Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Beverly Hills – Dr. Guy Massry
29Nov/180

Fun Facts About Eyelid Fillers

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Eyelid filler injections are becoming more and more common among men and women. Today, Dr. Guy Massry thought he would share 3 fun facts about eyelid filler with everyone!

Eyelid Filler Fun Fact #1

Did you know early fillers were made from the comb (red appendage) on the top of the head of turkeys and chickens?! Don't worry, this is no longer where filler comes from!

Fun Facts About Eyelid Fillers - 1

Today there are several different type of eyelid fillers. The most commonly used eyelid fillers are Hyaluronic Acid gel fillers, such as Restylane.

Eyelid Filler Fun Fact #2

Did you know eyelid fillers work by tissue expansion. The easiest way to understand how fillers work is to think of a sponge - when the sponge gets wet it expands. Just like a sponge, fillers draw in fluid and then expand.

Fun Facts About Eyelid Fillers - 2

Eyelid Filler Fun Fact #3

Fillers can be administered either with a needle or a blunt cannula. Dr. Massry only uses a blunt cannula for his eyelid filler injections because not only do patients experience less bruising, but it is significantly safer than using a needle for the injections. When Dr. Massry uses the blunt cannula for underey filler injections, he enters through the cheek to inject the lower lid as this causes less  trauma and bruising to the delicate lower lid skin.

Eyelid Filler Safety

No eyelid filler blog is complete without reminding patients to take precautions when you are considering eyelid fuller. As always, Dr. Guy Massry in Beverly Hills urges patients to find an injector who has a lot of experience with fillers around the eyes to ensure they have safe and effective results. Furthermore, Dr. Massry recommends only using gel fillers like Restylane (Hyaluronic Acid Gels) as they are reversible, which adds another layer of safety to the treatment.

Watch Under Eye Filler Treatment

Below is a video of Dr. Massry performing a filler treatment under eye hollows.

Contact Dr. Massry for your Eyelid Filler Appointment

Eyelid filling is an art – make sure you see an artist like Dr. Massry! If you are interested in booking your eyelid filler treatment, please contact our office at 310.657.4302.

We hope you enjoyed reading these fun facts about eyelid fillers. Here are some more blogs you may find interesting:

Botox vs Filler - True or False?

How To Rejuvenate Your Eyes Without Surgery

Blepharoplasty & Botox - A Powerful Combination

 

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1Nov/180

How To: Perform Lower Lid Blepharoplasty With Fat Transpositioning

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Lower lid blepharoplasty is an intricate procedure which can be fraught with complications. The first, second and third rules that Dr. Guy Massry lives by for this procedure are, “Do it well!” It takes years to master this!

Dr. Massry loves performing this surgery on his patients and has dedicated much of his career to its study.  One variant in lower lid blepharoplasty is transposing the puffy fat to the adjacent hollow “dark circles" below. Traditionally, fat was also considered a bad thing and was simply removed. Now that we know fat is so precious when we transpose it under the eye, it creates a smooth, youthful appearance.

Before and After Lower Lid Blepharoplasty With Fat Transpositioning

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty - Dr Guy Massry

This patient had fantastic results after her lower lid blepharoplasty with fat transposition with Dr. Massry.

Illustration of How to Perform Lower Lid Blepharoplasty with Fat Transpositioning

Lower lid with fat transposition - Dr Guy Massry

This illustration is the cover to Dr. Massry's new video series on surgery available through Quality Medical Publishers. It does a nice job of showing how the procedure is performed.

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If you are considering lower lid blepharoplasty, please call our office today - 310.657.4302. Dr. Massry specializes in lower lid surgery and provides his patients with the most natural looking results!

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31Oct/180

Dana’s Revision Eyelid Surgery – Dr. Massry Changed My Life

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Lower eyelid retraction and canthal web - Dr Massry

"Dr. Guy Massry changed my life! I know it sounds dramatic but there is no other statement that would begin to describe what Dr. Massry did for me.  If you are reading this review you may be going through the same type of nightmare I experienced, at the hands of another doctor who absolutely botched your surgery or you may be researching doctors for your first surgery.  Either way, I am here to tell you, there is no one better and no one I would trust more than Dr. Massry in Beverly Hills.

I am a former model and was with the biggest agency in the world. I wanted to find a doctor who would not make me look different, just rested and refreshed. I searched for over a year.  The doctor I decided to go with, from NYC, was supposed to be "the Best in the Business." He was the most expensive doctor I interviewed. I thought logic would dictate, "you can't charge those kinds of prices and have great hype surrounding you if you are not the BEST"!!  I could not have been more wrong.  I had a HORRIBLE outcome!!!!  HORRIBLE!!!!  And here is the worst thing......this "great NYC doctor" blamed my old filler for his botched result.  His response to my panic was to tell me to go to a dermatologist and get filler to fix the problem.

I was devastated and felt so alone.  I looked so much worse than before the surgery.  I didn't look like me, anymore.  My lower lids were sagging and drooping. Under my eyes was so hollow and sunken.  I could not close my eyes at night and had to use a mask to hold them shut.  Even then I would wake up with painfully dry eyes.  I went through bottle after bottle of eye drops to fight the dryness.  I would see my reflection and my heart would sink.  I looked hollow and tired and my eyes looked deformed.  They were not "my eyes".  The emotional and psychological damage was as bad, if not worse, than the physical change.  I was incredibly self-conscious and would try not to make eye contact with people.  I would always try to smile, hoping my cheeks would push my lower lids up.  So, I would walk around smiling for no reason!!  I just kept my head down and hoped that people wouldn't look at me and see my droopy eyes.  That doctor in NYC and the horrible outcome stole my self-confidence.  It changed my personality.  My depression and hopelessness were constant. Always with me like a dark cloud.  It was the last thing I thought about at night and the first thing in the morning.  I felt so lost.  I had no idea what to do or who to talk to.  I was stuck in my fear of even considering another doctor because of my horrible experience in NYC.  Even after the NYC doctor saw the horrible outcome and told me to go get fillers, I never heard another word from him or his office. No follow up.  Nothing.  No concern.  Nothing!!! I felt so abandoned by him.  How would I trust another Dr?

I finally reached such a sad and desperate place, I called a friend of mine in LA and told him the story.  My friend in LA is literally the trainer to the stars!!  Superstars!!  He knows everyone!!  An hour after we talked he called me back with one name.  Dr. Guy Massry.  He said Dr. Massry is THE DOCTOR!!!  He has a stellar reputation and takes on the most difficult cases.  Cases other doctors won't even attempt. You can trust this doctor.  I called Dr. Massry and from the very first conversation, he put me at ease.  He understood my depression, lack of trust and not "seeing ME" when I looked in the mirror.  He understood my fear of another surgery and an even worse outcome.  After all, I trusted the NYC doctor and look what happened.  Dr Massry was so kind and gentle and explained that this type of revision is what he does.  He has performed hundreds of these procedures and he would not put me through the physical or emotional experience if he didn't feel he could help me.  He was a ray of light in what had become a dark and depressed world.  We talked many times over the course few months.  I had many questions, all of which were answered with patience and understanding and reassurance when I needed it.

Dr. Massry performed my surgery and I can't begin to describe the transformation.  Dr. Massry's skill, talent and the elegance of his work are just beyond anything I could have imagined.  Dr. Massry and Dr. Patel were there for me at all hours, checking on me, in contact with me regularly and if there was anything I needed it was taken care of immediately!!!  I never felt alone.  I pulled a stitch and Dr. Massry came in on a Sunday morning to repair the damage.  Who does that????  DR MASSRY!!!!!!!

I have many friends who are close to my age and considering surgery but I am the first to "go under the knife".  I only wish someone had gone before me and passed this knowledge along, so I could have avoided this horror.  I am telling all of my friends, and anyone who is considering surgery, GO TO DR. MASSRY!!!!!  DO NOT let anyone touch your eyes who is not an ocular plastic surgeon!  And even then, I am telling everyone, JUST GO TO DR. MASSRY!!!!  He even works with other surgeons who do lower face and noses and he will do your eyes!!!

I have learned that a botched surgery, changing the shape of your eyes can be devastating and change your looks, dramatically!  You don't look like "you," anymore.  Operating on your eyes is a specialty and, as I have learned, its not just about taking out extra skin.  It's about repositioning fat and muscle and its complex.  Please learn from my mistake.  You don't want to go through what I have gone through.  I don't know what I would have done without Dr. Massry.  I literally thank God for getting me to Dr. Massry, every time I see my reflection.  Dr. Massry changed my life.  He gave me back my confidence. He gave me back a sense of peace.  He gave me back, ME.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!"

-Dana, New York

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23Oct/180

The Massry Method – Fixing Pulled Down Lower Lids and Rounded Eyes and Canthal Webs

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Dr. Guy Massry is internationally recognized for his exceptional ability to revise poor results from previous eyelid surgery. Far too often, eyelid surgery results in lower lid retraction, which occurs when the lower lids get pulled down after surgery, and canthal webs. These results are disfiguring and can be functionally disabling. This issue is very hard to fix and Dr. Massry has found that for many patients it requires a different “surgical recipe,” depending on examination, to make the eyes appear normal again.

How do you fix pulled down lower lids and rounded eyes?

Below is a great example of how Dr. Massry is able to revise this problem for patients after having surgery by another doctor. In the before pictures on the left, you can see her rounded eyes, with white showing below the iris (lower lid retraction), and the rounded outer corner of the eye (canthal web). The pictures on the right are after revision surgery with Dr. Massry to restore a regular, almond-shaped eye shape and to normalize the lower eyelid height.

Lower eyelid retraction and canthal web - Dr Massry

In this case, Dr. Massry addressed two issues:

1. The retracted or pulled down lower lids, which gives the patient a wide-eyed appearance. (Note: Her almond-shaped eyes are back after surgery.)

Lower eyelid retraction - Dr Massry

2. Even more difficult to correct is the web on the outer corner of the eye (lateral canthus). Dr Massry has published on this – here is a link to his paper.

Canthal web - Dr Massry

This patient is incredibly happy with the results of her lower eyelid retraction surgery with Dr. Massry.

As an expert in this procedure, Dr. Massry has written several publications on his technique. Here are two of them:

Cicatricial Canthal Webs - Dr Guy Massry New Insights Into Physical Findings Associated with Postblepharoplasty Lower Eyelid Retraction - Dr Massry

 Are you unhappy with the results of your eyelid surgery?

If you experienced lower lid retraction or canthal webs following eyelid surgery, please contact Dr. Massry today. This is a very complex problem and should only be addressed by an expert, like Dr. Massry.

Learn more about Revisional Eyelid Surgery.

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19Jul/180

Lacrimal Gland Repositioning with Upper Blepharoplasty

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A dislocated lacrimal gland (tear gland coming forward and visible or palpable under the eyelid) can add to temporal fullness of the eyelid. Eyelid expert, Dr. Guy Massry, explains how to repair a prolapsed lacrimal gland with lacrimal gland repositioning surgery.

What is the lacrimal gland?

The lacrimal glands produce tears and are located in the upper outer corner of the eye (lacrimal fossa).

What is lacrimal gland prolapse?

Lacrimal gland prolapse means there is a bulge or fullness to the outer part of the upper eyelid. Some patients will feel pressure on the globe and, on rare occasion, even experience eye comfort.

Here are examples of what lacrimal gland prolapse looks like.

Prolapsed lacrimal gland - Dr Guy Massry Lacrimal Gland Prolapse - Dr Guy Massry

In 2011, Dr. Massry and his colleagues published a paper that found lacrimal prolapse happens to a moderate degree in about 40% of people as they got older. So, this can be considered a normal part of the aging process. However, it can also occur in people who are younger too.

How is lacrimal gland repositioning surgery performed?

Lacrimal gland repositioning is a procedure in which a dislocated or anteriorly prolapsed tear gland is placed back into its normal position in the socket. The correct position is in the fossa, a hole in the bone of the upper outer orbital rim. The procedure is not technically challenging as long as you are familiar with the anatomy.

To begin, Dr. Massry will identify the prolapsed lacrimal gland. It is easy for Dr. Massry to visualize the gland because it has a pale color with obvious glandular elements that make it look very different than the clinical appearance of surrounding fat. Dr. Massry will use a suture to secure the anterior tip of the lacrimal gland fossa. This procedure returns the gland to its normal anatomic location and corrects the heavy upper lid appearance.

In many cases, Dr. Massry will perform the lacrimal gland repositioning in conjunction with an upper blepharoplasty to provide the most natural and rejuvenating results.

Watch Dr. Massry Perform A Lacrimal Gland Repositioning Surgery

Before and After Lacrimal Gland Repositioning

Below is an excellent example of a patient before and after lacrimal gland repositioning surgery.

Lacrimal gland repositioning - Dr Guy Massry - Beverly Hills

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If you think you have a prolapsed lacrimal gland, please contact our office today. Dr. Massry has extensive experience in repositioning the lacrimal gland and restoring your youthful appearance.

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6Feb/180

Blepharoplasty 101: Aging Eyelids

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In the second video of his series Blepharoplasty 101, Dr. Guy Massry discusses aging eyelids.

One of the easiest ways to understand the aging process of the eyelids is to compare our faces and eyelids to grapes that turn into raisins. As we age, our skin doesn't just sag, but we also lose volume. This loss of volume is why fillers and fat grafting have become so popular over the past few years.

When performing eyelid surgery for aging eyelids, Dr. Massry believes it is really important to look at photos of patients when they were younger to make sure he can restore not only their appearance but their volume too. So when you are preparing for a consultation with Dr. Massry, please pull out some photos from your memory box when you were younger to share with him.

Traditional blepharoplasty surgery has always been about subtraction (ie. taking tissue out). However, a full eyelid is more attractive than a hollow eyelid. So, Dr. Massry believes a better paradigm is to take out only what is necessary, and, more importantly,  leave what is critical to look and work great!

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Massry!

If you have aging eyelids and are ready to learn more about blepharoplasty with Dr. Massry, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today! Dr. Massry is here to help and give you the best results possible so you look like your younger self.

Other videos in the Blepharoplasty 101 series:

Managing Patient Expectations

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2Feb/180

Blepharoplasty 101: Meeting Patient Expectations

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In his series Blepharoplasty 101, Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Guy Massry, will discuss everything you need to know before undergoing cosmetic eyelid surgery. In the first video of the series, Dr. Massry discusses the importance of having realistic expectations for your surgery.

Many people, both patients and surgeons, overlook the importance of establishing realistic expectations for blepharoplasty results. Every patient has a different idea in mind for how they want to look after cosmetic eyelid surgery, and it is critical that the patient clearly relays this vision to their surgeon in order to determine if the desired outcome is attainable. One of the most common reasons patients are not happy with their blepharoplasty results is because their expectations were not realistic.

At Dr. Massry's practice, he estimates that he only performs blepharoplasty on 3 out of every 10 patients who want the procedure. The reason is that he feels he cannot meet the expectations of 70% of patients. This happens for many reasons.

The eyes are the window to the soul; they are important for vision. A mistake in this area is not ok!

During a consultation with a surgeon, make sure that your expectations can be met so that you are happy with the results!

Contact Dr. Massry Today!

If you have been thinking about cosmetic eyelid surgery, please contact our office today! Dr. Massry specializes in blepharoplasty and has a very high satisfaction rate with his patients.

Other videos in the Blepharoplasty 101 series:

Aging Eyelids

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11Jan/180

Eye Bag Surgery: Before & After Lower Blepharoplasty

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One of the most requested cosmetic eyelid procedures is eye bag surgery. As we age, the membrane that holds the fat back weakens and the fat comes forward, creating the appearance of those unwanted eye bags.

Eye bag surgery, or cosmetic lower lid blepharoplasty, is a very specialized procedure which should ONLY be performed by an experienced eyelid surgeon, like Dr. Massry.  Although it is a commonly performed procedure, complications from an inexperienced surgeon can be devastating. Seeing an oculoplastic surgeon, who is a specialist in eyelid surgery, helps eliminate surgical complications.

Before & After Eye Bag Surgery

Before and after eye bag surgery

See more before & after examples. 

How is Eye Bag Surgery Performed?

When performing lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Massry's goal is to remove the eyelid bag and getting rid of the dark circles under the eyes. Dark under eye circles are also referred to as “periorbital or eyelid hollows.” Rather than removing all of the precious eyelid fat during a lower blepharoplasty, Dr. Massry will instead reposition some of the excess fat to the hollows of the eyes to create a smooth contour and fill in the hollow under eyes. This technique results in a refreshed and youthful appearance.

Contact Dr. Massry Today!

If you have under eye bags that bother you, schedule a consultation with Los Angeles eyelid expert, Dr. Guy Massry - 310.657.4302.

Read more blogs from Dr. Massry:

Eye Bag Surgery - What You Need to Know

Lower Lid Blepharoplasty - Both Art & Science

Natural Lower Blepharoplasty Results

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7Nov/170

Botox vs Fillers – TRUE or FALSE

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When you first decide to take your beauty routine to the next level, you quickly realize there are a lot of different non-surgical procedures available to help you erase your unwanted wrinkles. Two of the most common non-surgical procedures are Botox and fillers – they are two very different things.

To help educate patients, Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Guy Massry, has put together a true or false list of the most common questions about Botox vs fillers. How many of these do you already know?

Botox and fillers are the same thing – FALSE

Although both Botox and fillers are used to rejuvenate the face, they achieve this in very different ways. Botox temporarily freezes your muscle activity so that wrinkles are not being created. Fillers add volume to the face to smooth out wrinkles, get rid of dark circles under the eyes, and plump up the lips.

Botox gets rid of wrinkles – TRUE

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, temporarily relaxes your facial muscles that create lines and wrinkles. Botox can be placed on the forehead, in your 11 lines or around your crow’s feet to erase the appearance of your wrinkles. Results last for 3 to 4 months. Furthermore, when performed by an expert injector, like Dr. Massry, Botox can be strategically placed to give you a non-surgical brow lift.

Fillers get rid of wrinkles – TRUE

As we age we lose facial volume. This loss of volume can lead to wrinkles around the mouth, under the eyes or temples. Fillers can restore this lost volume which can smooth out wrinkles.  While this is true, keep in mind that fillers are a better volume restoration procedure (ie fills hollows/folds) than fine wrinkle reducer.

Anyone can perform Botox or Filler injections – FALSE

Since injectable treatments, such as Botox and fillers, are becoming more and more popular, access to them is becoming easier. However, while everyone from nurses to primary care doctors seems to be offering injectable treatments these days, it is vital to see an expert trained injector to make sure you get the best results possible and avoid potential risks.

Are You A Candidate For Botox or Fillers?

We hope you found this information about Botox compared to fillers to be helpful! If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for either one of these non-surgical treatments, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Massry - 310.657.4302.

Read more of Dr. Massry's blogs

How to Rejuvenate Your Eyes Without Surgery

The Magic of Lower Eyelid Filling with Restylane

Blepharoplasty & Botox - A Powerful Combination

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2Nov/170

The Best Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery Results

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Cosmetic eyelid surgery is not a "one size fits all" procedure. Our eyes are the most defining characteristics of our face and deserve to be treated with personalized and customized care. Dr. Guy Massry believes the best cosmetic eyelid surgery results are those that are tailored to the specific needs of the patient.

Below you can see a patient before (left) and after (right) customized cosmetic eyelid surgery. Best cosmetic eyelid surgery

So how did Dr. Massry achieve the best cosmetic eyelid surgery results for this patient? He performed a customized outer brow lift with upper and lower blepharoplasty.

What is an Outer Brow Lift?

The outer brow lift is a very important component of natural looking eyelid rejuvenation results, but many patients have never heard of an outer brow lift. Most patients come to Dr. Massry for an upper blepharoplasty thinking that all that needs to be done is to correct the appearance of sagging upper eyelids. However, what they don’t realize is that the position of the outer brows often affects the upper lid fullness. So when the outer brow falls, which is a normal change due to aging, the upper lids become heavier. If the outer brow is not lifted during surgery, the root of the upper lid sagging is not addressed.

Please keep in mind that not everyone needs the outer brow lift. This is why it is so important to find an expert oculoplastic surgeon to evaluate your needs and determine the best course of surgery for YOU.

Rejuvenating the Lower Lid

A lower lid blepharoplasty gets rid of under eye bags and can be performed a variety of ways. As a seasoned expert in lower eyelid rejuvenation, Dr. Massry generally prefers to perform the surgery through an incision on the inside of the eyelid because it significantly reduces the risk of changing the shape of the eye and there is no visible scar. Furthermore, when necessary, Dr. Massry will perform fat repositioning to smooth out the hollows under the eyes. But again, each patient is unique and Dr. Massry utilizes other lower blepharoplasty techniques when necessary to provide each patient with the best results.

Contact Dr. Massry Today!

If you are interested in learning more about the best cosmetic eyelid surgery for you, please schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Guy Massry. He is happy to evaluate your anti-aging needs and refresh your appearance. Please call us at 310.657.4302 to schedule your consultation.

Read more blogs by Dr. Massry 

Lower Blepharoplasty: Why Cut From the Inside of the Lower Lid

The Brow and Upper Eyelid: An Aesthetic Unit

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