How Does Training Differ for Asian eyelid professionals?
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Asian eyelid blepharoplasty experts and their training paths
There are many ways for someone to specialize in Asian Eyelid surgery. It first starts out with medical school. You can go through the Doctor of Osteopath route but this is not as regarded as the more traditional route.
After medical school you can specialize in
Head and Neck Surgery then facial plastics
Ophthalmology then oculoplastics
General surgery or many other surgical specialities and then cosmetic surgery fellowship
I would research the doctor that you really are interested though and have a thorough discussion with the doctor to figure out if you like him and trust in his abilities.
Please ensure that your surgeon has been properly trained to perform eyelid surgery: facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, or plastic surgery. Consult with a board certified specialist who you feel comfortable with and who can assist you in achieving the results you desire.
For the most part, any physician who has completed their first year of formal training after medical school can get a license to practice medicine. They could even claim they practice neurosurgery. Mind you they would in no way be properly trained to actual perform neurosurgery and no hospital would grant them privileges. Only a fool would practice neurosurgery without completing a residency in neurosurgery. Any surgeon can claim to perform Asian eyelid surgery. While there is not particular residency that specifically teaches Asian eyelid surgery, one needs to have an in depth understanding of eyelid anatomy, the differences between Asian eyelid anatomy and Western eyelid anatomy, training and experience performing anchor blepharoplasty, an artists eye and the disposition toward perfectionism to perform excellent eyelid surgery. There is no reason why this skill can't be found in the hands of oculoplastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and general plastic surgeon. In reality there are really only a tiny handful of surgeons who bring all of these skills together. Your job is to find such a person to be your surgeon.
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Different training for different asian eyelid surgeons
Plastic surgeons, Facial plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons are the primary eyelid surgeons. Each specialty brings a unique emphasis on the procedure. It would be worthwhile to visit each type of surgeon to find the best fit for your situation.