Eyelid Surgery Gone Bad, I’m going to give you an idea of a case I handled recently where we had a valid case that I was able to successfully resolve for the particular patient. This woman came to me after having undergone plastic surgery by a local doctor who had done something known as a lid lift.
This patient had dark circles under her eyes and her lids would droop often. She always looked very tired and very sleepy. After consulting this particular plastic surgeon for an unrelated matter to fix up something cosmetically, the doctor, on his own, mentioned to the patient, “You know, I could fix the problem with your eyelids.” Meanwhile the patient hadn’t come to him for that but she said, “I’m interested. Tell me more.” He said, “Not a problem. What we are doing is we’re making a little, tiny cut, we’re pulling up the eyelid, we’re closing it up, and you’ll look years younger.” The patient was very intrigued. She was a young woman but she still wanted to look better as many people do. She agreed to the procedure.
The procedure was done in the doctor’s office and there was no nurse or assistant helping him. He ran into a little bit of a problem because he was having some difficulty once he made the incision with getting the lid to come up to the correct height. After the procedure the doctor sewed the patient closed, gave her instructions and that was the end of it. Or so we thought. The problem was the patient had a problem.
The eyelid were pulled up so high that they eyelid could not close no matter what the patient did. She developed a condition known as dry eye. If you think about it the purpose of our eyelids is to cover the eye, to protect it and also to coat it with fluid. With our own, natural tears. When the eyelid stays open we no longer have the ability to have that natural moisture covering our eye. If the eye is dried out you will have a significant problem and you will need medical treatment.
That’s exactly what this patient had. She had this eyelid that would not close no matter what she did. She went back to her doctor. He kept telling her to massage it, “Let me give you medicine.” Nothing worked. After about seven months of being extremely frustrated the patient decided to go for a second opinion to another plastic surgeon who examined her and basically said to her, “This doctor never should have done the procedure this way and the reason why you don’t do it this way is because you cannot accurately determine how much skin you are removing and what effect it actually has on the lid if you do this particular procedure.
That is why you wound up with this horrible result.” As I’ve said in previous video tips just because you come out with a bad complication following a plastic surgery procedure does not, in and of itself, mean that there is evidence of wrongdoing. However, in this particular case, there clearly was. This particular technique was no longer used. Had the proper technique been used this patient never would have had a problem.
This patient had to undergo corrective surgery and although it improved her condition for the most part, she still was left with residual problems with the condition of dry eye where she has to put artificial tears in her eyes all the time. She has to continually massage her eyelids to make sure that they will remain closed, especially at night when she is sleeping.