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I Have Worked With So Many Surgeons in Los Angeles

Dr. Ellenbogen is truly amazing with his patients. It’s very easy for me to understand why they all clearly love him preoperatively, love the results post-op and continue to love him well into the future. He has an amazing personality that is so absolutely genuine – something so rare in this city. Equally as rare in this city, is that he is truly a fantastic surgeon technically…. He has always used this talent to form a very calculated, artistic preop plan with his patients, works relentlessly to make sure the operation goes to perfection and has such a unique ability to maintain an amazing relationship with his patients in the days, weeks, months and years that follow the operation. I completely recommend him to my friends and family without a single shred of hesitation and truly believe that Dr. Ellenbogen is a physician of the highest caliber.*

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Read the reviews for Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and was very surprised.

I had gone to see him about the same time; Spring and early Summer of 2009. I had interviewed many, *many* doctors to perform my breast reduction surgery. My husband’s business was struggling financially (as was every business owner) so cost was a deciding factor during my search. Here is what I used as my criteria:

  • Cost (out of my pocket)
  • Accepted my insurance
  • The doctor had to have “before” and “after” pictures of actual patients they performed the same surgery on, and available for me to view.
  • Doctor Ellenbogen showed me on the computer what I would look like.

After interviewing about 5 doctors in person (I did phone interviews and also web research), I had selected Dr. Richard Ellenbogen to perform my surgery. Here is why: I could see immediately that he was meticulous. When I reviewed his portfolio with him, he could recount in fantastic detail each one of his surgeries. I remember remarking on one patient’s results as “incredible”, as it was obvious that she was suffering considerably from the size of her breasts in the “before” photo. He agreed on the medical points, but he immediately noted how many cc’s he removed from each breast during the procedure and how many cc’s he would like to have taken out, and how it would have effected the contouring of her breasts.

I immediately knew I would be in that hands of a doctor who was passionate about the work. I was right and I’m passionate about the beautiful results.

Thank you Doctor Ellenbogen!*

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Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is amazing

I was referred to him a few years back by a friend and did a consultation. I wasn’t ready at the time but decided to meet with him this year since I was finally committed to finding a doctor. At first he felt that the best way to do it would be to go through the inframammary crease since I was doing a larger implant. I am about 5’8″ with an hourglass shape so I wanted something that would be fitting to my figure. I explained to him that I really did not want my incision to be this way and preferred to go through my underarm. Well, Dr. Ellenbogen did the incision where I wanted it. Let me tell you that this man is a genius! I could not be happier! My breasts are even, proportioned and absolutely beautiful!

I would trust Dr. Richard Ellenbogen with any surgery that I do. I did meet with other doctors for other consultations before I chose Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and I’m soo glad I chose to go with him!*

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Dr. Richard Ellenbogen is a great doctor

The office is absolutely beautiful, the staff is very friendly and attentive. I went there referred by my best friend, and what a great experience. Dr. Ellenbogen takes his time with you, he makes sure that all the questions you might have are answer. I visited at least six different doctors and ultimately he was the best choice for me. His prices might not be quite as accessible compare to other doctors, but he is worth it, besides when it comes to a plastic surgeon you don’t want to go with a cheap one.*

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I feel well cared for and know that I made a good choice.

I read every review on yelp and checked out the reviews of all of the other good plastic surgeons in Southern, California before meeting three doctors and deciding on Dr Ellenbogen.

I found that Dr Ellenbogen and his staff are simply the best. Plus his work is impeccable. While I was recovering in the hospital from my tummy tuck surgery, all of the nurses made sure to tell me that Richard Ellenbogen is one of the best doctors that they have ever worked with. They credit him with utmost professionalism and so do I. My results are fantastic and whenever I see Dr Ellenbogen, I feel well cared for and know that I made a good choice.*

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The results were far better even than the first time I’d had it done.

Since I had a eyelid surgery in Europe about 10 years ago, I really needed resurgery. Through lots of good reviews about him and his education and experience, I called the office and made an appointment for a consultation.

I learned that he has written a number of books on eyelid surgery (both upper and lower). Getting rid of the bags above and below the eyes. The results were far better even than the first time I’d had it done.

Thank you so much Dr. Ellenbogen. Don’t hesitate to go and visit the most modern facility in Beverly Hills.*

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Rarely does an experience exceed my expectations but a brow lift by Dr. Ellenbogen did.

He was extremely generous with his time, answered all my questions. I must admit, and he gave me the confidence to proceed with a brow lift. One of my eyebrows was drooping. Although he told me he could not promise they would be even they are. I am 100% happy with the results.

I met with a number of this plastic surgeons prior to Dr. Ellenbogen and it was not only his impeccable credentials but his concern that this be the right thing for me that helped me commit to the surgery.

I am an esthetician and I very careful about the referrals I give to my clients. Dr. Ellenbogen is now the only plastic surgeon I refer.*

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Everyday I look at myself and say WOW, thank you.

How does one put into words how it feels to be born. I guess there are none? That is why we are tiny babies who can not speak of the true Miracle of a new life. For this is one thing that will forever be a moment we all experienced, but never talk about. We have all heard people talk about death, but no one of the moment of LIFE.

I am blessed to be able to experience two lives in one. What you have done for me, is to give a voice to my death, and share my journey to what its like to be born. My obesity, my denial, my anger, my shame, my ridicule I see as my gestation. My Obesity kept me safe and warm. Until one day things became overwhelming and uncomfortable, and I just had enough of carrying all this stuff around. My weight loss was my labour. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I hated every moment of it, and wanted to give up. But I had to stay focused as to why I wanted to lose and see the end result as so much better than the overwhelming anguish, both mentally, and physically of trying to win a huge weight loss battle.

Me, before surgeries was my Birth. You Dr. Phil were the first one to see me, really see me, and assess some problems. Dr. Ellenbogen cut my cord and released me from what I no longer needed to sustain me. The Skin that once housed my fat that blanketed me and made me feel safe.

Dr. Ellenbogen –This journey of physical discovery you took me on these past few months, is my MIRACLE. During my post OP for my last stages of surgeries, it still after everything didn’t register that I had a new body. That this was no dream. That this was truelly my dream come true. When I was in one of your examining rooms, and all of your staff came in the room to see the new me, just seeing all thier faces and reactions to what I NOW looked like and truelly witness how gifted your team really is. I broke I cried uncontrollably. At that moment I knew that I finally looked like how I pictured I would look like all those months and years ago when i made the choice to lose. For the first time I felt ALIVE, On Purpose, and seen life through new eyes. My inside now matched my outside.

I do not take one moment for granted. Everyday I look at myself and say WOW, thank you. To have this new body. Its overwhelming. Even I take a double take and find myself just looking…. This is really me? This is my new life in my new body. Sometimes even I don’t know how to act. Sometimes I carry myself like I did at over 300lbs. But now I have to learn for the first time, to be SEXY, and don’t feel I need to appologize for being SEXY. I am now Jennifer both inside and out. No Hiding, No shame. The old Jennifer is long gone. A mere thank you will never be enough, through my body, my mind, and my soul this is MY MIRACLE, MY GIFT.

Thank you DR PHIL for seeing the me that was hiding, and taking my hand and guiding me out from behind my shame, to meet the people I see as my HEROS. The people who seen what I could eventually become through thier expertise, when I could NOT. I surrendered to become one of thier works in progress, to eventually become one of their masterpieces.

Everyday for the rest of my life I will look in the mirror and be reminded Of someone seeing my worth, YOU DR PHIL. I looking at my body everyday for the rest of my life and be reminded of Dr. Ellenbogen because, I NOW see physical beauty, from a body that once told a story of hardship, low self esteem, anguish, abuse, hatred, and shame. A lifetime gift of a dream that they said yes to, to manifest into life. A thought is the concepetion of the words that will eventually manifest your reality.

How does a mere thank you express all of that? Until theres a word to suffice How I feel about what you all have done for me. I guess A thank you is all I can do. But day in, and day out, I will take care of your work. I will never Allow any remote damage to happen. For I am truelly a masterpiece, till I draw my last breath, I will be gratefull. To be one who was once over looked to one who is now Looked Over….
With my most humble appreciation and lifetime gratitude…*

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