BLEPHAROPLASTY 101 is the work of Dr. Frank Meronk, Jr., a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a fellowship-trained specialist in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Over the course of a thirty-two year Southern California practice devoted to cosmetic oculoplastic surgery, Dr. Meronk performed tens of thousands of first-time and revision blepharoplasty procedures on patients from throughout the United States and abroad.
In the last decade, his interests focused on newer methods of preserving and restoring rather than removing offending eyelid tissues ("tissue-sparing blepharoplasty") and the development of more advanced methods of treating severe post-blepharoplasty hollowness with particulate orbital fat grafting.
Now retired, Dr. Meronk continues to monitor developments in the field and update this resource.
FROM THE AUTHOR . . .
After I retired from medicine a few years ago, I received many inquiries from previous patients as well as plastic and oculoplastic surgeons asking about the future of my website. A fixture on the medical web since 1999, it was clear they were going to miss the Insider's Guide to Blepharoplasty (the site's most popular main section) more than they would miss me. To be honest, that made me happy. While I was ready to move on into other areas of personal endeavor, I had spent countless hours developing the site and was fretting over the idea of simply letting it go.
Over the next two years, the Insider's Guide to Blepharoplasty more than doubled in size, assumed book-length format, and grew both more "candid" (an advantage of being retired) and patient-oriented.
As this was happening, the Google-directed Internet was undergoing rapid change, becoming more a marketing vehicle and less educational. Also around this same time, e-learning courses emerged and became popular with many who sensed they could no longer rely on the search engines to provide the real answers they needed, let alone help them understand a technical subject.
Eventually, I decided to convert the Insider's Guide into a hybrid product, a blend between an informal course and a comprehensive reference suited for the interested public and particularly for those considering surgery. As the curriculum was developed, every shred of content was examined, updated, reordered, and reformatted. Blepharoplasty 101 went live in early 2016 and remains a work-in-progress.
Why is there a need for this offering? Because eyelids are not a like a wide-screen TV or car -- you only get one set to last you a lifetime, and so they need to receive good care. And because as a group, cosmetic surgery patients are amazingly trusting if not sometimes too naive in their appreciation of the benefits of self-education and preparation.
My hope is that Blepharoplasty 101 will contribute to a rebalancing of today's lopsided online seesaw of real information versus superficial marketing and assist potential patients trying to better understand what they are getting themselves into and what they can reasonably expect.
Good luck, and take care.
College: University of California, Santa Barbara
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Internship: Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance
Residency: Ophthalmology, University of Washington, Seattle
Fellowship: Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Arizona, Tucson
Diplomate, Board of Medical Examiners, State of California
Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
Elected Fellow, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Elected Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery