Face-Lift Permanently Disfigures Broward Woman, Lawsuit Claims

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This photo, which is not of Perrins-Whittaker, is an example of keloid scars.
Enid Perrins-Whittaker wanted to be prettier.

So she underwent a cosmetic procedure that she says wound up mutilating her face.

Sometime in 2009, the Broward County resident came across an ad for Lifestyle Lift. The procedure claims to do exactly the same thing as a traditional face-lift but with less swelling, pain, and recovery time.

Perrins-Whittaker decided to check out Lifestyle Lift's Fort Lauderdale location, according to a lawsuit recently filed in the Broward County Civil Court. The franchised procedure takes place at affiliated practices throughout the country, including another office in West Palm Beach.




Perrins-Whittaker was all set to sign up, but she was worried about the procedure. She has a tendency to develop keloid scars -- raised, puffy, purplish lumps that remain painful, itchy, and swollen indefinitely. 

But her surgeon, Dr. Juan Felipe Garcia, told Perrins-Whittaker not to worry, the court filing claims. He promised she would be just fine.

Perrins-Whittaker, however, claims that she was not just fine. Rather, her face erupted into a bed of keloid scars less than a week after her August 6 surgery. Perrins-Whittaker says that keloids now cover her face and neck, so she's suing Garcia and Lifestyle Lift for damages.

Perrins-Whittaker says that Garcia -- who does not appear to be listed as a board-certified plastic surgeon -- lied about the keloid risks, even when she went so far as to show him a keloid scar on her neck. (Garcia appears to be maintaining certification in otolaryngology: ear, neck, and throat medicine.)

Garcia "assured the plaintiff that this was not a contra-indicatioin and that it would not occur on her face and remained silent about this specific issue," she claims.

Instead, Garcia "advised her of the routine risks for the type of surgery he planned."

Had Perrins-Whittaker known about the keloid concerns, she says, she would not have had the surgery, which has left her significantly disfigured and embarrassed to be in public.

Lifestyle Lift has not returned calls for comment.


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tanya
tanya

I had the procedure done 4 weeks ago and it was the worst thing that I have ever done. It was the most painful thing that I a have ever been thru..They lie to u..Its been 4 weeks now and I look disfigured. The scars and the pain are horrible. From what I am learning now, this pain may never go away. To anybody who is listening...DONT DO IT!!

Lilian Hulen
Lilian Hulen

This is a lesson for all who want to have a face lift out there. Knowing your doctor's background is best to do before going in to surgery, as this can prevent failed operations. Acquire information on your doctors first - that should be a rule of thumb.

rayakon100
rayakon100

You Will Surely get justice  ..You Should Concern a specialist .Deep research is required to find a doctor who will be specialist..& doctor Should  be board certified in plastic surgery.Hope you Will win your lawsuit..laser eye surgery

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Lifestyle Lift has also  had several deaths – this is one ofthem-

www.boston.com/news/local/mass...

 

The vast majority of Lifestyle Lift doctors are DOs (noteven MDs) and are NOT Plastic Surgeons. David Kent is the founder and he is aDO. 

Gordon Quick is their CEO, and was alleged to commit sexual battery andharassment when CEO for a non-medical company in MO-

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/mo-...

 

Their doctors themselves have very weak credentials andthere is not a single credible doctor in their organization; most of them arejourneymen, and go from practice to practice. 

 

They should be shut-down. Any harmed patient shouldcontact their state medical board and also the Florida Attorney General who isdoing an investigation.

Sam
Sam

I'm not blaming the victim here, but if you know you are prone to this type of scarring why not seek a second opinion, do a bit more research, research the doctor.  When you pay bottom dollar for plastic surgery, unfortunately you often get a bad result. 

My husband had plastic surgery, I know normally the other way, and he visited three doctors, consulted with his own general doctor first and we did extensive research, which is all quite easy to find on the internet before we selected the doctor he went with.  Moreover, I would not permit him to entertain surgery with any outfits that didn't care malpractice insurance, as many of these high volume outfits skip, that required any type of agrement that included arbitration and of course the doctor had to be board certified in plastic surgery. 

Does that cost more, yes but not substantially, about $1000 more to go with a good doctor vs. a high volume outfit.

PHAT Black Chick
PHAT Black Chick

OMG!!!!! No woman would ever subject themselves to the Lifestyle Lift, if there is a remote chance of developing these horrific scars. Enid, I wish you the best and hope you win your lawsuit!

JOEYPAD1
JOEYPAD1

this outfit is the biggest bunch of unprofessional creeps..wife went and it was a farce..did the procedure 9 at nite by some "dr" who the heck...DONT GO TO THEM

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