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Understand Your Eye Rejuvenation Options: An Oculoplastic Surgeon Can Help

Eyelid procedures are among the most popular elective plastic surgeries in the U.S. It's no wonder—getting rid of droopy eyelids or saying goodbye to the bags under your eyes can certainly make you feel and look rejuvenated.

If you’re thinking about a cosmetic procedure involving the delicate areas around your eyes, you’ll want to carefully consider the type of surgeon and procedures you prefer. Oculoplastic surgeons are specially trained to correct problems around the eyes, both functional and cosmetic, while ensuring the safety of your eyes and vision. They can also explain a broad range of non-surgical and surgical methods of rejuvenation, including injectables (Botox and fillers), lasers, peels, and/or eyelid lifts.

H. Joon Kim, MD, a specialist in oculoplastic and facial plastic surgery at the John A. Moran Eye Center, describes the most common cosmetic procedures performed by oculoplastic surgeons:

Neurotoxin treatments

Neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, along with hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane and Juvederm), are non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation. They can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore youthful volume to the face.


This is one of the most common eyelid procedures performed by an oculoplastic surgeon. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty—often called an “eyelid lift”—reduces excess skin and fat in the upper lids. A lower eyelid blepharoplasty reduces the appearance of “under-eye bags.” Both procedures can help the face feel more refreshed and less tired, with the added benefit of potentially improving your field of vision.

Advice from an oculoplastic surgeon

  • Most procedures, other than injectables, require local or general anesthesia and may last several hours, so consider safety and access to a surgical facility. 
  • Referrals from people who are happy with their results are always a good start when searching for a surgeon. Get a few names and schedule consultations. Be honest about your expectations and ask the doctor to be honest about recommendations, procedures, and outcomes.
  • Perhaps most importantly, ask how many eyelifts (or whatever procedure you're considering) your surgeon has done. Experience is one of the best indicators of results.
“You can find reputable cosmetic surgeons in any city, but oculoplastic surgeons in a university medical setting perform both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. This gives them a level of specialization and expertise to ensure the best results, whether you're doing something as simple as Botox or a more complicated procedure."
H. Joon Kim, MD Oculoplastic and Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist, John A. Moran Eye Center

Kim goes on to say that oculoplastc surgeons also have experience working with patients with various eye conditions, such as glaucoma or dry eyes. 

The bottom line: If you are considering having any work done around your eyes, try a physician who specializes in them.