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Devastating Results Facelift by Dr. Robert Guyette

Devastating Results Facelift by Dr. Robert Guyette

Postby LBrune » Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:22 pm

I was 52 years old looking for a refreshed appearance to keep me in the work force longer, and to have the redundant skin and dark circles around my eyes improved.
A SMAS, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, laser skin resurfacing around the eyes, and liposuction under the chin was performed in October 2012.
At a follow up visit about two weeks after my facelift, the surgical assistant brought up that "there had been some excitement during my surgery". She and the plastic surgeon admitted to having an observer in the room who passed out. The surgical assistant left her post managing my anesthesia to tend to the girl who had fainted. The surgeon quickly interjected that it was just for a couple seconds. An indicator that the operating room deviated from standard procedure. Additionally, a skin growth was to be removed during the facelift and this was never done. Also telling that quality assurance and attention to detail was sorely lacking in this office.
Approximately one month after my facelift, I noted a numb earlobe and dysesthesia of the left ear and told my plastic surgeon at follow up.
Approximately six months after my facelift, I developed a bulge in my right cheek. The plastic surgeon attempted to minimize the bulge with filler. Also a scar at my left outer canthus from the blepharoplasty needed revision.
I always had pain in the left ear which didn't allow me to touch a phone to my ear, had me shy away should my husband try to kiss me, or if anything came near it. I also had a positive Tinel's sign in front of my ear at the angle of the mandible. The plastic surgeon was informed of this numerous times.
Multiple office visits ensued with no resolution or input from Dr. Guyette.
In November 2014, two years after my facelift, I developed severe burning pain in the left side of my face.
I went in to see Dr. Guyette several times regarding this. I asked if I could have greater auricular nerve damage, and he said he had never hear of this. He has been a board certified practicing surgeon for 27 years
A merry go round of doctors and surgeons visits ensued. I was told I had trigeminal neuralgia so an MRI was ordered. The MRI tech had to call me back for secondary views and failed to give me hearing protection or the panic bulb, so I now am suffering from severe tinnitus due to hearing damage.
I had a peripheral nerve surgeon, Dr. Dellon (Las Vegas), remove a very large neuroma from my greater auricular nerve. He also resected my posterior occipital nerve and transverse cervical nerves and buried the ends of the nerves into my sternocleidomastoid muscle so that they would not be able to elicit pain in the future. The rate of greater auricular nerve injury is 7% and really under reported or ignored by surgeons. My plastic surgeon injured the nerve during surgery which caused this problem.
Dr. Guyette was informed of this and again, minimized his role in this. He did refund me the facelift portion of my surgery (not blepharoplasty or laser). He offered to try to fix the redundant skin he left after the blepharoplasty and to remove the skin growth he was supposed to do at the original surgery, however, his surgical skills are sorely lacking and to have him wield a scalpel around my face again would have been beyond stupid. I still was suffering from severe pain on the left side of my face as the peripheral nerves along the facelift incisions are damaged.
Dr. Lamperti (Seattle) fixed the area around my left eye, resected the area in front of my ear and found another nerve entrapped in scar tissue, and attempted to minimize the bulge in my right cheek. It is suspected Dr. Guyette resected to far towards my mouth so it created the bulge.
To this day, I have seen multiple neurologists, pain specialists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, and still suffer from excruciating pain and nerve damage. The bulge in my cheek is still rather unbecoming.
I am on neurontin, ativan, percocet, and a muscle relaxer to allow me to at least move during the day. I have not worked in over a year as a radiation therapist. The surgeries were not covered by insurance, so to this day, I have spent over $42,000 trying to "fix" the botched facelift performed by Dr. Robert Guyette. The financial strain, emotional strain, and strain on my husband and family has been immense.
I beg each of you reading this, to really consider having any work done. I think a blepharoplasty and injectables (those must be done well too) would be the limit.
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Re: Devastating Results Facelift by Dr. Robert Guyette

Postby jeffersa » Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:47 am

I am so sorry to hear what happened to you and can empathize completely. I remember hearing a couple of therapists, who had gotten facelifts together, promoting their new book describing the process and I wanted to scream! I they knew there were even a few of us suffering with chronic pain from these needless surgeries, they would stop.

I got a facelift and neck lift last July and I signed a contract not to mention my surgeon's name online, but she also signed a contract to see me through any problems and she has not done it. She dismissed me at 5 months with inexplicable pain and pulling under my neck (jawline, where the scar is) and behind the ears. It feels like there is a constant cord choking me from behind my ears and extending under my neck. I have seen so many doctors and they all just look at me dumbfounded. I have had an MRI of my neck and spinal cord and they found arthritis, but believe it is just a red herring. I am scheduled to go to the John's Hopkin's pain clinic in 2 months. It took 4 months to get an appointment. In the meantime, I am begging another doctor to give me a steroid shot, just so that I can go back to work as a teacher. I almost feel guilty complaining to you since your pains seem so much worse than mine, but just finding someone else that might understand and be able to direct me to the right people feels so good. Hope you get this and that you are in a better state than your last post.
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