closed with plugs or can also be closed with cautery. This will increase the retention of the patient’s tears.
Bell’s Palsy – Damage to the facial nerve is the main cause of Bells palsy. This damage prevents proper closure of the eyelids. This may result in drooping of the eyebrow. If the condition does not improve on its own, certain surgical procedures can be performed, including elevation of the eyebrow, tightening of the lower eyelid, and gold weight insertion to improve upper eyelid closure.
While you may be in Pune, you should travel where ever the best oculoplastic surgeon is in India and the world, so surgery can be successful the first time itself.
Dr. Debraj Shome is considered to be one of the best plastic surgeons in Pune and in India. Dr. Shome has acquired his training and fellowship in oculoplastic surgery from some of the best institutes in the world.
He has been honored with many awards such as ‘Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeons in India’, ‘Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India’, ‘Marquis Who’s Who’, ‘Celebrity Plastic Surgeon in World’, ‘Marquis Who’s Who Asia Pacific’ etc for his excellence in the plastic surgery.