ULTHERA/BOTOX Help for Platysmal Banding: Thank You Dr. David Rahimi!!! - Los Angeles, CA

Hi All, Dr. Rahimi was referral to me by my...

Hi All,
Dr. Rahimi was referral to me by my Kaiser Permanente Dermatologist regarding poor
chin lipo where the Dr. (David Amron) removed too much fat under the right side of my chin which caused a pronounced platysmal band and lopsidedness to the right side of my face. Ugh! I really hated my right profile side view and whenever I was face forward the platysmal band was very pronounced. I went to Dr Rahimi thinking he could just do a simple procedure that would tuck under the piece that appeared to be protruding from my neck and that would be it. I just wanted it taken care of as I was sick of looking at my mistake in choosing the wrong PS. Instead, Dr. Rahimi is a doctor that cares and explained to me that there was scar tissue and it would be very difficult to treat under my chin and could possibly be an worse outcome. 

I was not trying to hear that! Irrationally, I was a bit peeved at him for telling me the truth and suggesting alternative treatment. He did promise that if the treatment did not work and I was dissatisfied in any way, he would parlay the cost of the alternative treatment towards a conventional Neck Lift. Okay so I did Ultherapy for face, neck (to reduce the platysmal banding). Initially I was skeptical, but after a couple of months I DID notice that the banding was not as pronounced. 
I am 52 years old and can probably pass for 35 even in direct sunlight. Ultherapy is very subtle. There was not the BAM effect of traditional plastic surgery, but the doctor was right, as the months wore on, the banding was not as pronounced. During this time I tried Botox for crows feet. Dr. Rahimi was spot on. I looked amazing! Before, whenever I smiled I could see wrinkles around my eyes but of course after Botox, I was loving the subtle wide-eye look and lift it gave me. It had been almost a year since I had Ulthera when I noticed the playtsmal bands seemed to be coming back. Oh no! I left Dr. Rahimi a voice message and he got back to me the very next day inviting me to come in for a consultation/evaluation. 
This is what I really dig about the good doctor Rahimi: he takes all of my concerns seriously and he always answers my questions without rushing me (although his office is always full of patients) or talking down to me. Anyway, I went to his office regarding the horrid reappearance of the play-band. And you know what he did? He gave me a gratis Ulthera treatment (worth about 2grand) on an upgraded machine (I can tell, I felt more power whenever he ran the machine over my chin and neck). Immediately after the treatment he lead me to a mirror to view the results. Gasp! Wow! I had the neck of my 20 year old self. I was amazed! That was almost 2 mos ago. The result has since settled into a more realistic outcome: the platysmal band is WAAAAY less pronounced (I feel another treatment would get rid of it or diminish it even more) and I can live with the result. 
Oh, btw, while I was there I redid the Botox as it had been 3 mos. since my first treatment. I think I did it too soon. I called Dr. Rahimi a week later in a panic saying my smile looked a bit off and my facial expressions just felt, well...odd. He said things would settle down within a week but that I should come in to see him if it didn't and he would take care of me. Of course he was right! Fast forward to now, two months later and I look great. The first time I went to Dr. Rahimi, he said he wanted us to have a long patient/doctor relationship. I agree. Now on another note: I have been to two plastic surgeons for different procedures. Each did not tell me the truth of possible negative outcomes, each performed procedures that were beyond their skill set (ego bigger than their expertise) I thought I had done my home work on each (good marketing). The one thing I keep flashing on that both had in common and what should have been a warning bell is that whenever I asked questions, they seemed a bit irritated and answered in a manner that was hurried and vague (hindsight being what it is, I should have left...). Not Dr. Rahimi, even though he is a very busy man, he takes all the time you need to answer any questions you may have, presents all the pro/con options to you so that you can make an informed decision regarding any procedure you may be considering. I was at ease immediately after meeting him. He's a good doctor and I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of getting any work done. Trust him. I know that pain of having a bad doctor. Anyone ever hear of Dr. Alan Bittner? I rest my case.

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Its wonderful to hear you have found a doctor you feel so well cared for by! Thank you very much for sharing your story with us. Its definitely a different use for Ultherapy than I have heard of before which I'm sure will be helpful for anyone in a similar circumstance as yours.

Did your doctor happen to mention if he thinks Ulthera is something you will need done on a yearly basis from here on out to help with the bands?

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