520cc Silicone Implants by Dr Philip Richardson - Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia

I had size 12B boobs and have always wanted bigger...

I had size 12B boobs and have always wanted bigger ones. I've always been intimidated by other women with larger boobs and having been cheated on in the past I was worried having smaller boobs might make my boyfriends look at other women..

Growing up my friends always had bigger boobs than me. Occasionally I'd get the comment about my boobs being the smallest which also adds to the insecurity of having small boobs.

Then there is me living in sunny QLD. Brisbane to be precise. Many women with perfect bikini bodies with the ultimate bikini boobs. I had decided.. time to let all of this be a thing of the past.

I also live in Brisbane so it's very common for women to have I
I feel the Same way ! What size are you now
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Hi, I was 12B or 34B depending on where you are and I had surgery on Monday 4th November so ATM because they are so fresh they are about an 'E' but the nurse said I should be an 'F'. As much as I'm still experiencing the surgery and things are still to settle... in hindsight I should have chosen the 385cc which would put me at DD. Not to mention no one warned me about the potential back pain from the additional weight and I feel broken everyday. I've done just under 2 weeks so far and I'm fed up. I know in time I'll be happy but for now.. OUCHY!
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So I tried putting up a review 3 times and my phone, Ipad and laptop all timed out and next thing you know I have an email saying my review was online (and I hadn't even finished the review) so I'll continue on from where I left off..

So from above basically the world pressures got the better of me and I decided to make me a little better. On Monday 4th November 2013 I had Breast Augmentation done by Dr Phillip Richardson from Brisbane (he also services Southport on the Gold Coast). I got 520cc in both sides.

From a review point of view, The Pacific Day Surgery where my surgery took place, they were fantastic, made me feel right at home and very comfortable. I can't fault this surgery. The Anesthetist Mr Scott Buntain was also faultless. He was very caring. Listened to my concerns and really did everything he could to accommodate me. He was very professional and again faultless and I highly recommend him. He talked me through everything, from medications, to what's going to happen when he inserts the needles to how I would feel when I would go under. Carley who is the Nurse for Dr Richardson is very helpful. She will happily answer any questions. She is very open and approachable which is relieving when your uncertain about anything. When you get answers from her she is very honest and I'm confident in her and her ability and I have faith in her answers which is very calming and reassuring.

Now to Dr Richardson. My first appointment was with another Dr in Southport on the Gold Coast but since I'm from Brisbane I'd prefer a Dr closer and my partners cousin had a friend whom recently had surgery from Dr Richardson and they recommended me to him. Anyway.. this other Dr was very structured, they had check sheets and photo albums to show before and after shots of work, but also shots of what CC is, and movement of implants and all the nasty stuff so you really knew what was what. They were VERY through and I didn't have to pay for the 1st consult which was more of a bonus. When I went to DR Richardson I'll be honest and say he just sat there and listened. He didn't have a lot to say, didn't really have an opinion and there didn't seem to be much care. He verbally went through the potential risks such as CC and rupturing etc and it was very quick skim of issues. I don't know if this is because I mentioned I had seen another Dr. so he felt the dirty work was done. or maybe he has been doing it for that long there's no spark in his job anymore (or maybe just a bad day). He did take me to put a sports bra on and put some implants in for sizing. I went through a couple of sizes. I hummed and har'd and that was about it. I wanted boobs that looked real but was willing to except bordering "questionably fake", not too much gap, but not too close, bigger than what my padded bra made them look, which I later found was 12DD. I mentioned I wanted to be taken seriously and didn't want people talking to my chest. I also mentioned 1 boob was bigger than the other and could we look at evening them out, which he said yes. The sizing options for me at that point was 420/460 or 460/520 Cost of the initial appointment was about $150 from memory, second consult free if you feel you need to go back.

I got home and started to question which Dr I wanted to use but convenience got the better of me and I decided to go for a second visit with Dr Richardson being that he was recommended to me based on actual work done, and maybe he just had an off day. So second time round I came prepared, if he wasn't going to lead me then I'll get the information from him. So this time I put pictures in front of him of what I wanted. Initially we were looking at around 450cc and when I asked Dr. Richardson for his professional opinion he said he doesn't like to give his opinion because I need to be happy but if I was not scared of sizing then even a 520cc he felt I would love in the long run. I touched base again with the unsymmetrical boobs and said I'd read online that there are risks involved in trying to even out boobs and was it worth my while to which he said no, keep them even. I felt the second appointment with my navigating the appointment got me somewhere. I even got a laugh out of him with a boobie meme. (I'll post it off my Ipad later.. its a bit funny). I felt more confident and I think its because I found a way to connect with me and he had a bit of a joke and he seemed more relaxed. I left that appointment confident enough that I contacted the reception team and booked my appointment for 3 weeks later being 4th November 2013.

At the 2 week prior point I got my confirmation letter with invoicing information. It's a little bit of a pain and I'm unsure if its normal but you had 3 different people the pay (so the total quote amount was split between 3 people). I had to call the Antitheists office and make 1 payment to them, another to Dr. Richardson and another to the hospital for hospital fees which brought the total amount to $10,500AU (yep boob jobs are expensive here in Australia). Hopefully 1 day for convenience to the customer they will maybe sort a way to have the customer make one payment, but that's me being picky, however for $10,500 per patient I think it's worth them looking into.. another way to make a better experience for the customer. Another form that arrived for a consent form for sizing. Just a simple circle, cross out and sign form. (I kept copies of all my documents just in case, I highly recommend this). There was also some hospital forms, next of kin, allergies, address etc for their records which the Dr kindly sent out with the invoice which was good to get out of the way in advance.

Anyway, so the day finally arrives, I drove myself to the surgery at 7am, I only sat in the waiting room for about 5-10 mins and I was reasonably calm. I paid my hospital fees on the day via eftpos, but they except cash and credit for anyone interested. I filled out a few forms, 1 I hadn't seen before while 1 of them looked like the one the Dr sent to me 2 weeks prior but I completed it anyway in case it wasn't the same. They then took me into a small room where they went over my details and allergies and changed me into my gown and funny little feet covers, they also put compression stockings on my legs (these needed to be kept on for 3 days after the surgery, then I could take them off). I also had a "compression bra" which I had around my waist which was ready for the Dr to pull up and over onto my boobs after the surgery was complete. They then lead me to a bed where I was met by the Anesthetist who went through the process with me (as I said he was very caring and through and I felt very at ease with him) he went through some of the medication I will be taking home and explained I would see the Dr and then he would come back to give me a sedative. The Dr came in (Dr. Richardson) he drew lines on me asked a few things like what size was I having (which kinda worried me if he was asking me this on the day), I presume this was just as a reconfirmation before going in, personally if this was the case I think it would have been good to specify it's purely a procedure to ensure nothing has changed. He then asked if my my larger boob was obviously bigger than the other when in a bra (again I thought why this question now and not 3 weeks ago, it rattled me a bit more). I said no, as they weren't obviously different in a bra. The anaesthiest then came in, put the thing in my arm and I don't remember anything after that.

I woke up blurry and disorientated. They changed me into my buttoned up shirt I brought in. After about 5 mins or being blurry and disorientated and they were asking me to get up (these times might not be accurate, as I said I was disorientated, but that's what it felt like at the time). My vision was pretty blurry still so I was a little worried about standing up so soon. So regardless I stood up, with the assistance of a nurse and they took me into a waiting room where they put me on a seat and gave me a sandwich and some lemonade (which I was neither hungry nor thirsty so I just kinda pecked at it). My partner was lead in about a min later. I saw Dr. Richardson nurse Carly who went through a few things (my partner took more notice of this information as I was still mentally not with it 100%). 1 thing I was distraught on was that I was told, no full showering for a week. I can shower belly down but not to wet my tape/incision under my breast. I could only sponge wash that area. Next thing I was walking out of the surgery to my car where he was taking me home. (as I said I drove myself there and then my partners work mate dropped him off so he could drive me back home in my car.. it just worked good for us that way at that point in time).

I got home and was a little bit in and out for the day. I took the bra off very quickly to look at my boobs and I almost died, 1 boob is WAY OBVIOUSLY bigger than the other. I called the office to check that they didn't mess up and maybe put the 2 different sized implants in (thinking this was one of those risks I was avoiding). I didn't hear back that day. The following day I rang them back and Lisa informed me that she had a response and both implants were 520cc and it may just be swelling. To be safe I emailed through a before and after comparison photo so they could see, and it helped me see what was happening too (I recommend everyone doing this, and progress shots, sometimes It's hard to see differences as well as you can in a photo). Day 1 -3 I was taking Endone (pain killer) every 6 hours I think it was, Celebrex (inflammatory med) 1 morning and night, Valium 1 morning and night, Coloxyl with senna (stool softener) and Keflex which was an antibiotic 4 times a day. All of these meds I was out of by the end of the first week (except the stool softener as I didn't need them). There was a little show bag you took home with you after surgery, inside this bag is the medication information, what to take when, what not to mix etc which was extremely helpful. From day 3 to date I have been taking Panadine forte. I had no pain at all in the first 3 days (I believe that's thanks to the Endone). By day 4 my back had given in (I'm talking it felt like a sledge hammer had hit my back). Panadine Forte does nothing to help my back. Endone has gone but it wouldn't help my back feel better and allow me to go to work (I'd probably be asleep at work, but I'd be willing to try it at this point). Anyway, I couldn't go back to work after the first week (which is this current week) which was what my medical certificate was for 1 week. Carley wrote me another medical certificate to cover a second week off work. I tried working 1.5 days and by the second day I went home half way through the day and just went into hibernation. I googled back pain in relation to breast augmentation and it's not uncommon. In fact it is common to have. I've had it now for 8 days straight, I wake up every morning with a sore back to the point where I need help to get out of bed. After that Im ok if I regularly lay down in bed or sit in my nice puffy comfortable reclining couch. I honestly at this point feel like its never going to end = ( The nurse said I can't sleep any other way than on my back (she said at best prop pillow under 1 side of my back to angle me onto my side just a little but that's it, no pressure on the incisions). When I went to my 1 week consult and saw the nurse she said all I can use is Voltaren the cream on my back (which does nothing to help). At the moment I just feel like I'm suffering (I know.. selfish 3rd world problems).

Actually touching base on my 1 week consult with Carley the nurse. She removed the tape covering my stitched up incision line and checked and said everything is looking good. She said I still had more swelling and mentioned that my cleavage would get better as there is still some swelling in the gap. She mentioned my breast size should be around the 'F' mark (and that's about when I packed my pants, much bigger than I wanted). As far as the unsymmetrical boobs, yep they are still there, swelling has gone down quite a lot since day 1. I'm hoping there is more swelling but I think it's wishful thinking. Not too sure if I made the right decision to keep both implants even in size. I was going off the Dr's opinion that it wasn't worth the risk. I guess I will never know how they would have turned out with the different implant sizes to compensate the difference. My opinion, if your Dr is confident is making your boobs even, I'd do it. 1 thing I questioned was why 1 sizing option offered to me being 420/460 was 40cc different in size when option 2, being 460/520 was 60cc. Because of the difference, the stuff online saying it can be a risk AND the Dr's opinion that it wouldn't be too different I decided to stay the same size both sides. It was just the question on the day of surgery about my boobs looking similar in a bra or not that now haunts me.. maybe I should have questioned it at the time (damn the after thoughts.. especially after paying out $10,500).

Overall this has been a massive emotional roller coaster ride. I wasn't told at any point that emotionally this effects you, whether it be really good or really bad, so please be prepared for this and really prepare your partner. I know my partner as well as I have been shocked at how emotional I have been. I'm so up and down. I like (just like not love) my boobs covered with clothes on and in a bra, out of a bra I hate myself. Naked I feel the boobs are too big for my frame and I don't feel sexy. At the moment I feel the back pain is definitely relating to the size of the implant and had I chosen another smaller implant the pain would be less and I feel the smaller implant would have been much better for me, emotionally and relating to pain. As I said I'm very up and down. I just have to hold on to 2 lots of hope. 1 that's its normal and this back pain will subside (like I said I feel like it will never end) and the other is that the Dr is right (he is the professional after all) and that I will love these boobs in due course. I know its early stages yet and I know it takes time for everything to settle down, both the boobs and the pain. I can't wish enough that time has passed by so things are normal again...

God help me when the time comes for me to have kids. I said to my partner that he better be prepared for the potential to have just 1 kid because after the first, I might ever be able to go back to having another one LOL.

Some more progress photos

The funny meme picture I mentioned :)

Congratulations! You're still so early in the healing process...try to be patient. Thank you for your honest insight into the emotional roller coaster that a BA patient might experience. It's not only physical pain but there is some mental anguish that goes along with it. Take it easy and keep us posted!

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Not too big, they look good for how new they are...be happy!!
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Thanks and I think I will be happy one they stay looking more like a natural boob. Everything is just such a shock. Particularly when it's on your body!! I mainly looked at photos of before and after when they had recovered and dropped. I never really saw straight after the operation so it came as a shock to me. I wasn't prepared in that way. But in time I'm sure I'll be very happy :)
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Very down in the dumps

Finally decided to put my first nice right shirt on and this is what I see. $10, 500 wasted on very obvious unsymetrical boobs. Really disappointmented. I won't be showing these off at all. I'm just embarrassed.
You are only 10 days into your recovery, give it time before you give up!
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I'm honestly trying so hard to. I just can't get mychin up. To pay so much money and have such a huge difference.. I honestly don't feel there will be much difference in another 4 weeks time for my next follow up. If anyone has had the same thing happen and has had a good outcome id love to hear and see photos for some empowerment. Thanks for your support. I definitely need it.
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Sorry I found your photos. Ouch, hopefully you'll love them soon..... and the pain will go away. All the best and keep in touch. Lol
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Start of week 2.

So I don't want to jinx myself but my pain in my back is half of what it was last week. I changed from the Mareena bra to my lorna jane seamless bra, prop'd myself up like day 1 when i went to sleep and it helped a little. I still have 1 boob bigger than the other. The nurse was concerned on Friday their might have been something going on there with the bigger boob and gave me an emergency number to call in case things got worse but it didn't. Still the same. I'm still not happy just yet. Definitely glad the pain in my back is backing off. Then just need to wait another month and hope it's just swelling still in the bigger boob before my second follow up appointment where I can discuss my feelings on the outcome.

Praying like mad its just swelling but I don't feel it is :(
Oh sweetheart thinking of you. Hang in there and if your breast isn't even with the other soon, take action. He should have to fix it. Xx
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Thanks I will. It's annoying to realise after surgery that they're was not enough conversation about the outcome. I guess you think these Drs know what their are doing so you put faith in them to get you a great outcome. This Dr should have really gone through my imperfections and explained what would still remain after the implants unless I pay more to have something else done to correct the other issues. I know they will blame my natural issues on the outcome but as a duty of care these things should have been explained clearly and not assumed it was known without mentioning it. I hope I don't need to go under the knife again and I hope I don't have to go through the stress of fighting for something that should have been done outright the first time.
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Hey girl...sending big hugs your way. I hope for your sake that its just bad swelling and because its so early its a very good chance it is. Pm me if you want me to call you...its such a crap time and also as you come down off the meds. Hope things take a turn for the better. And chin up...as dh said...on embarking on this journey we take the risk that things may not be quite right first up as we don't know how our bodies are going to look. They are simply devices and if they need fixing or sizes changed to make us happy...then they can bloody well do it!!! You know what I'm saying here :). I'm getting some other opinions and also off the forum doctors. I'll be sending copies to Carley to pass on lol :)
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scar / incision update

I must commend the Dr on the incision and the internal stitches. I can say that these look spot on. That's the sort of work I was paying for.. perfection. I never thought the stiches would be on the inside. What a surprise! :) you learn something new everyday.
Not sure if it helps, but the asymmetry is quite common with implants...nearly every review I see shows this, I experienced it as well. Mine never improved and I was embarrassed of them for 4 yrs. It does look like you had asymmetry to start with, so implants just exaggerate that. Sorry that you've been cheated on and teased about your breast size, it's sad that this happens and women turn to drastic things like surgery.
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Yes I found out after my surgery that implants exaggerate the imperfections. Had I known I would have glady paid extra for some extra work. Hopefully things calm down at the 6 week Mark but I don't feel it will and I know they will blame the natural imperfections as apposed to their lack of advice and they will likely try making me pay full $$ to make the adjustments I could have had first time round. I did plan to have a future but the way it's going I feel like my future will be using all my money paying to correct this stuff.
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post op depression

So I think it's time to admit it. I think I have post op depression. I'm up and down like a yoyo. Only 1 thing is for sure, I'm not happy with my result. I know there is another month before my 6 week follow up but I really had no idea what to expect after surgery so everything has come as a shock and currently having boobs that are wonky enough that a shirt won't even cover the difference its very depressing. All I can hold on to is hope and sometimes it's hard to hold on :(
Oh my girl....hang in there. It will all be ok in the end. Hopefully it still is swollen and if it isn't then its something that can be fixed ok. If doc suggested the 520 and said you would not see too much difference then he can fix it. His revision policy covers unsatisfactory results and if he wants to keep a good reputation then he will fix it for you.. you might just have to cover anesthetic costs. Chin up...and I know where you are as I've been there too. I still have days when I cry. I know I shouldn't as I have great boobs but its the expectations that we have that get to us. Call me anytime girl. It will all be ok. Xoxo biggest hugs shelly xoxo
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And I do agree with the lack of advice. I felt like I had to pry everything out of him. If he was really listening to what I wanted...I would not be feeling how I am too. If he's not good about it then there are 2 of us that can do something about it. ...
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You really are amazing. You are such great support and I appreciate it so much. It's so good to know his revision policy. I didn't know that. I feel a bit more at ease now. I just need someone strong like my sister (who lives in Victoria) to come with me on my 6 week appointment to help me and give me strength to tell him I'm not happy. I'll pay a day 3 and day 15 comparison photo. I have more cleveage but the bigger boob is the same. It hasn't changed in size :(
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update

Top photo is day 15 bottom was day 3. They have come together more since day 3 but size difference remains the same.
Hi there, I am booked in to have a breast augmentation an lift woth dr Phil Richardson in a few months! I have severe tuberous breast both the sAme size but both very saggy! He reccomended 335cc round after reading this I think may cancel! Mine are worse than yours pre opp an worried about his experience now :(
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Probably wise...his advice is next to nothing.
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He is also very conservative when it comes to size. He made me feel like I was getting huge implants ..even told my husband that the average implant size is 300 and that some doctors overseas won't implant any more than 300. I ended up at 450cc after he said I was being wise downsizing from 500cc and now I'm very disappointed with my size. They look nothing like the size of boobs I showed him...he even lost my wish boob pic I gave him on my first consult.
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update

Wow its been busy! I've been flat stick so I thought I should probably do an update.

3 weeks ago I saw my local GP and he prescribed me anti depressants until things settle and I'm so glad I did. I feel so much more emotionally able to deal with things. I just hope they aren't blocking how I truly feel.

On thursday just gone I had a bra fitting. Smaller boob a DD. Bigger boob a full E / F. Bummer!

I had my 6 week appointment yesterday. Dr thinks it still might have fluid and also said 1 is sitting higher than the other so he also thinks massage might help so that's all I can do. He said to come back in another 6 weeks and reassess. He said if it doesn't change and I can't live with the outcome the option would be to put in 250cc implants which is less than half of what I have now. So I have some massaging and thinking to do over the next 6 weeks. Not too sure going to 250cc will be easy after having 520cc :/

Aside from that back is better. Almost 100% again. It still aches when I do out of the ordinary stuff like riding my motorbike but my back muscles are building up with the new additional weight so I'm not concerned.

Feeling much better about things but still not 100% on accepting the outcome of the boobs.

I have now stopped taping the incision. I can now wear normal bras and I can now go back to exercise which I think will also affect my back for a little bit until my muscles get used to it.

updated photos

Have to be selective about what I wear because if the size difference as how obvious it can be. Not what I wanted as a result.
Hi Girls... I am booked in with Dr Richardson 5th Dec, and now I think I may shop around a bit. Any recommendations on doctors on the gold coast or brisbane ?
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I think you're being very wise to shop around.
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Hi I had mine done in march and I'm not happy with my size . I agree with you in regards to him not being very helpful when choosing size . Yes he gave me very natural look but I don't feel any bigger than I did in my padded bra. I also agree that dr Butain was great very caring. I'm actually looking at going back for a revision this year. I expressed my concern to him about size and that if I had been informed that you lose a bit going under the muscle I would have chosen differently. He didn't guide with sizing and his response to me was that it can't be his choice, I'm paying you to help suggest sizes !!!!!
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Dr Richardson on my first appointment didn't say alot, he let me do all the talking and to be honest, I wasn't 100% convinced I had the right Dr. I wanted someone to guide me. Although I had researched alot I still wanted someone experienced to direct me through the whole process and I wasn't getting that. Information on the Internet relating to sizes contradicted each other and I was quite confused even having done alot of research. Apparently Dr Richardson would book patients after 1 consult too which I was surprised with. Another Dr I saw prior to him said 2 consults minimum and a minimum wait/think time of 3 weeks between consults before you could book surgery which I thought was really in line with duty of care so I had in mind that Dr Richardsons practice was alittle bit "redneck" as such. LOL that's the only terminology I can think to explain it (probably sounds worse than I mean). I decided to make a second consult in case I had misinterpreted my thoughts on everything. On the second visit things were much better but I think this was because I navigated the consult more myself pulling out photos of what I was after and asking more questions as it seems without asking them it wasn't too easy to get information from him. Dr Richardson gave me implants to try in a sports bra in both the first and second consult. I asked if the bra would not make them look bigger or smaller than reality to which I was told they would be alittle smaller. I mentioned I had I breast smaller than the other and we discussed 2 seperate implant sizes to equil them out also. It was down to 2 sizes after consult 1 420/460 or 460/520 (with the bigger implant on the other side too even out the smaller boob size), on Consult 2 Dr Richardson suggested that if I wasn't concerned going the next size up again I could also select from 520cc and that I would love them. So going with the professionals advice I decided to go 520. Dr Richardson ended up putting the same implant on both sides as he felt the size difference want that obvious and wasn't worth the risk or over or under compensating the size so I agreed with his advice as the professional. Overall the surgery where it took place was faultless, everything seems to be healing well. The anaetheist was fantastic and i can't fault him. I'm afraid of needles and he really helped me through this and because he was so confident i had faith in him. I think Dr Richardson could take more control of his consults all he did had run through the potential risks of implants and gave me a brochure. I think if he was more confident and in control I would have been more at ease. I mean if someone is going to cut you open you want to feel like they are all over it without doubt and for $10, 500 they should be! Carley who is the nurse is lovely and very easy going. I had my 1 week check up with her the other day and she put alot of my concerns at ease. Dr Richardson is lucky to have her onboard. She is the goto person and does a good job.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
3 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
3 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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