Upper Blepharoplasty and Lower FaceLift - San Antonio, TX
- updated 3 months ago
Dr. Lopez is not always the nice person or good...
- 4 Jun 2013
- 7 months post
Dr. Lopez is not always the nice person or good Surgeon that some of the previous reviews make him out to be. In my case I had Upper Eye Lid Surgery and a Lower Face & Neck Lift Surgery performed in his office. I was very dissatisfied with the results. When I tried to bring my concerns and dissatisfaction to Dr. Lopez he refused to listen because he stated that I was just being impatient and not given the surgery a chance to heal. He also said that he thought his work was perfect and that there was nothing wrong with the results of my surgery.
I have been to 5 other doctors (1 Dermatologist, 2 Ophthalmologist and 3 Board Certified Plastic Surgeons) for 2nd opinions about the results of my surgery. Regarding the Eye Lid Surgery, all of the other doctors agreed that the incision was not made in the natural crease of the eye lid, which is considered the best placement for optimal results. Instead it was made higher than the natural crease line.
Also that it appears that too much tissue and or muscle was removed causing a hollowed look to my eye lids. The type of suture also caused abnormal scaring. My eyelids look droopy and asymmetric and hollowed out. I am being told that my eyelids look worse after the surgery than they did before.
The most serious side effect of this surgery was how it affected my Dry Eye Condition. Dr. Lopez never ask me about my prior eye medical history prior to surgery and never informed me that this type of surgery could make a Dry Eye Condition worse. I did not think of it at the time because at that time my Dry Eye Condition was under control and I was not aware that the surgery would cause such a problem.
After the surgery my eyelids would not close completely for about 5 months. During this time my Dry Eye Condition became much worse and I developed Blepharitis and I have had to have multiple visits with my Ophthalmologist for treatment and medication to help get the condition under control. I am still having problems getting the Dry Eye Condition under control. I had to find out about this from my Ophthalmologist because Dr. Lopez never informed me even after I complained of eye issues. If I had been advised of this risk before surgery I could have taken more preventative measures or I may have opted to have an Oculofacial Plastic Surgery perform the Eye Lid surgery. I know I would have at least consulted with my Ophthalmologist prior to the surgery.
I was not happy with the overall results of my Lower Facelift. After the 2nd opinion visits with the other Plastic Surgeons they seem to agree that I was misled or misinformed about the type of facelift I should have had in order to achieve the results I wanted and were expecting. The only thing my surgery accomplished was the realigning of my sagging jowl line. It did not lift was face or even get rid of the jowls completely.
During the Lower Face Lift Surgery Dr. Lopez ended up attaching my earlobe to the side of my face. Just prior to the surgery I ask him to be careful on my earlobes and he said do not worry you are in good hands, but when the surgery was over he had ended up attaching one of my earlobes to the side of my face. When I complained about this he just shrugged his shoulders and refused to do anything to fix it.
There was also thick and tough scar tissue behind my ears which he also refused to treat. I was told by the other doctors that the earlobe attached to my face could and should have been avoided if done properly and I had to have my Dermatologist inject steroids in the scar tissue, which they said Dr. Lopez should have been willing to do.
Dr. Lopez did this surgery in the office with no anesthesia, only oral medication for pain and local injections to numb the area. I was told by Dr. Lopez and his staff that they do many of these types of surgeries in his office and that it is safe (even though they have no monitoring equipment in the office) and that the surgeries have been well tolerated and they have not had any problems. They even made it sound so simple and easy and said it would be a lot less costly from a financial stand point than doing it in a Hospital environment. They reassured me that I would do well having the surgery in his office.
I suffer from Acid Reflux but did not know at the time how I was going to react to the pain medication and apparently neither did they. About 3/4's of the way through the surgery I became nauseous and had severe stomach cramps. I thought I was going to throw up and this made me very nervous. When Dr. Lopez ask why I was moaning I told him how I was feeling and all he said was I'm sorry, just hang on I'm almost through. This leaves me wondering if he rushed to finish the surgery because of my condition and maybe that is why some of the problems I am having exist. Dr. Lopez also stated on the Operative Report that I tolerated the surgery well. What do you think?
Also, 3 days after the surgery they did a Laser Treatment on my face, which was a complimentary treatment which was supposed to smooth out my skin tone and texture and also help remove some wrinkles over my upper lip. I had to pay extra for the additional treatment to my upper lip. Instead I feel that it caused broken capillaries and clogged pores, which lead to more facial skin issues. There were no improvements In the lines above my upper lip.
When I had brought these concerns to Dr. Lopez he dismissed them as ridiculous, said it was not possible and that none of my concerns were valid. I was informed by the other Doctors that the type of Laser Treatment I had could not remove wrinkles (especially with only one treatment) and probably would not have helped the wrinkles no matter how many treatments I had. They agreed that this was not the appropriate way to get rid of the wrinkles above my upper lip. I was also told that because of my skin type and texture I should have never been advised to have this type of Laser Treatment. They said that it would or could cause damage to my skin and that it appeared to them that it had caused damage.
Dr. Lopez was very nice and pleasant before the surgery. After he received his payment in full and the Surgery was over he became quite a different person. I was in complete shock about his lack of professionalism and his arrogant attitude. I want other people to know; before they go to him that he is not everything he claims to be. I am sure if you are pleased with your results and you have no concerns or complaints you will be fine, however beware if you are not happy and have concerns. He is not the Perfectionist or the Artist that he claims to be. He claims he is the best Facial Plastic Surgeon in town because he does more Facial Plastic Surgeries than any other Doctor in town. He did a poor job on me and refused to acknowledge his errors or come to any type of compromise with me to resolve our differences. Instead he dismissed me as a patient and told me to find another Doctor.
I have already spent a lot of money on Doctors visits regarding my eye problems and I will have to spend a lot of money to have Revision Surgery to correct the errors Dr. Lopez made. The other Doctors I have seen agree that sometimes patients are not happy with the results of their surgery. Even though that Doctor may not always agree with the patient they want all their patients to be happy, so they try to work with them to resolve the issues. Dr. Lopez, on the other hand, showed me no compassion or willingness to work with me. Instead he turned his back on me, and told me to find a new doctor.
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Still having problems with Upper Bleph and Facelift results 10 months post op
- 21 Sep 2013
- 10 months post
I feel that Dr. Manuel Lopez is very unprofessional, untalented, unskilled, uncaring and a very arrogant untrustworthy Doctor and person. His staff is also unprofessional and untrustworthy.