New Jersey Woman Sues, Can't Fully Blink After Eyelid Surgery


"It looks like she has ectropion and shortening of the lower lid, which is the rolling out and pulling down of the lower lid below its normal position, causing more exposure of the globe and the cornea, which then gets dry and causes her symptoms," said Olding.

"She might have had too much skin removed, which pulled down on the lower lid, but she might also have had some bleeding at the site post op, which could have resulted in more lid contracture and shortening," Olding said.

A Fixable Dilemma, Doctors Say

Despite the botched lids, Dr. Garry S. Brody, a professor emeritus at the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, said the mistakes still are fixable.

"What is most likely is that too much skin was taken in the last procedure," said Brody. "This can be corrected by adding skin grafts from behind the ears, which will leave an extra fine scar that can be easily covered with makeup.

"Other possible, but much less likely scenario, is that the muscles that open the lids were somehow scarred," Brody added. "Also fixable."

But Leisz now fears going under the knife. Right now, she said, she is not mentally or physically strong enough to get the reconstructive skin graft surgery.

"My eyesight may not even last to watch my grandchildren grow up, and it scares me to death," said Leisz. "I may not have a choice in the matter or my eyes will dry up like raisins."

Millard said that he would refer Leisz to an oculoplastic surgeon, a doctor that specializes in surgical procedures that deal with the eye socket, tear ducts, eyelid and face.

"My guess is that she went to someone who didn't do a lot of eyes," said Millard. "A surgeon should see if they can close their eyes post-op before throwing the skin away because he could have regrafted it."

But other plastic surgeons aren't having it.

"Tip your head back and try to close your eyes," said Dr. Henry Kawamoto, clinical professor of plastic surgery at UCLA. "[It's] not easy for even those who have not had an upper blepharoplasty. Lack of full closure is not unheard of as a temporary phenomenon, and most surely she was told pre-operatively. A nonsense suit."

Stigma of Vanity

Leisz said it's difficult to deal with a plastic surgery case because of the stigma of vanity.

"I felt embarrassed because they think I'm such a fool," she said. "You go in to look better and you come out worse than you came in."

Now, Leisz, unhappy with the verdict, said she wants to make Parker miserable.

"I want to pull out a full-page ad about this doctor, telling people what he did," she said. "I want to make him suffer. It wouldn't be for the money, it would be just to make him suffer, if that's even possible."

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