Ronald Mancini, M.D.
Prior to relocating to Dallas in 2010 and joining the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, oculoplastic and cosmetic facial surgeon Ronald Mancini, M.D., practiced in Beverly Hills, one of the most image-conscious communities in the U.S.
“Less is definitely more when it comes to facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, especially around the eye,” says Dr. Mancini, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern. “Whether having surgery to rejuvenate the eye area, or to remove an eyelid tumor, patients want natural results achieved in the least invasive way possible.”
Dr. Mancini specializes in minimally invasive plastic surgery around the eye (oculoplastics), and oculofacial cosmetic surgery.
“I’m an ophthalmologist first and foremost,” says Dr. Mancini, who completed two fellowships in orbital and ophthalmic plastic surgery, and cosmetic facial plastic surgery.
Through the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques requiring smaller incisions, we can now do what previously wasn’t possible in plastic and reconstructive surgery around the eye.”
Dr. Mancini treats a diverse group of problems around the eye. He sees patients with orbit trauma and fractures, and tumors of the eyelids and orbit, and improves patients’ vision with techniques to repair droopy eyelids (ptosis). Eyelid and brow surgery to lessen signs of aging around the eye include brow lifts and upper/lower blepharoplasties. Another common procedure performed by Dr. Mancini includes bypassing an obstructed tear duct with a technique known as dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), which he performs endoscopically with no skin incision.
“No matter what type of surgery I perform, I use the smallest incisions possible to minimize scarring. These include endoscopic procedures with no external incisions,” says Dr. Mancini, who also offers patients nonsurgical options to rejuvenate the eye area. “Today’s fillers, like Restylane®, are great at minimizing the loss of volume and elasticity around the eye. Coupled with Botox® or Xeomin®, patients benefit from the convenience of an office visit for periocular rejuvenation, instead of outpatient surgery.”
For Dr. Mancini, working with a patient to decide which option is best – surgical or otherwise – is key.
A part of UT Southwestern’s Skull Base Surgery Program, Dr. Mancini teams with physicians across several specialties to treat patients with the most difficult problems. These physicians include otolaryngologists (head and neck surgeons), neurosurgeons, neuro-ophthalmologists, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and pathologists.
The combined expertise of the doctors in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Skull Base Surgery Program “is only something you’d have in an academic setting like UT Southwestern,” says Dr. Mancini. “That’s what makes this one of the most stimulating places to work, on some of the toughest problems.”