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Discussion in 'Young Ophthalmologists' started by eyegal, Jun 18, 2007.
Can anyone comment on the job market for cosmetic oculoplastics?
This depends on the population. Some plastic surgery colleagues say that it requires 100,000-150,000 people to support one oculoplastic surgeon. In an area like San Diego, we have too many and competition is tough. Now, if you relocate to central California in growing towns where the population is 200,000 plus, then you could do well as an oculoplastic surgeon.
There is no shortage of qualified facial plastic surgeons in most markets where the income profile can afford these procedures. You would be competing with general plastic surgeons, facial plastic/ENT or oral-maxillofacial surgeons and in some cases, dermatologists. Having an office surgery with the capacity for sedation with monitoring and an available anesthetist can make it possible to compete with other surgeons offering the same convenience and global pricing. State and local laws will also affect your ability to offer this kind of service and setting this up as a startup can be expensive.
Cosmetic plastic surgery as an extension of a functional oculoplastic surgery practice is a more realistic expectation.