I want everybody to know who is reading this blog that I had been interviewing at least seven other top surgeons in the Beverly Hills area as well as in other cities where I have lived during the past twelve years. I never made a decision to have the surgery done, for personal reasons, and because I never found the doctor who felt right. Honestly, I never liked the results of their before/after photos. I strive for excellence in all areas of my life, so therefore, I look for excellence and perfection. It has been about 5 weeks, 2 days, since my surgery with Dr. Ellenbogen and I could not be happier or more satisfied with the result.
In my opinion, not only do you have to LOVE your surgeon’s before and after photos of his patients, it is paramount that your surgeon’s credentials are totally board certified, that he has a flawless track record and that he is held in high esteem by his peers. Most importantly, is that YOU trust and truly like your doctor who ultimately has your life in his hands.
You should know that Dr. Ellenbogen fixes many “mistakes” by surgeons who do not have enough experience or knowledge. Mistakes are made and it is a “big deal” because you have to live with “the mistake” for the rest of your life if the surgeon accidentally injures a nerve in your face. Utmost research, care, and questions should be asked to your doctor prior to surgery. You must feel that you are treated like a family member when you visit an office. There is no need for an arrogant attitude, even in Beverly Hills!! Remember, you will need to work with the staff after surgery too!!
Dr. Ellenbogen’s stellar reputation is held in high esteem by his peers all over the world, not only because of his impeccable surgical results but also because he is a man whose character is one of great integrity and he has respect towards everyone. Dr. Ellenbogen is the most empathetic, kind and compassionate doctor that I have ever known.
The results are so natural that nobody knows that I had work done. I am very open so many of my friends knew that I wanted to have cosmetic surgery and they could not believe that I looked over twenty years younger than my age!!! A business friend of mine did not think that I had surgery even though he knew that I had just come back from California. Dr. Ellenbogen’s work is so natural that all he saw was that I looked much younger and very pretty. Prior surgery, he and his secretary told me that I did not need to have a face lift. It changed his opinion about cosmetic surgery as well as several other friends who also told me that I did not need to have cosmetic surgery. Also, my golf pro told me he saw the difference immediately. He couldn’t believe that the change was so radical yet so natural and beautiful. He told me that I look between 37 and 38 years.
How young am I??? Do the math!!!
I use the word “agelessness”…this is My Way to feel absolutely Great about yourself. It is not necessary to spend the best years of your life looking tired and drawn and treated like a senior citizen! Again, this is just my humble opinion. It is blissful to look the way you feel. I look better than when I was in my very early 30’s because I was in a stressful marriage and I lost all the “cushion”, the fat, underneath my face! I will find the photos to prove it! Too bad, I did not know, Dr. Ellenbogen.
Surgery should not be taken lightly. It is uncomfortable and your face will be tight and areas will feel numb but if you want the surgery more than anything else, than go for it! All this will pass after approximately 3 months.
I did not need any drug for pain even for the first night. The only drug that I took was an antibiotic. The first night was very uncomfortable but very bearable. I slept in a very comfortable bed at the aftercare facility for one night which he ordered that I stay. He cared about my safety and well-being.
After a week, I decided to sleep in a regular position because I was given a state-of-the-art face and neck lift. I did not need to be propped up while I slept. In the past, this was required but not anymore.
I did not feel the effects of the anesthesia which is also a very critical aspect of any operation. My anesthesiologist was excellent. She called me the night before and was very supportive.
It is also important to note that my surgery only lasted for about 4 and one-half hours. Dr. Ellenbogen is very economical with his time. He works quickly but with precision and his results are almost exact to his computerized drawing of what he wants to accomplish. Every other surgeon that I interviewed told me that I would be under sedation for 8 hours!! No other surgeon that I have interviewed ever gave me a computerized drawing. I was not even going to have as many procedures as I had with Dr. Ellenbogen.
Since I had extensive facial fat grafting, ice is not used. I only had an ice pack on my eyes for the first night. After the first night, make sure you use the eye drops and you follow the doctor’s orders implicitly.
I have a very youthful body and I am blessed with high energy. When I wasn’t smiling or when I did not have any make up on, I was looking tired, drawn, unhappy and old. My face was not reflecting back to me what I felt. My jowls were falling, my neck needed to be lifted, my eyes were sinking in and my entire face was sinking in and falling down!!! I had bags under my eyes, my nose needed a little work, my lips needed to be pumped up and turned up, even my hands were too boney!! I needed drastic help!!! I really did not know who to trust or who would be able to transform my looks. I wanted to look at least 20 years younger and to have my features softened so I would feel beautiful in order to have a second chance in life!! I do not want to settle for any person to share my life. I want to find a man who matches MY energy and MY soul, now this will be possible.
Dr. Ellenbogen, is a genius, an artist, a superbly accomplished surgeon and a man with vision who can actualize that vision. This is one of the many reasons why he considered one of the Best Cosmetic Surgeons in the World by many Plastic Surgery Associations worldwide. He has the awards to prove it.
He is the teacher of all the newest techniques, so why would you prefer to go to one of his students? His innate intelligence and creativity that he has been blessed with is even more special because he has chosen to use his gifts to help others. He is a humanitarian and has frequently helped many children and people with unsightly deformities, on a pro bono level, in order to help them regain their dignity and their self-esteem.
It is truly magical how he can immediately analyze any face and in a few seconds, he can assess what must be done to get the desired symmetrical and beautiful look that he then draws on his computer. His actual results are almost the same as his computerized drawings!!! That is Magic!!!!
Dr. Ellenbogen is the epitome of a Great Doctor as well as a Great person, yet his manner is the direct opposite of being pretentious or conceited. He is a very patient and humble man, with a ready smile and a twinkle in his eyes!!! He is fun to be around!!! He exudes unlimited energy and passion as he explained everything that he would be doing to rejuvenate my face. He Loves what he does! However, when he has to THINK while he draws on the computer and especially on your face right before surgery where he is going to work on your face, there MUST BE ABSOLUTE SILENCE. HE IS AT WORK.
He is extremely detail orientated and he explained in detail everything that needed to be done to not only turn back the clock by at least 23 years but he made me look beautiful. He had Dawn, his Most wonderful and kind coordinator and his primary assistant take all my original photos and then he took them again! He is a perfectionist!
He gave me an unlimited amount of time during our consultation and he gained my trust immediately because I knew that I was in extremely capable and experienced hands. He even wanted me to talk to a woman who had fat grafting to see her beautiful result. The first time I talked to him, over the phone, he was so kind and friendly, that I felt immediately at ease and happy to get to speak with him. He makes you laugh 🙂
His professional life has inspired many of the top cosmetic surgeons around the world. He was their teacher and I have read many letters from his former students and colleagues who attest to Dr. Ellenbogen’s unparalleled expertise in his field as well as his great gift of teaching others the many secrets on how to implant fat back into an aging face. He has written the books and many articles on fat grafting and many other cosmetic anti-aging procedures. His is known as the “Father of Fat Grafting”. It is a skill that many surgeons do not have. The fat that he implanted back into my face could last for at least for 15 years where with other doctors I had interviewed, the fat would have been gone in a third of that time or less!!
Dr. Ellenbogen has so much zest for life and a love for what he does. His work is his passion and it shows by his gentle nature and his extraordinary results. What luck that I had the great fortune and privilege to have found Dr. Ellenbogen as my surgeon and as my friend.
I also want to include that Dawn, Dr. Ellenbogen’s primary assistant and coordinator is fantastic! She is extremely conscientious, patient, a Great Listener and she makes his entire office run smoothly and efficiently.
Dr. Ellenbogen is extremely thorough and he wants all the necessary health reports (Blood tests, EKG) completed in advance because he is primarily interested in your health and safety. Dr. Ellenbogen works with an absolutely wonderful and extraordinarily talented team of doctors,surgical nurses, coordinators and patient liaisons who have made all of my post-surgery visits a fantastic and an unforgettable experience. I look forward to seeing them all again in the future.
Anyone who has read this very truthful letter should look on his website and look at my Before and After photos. You can call the office and they will tell you who I am.
I hope that I have helped you in making a very life changing decision.*