Dr. Barry L Eppley — cosmetic surgery
I am going to write this review to protect other people. I am in the Cosmetic Surgery industry myself ( I wasn't at the time of the surgery), and I have worked with countless plastic surgeons all over the country, some of the top in the world, so I now know the clear difference between their level and quality, and that of Dr. Barry Eppley, so here are my thoughts.
The short version: He ran out of material during my surgery and had to sow me back up without finishing the procedure! He literally RAN OUT OF MATERIAL!.
His skills as a salesman and marketer are far superior to his skillset as a surgeon, if only because he seems to have one thing on his mind "MONEY". I went to Dr. Eppley for a forehead contouring procedure due to a congenital birth deformity ( Craniosynostosis). In summary he was to take some hydroxyapatite and use it to contour and round out the forehead bumps, crevices etc to make it more symmetrical, smooth, and fuller. I found him on the internet like many of you, and perhaps it's my own naivety to blame, but you would think that surely Dr.s have a certain level of dignity and compassion. I was young, and desperate for someone to understand my issues pertaining to my defect. When I had my first (and only) skype call with Dr. Eppley he was so reassuring, he told me how easy it would be to reshape and contour my forehead with said material, it was standard and that there was literally nothing to worry about, I told him that I wasn't expecting perfect results but it is reassuring to know that he understands what I was looking for.
After the consult: He ordered a 3d imaging scan of my skull and I went and had it done, they sent it to him, surgery was scheduled.
Then the Red Flags started to appear.
Warning sign #1)
I never heard of him after the first consult, we talked for 15 minutes on skype and that was it, I was flying across the country to have this procedure done, so it was kind of weird that he just dropped of the radar.
Warning sign #r 2, )
His office would never return my calls to follow up on cost, and insurance coverage or time of the appointment, again I was flying across the country for this, it turns out that his staff never sent the prior auth paperwork to the insurance, company, a week or so out from the surgery, . I understand insurance issues as someone that is in the medical profession, but the fact that the staff did not do something as critical as sending over the proper documents and would never follow up with my calls or emails was extremely concerning, and foreshadowed things to come.
Warning sign #3) When I awake, he comes in briefly, he checks me out, charms my mom a bit, then leaves. When he returns he informs me that he ran out of material, there was less bone than he thought and that he had to build up more than he anticipated, he said "oh you can come back and get some fat injections" sure let me just get on my private jet with a half built forehead, and fly back out to pay thousands more to get fat injected into the area that you should have finished after you were paid over $100k, seems reasonable.
If he had insisted that I fly in and evaluate me in person, or at the very least have a few more skype examinations, he would have known who/what he was working with, pair that with a 3d scan of my skull, but the fact is, how would you know how much material to use if you only meet with the patient on Skype for 15 minutes.?
He never call or email to check in on my recovery. I never heard from him or his office again. I never complained, we left on good terms, I never mentioned my devastation, he couldn't be bothered to follow up with his patient, he collected his money over i.e. 100K from the insurance company for a botched procedure.
I'm a big tattooed, intimidating looking dude to some, and I broke down in tears, because years of surgeries. II never complained to him, I trusted him, but after years of suffering pain from this guy, I am speaking out. My forehead is more deformed than before surgery. I am traumatized because this guy peeled my face off, it wasn't a few injections, the recovery and all of that was traumatic.
Do not risk your life, or your mental health because this guy is a charmer, and a salesman. PERIOD.