A birthday girl went to get her lashes done for her party – only her entire eyelid was ripped off by the eyelash technician’s chihuahua.
Kelsey Salmon, 23, of Atlanta, Georgia, had petted the dog while he was undergoing the beauty treatment before attacking her in an unprovoked attack.
Horrific photos show Kelsey’s entire eyelid ripped off, still with her brand new extensions attached.
She ended up spending her birthday waiting in the hospital before undergoing emergency surgery to reattach the flesh.
One-year-old girl went to get her lashes done before her party – only to have her entire EYELID TEAR OFF by the eyelash technician’s chihuahua (pictured with her pet Scooby before the incident)
Her eye was stitched shut for 10 days and will take up to a year to fully heal.
Kelsey said: ‘It took place at the girl’s apartment and this was the first time I’d ever met her. The living room was empty except for a whip bed in the center of the room.
“I lay down to start and I heard the dog barking in her room. This chihuahua runs inside and jumps on the bed. I start petting him, everything is fine.
“Eventually she’s done with the lashes and I sit up. The dog is sitting on the floor, I look down at him and he just stares at me.
“Then, out of nowhere—it happened so fast I didn’t have time to back off—he jumped up, bit me in the face, and broke my eyelid off.”
Kelsey Salmon, 23, of Atlanta, Georgia, had petted the dog while he was undergoing the beauty treatment before attacking her in an unprovoked attack. She needed two hours of surgery to reattach her eyelid
The sales representative said there was blood “everywhere” and her “eyelid was on the floor.”
She added: “I’m so lucky he didn’t grab my real eye because that could have been a thousand times worse.
“I cried my eyes out, she gave me a dirty blanket from the floor to stop the bleeding. She calls the ambulance; I call my mother to meet me at the hospital.
“When I got to the hospital, I ended up waiting seven hours. They didn’t have ocular plastic surgeons in this hospital.
Kelsey’s eyelid was reattached but is bruised and left there as she heals from the procedure
“My paramedics had my eyelid wrapped in gauze and placed on ice. The nurse thought nothing could be done about it.’
She was eventually taken to another hospital before undergoing surgery on May 29, a process that took two hours.
Kelsey’s eyelid is recovering well, but it can take up to a year to fully heal.
Kelsey said, “Honestly, they didn’t think the lid would come off because none of the doctors or nurses I spoke to had seen a full lid come off.
“They were in unfamiliar territory. They were hopeful, but the odds were against me.
She was eventually taken to another hospital before undergoing surgery on May 29, a process that took two hours
‘I now take antibiotic drops four times a day and a prescription gel four times a day, just to keep it moist.
“They wanted my eye to breathe during the day, but at night I wear a metal eye patch with holes.
“Right now my eye is completely sewn up with dissolvable stitches. It should open eventually.’
She said doctors were “shocked” that her eye had healed because the procedure “shouldn’t have worked.”
Kelsey had hoped to go on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate her birthday, which was given the green light.
She added: ‘But even while I was on vacation, my surgeon at home advised me to see a doctor. She thought the eyelid looked super dark.
Kelsey had hoped to go on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate her birthday, which was given the green light, as her surgery went better than expected
“This doctor thought I had flesh-eating bacteria, which would be super harmful. When he saw me, he told me I was fine, but gave me an oral antibiotic for seven days just to be safe.”
In addition to the physical discomfort, Kelsey has to deal with the judgment of others – both online and in real life.
Kelsey said, “I had no trouble flying to Hawaii except everyone staring at me.
‘I felt like a freak. While I was traveling so much happened that I was at my wits end.’
Kelsey has since documented her recovery on TikTok after the first video went viral and wants people to learn lessons from her experiences.
Kelsey has since documented her recovery on TikTok after the first video went viral and wants people to learn lessons from her experience (pictured left with her sister Lauren)
She added: “On TikTok I get mostly positive reactions, but there are still a lot of negative people. There are different kinds of negative people.
“Some people will say, ‘I don’t want to see this, don’t film this,’ while other people just joke about my appearance and make jokes.
“Many people have assumed that I provoked the dog by hitting him in the face. Many people asked about the dog. What about me? Why don’t you ask how I’m doing?’
In the video, Kelsey showed pictures of her injury and said, “I can’t even close my eye. Now it’s been stitched up for ten days.’
Kelsey said, “It’s hard to see this happen to anyone else, and I don’t want it to happen to anyone.
‘Because I look out of one eye, I get eye pain. I get migraines, I don’t trust myself to drive yet. There are many little things – your eye affects a lot.
“I just want people not to take their eyelids for granted. It really sucks not having one. I would also advise people not to go to anyone’s home for eyelashes or nails. Always go to a reputable salon.
‘This experience has made me look at dogs differently. I have dogs of my own and I don’t think otherwise of them because I know they wouldn’t attack me randomly.
“But everyone else’s dogs, I hesitate around. Dogs are very unpredictable, I see that now and I am therefore very careful.’