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What conditions do oculofacial plastic surgeons treat?

Patients with diseases, problems, and cosmetic changes of the eyelids, brow, mid-face, tear drainage system, and orbit (the area around the eye) are most commonly treated by specialists in oculofacial plastic surgery. If you have problems or concerns in this area, you should look for a doctor who has completed an American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) approved fellowship and has been accepted for ASOPRS membership. Such membership designates professional recognition and the necessary expertise in these surgical areas.

What makes oculofacial specialists the best trained for this work?

In the United States, there are only a few hundred ASOPRS members, surgeons who have devoted themselves to the sub-specialty of oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. After medical school and internship, ASOPRS surgeons complete four years of accredited eye surgery training and become board certified ophthalmologists. Then, after two years of extensive accredited oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship training, they must pass the qualifying written and oral examinations, and also have an original scientific investigation and thesis critically reviewed and accepted. The surgeon is then eligible to be considered by their peers for membership in ASOPRS. This indicates that your surgeon is not only a board certified ophthalmologist, but also has had extensive training and accreditation in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. It is important to recognize that even following such training, it takes years of experience to safely perform surgical procedures on the delicate tissues around the eyes and face. When you are ready for surgery, you will be in experienced hands.

What is Dr. Kohn's oculofacial plastic surgery experience
and how does he apply this in caring for his patients?

Dr. Roger Kohn is one of the few oculofacial plastic surgeons to train in two such programs: the first at the University of Alabama with Alston Callahan, M.D. one of the three founding fathers of the subspecialty of oculofacial plastic surgery; the second at Harvard Medical School with Charles Beyer, M.D. the founding Chief of Oculofacial Plastic Surgery at Harvard. In over two decades of subsequent surgical practice, Dr. Kohn has performed thousands of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. Most patients reach our office via physician referral or referral from other satisfied patients. Some reach our office via self-referral based upon Dr. Kohn's credentials, extensive experience, and exceptional results. A portion of his practice is devoted to problems that resulted from surgery performed elsewhere. If you are interested in seeing Dr. Kohn in consultation, please contact our office. A member of our staff will be happy to schedule an appointment where Dr. Kohn can thoroughly evaluate your past and present medical history in relation to your current clinical findings. Patients receive highly individualized care allowing Dr. Kohn to gain an understanding of each patient's concerns and desires. This allows Dr. Kohn to define specific treatment strategies based upon the most effective techniques available. He will answer all your related questions. While skilled in all advanced oculofacial plastic surgical techniques, Dr. Kohn has always been conservative in his treatment recommendations. He consistently chooses the least invasive means to achieve the optimal functional and cosmetic result for each patient.

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