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Cosmetic Surgery Blog Santa Monica

Thin Melanomas – Age Matters!

Published on August 11, 2017

A new study suggests that in young patients with thin melanomas (0.5 -1mm depth) there may be an approximately 5% risk of lymph nodes being involved. As such, even though present guidelines do not recommend it, in young patients with

Mohs wins out again

Published on August 10, 2017

Recent published study confirms Mohs micrographic surgery as the patients treatment of choice even for superficial skin cancers. Patients in the study preferred Mohs surgery not only because it gave a better long term cure rate but it was seen

Wear UV Protective Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyelids from Skin Cancer

Published on July 25, 2017

We already know that UV protective sunglasses are important to lessen the long term risk of cataracts. Now a recent study shows that most of us do not apply sunscreen to our eyelids, leaving them susceptible to UV damage. Wearing

Yet Another Good Reason to Quite Smoking!

Published on July 18, 2017

A team from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute studied nearly 19 thousand people and found that current smokers were significantly more likely to develop a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin than non-smokers. “We don’t yet understand how smoking

Melanoma linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Published on July 14, 2017

Patients with Parkinson’s disease are about four times more likely to develop melanoma, and conversely, patients with melanoma have a four-fold higher risk of developing Parkinson’s, according to a study published in the July issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

More Is Not Always Better

Published on June 21, 2017

In the past, lymph node dissection was thought to benefit patients with melanoma. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, has shown that it does not seem to have any added benefits. The study concluded that

Oral vitamin D rapidly attenuates inflammation from sunburn: an interventional study.

Published on June 19, 2017

The diverse immunomodulatory effects of vitamin D are increasingly being recognized. However, the ability of oral vitamin D to modulate acute inflammation in vivo has not been established in humans. In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled interventional trial, twenty healthy adults were

Meta-Analysis of the Association Between Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors (PDE5Is) and Risk of Melanoma

Published on May 31, 2017

Source: https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/jnci/djx086 The US Food and Drug Administration recently announced the need to evaluate the association between PDE5is and melanoma. We performed a meta-analysis on the association between PDE5i and melanoma using random effects models and examined whether it met

Brow Lift Santa Monica

Published on May 24, 2017

The forehead is often the first place many men and women start to notice those first signs of aging. Lines, wrinkles and creases may appear due to loss of volume, loss of elasticity, and gravity that can cause us to

Yet Another Reason to Watch Your Weight

Published on May 23, 2017

In this study, Fang et al explored the relationship between melanoma outcomes, obesity, and chronic inflammation. Obesity has been associated with development of cancers including melanoma. Adipose tissue produces signaling molecules, such as leptin, which are thought to play a

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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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