SOURCE: Dr. Glavas

Dr. Glavas

September 22, 2011 11:30 ET

Local Surgeon Perfects No Scar Lower Eyelid Surgical Techniques That Improve Results and Reduce Medical Risk, Recovery Time

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - Dr. Ioannis P. Glavas, founder and director of The Glavas Centre for Oculo-Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has refined lower eyelid surgery in two significant ways so that his patients avoid many of the possible side effects commonly attached to the procedure.

Lower eyelid surgery is one of the most popular and common procedures in cosmetic surgery. Its purpose is to reduce puffiness under the eye caused by fatty deposits.

Traditionally, these fatty deposits would be removed during the surgical procedure. However this exposes the patient to certain risks including scarring and excessive bleeding during the procedure, which can lead to serious medical complications and may also disrupt the surgery simply because it obstructs the surgeon's view.

Transconjunctival or internal lower lid blepharoplasty is a popular alternative approach to the lower lids and less traumatic to the skin procedure. It is performed without a skin incision.

Dr. Glavas uses a laser therapy procedure and has refined the technique to minimize side effects.

"It's a tremendous advantage because the laser seals the blood vessels as it cuts," Dr. Glavas said. He added that there are other advantages to the scalpel-less and bloodless procedure. "Avoiding the skin incision is the guarantee that there will be no lower lid retraction or change of the shape of the eyes that many patients experience after the traditional external blepharoplasty."

Furthermore, his laser technique does not actually remove the fatty tissue as with traditional surgical methods, but "melts" the fat, allowing him to sculpt it. Not only is this technique safer, but it leads to better results.

"It's similar to an artist using an airbrush instead of a conventional brush -- the result is much smoother and more predictable," Dr. Glavas says.

Finally the wrinkles, pigment, sunspots and other blemishes of the skin can be erased by using the same laser for resurfacing. This is the only technique that addresses all the layers of the eyelid and not just the deeper tissues. The result is more natural and longer lasting.

Recovery time after laser surgery is up to 40% faster because there is less trauma to the eyelid tissues. For the patient, that means less discomfort and fewer days off of work.

Another common undesirable side effect of traditional external blepharoplasty is the "deer in the headlights" look that sometimes happens after eyelid surgery. This is a direct result of canthal tendon laxity problems that can occur during or after surgical procedures (the canthal tendon is one of the tendons that attach the eyelid to the bone, determine the shape and ethnic identity of the eye, and provide support under the eye). Dr. Glavas avoids this by supporting the eyelid if needed by making a small, scar-less incision on the side of the eyelid.

"Even people with excessive skin can have very satisfying results without any skin incision on the lower lid," notes Dr. Glavas.

Dr. Glavas noted that although there is always risk associated with any surgical procedures, his techniques significantly reduce many of those medical risks as well as some of the undesirable results mentioned above.

"I have worked with one of my teams for many years in Manhattan perfecting these techniques," says Dr. Glavas. "Every year we are asked to present our results at international conferences."

Dr. Ioannis P. Glavas is a Board Certified (ABO) oculoplastic and facial cosmetic surgeon specializing in eyelid procedures with offices in Boston (Newbury Street) and Manhattan. Dr. Glavas takes a multidisciplinary approach to facial reconstruction with expertise in several surgical and non-surgical techniques to provide more choice for his patients including laser, fractional laser skin resurfacing or radiofrequency technology depending on individual, cultural and ethnic characteristics.

Recently named a top doctor by U.S. News & World Report in two specialities, Ocuplastic Surgery and Botox Therapy, Dr. Glavas is also the author of numerous articles and reviews in major scientific journals and book chapters on cosmetic facial rejuvenation and a regular contributing writer for the MakeMeHeal website and Radius Magazine. He is the founder and Director of the Glavas Centre for Oculo-Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, the Massachusetts Eye Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU school of Medicine and Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital in New York.

Dr. Glavas is regularly quoted in newspapers and on TV and radio, and is available to comment on all issues related to cosmetic surgery and most particularly eyelid procedures.

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