Many of you will never have heard the word anophthalmia unless it happens to you or someone you love. So if it has happened to you or someone you love as a result of trauma, disease, etc., you know that anophthalmia means the absence of an eye. Acquired loss of an eye (meaning you were born with two functioning eyes, but lost one due to disease or trauma) not only leads to an abnormal function of the eyelid and socket, but also to an appearance that you feel is no longer YOU.
The traditional approach to anophthalmia surgery is solely the correction of the functional components of the eyelid and surrounding area so that the patient can wear a fake (prosthetic) eye. Most surgeons do not approach this type of surgery with aesthetics in mind. However, world renowned Oculoplastic Surgeon Guy Massry, MD, Beverly Hills, Califoprnia, specializes in correcting the eyelid and socket deficiencies associated with anophthalmia in not only a functional approach, but with aesthetics in mind as well. This comprehensive and innovative approach provides his patients with the best possible results.
Dr. Massry emphasizes and specializes in making his anophthalmic patients look as good as possible following surgery for a lost eye. He achieves this by applying the same cosmetic surgery principles he uses for his traditional ophthalmic plastic surgery patients.
This young woman was involved in a car accident, lost her left eye, and sustained severe damage to her eyelids. As you can see in the before picture, she was unable to wear a normal appearing prosthesis (fake eye), and her eye opening from top to bottom, and side-to-side was small. You can also see a scar in the upper inner corner of her upper eyelid. Finally, she lost significant eyelid skin and fat in the injury and her eyelid could not move, and she was unable to open or close her eyelid. Dr. Massry performed eyelid and socket surgery and she later had a prosthetic eye fitted. While her eyelid does not look exactly as it did before the accident, she has a much-improved appearance after surgery with Dr. Massry. In the future, Dr. Massry recommends recurring filler injections to the upper lid to maintain the best appearance possible.
This young woman and her surgery with Dr. Massry were featured on an episode of the widely popular show Dr. 90210. Watch her journey with Dr. Massry!
If you or someone you love has lost an eye from an accident or disease, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Massry – 310.657.4302. As one of the top experts in anophthalmia surgery in the world, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands.
Hi, I'm Guy Massry. I practice oculoplastic surgery in Beverly Hills, CA. One of my serious interests is in anophthalmia surgery. That means surgery on people that have lost their eyes. And today I'm going to go over a patient example who went through this: how we combined the traditional surgery that improves function and also included surgery for aesthetics to improve appearance, and I call this aesthetic anophtalmic surgery. So on this before picture, you see a full-face shot of a woman who was in a severe car accident.
You can see that on the right side, the brow is asymmetric, the eye looks smaller; it looks sunken in. And clearly, it's very difficult to have self-esteem in life when something like this happens to you. So, now look at one of the after pictures. In this first after picture, she had had surgery to correct the eyelids and the socket in such a way that she can wear a false eye or prosthesis. So does she look better? Yes, she looks much better.
And this is typically where it ends for most patients with physicians that do this kind of surgery. But now let's look at the second after picture. That is the picture that was taken after I performed aesthetic surgery on her. And if you look at her now, her brows look symmetric, her eyelids look symmetric, and you can barely tell that she has a false eye on the right. This surgery changed her life in such a positive way and was such a rewarding thing for me to be involved in.
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