American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 months ago

Botched eyelids and doctor takes no accountability

I had an upper bleph and I have huge wide scars. I am 1 year post op and they are so wide and visible. I went to two other surgeons recently to get their advice and they were astounded. Both said the incisions were cut OVER 5MM higher than where they should have been! They said they can’t comprehend how a doctor could be so incompetent. I have no skin left for revision. What should I do?

Procedure: Eyelid Surgery
Location: commerce, MI

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Gary Culbertson
ASPS Surgeon
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WOW! That is not good. Looks like you had a Blepharoplasty & then a Fox Lift? That not a tatto...??

If what you saying is correct then, your next step is too get copy's of your opeartive report and pre-operative pictures from your surgeon. Then, consider a medical-legal expert in your area. Hopefully, one of the second options you recieved will serve as a expert witness. If not consider seeking out an Occuplastic Surgeon that provides that service. Yes, we offer these expert witness services for attorney's at my facility ( ). Best,

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Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

Eyelids usually heal very well but anything is possible. Everybody heals different and all scars are unpredictable. You appear to have some widening of the scars and why we don't know. With only one set of pictures one can not tell that the incision was made in the wrong place or that the scar can not be revised. To me it does not appear to be the case. It is irrisponsible to make statements about incompetency without doing a physical exam on the patient and reviewing the entire medical records. Advise is to get several second opinions from local plastic surgeons and go from there.


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