Why would I choose Face & Eye for specialist eye and eyelid surgery?
- Patients travel from from all over the country and from abroad to seek the skills of our surgical team. Many have been referred by other consultants.
- Your consultation is with the consultant of your choice.
- We have a reputation for clinical excellence. (A large proportion of our patients come to see us following recommendations by other patients).
- We are regularly referred patients who have experienced complications of surgery performed elsewhere.
- We have invested heavily in the latest technology
- We take pride in the standards of our clinic.
- Our clinic offers a relaxed, friendly, welcoming environment. Our patient testimonials speak volumes about our interaction with our patients.
- All aftercare is also provided by your surgeon who in not single-handed but has the benefit of cross cover provided by his/her colleagues whenever he/she is away.
We like our patients to research us. Our credentials are easy to research through the Royal Colleges e.g. the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, via our NHS Trusts e.g. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, via the GMC, and via our subspecialty professional bodies e.g. BOPSS (the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society).
What precisely is "twilight anaesthesia"?
This is a term which has been coined to describe intravenous safe conscious sedation. At Face & Eye this is only given by a very experienced and skilled consultant anaesthetist (commonly referred to as “twilight anaesthesia”). The vast majority of our patients choose this for their eyelid and facial surgery. It is also available where requested for more minor surgery for anxious patients. This form of anaesthesia is extremely popular with our patients and the effects are reversed very quickly. It enables local anaesthetic injections to be given painlessly with little recollection of the surgery, and it helps to keep patients calm, relaxed and comfortable. It also helps to prevent rises in blood pressure thereby minimizing bleeding and postoperative bruising.
What is an oculoplastic surgeon?
An oculoplastic surgeon (or oculofacial or ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon) is a surgeon who has first been trained as an ophthalmologist (or an eye surgeon or ophthalmic surgeon). The surgeon has received the specialised training required to diagnose and manage a wide range of disorders affecting the eyes and has acquired the skills needed to perform highly delicate surgery on the eyes. The surgeon has then received additional highly specialized training (often referred to as sub-specialist fellowship training) in oculoplastic surgery that provides the skills required to perform both cosmetic surgery (also referred to ascosmetic blepharoplasty) and functional/rehabilitative surgery around the eyes.
This specialist knowledge and training is essential when performing very delicate surgery relating to the upper and lower eyelids and other structures around the eyes e.g. cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
Why seek the skills of an oculoplastic surgeon for cosmetic eyelid surgery?
The eyelid and other areas around the eye are delicate structures that need special understanding and care. Very often the problem at issue is not just cosmetic but it also interferes with visual function, comfort and well-being of the eyes. It therefore makes sense to entrust such work to a specialist who has completed years of additional training in plastic surgery as it relates to the eyes and their surrounding facial structures.
In recent years, many more people have become aware of the need for cosmetic eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty. This procedure re-contours the upper and lower eyelids by removing obvious signs of sagging and ageing. An increasing number of patients consider blepharoplasty before considering a full face-lift. Blepharoplasty is a less invasive procedure and has many positive and long-lasting results. Many discerning people now recognize the benefits of seeking the skills of the oculoplastic surgeon for this surgery. An oculoplastic surgeon can examine the eyes properly preoperatively and postoperatively, recognise any preoperative eye problems and such a surgeon is best placed to prevent and manage any complications. Virtually every complication of such surgery affects the eyes, visual function and eye comfort.
What our patients say
“In this day and age it is wonderful to find a clinic like yours which still has the old fashioned values of caring, kindness and thoughtfulness, without losing the efficient and professional attitude to your cases. ” Read Mrs Vassiliou's letter