Two Sides Don't Match - Denver, CO

After a divorce and the death of my Mother and...

After a divorce and the death of my Mother and feeling like the sky had fallen on my I saw the ad and checked into LSL with Dr. Shah. The shots were really painful - the person waiting for me heard me cry out more than once - but then I was numb and it seemed the procedure went okay. He didn't seem to take as long on the left side as on the right but it got done and I went home. After a year and a half my neck looks great and the right side of my face is contoured nicely but the left seems to have a slight bulge and my left ear lobe is different. I am still numb under my chin and I wondered about this stuff so went in for a consultation. I still don't feel like I got a good explanation. I followed the rules - I wanted to look like the people in the ads and I know your face is different on each side but I didn't have a bulge in my left cheek before. Maybe I should have tried to find the doctor who did the surgeries for the people in the ads.
Denver Plastic Surgeon

He was very convincing and a good sales person. Seemed knowledgeable - I just think he might not have taken enough time on the left side.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
3 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
3 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
3 out of 5 stars Payment process
3 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Hello mlhh - I remember seeing you at the end of this past year. As I told you then, it had been almost 18 months since I saw you last. Being compliant with follow-up is vital to a successful outcome, but I understand that your personal situation made that difficult. Your preop photos show asymmetry, as all patients have. Your before and after pictures showed that you lost a lot of volume in your cheeks causing you to have that little bit of sag. The sag is photographically similar however. Even the height of your chin had reduced, confirming that you are losing bone volume, and possibly fat volume. As you might remember, I suggested that you go see your primary physician to get your bone densities checked to make sure that you are not suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis, which is common for someone with your hair and eye color combo. It is important for patients to note that, barring excess bleeding, the left side of everyone's face takes me less time to complete. I get lots of great information from operating on the right side of a face that allows me to be even more efficient at performing the left side facelift. Being that you are 18 months after your procedure, it is unreasonable for one to assume that I can stop time. Having realistic expectations is important to understand all types of outcomes. As you know I am always available to discuss this further with you, to come up with a plan to compensate for your natural aging. A facelift alone doesn't solve all facial aging concerns. I look forward to hearing from you. Dr. Shah
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NO one is perfectly symmetrical and if you sleep on one side, it can swell. WEAR YOUR COMPRESSION BANDAGE as much as possible the first 30 days to support the internal sutures.
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Thanks for sharing your experience!
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You didn't post any pictures so it's hard to judge. But Hon, if you are unhappy with the one side of your face I hope you will research a "board certified plastic surgeon" in your area for an explanation & possible revision. Do it for you!! No reason to keep feeling bad about it. You seem so sad, I just want to give you a HUG.
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Hi KAT1963, I am a board-certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I agree that posting her pictures would help. Have a great day, Dr. Shah
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Dr. Shah, I do apologize for suggesting that you were not board certified, however I do not believe your name was listed when I posted (there was no listing). I always try to research the PS before commenting. After viewing your website I am not sure why this is posted under Life Style lift as I see nothing on your site concerning such. I read your response to the patient and I agree however, many women are shy, some find it hard to stand up & take control especially after all the great deal of loss she has experienced in the past few years. I thank you for reaching out to her. PS isn’t an exact science, sometimes there is some after care work that needs to be done. I realize this going into my own FL this year. Kind regards, KAT
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