Facial plastic and head and neck surgeons (otolaryngologists) have been doing blepharoplasties (upper and lower eyelid lift surgeries) long before their ever was a specialty called occuloplastics. The problem is that ophthalmology surgery is not very similar to other types of skin and tissue surgery. Of course, there is a lot of skill and ability that goes into corneal and lens procedures and other fields have no training in these procedures. However, most eye surgery techniques are not applicable to other surgeries, so while eye lid surgery is a special fellowship for ophthalmologists, for facial plastic surgeons this is a more basic and routine type of procedure. Surgery of the forehead, eyebrows, eye sockets, eyelids, and surrounding tissues are a a standard part of otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery training. Of course, certain diseases of the eye such as strabismus, some types of ptosis, are typically better left to ophthalmologists. And, many occuloplastic surgeons will do a very nice job with blepharoplasty. However, facial plastic surgeons are trained in all aspects of facial surgery and will have a different perspective on how the various parts of your face are contributing to your aged eyes. Dr. Spiegel has been performing complex eyelid and orbital (eye area) surgery for more than 25 years and brings that wealth of experience to each procedure he performs.
There’s a reason people trust their faces to facial plastic surgeons.