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Old 09-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
 
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Is it wrong...

Is it wrong to base my PS decision off of how their office looked? Does that tell anything about a PS? Also I choose the two PS that seemed to have more business ie more clients in the office during my visit. It sorta showed that they were popular...is that wrong too? I need angies list but dont want to pay
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For reviews, I just googled a PS name and then "reviews". There are a lot of free sites where actual patients write reviews. This really helped me narrow down my decision. And yes, I ultimately went with the PS who was booked months out in advance.
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I went off of reviews and before and afters.
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My PS doesn't stack his waiting room. He's a firm believer in patient confidentiality. They will shuffle people in and out of rooms so that we don't see each other.

I based my decision on raving reviews from his peers, hospital affiliation, before and afters and his bedside manner. We immediately clicked and I found his passion to be overwhelming in a good way.

I did not find any negative reviews for him, and he's been practicing for 20+ years. That speaks volumes.

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Yes it is wrong to judge the PS by how glamorous their office is ~ I had 2 consultations in super nice offices, one VERY glam on Rodeo Drive and he told me I didn't need a lift and was going to give me saline overs.
I NEEDED a lift, and I needed silicone unders to achieve my desired result.
The PS I chose had a nice office but it wasn't over the top and flashy like the other two.
I chose him because I couldn't find anything bad on the internet about him! He has five star rave reviews, great before and afters and he's super down to earth and lovely.
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well, i dunno. i knew my PS was 'the one' before i even met him. i knew based off his website alone. the moment i walked through the doors into his practice, i was instantly comfortable with my entire decision. the feel of his practice made me very much at ease and i liked that!
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I don't think it's really wrong. I knew I wanted my PS after looking at his website. And when I went into his office, it was very clear I wanted him. Super nice office! And this was all before with even met him ha
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I had 2 very different experiences on my consults. Both had nice offices but I was completely rushed through and the staff was cold on the first one. This after making me wait for an hour in a crowded waiting room. The PS I chose had over 250 5 star reviews on no less than 6 different reviewing sites so I leaned towards him. Happy with that decision.
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I was referred by a friend who did all her homework before choosing her PS and was very happy with her results. I didn't even shop around. Her main points in her referral were that he held the seat as president of the board for several years, is decades of experience, bedside manner and professionalism yet friendliness of the ladies that run the front desk.

If I didn't have my friends referral I would be checking online reviews, board certifications, BBB for complaints and things like that. The only appearance judgments I'd make would be based on cleanliness and organization. My docs waiting room was never full. I've only seen 2 other women there, that was one day (and I think that's because the Botox injector was there that day). All other days I was the only one there.
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I knew I was going to go to my PS before I met him. But meeting him and his staff definitely sealed the deal. His office is immaculate, absolutely stunning. Marble floors, chandeliers.. the works. And his staff might as well be models, they are like his walking billboards lol.

Even though I chose my PS based on his reviews, credentials, and before and afters everything else was just icing on the cake.
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I ended up going with the one a friend recommended. But the waiting room did factor in a little. I went with the one with the LESS glamorous waiting room. The other felt more comfortable. The staff at the one I went with (although a little clueless) was nicer too.
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I only met with one PS. I he was "the one." I researched him on the internet and red all the client reviews. I couldn't find anything bad on the internet. After researching in I scheduled my consultation and that pretty much sealed the deal. From the moment I walked into his office his staff was extremely pleasant to speak with. There office was really nice but nothing over the top. The waiting area was not packed with patients. The appointment never felt like they were rushing through it. They took there time to explain everything and answer all my questions. My PS was really nice. Everything just felt right
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Is it wrong to base my PS decision off of how their office looked? Does that tell anything about a PS? Also I choose the two PS that seemed to have more business ie more clients in the office during my visit. It sorta showed that they were popular...is that wrong too? I need angies list but dont want to pay
Well it honestly depends what about their office you are judging. If their office was dirty or something then yes I would stay away because that tells you a lot about the surgeon. They may be lazy and during surgery you need a surgeon who is VERY clean! However, if you are going based on how nice, modern, and pretty their office is, I definitely would NOT use that to help decide on your surgeon. Sometimes the surgeons with the more glamorous office might be the surgeons that care much more about media, their image, and making money than they actually do about making their patients happy. So the only thing I would use in terms of their office to decide on my surgeon would be how clean it is! Also, more business does NOT necessarily mean they are better or more skilled. Once again this could just mean they advertise more or are more in the media. Trust me there are MANY MANY surgeons like this that celebrities have gone to just because they are all over the media and have you seen how many celebrities with all the money in the world turn out with horrible scary boob jobs?!?! You do NOT want this to happen to you lol. Honestly there are so many ladies who are not well informed and do not do enough research before picking their surgeon! That's why they will just pick a surgeon who is all over the media because they think oh I've heard of him/her so many times, their office is busy so they must be good! That is why they have so many patients. But trust me this isn't the best way to pick a surgeon! You want a surgeon who actually cares about his patients, not one who tries to quickly fit in as many patients as he can by overbooking so that there's 7 patients waiting in the waiting room to look like he is busy! The first thing you should do is ask around. If you know anyone in your area who has had a boob job- ask them where they went, look at their boobs and ask how their experience was. Ask people if they personally know anyone who had their boobs done and who their surgeon was. Also, do a search on here for ladies in your area and ask them who their surgeons are/were! If you don't know how to do a search like that, please write me a message on my page and I will gladly explain how to do this Also, go on google and type in something like breast augmentation surgeons reviews (also write in the city you want to get your BA in). There are many websites with reviews on surgeons. There is one in particular that is really good but I'm not sure if I am allowed to say it in these forums. Another tip though- although you may think that you would only want to go to a surgeon with LOTS of reviews- trust me there are SOOOO many amazing surgeons with lots of patients that don't have that many reviews online! I know it doesn't seem to make sense but it is totally true!! My surgeon for example doesn't have many reviews online. But I have heard of several ladies who have gone to him and none of them have one bad word to say about him. Also, people travel from all over the world to see him-and he is crazy booked all the time! I have also gone to consultations with some of the surgeons in my area who had a lot of reviews and I can tell you that I didn't like them very much! And while they had a lot of reviews- they were NOT all positive. I would focus more on a surgeon who does NOT have any bad reviews (unless they are about stupid things like wait time). That to me is much more important than a surgeon who has many reviews but several bad ones! Focus more on word of mouth, ladies who have been to the surgeons! Find a surgeon with only good reviews- even if there are only 20 or 30. Find a surgeon who CARES about you and what YOU want and that takes the time to explain everything to you. You want a surgeon who really makes you feel at ease and very comfortable and a surgeon who doesn't make you feel rushed. Be sure to see MANY before and afters of his/hers. I did all of these things and followed by gut in consultations and I can tell you that I have absolutely NO regrets at all. My surgeon is amazing and I wouldn't recommend anyone in my area to go to anyone but him. Goodluck!!
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well, i dunno. i knew my PS was 'the one' before i even met him. i knew based off his website alone. the moment i walked through the doors into his practice, i was instantly comfortable with my entire decision. the feel of his practice made me very much at ease and i liked that!
This is exactally how I was. I didnt even go get any other opinions. I just knew.
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I knew I was going to go to my PS before I met him. But meeting him and his staff definitely sealed the deal. His office is immaculate, absolutely stunning. Marble floors, chandeliers.. the works. And his staff might as well be models, they are like his walking billboards lol.

Even though I chose my PS based on his reviews, credentials, and before and afters everything else was just icing on the cake.
Wilhelmine, who is your PS if you don't mind me asking ? I'm in TO as well and went to allot of Drs for consults.
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The PS I am thinking of choosing was very nice. When I called to schedule a consult it was about a month out, I was hoping it would be sooner but I think they were in the process of moving offices so scheduled further out for the move. The other 3 PS were able to get me in the next week. When I got to the PS office I ddnt not have to wait long. There was one other older couple in her office and I kind of got weird looks from them. LOL. The office was nice and they were still in the process of setting up so things were a little unorganized but I did feel much more comfortable with her than the other PS. There was never a quiet, awkward moment with her like with the other PS. She seemed more human and open. She did not only talk strictly about business but acted more like a normal person with a normal life. She laughed and joked with me and it made me feel comfortable. She did an assessment listening to my heart, lungs and assessed for pain which no other PS did! That surprised me and showed that she cared to check my health rather than just read it off the checklist. She let me explain what I wanted and she agreed that my plans were resonable and could be done. She provided me a bra to try on and stayed with me while trying on the sizers. I was comfortable with this and appreciated that she did. The other PS stepped out of the room and I had no idea what I was supposed to look for as in size and proportion. She was there to give advice and also suggest what size she thought would be too small or too big. She even told me to put my shirt on and see how it looked with the sizers, which I did not do at my other consults! LOL. I did feel like we took too much time and went over on time into another patients appointment, which made her have to rush out and go strainght into her other appointment. After writing this I think I have choosen my PS, LOL. I am just concerned about the end of my consult the being rushed part.
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I would say Yes - Don't judge a book by its cover! I had my first BA done by a Dr. in Rancho Cucamonga - a Dr. at a large Plastic Surgery company with lots of Docs. They had large offices in a nice looking complex, everything was really "Newport Beach" looking, like it was really high end and professional. Well, the Dr. sucked, really screwed up my implants and tummy tuck, and tried to pass it off as good work. What a bunch of malarky. I got suckered in by a fancy add and office.

My 2nd time around, I did a bunch of research, knew I wanted to go as big as I could again, so really focused on Dr.'s with experience with large implants, and came across Dr. Yermian in LA (Van Nuys, actually).

When I went to Dr. Yermian's office for my consult, we pulled in, and first of all, the neighborhood was kind of shabby. Then, his office is in a little strip mall, with a 7-Eleven in front. I told my husband "Ooh, this looks kind of shady, maybe we shouldn't go here", but he said that we might as well go in for the consult, see the inside, and meet the Dr. His waiting room was clean, and had a little fountain in it. Nice, but not opulent. The staff was super nice, and Dr. Yermian was super nice, supportive, and professional. His exam rooms, surgery room, and recovery rooms were all super clean & as they should be. I knew he was the Dr. for me.

Bottom line is, if I would have cancelled the consult after seeing the 7-Eleven next door, I would've missed out on a great Dr. and surgery.
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I looked for a year at websites and online reviews and chose mine before I met him.
It was my boyfriend who wanted me to see more then 1. But I chose the one I liked off the website.

So I don't think it's wrong it whatever one you feel the most comfortable with.
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