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Can’t Close Eyes After Plastic Surgery

Posted Apr 04 2011 10:30am

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) A jury is deliberating the case of a New Jersey woman who says an eyelid procedure gone wrong is the reason she can no longer close her eyes. Marilyn Leisz said she went to a Bergen County plastic surgeon to correct bumps on her eyelids from a cosmetic procedure performed by another doctor and now she can’t fully close her eyes even when she sleeps. “…To blink I really have to really squeeze my eyes to … fully close my eyes,” Leisz told CBS 2′s Christine Sloan. The married mother of two from Bloomingdale was in court Tuesday suing Dr. Paul Parker for negligence. Parker’s attorney told the jury Leisz was warned of the risks and that she never complained after the 2005 eyelid surgery called a blepharoplasty.

Lagophthalmos is defined as the inability to close the eyes. A common cause is overzealous blepharoplasty usually involving the removal of too much skin.

This is an uncommon problem and is easily fixed with a simple skin graft operation in the unlikely event that it appears and does not get better with time. Here is an example of a nice outcome with cosmetic eyelid surgery . Serious complications with blepharoplasty are very unusual.

Interesting is the fact that this woman apparently had had a good deal of facial plastic surgery before this operation which makes predicting the amount of skin to remove more difficult.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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