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Upper Blepharoptosis, Lid Cut Too High - Arlington Heights, IL

His nurse, pushed this procedure along with a...

His nurse, pushed this procedure along with a lower facelift (which left a small horseshoe scar in the right temple) so I could wear eyeshadow. I did not ask originally for an upper blepharoptosis. His nurse pushed it.


He cut my left eye lid too high, it cannot...

He cut my left eye lid too high, it cannot be revised as the eye may not be able to close leading to blindness.  He said both eyes measured the same, which they do not as noted by the doctors who assessed eyes for "Bartlett 4047" calling for ptosis revision and stating the left eye lid was cut too high.  This is best for OCULOPLASTIC surgeons.


Consider this procedure only if you...

Consider this procedure only if you have excessive drooping in the upper lids as you will have visible permanent indentations that extend past the eye and possible dots from stitches along with ridges from the scar tissue formation. These are not uncommon and I have them in one eye with scar indentations on both. I could have tightened the upper eyelid with thermage which yields a fairly good result, with fewer side effects. My eyes were so swollen for 4 months that they weren't very visible. My husband kept complaining why did I do such a thing to myself. I would not undergo this, knowing what I know now.

No pain, but terrible discomfort for the first week with the horrible thick stitches that should have been removed sooner. One eye is still a nightmare as it's cut too high and I struggle daily to open it normally as I would in the past, but no longer can because Dr. Otto Placik cut it too high. He claimed my eyes measured the same, but I can see they do not. It does take 18 months for the eyes to heal and mine require surgical revision, despite tons of Vaseline and futile hoping to avoid further surgeries. See only an oculoplastic surgeon if you must do this. It changes the eye shape and gives it an old sunken look due to eyelid tissue removal. Young eyes have very thin lids, old looking eyes have large lids. I think the cost was $3,500, and, after changing my mind, I could not get them to credit it back to my card as I paid ahead of time, so I finally relented and let Dr. Placik do it, but regret this. Think hard and long before you do this. He said he did not have the expertise to revise my eye and that the insurance would not pay for it. (On his old e-site he stated that he would revise any surgery free of charge except for the facility cost). This signaled to me he wanted more money and would not do it for fear of negative results since he over did it to begin with.

Under Bartlett 4047 I have posted photos twice. Please read the other plastic surgeons comments about further revision to correct this surgery.

This procedure leaves indentations past...

This procedure leaves indentations past the eyes that are clearly the residual scars. On my right eye I have a RIDGE and a dot from the stitch(es). My left eye is cut too high and cannot be opened fully due to a lax levator muscle that will require revision surgery. Dr. Otto Placik denied cutting my eye too high so it could not open normally and cannot be revised for fear that it would cause blindness due to its not being able to close, he also admitted the surgery should not be revisited for the same reason. Painless procedure with uncomfortable stitches. Risky in the wrong hands: Dr. Otto Placik in my opinion.

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His nurse Sheri pushed for an upper blepharoplasty which Dr. Placik is inexperienced at, best to see an oculoplastic surgeon. Dr. Placik also denied having cut the eyelid too high as he stated both measured the same, which was a false statement. See photos and appraisals for Bartlett 4047.

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
2 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
3 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
1 out of 5 stars Payment process
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Hi, How are you doing now? Did you get a revision? I was happy to hear that Dr. Placik was honest with you regarding his lack of confidence/experience in performing blepheroplasty revisions. I looked at your photos from your questions to the doctors and your eyes looked nice to me although I could see some residual left eye ptosis and a slight asymmetry in the question where you posted just one photo (I have a bigger asymmetry between my eyelids and I have not had any surgery); This made me wonder if your disappointment is due to the fact that you are not used to the way your eyes look post-surgery because you were not expecting/wanting a change for your eyes? I think half the satisfaction from plastic surgery is in the patient being prepared to accept a significant change - this probably holds even more true for the face and especially the eyes which are such a huge part of our individual identity. Dr. Placik sounds like a very decent doctor from the reviews that I have read - hopefully this was a lesson to him and his office about making sure that their vision of aesthetic beauty matches the patient's desires and expectations. After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder! If it at all helps, I think your eyes look nice :) but again, I am not you and I sincerely hope that you find an acceptable solution. Best wishes and please keep us updated.
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