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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Eyes and Melanoma

Published on June 1, 2018

Take a closer look at your eyes. What can your eyes tell you about your melanoma risk? Well we already know that people with light colored eyes, blue or green tend to have a higher risk of skin cancer in

Meat and Melanoma

Published on May 15, 2018

Maybe red meat is not all bad! A recent study looked for a link between consumption of red and processed meat and melanoma. They used data from over 75,000 women and 48,000 men from the Nurse Health Study and Health

Alzheimer’s or Skin Cancer?

Published on May 9, 2018

What is the link between cancer and Alzheimer’s? A little know fact is that there seems to be a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease (a common form of dementia) in patients with various cancers. A recent study looked looked for

Dermatologists do it better!

Published on May 1, 2018

When concerned about the possibility of skin cancer often the dermatologist can reassure the patient that the lesion is not worrisome, and save the patient the anxiety, scar and cost associated with a biopsy. However sometimes the lesion will be

Skin Cancer Screen Exams Matter.

Published on May 1, 2018

You may have expected it, but now its confirmed, having a full body skin cancer screening exam by a physician increases the chances of detecting an early rather than late melanoma. But what you may not have realized is the

Marriage and Melanoma

Published on April 23, 2018

Marriage just may save you from having a more advanced melanoma! A study from the University of Pennsylvania looked back at the marital status of over 50,000 patients diagnosed with melanoma. Married patients were more likely to be diagnosed with

BRCA affects men too!

Published on April 19, 2018

When most of us think of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutations we think of women and breast cancer. However BRCA mutations can increase the risk of other malignancies including melanoma. A recent study from Israel has show that

In one year over 50% of young adults get a sunburn!

Published on March 20, 2018

A study from from the CDC in Atlanta examined the prevalence of sun protection use and sunburn in a 31,162 U.S. adults in 2015. The researchers found that 34.2 % of participants experienced sunburn in 2015. The prevalence was higher

Botox may help surgical scars heal better!

Published on March 14, 2018

A recent publication suggests that injecting botox around a sutured wound may allow them to heal with less scaring. The study was small, only 14 patients and the differences were not huge. However the differences were significant enough to be

Not So Useful After All

Published on February 27, 2018

Sentinel node biopsy is a procedure often used in assessing the risk posed by a melanoma. It is a method of surgically sampling the lymph nodes that the melanoma would most likely go to if it has spread. It has

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Blepharoplasty

Loose extra skin on the upper eyelids or bags and wrinkles of the lower lids can make you look tired and add years to your appearance. This can be corrected with a safe cosmetic surgery called blepharoplasty. This surgery can rejuvenate your eyes and take away that sleepy, tired look. Dr. Massey has perfected an “electrode blepharoplasty” that can be performed under the safety of local anesthesia, with practically no down time. The procedure take about 45 minutes and patients can usually be back to full activity after one week.

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Facelift

With time the effects of gravity can show themselves as loose extra skin on the cheeks and jowls. These can add years to your appearance. The old fashioned type of face-lift required general anesthetic, many weeks of down time and often left patients looking “unnatural” with their skin pulled much too tight. With the new “Lipo-Lift” Dr. Massey has integrated a new, less invasive face-lift procedure with the tissue contraction gained from micro-liposuction and the benefits of tumescent anesthesia, to produce amazing results. As soon as ten days later, patients don’t look like they have just had surgery, they just look better!

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Liposuction

Until recently, procedures for body contouring through fat removal involved extensive operations. These resulted in large scars and significant safety risks. Several years ago, dermatologists developed tumescent liposuction. This allows fat removal through tiny incisions that do not leave significantly visible scars. A large volume of extremely dilute local anesthetic is infiltrated into the area to be treated. Then utilizing straw like, extremely thin metal tubes (cannulas) and a high-pressure suction system, the fat cells are extracted through tiny incisions.

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Brow Lift

A heavy, drooping forehead and eyebrows (rather than just eyelids) can give a sleepy, tired look. Many of these patients are mistakenly treated with a blepharoplasty alone, which takes extra skin from the upper eyelids, still leaving them with their flat, “heavy” eyebrows shadowing their eyes. If these patients are correctly diagnosed preoperatively, they can get a much better cosmetic result from a brow lift, either alone or in combination with blepharoplasty. This is the type of careful analysis and deeper knowledge that allows Dr Massey to guide patients towards the best procedure for them.

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