Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery in Beverly Hills – Dr. Guy Massry
24Jan/170

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day 2017

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Moebius syndrome awareness day - MassryJanuary 24, 2017 marks this year’s Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, hosted by the fantastic Moebius Syndrome Foundation.

Moebius syndrome is a rare congenital neurological disease that affects the muscles responsible for facial expressions and eye movement, causing facial paralysis. Symptoms of Moebius syndrome can include, but are not limited to:

  • Inability to smile or make complete or partial facial expressions
  • Difficulty swallowing and eating
  • Eye issues, including eye sensitivity, inability to blink, strabismus
  • Absence of ability to move eyes laterally
  • Dental hygiene problems
  • Impaired hearing
  • Tongue deformity
  • Hand and feet deformity

For patients with Moebius syndrome, there have been some great advancements in facial reanimation procedures in recent years. Dr. Guy Massry is able to help Moebius syndrome patients with bilateral eyelid paralysis reconstruction. Patients are unique and Dr. Massry will develop a customized surgical plan to give them the best results possible. Most commonly, Dr. Massry will perform eyelid paralysis surgery to create an epicanthal fold and/or place gold weights so that the cornea is protected.

For facial reanimation procedures for Moebius syndrome patients, Dr. Massry teams up with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the Facial Paralysis Institute. Dr. Azizzadeh offers some of the most cutting-edge facial reanimation surgery options to help patients smile and make facial expressions. To learn more about Moebius syndrome surgical treatments, please visit the Facial Paralysis Institute.

If you would like to learn more about eyelid paralysis surgery with Dr. Massry, please call us at 310-657-4302.

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18Jan/170

Eye Bag Surgery – What You Need To Know

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Under eye bags are one of the most common aging issues an oculoplastic surgeon treats. While many eye creams and skin care products claim to get rid of under eye bags, they will never give you the complete results that surgery will.

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What causes eye bags?

Everyone ages in a unique way. The most common reasons we see under eye bags include:

  • As you age structures around the eyes become weaker and the fat begins to sag
  • Fluid retention creates the baggy, puffy appearance
  • Lack of sleep
  • Excessive stress
  • Allergies
  • Genetics

How do you remove under eye bags?

The surgical correction of under eye bags is called blepharoplasty. When choosing a surgeon to perform your blepharoplasty it is imperative you select a specialized oculoplastic surgeon with great expertise in this surgery, as the under eye is a very delicate and complex area. Dr. Guy Massry is a board certified ophthalmic plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who helps patients from around the world remove their under eye bags. When Dr. Massry performs blepharoplasty procedures, he customizes the surgery to the specific needs of the patient so that they receive the best results possible.

For more mild eyelid bags, it is possible to improve the appearance without surgery by using dermal fillers, such as Restylane. When injected by a true expert, like Dr. Massry, the Restylane re-contours the under eye area so that it appears smooth and bag-free.

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If you are bothered by the appearance of eye bags, contact Dr. Massry today to see if you are a candidate for eye bag surgery – 310.657.4302!

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17Jan/170

Can Botched Eyelid Surgery Be Fixed?

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Although eyelid surgery is a common cosmetic procedure, the eyelids are very delicate and should only be treated by an expert oculoplastic surgeon to avoid any surgical complications or unsatisfactory results. If you unfortunately end up with botched eyelid surgery, Dr. Guy Massry in Beverly Hills can help.Revision eyelid surgery - eyelid lengthening - front - Dr Guy Massry - Beverly Hills

The reason patients choose to have blepharoplasty is to eliminate the appearance of aging around the eyes. The most common aging issues patients want to improve with surgery include:

  • Sagging or loose upper eyelids
  • Under eye bags or hollows
  • Excess skin around the eyes
  • Fine wrinkles
  • Excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids
  • Dropping lower eyelids

However, if a surgeon over-corrects or under-corrects the patient’s appearance with blepharoplasty it can lead to aesthetic and/or functional problems for the patient, requiring revisional surgery.

Botched eyelid surgery can leave you with the following unwanted outcomes:

  • Over operated appearance
  • Under correction
  • Visual problems
  • Retraction – the lower eyelid is pulled down and the shape of the eye has changed
  • Eyes can’t close completely – too much tissue was removed from the upper eyelid
  • The lateral canthus (outer corner of the eye) was cut during surgery and the eye looks and feels different

While these conditions are very difficult to correct, Dr. Massry has dedicated his career to helping patients who need complicated revision surgeries. First and foremost, when dealing with botched eyelid surgery cases Dr. Massry makes sure that the patient has a realistic expectation for the results of their revision surgery. Dr. Massry will do everything he can to help his patients achieve their desired results. However, the damage done to the anatomy in previous surgery (or surgeries) will determine the degree to which Dr. Massry can improve the eyelid form and function. During a consultation with Dr. Massry, he will examine the patient for scarred tissue planes, if there is good blood supply and tissue movement, etc., all of which affect the outcome of revision surgery. Finally even with a complete examination, it is not until surgery takes place that the true extent of the problems present become completely known.

Let Dr. Massry Fix Your Botched Eyelid Surgery

If you experienced a poor outcome from a previous blepharoplasty with another surgeon, please contact Dr. Massry today – 310.657.4302.

Dr. Massry is a world-renowned oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in revision eyelid surgery. When other surgeons encounter patients who need complex revision surgery, they refer out to Dr. Massry for his unparalleled expertise. You can rest assured that your eyes are in the best hands possible with Dr. Massry.

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20Dec/160

Top 5 Reasons People Want Eyelid Surgery

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top-5-reasons-people-want-eyelid-surgery-dr-massryBlepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery, is a fantastic treatment option to rejuvenate your eyes, and therefore your overall facial appearance. Although blepharoplasty is a common cosmetic procedure, it should only be performed by a board-certified oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in treatments around the eyes. The structures around the eyes are very delicate and complex and require the skills of an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, like Dr. Guy Massry, to avoid complications.

At Dr. Massry’s oculoplastic practice in Beverly Hills, the top 5 most common reasons people want eyelid surgery include:

  1. “I want to look well-rested.”
  2. “I want to look younger."
  3. “I want to feel refreshed.”
  4. “I want to remove my under eye bags.”
  5. “I want a boost in my self-confidence.”

Blepharoplasty is the perfect surgery to address and improve these concerns! With age, the upper eyelids begin to droop and sag, creating that hooded, tired appearance. Additionally, the under eye area can develop fat pockets and bags that make you appear exhausted or older than you really are. Whether you have just one or both of these concerns, Dr. Massry knows that the appearance of tired eyes can lead to a decrease in self-confidence. Luckily, a customized blepharoplasty with Dr. Massry will restore a refreshed and youthful eyelid appearance so you can regain your confidence!

Why Choose Dr. Massry For Your Blepharoplasty?

As a world-renowned oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Massry has dedicated his career to specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid procedures. He has an unparalleled knowledge of the underlying orbital anatomy and a keen eye for eyelid aesthetics. When you have surgery with Dr. Massry, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands possible.

When Dr. Massry performs blepharoplasty procedures, he takes a very customized approach. He knows that every patient is unique (both in their orbital anatomy and aesthetic goals) and tailors the surgical techniques and outcomes to meet the needs of the patient. During your consultation with Dr. Massry, you can explain your eyelid concerns and discuss your goals for your surgical results. Once Dr. Massry has all of this information and has examined your eyelids, he will give you his recommendations for the best and most natural blepharoplasty results.

Schedule Your Eyelid Surgery Consultation Today!

Regardless of your reasons for wanting cosmetic eyelid surgery, Dr. Massry is here to help! Please call us today to schedule your consultation with expert eyelid surgeon Dr. Massry – 310.657.4302!

For our out of town patient, Dr. Massry offers Skype consultations so you can meet him from the comfort of your own home. Call us to find out more!

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29Nov/160

How To Look Stunning At This Year’s Holiday Parties

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It is already that time of the year again – holiday party season! So dust off your sparkly holiday dress, pull out your ugly Christmas sweater, and glam up your beauty routine. To help you look your best, Dr. Guy Massry, a Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon, recommends Botox and/or filler treatments to refresh your facial appearance.

Botox is a fantastic non-surgical treatment that erases wrinkles on your forehead, 11-lines, and crow’s feet. The treatment temporarily prevents the wrinkles from forming and therefore your skin appears softer and smoother. When performing Botox injections, Dr. Massry’s goal is not to “freeze” your face, but to soften it while still allowing for muscle movements that display your expressions. Additionally, Dr. Massry can strategically place the Botox injections to give you a “Botox Browlift.” Botox takes 7 – 14 days to take full effect, so make sure you book your treatment at least a week and a half before your holiday party!

Facial fillers are a fantastic way to instantly restore volume to the face. A voluminous face with contours is a mark of youth and beauty. Unfortunately, as we age, we lose our youthful volume. When Dr. Massry examines his patients, he determines which areas of the face have lost volume and uses fillers such as Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane to restore volume. The most common areas that Dr. Massry treats with fillers include, the mid-face, under eye area, and temples.

  • Mid-Face – When the mid-face (cheeks) loses volume, the skin begins to droop and sag and the face appears older. Using an injectable filler, such as Restylane Lyft, Dr. Massry is able to lift and augment cheek volume to restore a more youthful appearance.
  • Under Eyes – The stress of the holidays often times reveals itself in the form of unwanted dark circles under the eyes. If you are beginning to notice you look more tired than usual or if your under eye area has been bothering you for a while, now is the perfect time to try Restylane, Restylane Silk or Belotero under the eyes! The treatment will make your dark circle disappear instantly and you will look like you are the most well-rested person in the room.
  • Temples – Many people don’t realize it, but a common area that we lose volume is in the temples. Hollow temples create an unflattering shadow effect that darkens the face and eyes. Filling in hollow temples with Juvederm provides stunning results!

Dr. Massry recommends you schedule all filler treatments 7 to 10 days before your holiday party so if you experience any bruising or swelling, it has enough time to dissipate.

Schedule Your Pre-Holiday Party Treatments Today!

If you want to look your best this holiday season, schedule your non-surgical beauty-boosting treatments with Dr. Massry today - 310.657.4302!

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11Oct/160

The Lessons I Have Learned With Endoscopic Brow Lifting

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Endoscopic brow lifting is my preferred method of aesthetic brow reshaping. I use the word reshaping because the primary lesson I have learned from 20 years of brow lifting is that the procedure should focus on brow shape and contour more than height. This is the single most important caveat of brow lifting and will allow better results and happier patients.

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Over the last 4 years I have primarily utilized a temporal endoscopic plane approach (between the superficial and deep temporalis fascia) with or without the use of the endoscope to reshape the brow contour. My focus has been a temporal lift only. In my experience, in most cases, lifting the medial brow is an error which changes normal eyelid and periorbital, and ultimately, facial proportions. Most who need medial brow elevation also have bunching of glabellar tissue, and I have found benefit most from a central pretrichial approach (with tissue excision) combined with the temporal lift described below.

The procedure proceeds with standard temporal approach sub-superficial temporal fascia access to the canthus. This plane is made continuous with the central subperiosteal space by dividing the conjoint tendon. Dissection continues to the arcus marginalis periosteum at the superior orbital rim. The periosteum is released from the supraorbital neurovascular bundle laterally to the canthus. It is critical to release the lateral orbital thickening. The temporal brow is fixated with 2 sutures (2-0 PDS) from superficial to deep fascia. The lift is superior and nasal to avoid brow splaying and provide the best temporal elevation. No cautery is used for bleeding (vascular tourniquet is created with dilute anesthetic and added pure saline as needed – bleeding is controlled with mechanical pressure from volume of injection). Only staples close the wound and no scalp is excised. These are critical steps to avoid alopecia. Post-op regional supraorbital and lacrimal nerve blocks are given as is local anesthetic infiltration of staple sites – all to control pain. Preoperative Emend (substance P receptor antagonist) is a reliable way to control post-op nausea (I highly recommend this – look it up). Post-op pain control is with your narcotic of choice prn.

I have recently reviewed 162 such cases with the following findings.

94% of patients stated a high satisfaction with the brow lift.

The remaining patients were satisfied except for 2 who desired a revision for more temporal lift. Keep, in mind – all patients knew the procedure performed this way would not address glabellar or forehead rhytids. This was not their expectation. Most received post-op neuromodulation for this purpose. This avoids the numerous issues with selective myotomy/myectomy (another topic of discussion).

More than temporary motor nerve injury (first week or so) occurred in 2 patients (1.2%), which is slightly less than the reported 1.5% previously reported. Both these patients had previous coronal lifts (ie both revisions).

Sensory issues beyond 4 weeks (numbness, tingling, itching, etc) occurred in 3.8% of patients – far less than the previously reported 7%-8%. To achieve this, it is critical to stay subperiosteal when making the temporal sub-superficial temporal fascia plane continuous with the central subperiosteal plane (when dividing conjoint tendon). This protects the distal segment of the deep (lateral) branch of the supraorbital nerve. Also as the periosteal release is lateral to the supraorbital nerve egress, the proximal superficial (medial) branch of the nerve is less prone to damage.

We have paid more attention to motor injury than to sensory injury because morbidity is worse. However, always remember that sensory injury is more common.

It has been reported that post-op pain is present in up to 75% of traditional endolift surgery patients. In this technique, with injections described, I have noted its presence in approximately 30% of cases.

Alopecia at the incision site is a tough parameter to judge. Approximately 10% have made mention of it – close inspection most likely shows it is more common. However, at 1 year after surgery it is rarely suggested by patients.

It is important to share such knowledge as we continue to evolve our surgical procedures. I welcome other’s experiences so we can grow and learn together and deliver the best of care.

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4Oct/160

Lower Lid Blepharoplasty – Maximizing Results

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Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is a specialized surgery which can significantly enhance your appearance. However, it is important to understand that blepharoplasty, when performed by an inexperienced surgeon, can potentially lead to poor results with short term or permanent disability.

How can you avoid blepharoplasty complications?

Avoiding surgical complications requires the expertise of an eyelid specialist and expert, known as an oculoplastic surgeon.  Dr. Guy Massry, MD is a Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon who performs cosmetic blepharoplasty routinely.  He has over 20 years of experience with this surgery - having performed thousands of procedures. Oculoplastic surgeons, like Dr. Massry, are the most qualified surgeons to perform any sort of cosmetic eyelid surgery because they have dedicated their medical practice solely to procedures around the eyes. This precise practice means they perform more blepharoplasty surgeries than a general plastic surgeon, who is performing cosmetic procedure on the entire body. This focus not only helps them avoid surgical complications, but in the unfortunate chance that a complication does arise during a blepharoplasty procedure, they have the keen knowledge on how to minimize the risks.

Minimizing Lower Blepharoplasty Complications

Lower blepharoplasty is actually far more complex than upper eyelid surgery.  The problem is that unless a surgeon is performing lower blepharoplasty procedures in high volume there is no way to develop the skills needed to attain consistent and predictable results with the surgery.  For this reason you must understand that lower blepharoplasty is not simply a plastic surgical procedure – but rather an ophthalmic (eye related) plastic surgical procedure – BIG DIFFERENCE.

Dr. Massry performs many revision lower blepharoplasty procedures yearly.  To avoid a revision surgery, it is imperative you see an expert like Dr. Massry the first time around!

Patient 1: Primary lower lid blepharoplasty with fat repositioning with Dr. Massry.

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Patient 2: This woman was very unhappy with pulled down (retracted) lower lids from previous surgery by another doctor. After revisional surgery with Dr. Massry her appearance is significantly improved. 

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Non-Surgical Corrections For Unsatisfactory Results

In some cases, additional surgery is not the answer for patients who had poor results following a primary lower lid blepharoplasty. If surgery is not a patient's best option, Dr. Massry will recommend using dermal fillers to help improve the appearance. Below is a video of Dr. Massry performing filler injections on a patient who had surgery with another doctor that left him with drooping lower eyelids. The filler lifts the lower lids that are being pulled down and makes the eyes look less "buggy."

Contact Dr. Massry Today!

Whether you are thinking of having cosmetic eyelid surgery or you have already had surgery and are unhappy with the results, call us today to schedule your consultation with eyelid surgery specialist Dr. Massry - 310.657.4302!

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27Sep/160

Long Term Results To Lower Blepharoplasty – What You Need To Know

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Recently our fellow and I reviewed my long term data on results to lower lid blepharoplasty. I could not find such an extensive review of data with this case number in the literature. The surgical series is over a 10 year period and includes 640 cases. Important to consider is that I only perform transconjunctival surgery so the information only applies to this approach. Appropriate surgical adjuncts were included when clinically deemed necessary. These additional procedures included: canthal suspension, skin excision, fat transposition (repositioning), oseocutaneous ligament release, fat grafting and orbicularis plication (suspension).

Below are the results identified from the data collected:

  1. 640 cases total
  2. Women – 505 cases; Men – 135 cases
  3. Average age - 56 years
  4. Average F/U - 14 months
  5. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty only - 60 cases (9%)
  6. Transconjunctival blepharoplasty with fat repositioning - 580 cases (91%)
  7. Chemosis - more than mild at more than two weeks post-op 41 case (6.4%)
  8. Trichiasis - 9 cases (1.4%) - all needed intervention
  9. Revise fat re-excision - 9 cases (1.4%)
  10. Hollows - 30 cases (4.6%) - most lateral lid/cheek junction – 25 of the 30 cases (83%) were pre-warned this may occur, but refused interventions to prevent.
  11. Complaints of wrinkles or skin excess post-op - 14 cases (2.2%)
  12. Cicatricial entropion requiring buccal graft - 3 cases (0.5%) - All had fat transposition.
  13. Ectropion (no skin manipulation) - 1 case - related unaddressed laxity
  14. Lower eyelid retraction (all mild) - 6 cases ( 1%); 4 cases (0.6%) had skin/muscle manipulation (ie. pinch); 2 cases (0.3%) had no skin/muscle manipulation – but did have prominent eyes with gradient (vector) worsening (even with fat transposition)
  15. Periorbital fat grafting - 83/640 patients (9.6%). 7 of these (1.4%) developed contour issues (most with older larger (2 mm) harvest cannulas). 4 of these patients were revised and happy. 2 patients tolerated their final outcome. 1 patient unhappy and actually angry.
  16. Infection/severe inflammation - 7 cases (1.4%).
  17. Satisfaction study not done
  18. Satisfaction study of last 86 patients with fat transposition only was done with 4.8/5 average score on 5 point Likert scale: 1: Very unsatisfied, 2: unsatisfied, 3: neutral, 4: satisfied, 5: Very satisfied. The procedure found to be safe and effective

What this has taught me is that 79% of surgery is on woman in their mid 50’s. In general complications are rare and treatable. Fat grafting contour issues occur in 8.4% of cases, which I feel is unacceptably high – but not surprising. This complication rate is most assuredly lower with the newer (smaller port) harvesting cannulas. As expected, patient satisfaction is high.

I certainly learned a lot from this lower blepharoplasty data. I hope it is of help to others.

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13Sep/160

How To Get the Best Ptosis Repair Results

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ptosis-repair-dr-guy-massryPtosis surgery is a procedure that lifts an upper eyelid that has dropped. It is surgery on the elevating muscles of the eyelid (Mueller’s muscle or the Levator muscle/aponeurosis). This is very different than blepharoplasty surgery which is the more simplistic removal of variable amounts of skin, muscle and fat from the upper lids (typical cosmetic eyelid surgery).

Dr. Guy Massry is a Beverly Hills oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in ptosis repair surgery. Patients fly in from around the world to have surgery with Dr. Massry because he is internationally recognized for his ability to provide patients suffering from droopy upper eyelids with the best results possible.

With this basic framework in mind, Dr. Massry will tell you how to attain the best results to ptosis surgery:

1. Only have a qualified and experienced ptosis surgeon do your repair. This is always a board certified oculoplastic or ophthalmic plastic surgeon – the only surgeons with specialized ptosis training. Dr. Massry has this training and experience.

2. Have the correct surgery selected - ptosis repair, not a blepharoplasty. Dr. Massry will help you with this. Surgery can be performed from inside the eyelid (no skin cuts/scars) which requires no patient cooperation during surgery. Alternatively, it can also be performed through the skin (more complex and requires patient cooperation during surgery). To do it from inside of the eyelid (which most surgeons prefer as it is easier on patient and surgeon) some findings on examination must be present – Dr. Massry will identify this.

3. Make sure your surgeon has vast experience with ptosis surgery, as Dr. Massry does. Ptosis surgery complications can be troublesome, but you can avoid this by choosing a surgeon with extensive expertise in this area of surgery.

4. Make sure your surgeon has an aesthetic eye. In addition to his surgical techniques, Dr. Massry has an artistic eye to provide his patients with not only functional results, but also with fantastic aesthetic results.

5. Get the most out of your consultation. It is the time for you to ask a lot of questions and get a very thorough understanding of the procedure. You should leave feeling 100% comfortable and confident with your surgeon and the upcoming ptosis repair. Dr. Massry will spend as much time with you as necessary to make sure this is achieved. "The only bad question is the one not asked," Dr. Massry.

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If you are experiencing droopy upper eyelids and are ready to learn more about your surgical options, please call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Massry today - 310.657.4302!

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9Aug/160

Dr. Massry’s Dos and Don’ts After Eyelid Surgery

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Eyelid-repair-dr-massry-beverly-hillsDr. Massry tells all his patients that having any elective cosmetic surgery procedure is a big decision which requires a commitment of time, energy, and money. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly. This is especially true when it comes to eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).

Eyelids Are Delicate Structures

The eyelids are delicate facial structures which are more prone to bruising, swelling, and prolonged recovery than other areas of the face. This is because the eyelid tissue is thin and there are many small, yet vital, layers and structures within the eyelids which must be manipulated during all types of eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty, canthoplasty, ptosis repair, eyelid fat grafting, eyelid fat repositioning, etc.). The surgical procedure is a form of trauma (although controlled) and the eyelids do not handle trauma as well as other arrears of the face.

Recovery After Cosmetic Eyelid Plastic Surgery

So what can you, the patient, do or not do to attain the best final result from blepharoplasty or other kinds of eyelid surgery (canthoplasty, ptosis repair, eyelid fat grafting, eyelid fat repositioning, etc.)? These are Dr. Massry’s recommendations for the best results:

Ice the eyelids

First, you want to do all you can to reduce bruising and swelling. This is important so as not to stretch or potentially stain (discolor) the thin eyelid skin. The most important thing you can do to achieve this is to apply ice to the eyelids at frequent intervals for the first two days after the eyelid surgery. Applying ice for 10 minutes every hour while you are awake is an appropriate icing regimen. Dr. Massry recommends using frozen peas as they contour to the eyelids well.

Refrain from strenuous exercise

Dr. Massry asks patients to refrain from strenuous physical activity for the first week after eyelid surgery. Obviously this means absolutely no gym activity. In fact, his basic tenant is no bending, stooping or lifting for this time period. Dr. Massry will let you know when you can resume your exercise routine.

Sleeping 

In addition to reduced physical activity, sleeping with two pillows at the head of the bed is also of benefit as it reduces swelling in the surgical area during sleep.

Over the counter treatments

There are a number of over the counter homeopathic medications which may speed up the post-operative recovery (reduce bruising/swelling) after blepharoplasty and other forms of eyelid surgery. At your pre-operative appointment, Dr. Massry and his staff will explain which supplements to take and the healing benefits of these products.

Preventing infection

It is very important to reduce the risk of infection after surgery. The eyelids are such a well vascularized area (good blood supply) that infections are rare. That being said, Dr. Massry feels applying topical ocular (appropriate for eyes) antibiotic ointment (with a Q-tip) three times a day and at bedtime to the stitches is important. Dr. Massry prefers Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment, but others are also useful. Washing your hands before applying ointment to or touching the eyelids is important.

Showering after cosmetic eyelid plastic surgery

Dr. Massry does not feel taking a shower is a "don't," as long as care is taken not to put pressure on the eyelids or get them overly wet. Use similar judgment when washing your face.

Other activities after cosmetic eyelid surgery

Dr. Massry feels it is ok to go out, watch TV, and read as you feel comfortable. You should only drive a car when it feels safe. In this instance, refrain from applying ointment to the eyelids for a few hours before driving as this can blur vision.

Finally, following the post-operative instruction regimen, informing the Dr. Massry of any questions or concerns about surgery or healing, and using common sense in regards to wound care is important.

When patients follow the above recommendations closely, Dr. Massry feels recovery from surgery becomes easier. Remember, having surgery is a big deal, so be diligent about healing so that the outcome will be what you expect.

Talk To An Eyelid Surgery Expert Today!

If you have been thinking about eyelid surgery, now is the time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Massry! Call us today at 310.657.4302.

 

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