Meet Dr. Douglas
Dr. Raymond Douglas, AKA “The Eye Guy,” is an experienced board-certified aesthetic and reconstructive oculoplastic specialist. Patients with Thyroid Eye Disease (TED), Graves’ Eye Disease, previous unsuccessful surgery, cancers of the eyelids or face and trauma-induced injuries seek Dr. Douglas’ expert, customized care at both his primary practice in Beverly Hills and international practice, LA Face, in Shanghai, China. His expertise in treating difficult cases of disfigurement due to thyroid-associated eye diseases, cosmetic and reconstruction surgeries has made him a highly respected educational and surgical authority for both reconstructive and cosmetics arts of facial plastics.
Dr. Douglas graduated with academic distinction from the University of Pennsylvania where he began his medical training and PhD in immunology and autoimmune inflammatory disorders. He went on to complete a sub-specialized fellowship in Orbital Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. To date, he has held several prestigious positions at the UCLA School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Flowmetric Inc., a medical device company developing aging and inflammation testing for the consumer market to launch in 2020.
In addition to his private practices, Dr. Douglas is a clinical research author, advocate and educator internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on treatments and restorative surgical techniques for Thyroid Eye Disease. While traditional surgery focuses solely on the functional issues of TED, Dr. Douglas has pioneered a specific technique (Aesthetic Orbital Decompression, AKA “Eye Lipo”), which addresses both eye aesthetic and function. This precise and artistic corrective approach has enabled patients a significantly quicker recovery time with less scarring and reduced risk of complications.
Dr. Douglas has a core belief that medicine and the need for surgery should be combined with a holistic approach to overall health and beauty. A proponent of an anti-inflammatory lifestyle for health, wellness and longevity, Dr. Douglas provides his patients with lifestyle and diet guidelines specifically suited to their condition to achieve maximum results. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters and his special interest in Thyroid Eye Disease and lectures on the topic on a national and international basis. Dr. Douglas is currently writing a book on the subject and will be opening a specialized infusion wellness center in 2020 focused on treating conditions concerning inflammation and promoting overall wellness.
Dr. Douglas has been a key player in the development and use of TEPEZZA (Teprotumumab), having acted as the principal investigator of two landmark clinical trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nearly a decade in the making, TEPEZZA was approved by the FDA on January 21, 2020 as a first-line alternative “breakthrough therapy” for the treatment of Thyroid Eye Disease. Dr. Douglas is among the first in the nation to offer this life-changing drug to patients, providing treatment plans centered around unparalleled patient care and cooperative co-managed treatment plans.
Dr. Raymond Douglas’ Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Oculoplastic Surgery?
Oculoplastic surgery refers to procedures involving the orbit, eyelids, tear ducts, and the facial areas surrounding the eyes. An oculoplastic surgeon is an ophthalmologist who has completed additional training that focuses on the management of eyelid abnormalities, tearing problems, and orbital disease. This training involves understanding myriad details of the eye, eyelids, and facial region around the eye.
Candidate For Oculoplastic Surgery
Oculoplastic surgery covers a wide range of procedures. Some of these are reconstruction procedures, such as in orbital decompression surgery, and others may be cosmetic, such as eyelid surgery. Some may be a little of both, as in an eyebrow lift that is cosmetically unappealing and is also beginning to impede vision. Dr. Douglas focuses solely on reconstructive procedures, although there are aesthetic considerations involved in every situation as well. The value of having an oculoplastic surgeon such as Dr. Douglas perform any procedures in and around the eyes is the degree of training and expertise in this specific area.
What Is A Typical Recovery Timeline For Oculoplastic Surgeries?
Obviously, your recovery is wholly dependent upon what surgery was performed. Most of Dr. Douglas’s procedures are very intricate and are unique to each patient. During the process of consultation, we’ll be able to provide an idea of how your recovery would progress. The important thing for these recoveries, regardless of the surgery performed, will be to limit blood pressure to the face. This means the patient will need to refrain from lifting anything more than a couple of pounds, not perform any strenuous exercise, and avoid bending over for a period of time during recovery.
Is There Scarring After Oculoplastic Surgery?
Dr. Douglas is not only an expert in a wide variety of oculoplastic procedures, but he is very skilled at hiding any incisions in the natural creases available in the skin. These procedures usually have little, if any, visible scarring afterward.
What Happens During A Consultation?
Your consultation will be the chance for Dr. Douglas to examine your condition and for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure, Dr. Douglas’s experience performing it, and anything else. The entire team at the International Orbital Institute is committed to personalized care. We often deal with patients who have not only had poor earlier experiences/results with other surgeons but who also had to suffer through horrible customer service. Conditions such as Graves’ disease are difficult for the patient both aesthetically and physically. During your consultation, Dr. Douglas will examine your condition, ask you about your past medical history and the final result you would like to see. Then, together, the two of you will start down the path of correcting your problem and moving forward with your life.