Ophthalmologists have a great deal to offer facial aesthetics, and the addition of those patients can be very rewarding for both patients and physicians, says Melissa Toyos, MD.
Ocular aesthetics has long been considered not serious, scientific or important, compared to “real” ophthalmology. LASIK, contact lenses and presbyopic intraocular lenses serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, but services that are aesthetic alone can be dismissed.
The truth is, there is no more important feature in facial aesthetics than the eyes, and any aesthetic enhancements need to support the eyes’ healthy function.
Who but ophthalmologists have unique knowledge of the eyes, coupled with the fine motor skills to treat this delicate area that is so important to aesthetic outcomes? Ophthalmologists have been on the forefront of advancing aesthetic technologies for decades.
A husband-and-wife team of ophthalmologists first brought onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX Cosmetic, Allergan) to the public. The radiofrequency craze that is currently sweeping the aesthetics field was utilized in our experiments with conductive keratoplasty decades ago.
Ophthalmologists are also seeing the value of continuous wave lasers in retina and glaucoma—lasers that are only just beginning to penetrate the aesthetics field. We have a great deal to offer facial aesthetics, and the addition of those services can be very rewarding for both patients and physicians.
Melissa Toyos, MD
Dr. Toyos is a consultant for Iridex; speaker and consultant for Valeant and Sun; researcher for Kala, Lumenis, Magellan, Novaliq, Opternative, and Sun; speaker, consultant and researcher for Shire, Mallinckrodt, and Mixto Lasering; and consultant and researcher for DigiSight.