With plastic surgery becoming more and more popular, finding an experienced surgeon who is up to date and has extensive practical experience is not easy and is all the more crucial for success. To find out more about this growing medical field and how patients should navigate it, eniGma’s Nouran Deyab sat down with the specialist in oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Bassem Morshed, to discuss what patients should know and expect while considering their options.
Since eyes are such a delicate organ, if you intend to have cosmetic work done in that area you should make sure you’re in the hands of an expert in its anatomy. Subspecialties crucially come into play here; and oculoplastic surgery, the specialized cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelids, is one such subspecialty and is Dr. Bassem Morshed’s specialized field of expertise. Dr. Morshed’s love for ophthalmology and his wish to pursue a career as a plastic surgeon led him to this specialization. His extensive studies in the United States and Italy, as well as his experience in the field, have made him the go-to surgeon in Egypt for patients wishing to restore or enhance the appearance of their eyes. “A huge portion of my job is correcting complications made by a doctor who is inexperienced,” says Dr. Morshed, pointing to how vital it is to be under the right hands.
Dr. Morshed goes on to explain what he aims to achieve with every surgery. “It is important that the result of the surgery shows a change in the patient’s appearance while still looking natural and preserving the eye’s normal functions. Every patient wants to see a change but doesn’t want others to notice it. This is a priority for me,” he asserts, while quickly adding, “it is crucial, however, that patients know exactly what it is that is bothering them. If they can’t communicate a precise complaint, then they may not be ready for surgery. If they are not sure of what it is they want to have done, it means they will never be satisfied with the way they look in general.”
“Results can’t be generalized, and one shouldn’t compare one’s results to that of other patients. You can only compare yourself to your past self, whether it’s five years ago, 10 years ago, etc. You are restoring the younger version of yourself,” notes Dr. Morshed, who works with all ages, whether children or adults.
Dr. Morshed explains how social media is contributing to increased peer pressure on people to look a certain way and how it is behind the increasing demand for plastic surgery in general. “The hardest thing is when patients come to me expecting similar results to what they see on social media. It’s really important for patients to understand that each surgery is tailored to each individual patient. Also, everyone heals differently and at a different pace. Generally, it takes from one to three weeks for bruising to fade, but it is possible to resume daily activities as soon as the day after surgery,” he elaborates. Luckily, the advance in surgical procedures have meant that there is no scarring with one of his popular procedures, namely the removal of lower eyelid puffiness, because it is done from the inner part of the eye.
Procedures offered through oculoplastic surgery include blepharoplasty “cosmetic eyelid surgeries,” droopy eyelids correction, removal of puffiness from upper and lower eyelids and the implantation of fats to restore the normal volume and shape of the eyelids in cases with hollow eyelids.
Filler injections in the lower eyelids are a very useful way to improve the shape of the eyelids, however, there are certain criteria for safe and successful results; selecting the proper case, the proper materials and the proper technique. At the end of the day, both the surgeon and patient need to come to a decision together to find the best option for the patient.