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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Cover Up!

Published on February 23, 2018

A study of the UV protection afforded by regular clothing showed that in general clothing gives better broad spectrum protection than sunscreen. You still need your sunscreen, especially for your face, but remember the easiest and often best way to

Good News Bad News about Melanoma Incidence

Published on February 14, 2018

A research letter published in JAMA Dermatology suggested that younger patients have got the message! The rate of melanoma over the 10-year study period decreased significantly among younger white adults (men age < 45 years and women age < 35

Skin Cancer History Linked to Reduced Melanoma Mortality.

Published on February 12, 2018

The results of this study of white male healthcare professionals found a surprising result. As expected those with a history of keratinocytic cancer (basal cell or squamous cell cancer) had a greater risk of developing melanoma. However the statistical analysis

Keep it Local, Keep it Safe

Published on February 2, 2018

A meta-analysis of over 40 studies involving almost 20,000 patients confirmed what we already know. If you have a choice, avoid general anesthesia and stick with local. They found that general anesthesia was associated with many potential risks, including life

Quality of Life Matters

Published on January 29, 2018

A recent European study examined the quality of life of patients with basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and actinic keratosis. They found that, while these conditions are rarely life threatening, they have a very significant impact on patients quality

Aspirin May Improve Melanoma Survival

Published on January 26, 2018

Previous research has suggested a potential cancer prevention benefit from daily aspirin. This new study suggests that in some patients with melanomas taking a daily aspirin may improve their overall survival. Further research is needed to confirm these findings and

Military Personnel at Greater Risk for Skin Cancer

Published on January 23, 2018

Both active duty and veteran military personnel have a greater risk of both melanoma and none melanoma skin cancer compared with the civilian population. Air Force seemed to be the highest risk as well as those who served in the

​The Importance of Time from Diagnosis to Treatment in Melanoma​

Published on January 19, 2018

A diagnosis of cancer is always worrying and stressful. Patients will generally feel an need for urgent treatment just to get rid of it as soon as possible. For many skin cancers such urgency is not vital, however a new

Facial Workout

Published on January 16, 2018

A small pilot study suggests that daily facial exercises may make you look younger. In this study 27 women aged 40 to 65 were given an exercise regimen for their facial muscles that they were to do every day for

Mohs for the Elderly

Published on January 11, 2018

A retrospective review of 488 patients aged 85 or older presenting for nonmelanoma skin cancer management was performed (1999–2014). Patients undergoing Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) had a mean age of death of 93.5 years (older than the national average of

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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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