“I think ophthalmologists in general will only undertake something they feel comfortable with and well-trained to do,” he says.
There are considerable complications that can result from aesthetic procedures, which in an ophthalmologist’s office might include injectables, chemical peels, blepharoplasty, facial laser surgery and more. To be successful, providers must be adept at understanding and striving to meet patient expectations, according to Dr. Rizzuto.
For general ophthalmologists who do not intend to pursue fellowship training in oculofacial plastic surgery, there are other ways to train for success in cosmetic practice, according to Dr. Rizzuto.
But it takes more than a weekend course, according to Dr. Rizzuto, who recommends spending time with a proper mentor.
I encourage those who spend time with me to also work with other people who provide aesthetic treatments. Then they see how different people perform different procedures, he says.
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Dr. Rizzuto also recommends building a multispecialty network of trusted and respected aesthetic providers, including plastic surgeons and dermatologists, who are willing to answer questions and take referrals when needed.
Done right, aesthetics and ophthalmology can be a satisfying fit, according to Dr. Rizzuto.
“It’s been a great ride. I’ve been in private practice for over 16 years performing strictly referral-based oculoplastic surgery, and I have had the privilege to care for over 40,000 patients so far in my career. I love what I do, and my quality of life is good. I look forward to continuing,” Dr. Rizzuto says.
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