Michael Neimkin, M.D. has a unique, specialized education with qualifications and training that sets him apart from other ophthalmic facial plastic surgeons. Dr. Neimkin had his training in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama’s Callahan Eye Foundation. He then completed a 2-year oculofacial plastic, cosmetic, reconstructive and oncologic surgery fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.
As an oculoplastic surgeon, he received certification from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), the primary governing board of this specialty. To be admitted into this organization, an oculoplastic surgeon must pass rigorous written and oral examinations testing their knowledge and skills. There are only approximately 20 surgeons who complete this speciality training every year. There is simply no substitute for this kind of training.
Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery located in Atlanta, GA receives a large number of referrals from other ophthalmic surgeons because of Dr. Neimkin’s expertise. Dr. Neimkin has performed over 6,000 complex reconstructive and revisional surgical procedures focusing on the eyelids, eyebrows, forehead, eye orbits, tear ducts and midface. He also specializes in cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of the eyes. His entire staff takes great pride in treating each patient as if they were a family member.
Sometimes There is a Need for Reconstructive Surgery
Ptosis is drooping of the eyelid margin which can cover the pupil and obstruct vision. There are several causes, the most common is an age-related stretch of the muscle that elevates the eyelid. Repair is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Functional Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty
Excess upper eyelid skin can hang over the eyelid margin and obstruct peripheral vision. Upper eyelid blepharoplasty is the removal of redundant upper eyelid skin to restore normal field of vision. If your upper eyelids inhibit your vision, a functional upper eyelid blepharoplasty might help.
While tears are natural lubrication for the eyes, excess tearing can lead to discomfort, infection, and blurry vision. Poor eyelid tone, rotation of the eyelid margin, and blockage of the lacrimal system or tear system are common causes of excess tearing. If the tear duct is blocked, a dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) bypasses the blockage to create a new tear system.
Thyroid Eye Disease
Thyroid Eye Disease, also referred to as graves disease, is the result of an autoimmune condition. This leads to bulging of the eyes, eyelid abnormalities, double vision, tearing, discomfort and visual loss. A team-based approach with an endocrinologist minimizes disease progression before surgical correction. We perform customized orbital decompression surgery and eyelid reconstruction to restore function and appearance.
Facial and Orbital Trauma
Accidents happen. Facial or orbital trauma to the eyelids and surrounding structures of the face often result in fractured bones and soft tissue injuries. Not all trauma necessitates surgical reconstruction, but traumatic injuries can have long-term functional and aesthetic consequences if not properly treated.
Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm
Benign essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasms are neurological conditions that result in uncontrolled eyelid closure. The majority of patients have excellent results with Botox® treatment. For severe cases, a surgical myectomy, removal of the muscles that close the eyelids, is indicated. We proudly support the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation.
Skin cancers affecting the eyelids are common. Complete removal and meticulous reconstruction is vital. The importance of expertise for reconstruction cannot be underscored as poor reconstruction has aesthetic and functional implications. We work with MOHS surgeons to achieve optimal outcomes.
An orbital tumor is a growth inside the bony socket that contains the eye, the muscles that move the eye, the optic nerve and other important structures. Orbital tumors can be benign or malignant, and do not always require removal. An accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan ensures the best outcome. For larger tumors, a combined team-based treatment approach with ENT, neurosurgery, interventional radiology or oncology is used to ensure tumor removal with minimal side effects.
Loss of an Eye
Anophthalmia refers to absence of an eye. It can be due to a congenital condition, trauma, or surgical removal. Vision cannot be regained, but normal aesthetic appearance can be achieved with reconstruction and an artificial eye implant.
Pediatric and Pre-Teens with Eye Conditions
Children are not simply smaller adults. There are pediatric-specific conditions that affect the eyelids, tear system and bony structure of the orbit or eye socket. We routinely treat young patients and work with other pediatricians to ensure the highest level of care for our young patients and adults who have congenital conditions.
Each person is unique; therefore, results may vary.
The Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center is located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Neimkin and his staff take pride in offering patients the highest level of care in a family-like environment. Our office serves patients in and outside of the metro Atlanta area.
We look forward to helping you soon.
Skin cancer can affect us all. Following ADA screening recommendations and team based treatment is a must. This patient had a pigmented basal cell carcinoma discovered by her dermatologist during an annual screening (top left), the next two photos are the area after excision by a MOHS surgeon. The top right is immediately after reconstruction, the bottom right 2 weeks after reconstruction.
If your Thursday night gets too crazy, we’re here Friday mornings. Champagne corks are dangerous! This patient was in good spirits after having his left upper eyelid reconstructed in our clinic.