Bad Necklift Surgery With a NYC Plastic Surgeon
I had very dissapointing results from my necklift surgery with a NYC plastic surgeon who I am not legally allowed to mention.
I had had an amazing facelift, necklift, U/L bleph in 2005 with one of NYC's best and most highly regarded plastic surgeons,Dr. Alan Matarasso, who is nationally recognized and brilliant. I was absolutely euphoric from the amazing results, painless, friends were awed, and I was so grateful that I was able to do it. Eleven years later when I began seeing some jowling and natural aging again, I began researching and found the 'bad plastic surgeon' in an issue of New Beauty magazine featuring top surgeons around the NYC area. What I have since been told was this was apparently not an editorial piece, but an advertorial section for which surgeons paid to be included. I blame myself for not researching better/further.
In any event, I visited this 'surgeon' and he seemed like a nice enough man, his CV appeared professional enough, and he had a revolving slideshow in his waiting room and online of before and after facial procedures he had done, which probably showed 4 to 5 facelifts and I thought they were impressive. I've never saw those before and aftre photos change, for the record.
I did feel slight reservations for a few reasons that I can speak about privately for anyone interested. But I overrode those, attributing them to being too overly cautious, because my first lift had been so incredibly good. I was wrong -- I should have listened to my instincts. You might wonder why I didn't just go back to my first surgeon. Two reasons: I had made several appointments with him but for one reason or another, either he or I had to reschedule and since my window of timing was becoming tighter, I decided to go this other plastic surgeon. Regretful decision. Second, cost was more of a factor this time than the first and I thought Dr. Matarasso would be much more expensive than this other surgeon. As it turned out, I have been back to see Dr. Matarasso since this surgery and it would not have been much more expensive at all. I am so sorry I didn't just wait and have him do it. When it's your face, believe me, wait, and spend the extra dollars - it's not dramatically more, if at all, but the difference in result can be life changing.
So I let this 'other surgeon' perform my surgery in his office under local anesthesia, which he and his office manager convinced me to do in spite of serious reservations I kept repeating about it. It was terrible! The entire experience felt like a back-alley surgery, replete with a per diem nurse from an agency who assisted in a small examination area. I didn't even have to take my boots or leggings off! I guess that's okay(?), but it somehow seems not okay.
Recovery this time was terrible; last time was magically easy. This recovery was painful and I had knotted bumps in my scalp, some of which are still there 20 months later. At first I thought the results were going to be great, compliments of swelling. But as soon as swelling started going down, I began feeling sick to see that the lift was definitely not great. And believe me, I have friends and acquaintances with great lifts and certainly I've done much, much research and can tell a good one from a mediocre or poor one. When I first took a couple of pictures, it was just a few months out of surgery, as my face was settling and the poor results were beginning to show. Now, 20 months out, it's terrible. He had made such confident promises about my would-be results and I took the bait.
I posted on Yelp a while back, and my review has had over 300 views to date, many rated 'helpful,' and private messages either sharing similarly poor experiences, or even worse results. One woman in particular is beside herself, very depressed that she paid for the result that has left such a terrible lift and scarring she tries to hide her face. I've additionally received messages thanking me for my warning as the potential patient either had a consultation or a procedure scheduled and they immediately canceled.
And while this other plastic surgeon doesn't suggest trying to fix what was done by saying it's satisfactory, he has tried to upsell me on fat grafting! Either way, I'm not doing fat grafting and hardly think upselling from the job he did is very professional, and I certainly don't trust him now to touch my face anyway. I wanted him to reimburse my surgery fee, so I could attempt to fix my face with another surgeon but he is unwilling.
So that's my experience. Buyer beware is my advice to you. Perhaps you will read more positive reviews of him. My experience was not positive. Weigh your decision, is all I'm saying.
And while I think it's important to look and feel your best, I didn't do this solely for my personal vanity, but felt it was an important step in my career life. I work in a competitive field, am self-supporting as a widow, and in a situation and age where finding work can be challenging. This was pretty important to me for that reason. At this point, I just wish I could start over, that I had the money I spent with him and could go to a trusted surgeon to fix this other surgeon's poor work.