Has Anyone Had Surgery with Dr. Meronk and What Was Your Experience?

  • Glendale
  • Glendale, CA
  • 4 years ago

I want to have eyelid surgery to correct some sagging on my upper eyelids. I want to be very careful and not have too much skin removed or come away with a hollow look? I have heard that Dr. Meronk is the best in the L A area. Could some of you who have had experience with his work would write in, I would love to read your experiences.

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Check Dr. Michael Law. (they don't allow links here, but google his name and fat grafting, and on his site look up before and after photos for fat grafting- they are mostly of upper eyelid.) I don't know about the lower lid hollowing, but he certainly gives you back the upper lid- and it's a structural micro fat grafting, not a pearl one. Unlike most other surgeons (I think, I know the one in San Diego some of you mentioned- he is fantastic, but he doesn't touch the area too close to the eye ball), Dr. Law apparently drafts where Meronk was putting his pearls. I plan to go to him one day.
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While a latecomer to this post, I have read Dr. Meronks website a few times over. Indeed, It’s a shame he is retired. Does anyone have any updates on a good eyelid surgeon and eyelid/periorbital fat grafting ? I am interested in revisional surgery for a hollowed out blepharoplasty and lowering of crease. Did he leave any referalls? I did some googling and found a Dr. Shorr. He is an ocular plastic surgeon like Dr. Meronk. He is a professor and has published a number of research articles. Does anyone want to compare notes and experiences? Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Good Luck!
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I want to go to Doctor Frank Meronk , too but he is retired. Do you know how can we get him fix our eyes, let me know, thanks
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Do you know how to contact with Dr Meronk, he is retired,,how can we get him back ?, let me know, thanks ,
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As a latecomer to this thread; I have read Dr. Meronks website over many times. It's a shame that he is retired. Anyone have any updates on a good eyelid surgeon for revisional blepharolplasty and eyelid/periorbital fat grafting? Did he leave any referalls?
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I want to go to Dr Meronk to fix my eyes, but he is retired, do you know any way to contact with hom and get him back, thanks, let me know
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No one was interested in adopting this type of "pearl placement" that Meronk perfected. My nephew's wife who is a hand plastic surgeon says that that type of fat would give lumpy results. She really doesn't have experience with it though and anyone can look and see that the results he posted looked smooth. By the way, 4 days ago I had the full facial fat transfer...I look like a cabbage patch doll. I still have the "doll's eye" look and expect that only if someone adopts Meronk's protocol, will I be able to more fully acquire youthful looking eyes.
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I just found out Dr. Meronk retired and I'm having a panic attack because I don't trust anyone else to do this surgery. Do you know if he left a recomendation or do you know of another surgeon in his league? I went to his web site and it said not to contact for referrals. Thank you.
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Alana Falana,
I am going to approach some local surgeons, including the one who did my fat transfer last week and try to encourage them to contact Dr. Meronk. If you go on Meronk's website, they have a link to an email form to sign up if you are interested in the surgery. He is probably trying to gather names for a list to show his trainees the potential.

My surgeon's wife has doll's eye at age 39 even though a brow fat transfer has improved it, she could probably benefit from this "orphan" procedure, so I am going to talk with her about it.

Please feel free to contact me through REALSELF. They have my permission to send you my email address. I am in San Diego. I would like to connect with others who have hollow eyes and want Dr. Meronk's procedure. He has done the most thorough job of developing a surgery that truly benefits the patient and doesn't just paste over a significant problem.

As a group, we can approach surgeons to ask for this procedure more easily than Dr. Meronk can dig someone up. We may have to find someone young and new though. I am game. My brow fat transfer is just not enough to correct the doll's eye.
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I had a fat transfer as well- and while it made me look younger, it didn't correct the hollowness right nest to the eye ball (and I'm pretty sure that we have the same surgeon in San Diego you mentioned, 'Researcher Becky'.) I'm also very interested in other surgeons that are trained in correcting the deflated 'orbital tire.' Please, let me know if you find anyone.
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Feel free to contact me however we are supposed to contact. I think you can do it privately for messages.
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Hi , I want to go to Dr Meronk to fix my hollow eyes, if you know how to see him,,please let me know, my email trangyenlk@yahoo.com
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There seems to be no way to contact him at this point. He is retired and he apparently gave up trying to find someone to pay him for mentoring or training and passing on his skill. I have tried to talk to regular plastic surgeons about his work, but they are not interested as it is such a speciality. I have not spoken to any oculoplastic surgeons yet, but I do not want to have to pay $150 for an appointment to talk them in to offering a surgery in which they have no experience nor training. You will be wasting your money. However, you can try to get into see one with the print outs from the site. Hard to convince them to add this to their repetoire and it does take time to build this skill. We would be guinea pigs.
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Hi, I want to contact with dr Meronk to fix my hollow eyes, do you know hoa to contact him,let me know , email me t****@yahoo.com thanks

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Hi, I have hollow eyes after surgery, i want to contact dr Meronk to fix it, he is the only one can do that, if you know how to contact him,,please let me know, my email t****@yahoo.com thanks

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I just met with a local plastic surgeon today who only does the face. He insists his fat drop approach is sound and efficacious and will last. However, he said the fat would be going on top of the bone, not in that fat layer around the eye. I met his wife who had it done 2 or 3 years ago. I thought she looked good, but thought she still had a little bit of a "doll's eye" look. I think this other guy's approach will allow him to inject the fat into many other places all over my face within 2 hours and so that is why Meronk's approach is not of interest to others. Meronk spends the whole 2 hours on the upper eyes. Also, Meronk's approach has a risk of ptsosis or lid sagging because he cuts right across the delicate lid...I am theorizing it is something others don't like to do.

I really don't have much choice anyway since Meronk is now retired. I do have a friend who is an eye surgeon, but focuses on eyeball stuff. I may write her. However, she is very conservative and she doesn't even like cutting unless there is a clear medical reason. She is not vain like I am. Ha. But I am dating after being widowed and then divorced.

The charge for the all over fat injection from my San diego guy is $5500 and then a lower lid "pinch" or excision for $2400. Like printing money, huh?
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I hope that everything goes well for you. My surgery with doctor Meronk actually corrected a slight ptosis that I already had.
I am curious about where your doctor is taking the fat from? My understanding is that the donor sight for the fat is very important so that the fat is not bruised or damaged in anyway.

Best of luck to you.
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Glad you are so happy with your lids. I am just bummed that I missed Meronk's retirement by a month.
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I really wish I could go to Dr. Meronk for this surgery. I am in San Diego and I now believe that the fat transfer done here by many is simply a bill of goods due to trauma to the fat cells. Dr. Meronk seems to have transplanted strips of fat into the orbital fat layer itself and/or placed "pearls" of fat into that layer. He considers it an "orphan" procedure.
He was in Oxnard and I think its really too bad that other SoCal surgeons have not availed themselves of an internship with him.
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I had a blepharoplasty with Dr. Meronk and then 9 months later went back and had a fat implant. My eyes were very hollow when he did the blepharoplasty and I could have had the fat transplant done at the same time. I felt that I could not afford it then.

Anyway, I am so thrilled with my eyes now. They look the way they did before my lids began aging. My upper lids are full due to the fat implant ( from the pubic area). My lids look great. I wish that for the sake of other people that other Doctors had taken an internship with Dr. Meronk. His approach was one of a kind.
Now he is retired.
Best wishes to you.
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The other thing is that you can just add more fat if it resorbs...So if it lasts only 2 or 3 years, maybe we can convince some of these fellows they need to rethink their tiny fat drop approach and go with retired Dr. Meronk's larger "structurally intact" fat pearls inserted in a long incision.

This San Diego Doc would take from my buttock area or maybe stomach.
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Thank you! It is helpful to know what to expect. I can't wait to see the final results!
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I am so happy that it went well for you. My bruising did not show up for a couple of days but it went away quickly. In about 8 days no one will be able to tell you had anything done, but everyone will think you look younger. Congratulations!
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I had my surgery today and I am already happy with the results! I don't have any bruising or bleeding at all. My eyes are just swollen but they look really symmetrical. :)
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Hey Violett, The scar is in the pubic area and it is about 1 inch long. My surgery was 5 weeks ago and now the pubic hair covers the scar. At first it is noticeable, however after a couple of weeks when your hair grows in it is less noticeable. I never told my boyfriend about the surgery, and strangely he never has noticed the scar.
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