Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde! Worst experience ever. Obviously,not every surgeon graduates at the top of their class. , January 8, 2014, 8:02 am
I have posted on here quite a bit over the last two years and was fortunate enough to even consult with Dr. Yang, whom I adore. Below is my experience and I am posting it here in hopes that it can help someone avoid the horrible experience I have encountered. Search my posts and you will see links to photos that I have posted and made available, so you can see for yourself. The only way I can describe Dr. Jason Arrington is "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde".
This is my true story, my words and my plastic surgery experience. A local dermatologist who I knew personally and trusted, recommended Dr. Jason Arrington of Salisbury, Maryland, USA, as her choice for plastic surgery, unfortunately how wrong she was to refer me to him. My total facelift and eyelift surgery results were in my opinion horrid, my scars were wide and looked like Frankenstein, in addition there was so much muscle damage in my neck, that it hung like a “cobra snake” as one plastic surgeon later called it and there were numerous serious problems including my left eye that I cannot squeeze closed and permanent damages that later forced me to seek another plastic surgeon to repair the damage from Dr. Arrington’s initial plastic surgery. Currently, I have spent over $20,000 so far, and unfortunately, it’s not over yet.
Some of the problems with my original total facelift, necklift and eyelift by Dr. Jason Arrington were evident prior to my one month post-op appointment, revealing hanging neck muscles under my chin where it joins the neck, eyes that wouldn't close and lower eyelids drooped away from my eyeballs, in addition to a painful ear that had neck skin attached on top of the ear cartilage and more problems. Some of the damage was not evident until months later. I now can honestly say, no matter how much I believed in needing a total facelift and eyelift before this initial surgery, I was wrong and I would never have the surgery if I knew the truth about the results I would have after surgery from Dr. Jason Arrington MD, in Salisbury MD.
As a consequence of Dr Jason Arrington’s surgery, many nerves and muscles were permanently damaged. One side of my face felt began to droop as months passed and there were bulges in the eye temple area. I would later learn that a large muscle in my neck was terribly shredded and left hanging. For over a year, due to severe neck pain under the chin and along the throat area, I could not lower my head to look down for more than two minutes without a burning pain in my neck and when looking back up, I could feel the neck muscle painfully pulling as if it was tearing. I could read a book or paper only directly in front of me as I looked forward facing. Dr. Arrington created two hanging edges of neck muscle ending at two distinct points at the chin incision under my jaw, uneven and loose which seemed to me like a gross deformity. My lower eyelids drooped excessively and hung away from my eyeballs if I opened my mouth wide, in addition I still have problems closing my left eye. Although from a distance I may have looked better than I originally did, close up it was obvious many things were wrong from the initial surgery. Unfortunately, some of these damages are permanent.
For nine months, Dr. Jason Arrington politely and I believe deceptively, promised to fix surgical problems he created, calling them “revisions”, and seemed very sincere initially, by the end of almost a year later on my last visit with him, he became insulting, rude, unprofessional and refused to acknowledge any problems that he openly admitted at every other previous post-op visit and (lucky for me) he refused to correct his work claiming he was pleased with the results and I should be, too. He rudely told me, “After all, how old are you now?” and “You need to look at where you came from” and “Don’t be a perfectionist, you look fine for your age”. He misled me to believe for almost ten months that he could and would repair his initial surgery, and then he refused.
Why lucky you may be thinking? I wouldn’t want him to touch me ever again and his surgery resulted not only in some permanent damage to nerves, muscles but also to my eyes lymphatic drainage systems and tear ducts in addition to other problems. I continued to suffer great physical pain for over a year with the results from Dr Arrington's surgery until I began the surgical repairs.
I then began to speak with past clients of plastic surgeons. That is when I learned who really had the technical skills for plastic surgery. My problems are that some of the damages can never be repaired as its permanent, while other results were eventually able to be corrected but will in the future need more revision due to the extensiveness of the problems.
During the following year, I had four successful and separate plastic surgeries to repair the damages from the initial plastic surgery. This included a painful skin graft from my forearm placed behind my ear because Dr. Jason Arrington placed my neck skin on the back of the ear cartilage, creating two pleated gatherings of skin, a huge rope-like scar and much constant pain from the ear pulling back too close to my head. In addition, it was impossible to wear earrings because there was no room for the back of the earring to sit due to placing the neck skin on top of the back of my ear. Most importantly, I had one successful surgery to repair what turned out to be a shredded neck platysma muscle that was left painfully hanging.
At this time, I am under the care of plastic surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital Wilmer Eye Institute, who recommend further surgery on my eyes to repair the damage to the tear ducts and lymphatic system, resulting from the original eyelift. For now, I use eye drops every few hours around the clock to lubricate my eyes and stop the pain, everyday.
My emotional and financial journey through these surgeries has proved greatly difficult not only for me, but for my family, too. I have been dealing with this for two years now and I know it will continue on to be a problem for even longer, some of it forever. Be careful, be very, very careful. I sincerely hope my story can help someone else realize the best and most important way to choose a plastic surgeon is to insist on speaking with past patients, and then hopefully some good will come out of my terrible experience and sharing it with all of you if it helps others to keep themselves safe.