As a continuation of our coverage of the Masters Symposium held in Sydney on the 19th to the 20th of September this year, we sat down for a chat with Dr. Angelo Tsirbas. Dr. Tsirbas is a highly skilled Orbital and Ophthalmic Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, renowned as a pioneering eyelid, brow and orbitofacial specialist.
Dr. Angelo Tsirbas is the head surgeon at West Side Facial Plastics and is an expert in Blepharoplasty who performs specialist procedures at his clinics all across Australia in Sydney NSW, Mildura VIC and Canberra in the ACT.
At the Masters Symposium Dr. Angelo Tsirbas attended the Chair for Session 1: Patient Selection and Assessment, Session 2: Ptosis Repair, Chair for Conclusion: Psychological and medico-legal aspects, Cosmetic knowledge aiding reconstruction, Maximising aesthetic outcomes in facial reconstructive surgery, What I am doing differently now compared to 3 years ago and what I think I’ll be doing in 3 years.
After already speaking about the physical impacts both positive and negative of blepharoplasty with other surgeons, we wanted to know from Dr. Tsirbas’ extensive experience what the common psychological impacts that eyelid surgery can have on patients, the details of ptosis repair and who is seeking out blepharoplasty procedures.
Dr. Tsirbas assured us that the surgery is often life changing for patients in a very positive way but as surgeons they each have a responsibility to make sure patients have the right reasons for surgery. “It’s important to not operate on patients with unrealistic expectations.” Explained Dr. Tsirbas.
Dr. Tsirbas confirmed that the surgery is more common as people get older and their skin sags. He also informed us that it is uncommon for people to want to change their eye shape voluntarily but is more prevalent in the Asian subgroups.
“If blepharoplasty is performed properly it can last up to 15 years… if not 5” Said Dr. Tsirbas reminding us of the importance of finding a surgeon who has a lot of experience with performing this procedure.
With this in mind we questioned him on the ptosis repair. The ptosis repair involves actually changing the height of the eyelid, e.g. the position where it rests on the surface of the eye. This is the part of the surgery that makes oculoplastic surgeons unique: most plastic surgeons can perform upper blepharoplasty safely and reliably, but very few of them can perform safe and reliable ptosis repair. We asked why Dr. Tsirbas what is the difference between ptosis repair and blepharoplasty.
“Blepharoplasty deals with skin issues and ptosis deals with weakness in the muscle to elevate the lid. Sometimes these are performed together. Often ptosis surgery involves surgery on different layers and the predictability is critical as even a 0.5mm difference in the 2 lids is noticeable to the human eye ” Explained Dr. Tsirbas.
Dr. Tsirbas reminded us that recent innovations of the blepharoplasty have made the procedure much safer for patients.
“An understanding of the deeper anatomy and preservation of normal fat has made the surgery better”
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