I almost gave up on having this done due to the scarring that seemed the norm. I had one visit with a different more local doc where someone at the office said she had had it done with minimal scarring and would I like to see hers? I said "Is your scarring the norm or the exception?" She answered honestly that it was NOT the norm, most have greater scars. I denied looking...it meant nothing after that.
I should state this by saying the obvious review question: I have no ties to Dr. Hordenski, personal or professional in any way whatsoever. I found him simply by research when I decided I wanted a breast lift. I am paying the full fee for my procedure, he was not informed of my review, I didn't ask for anything free or at a discount for writing a review nor was I offered any and I don't know anyone associated with him personally or professionally in any capacity--and I didn't discuss the review in any way. (Don't YOU always want to know this in a review?) However, my issue is there simply is not enough information I could get my hands on out there. I gained info during my appt I saw nowhere because of how I review docs, and, more importantly, I learned things that I read online were not true (like someone said the nipple is removed and replaced. It is not!) I did tell him this (there is not clear info anywhere) during my appointment and he said he understands not many want to post photos of their breasts online and write but that he can connect me with as many patients as I would like who are happy to send them privately in addition to the photos he showed me which were amazing. People fly in from Singapore, England, France etc for this as he is the only one doing it. The list of people from other countries was quite extensive and people fly in, obviously, from all states to the point that most patients are from out of state as he is this doc is the inventor.
That said, having been that physician recruiter, I go to no one who is not board certified. He is the only doctor I have ever met who is triple board certified.
His expertise is in breasts. He seemed genius on this but I personally would not go to him for, say, a brow lift. Why? When I want something done I find a doctor who is an expert in that field. I had a brow lift done in Austin by a facial cosmetic surgeon who is a wiz at botox and facelifts and eye lifts etc (Dr. Apostolakis--fantastic) and when it came time for the boobs, I wanted the best in the business there too. I personally believe the docs that find their specialty and obsess on it are the ones I prefer, even if it takes some travel on my part.
When I told other docs I wanted a bit more breast with my lift before I found Horndeski, they were going to add pretty large sized implants. Dr. Horndeski said I likely wouldn't need one at all (which I'll get to in a minute) but suggested I use the smallest sized available if so and I'd still likely go up a cup or two sizes. He said when he asked the implant sales reps what is the smallest size they offer they said no one had ever asked that before--other docs want to know the largest. But because you get so much fullness with this lift (Victoria's Secret kind of fullness), most get it with no augmentation. Other breast lifts don't give you more fullness by bringing in the tissue you have that has moved to the side and under the breast etc
Most of the photos on his site are with no augmentation, just a lift.
I asked if he gave a cash discount. He does not.
Here is the MOST important thing...he has perfected the technique now so that most don't even need the cut under the breast. That means NO scar. This was not advertised well either on his site or on the net and I find it very important. The cut is around the nipple (I'll get to that more; it's not removed) and there is no vertical or horizontal scar. The incision around the nipple should be gone up to a year later or less. This is called the mini ultimate breast lift. Not because you aren't getting as much lift, but because it's less surgery needed and less cutting.
Okay so here's what I did that, as far as I read, no one else has done on reviews I waded through. I, with my medical background, wanted all the specifics. I didn't want the generalities that meant nothing to me online. For example, everyone talked about straps attached to your pecs that made this lift last way longer than any other lift. My question was "The lifestyle lift face lift that some bad plastic surgeons do is a farce because your body absorbs the incisions and 6 months later your face lift is gone. How can you have straps in your body that your body doesn't fight or absorb?"
And this is where he asked if I wanted to see the entire procedure. I did.
This is also where I saw the passion of what he does become amazing. He loves doing this and had pure joy in being able to show how amazing it is. It sold me like you wouldn't believe. It's genius.
Okay, so I know I can't be the only one who doubts everything unless they have hard facts so I will give some cliff notes here.
Your body doesn't absorb the straps because they are made from the leftover breast tissue that is still attached to your breast. Because there are a few of them made and can be positioned however he desires, you can actually basically place an order for how you want your boobies to look. If you want real strong upper pole fullness, you can get it, (the Victoria's Secret look), if you don't, you can order that up as well. These straps make it basically adjustable during the surgery for what you want.
Because you are also getting the breast tissue that's now falling to the side of your breast, you bring in more fullness naturally as the breast is lifted so you will either stay the same cup size or get more without an implant. However, if like me you decide you want to go big or go home, the implant is added under the breast like a push up bra which means you wind up with a breast that feels all real because he uses all the natural tissue first at the top.
I am a full C going to a DD.
My husband was concerned about the nipple sensitivity. Unlike traditional lifts that can damage the nerve endings, some report more sensitivity after this operation apparently. I said I thought he cut the nipple off (look like it in the photos, right?) I hesitate to discuss the photos I saw here put the nipple is secured and held up (it sound gross so I am trying to be careful as he showed me step by step how he did this) and the skin is cut AROUND it. Outer skin only. Nipple goes nowhere. Then the straps are attached to the pecs (straps made from skin.) and connected in such a way that your breast lift retains its shape regardless of whether you lose weight, workout, go braless (after proper healing time) etc. because you basically have an "inner bra" you can't feel at muscle level.
This also has a perkier result than other breast lifts because you aren't just gathering skin around the nipple, but the whole breast is being lifted.
As your breast settles into shape after surgery, the bra you wear to help it do so is important. They went over this. If you choose a bra with uplift padding on the bottom only, it creates a dent there (not permanent) so they went over the best ones to pick.
As a physician recruiter I met a few engineers who became doctors and invented knew devices for the heart, for leg surgeries, etc. This is the first cosmetic surgeon who, as a engineer, I met that revised traditional surgery. I find it exciting. He is the only one who is doing this although some have some other techniques--he has invented this technique and apparently is not selling it although he will show you the basic information on the main parts (not the strap weaving to the pecs etc as proprietary).
Because my parents will be in town at the end of June, I made my appointment for July 2nd.
At that time I will post both before and after photos as I heal because of my own frustration in there simply not being near enough info to sell me on it on the internet. I feel for other gals in my situation. So I'll share my info but I also wanted to tell others to ASK...and if you are not squeamish, ask to see the step by step. It's an AHA! moment....not only to see the Dr. really come alive in his passion for this procedure and discussing it in detail, but also to really understand how it's done so you "get it".
I hope I added some clarity and got what I said all correct. It is not true that "if this could be done all doctors would be doing it." ( I read this being said by some docs who had not heard of it) I can tell you I was blind in one eye for years after bad lasik and only one Dr. in Dallas was approved to do a surgery that corrected it that he had invented. He gave me my vision back. It starts somewhere then typically that doctor is benefitted by being a trainer to others. One just doesn't guess how it's done and the true medical part isn't shared. Just the outer part to make it easy to understand for the patient. I can also say what sold me was reading the other cosmetic surgeons on a board saying yes this can be done but few know how and you'd have to see a surgeon to know if you are a candidate.
The other thing I had not read is that this doctor, because so many of his patients are from out of town, can do the initial appt through Skype. Although I live 3 hours away, we chose to drive in because I wanted the full scoop.
Other stuff: The office is understated and dated...Kind of 1980s country...you know, that country light blue look with diamond wallpaper border and office chairs. I have visited a few cosmetic surgery offices and this is not the norm it seems. Most kind of go luxe in the waiting room. But this is for appointment consultations only and it sounds like most prefer the skype method. The surgery is done across the street at a surgery center, fully equipped.
The doc is kind and patient. If you want to see his real energy get him talking about the procedure. I bet this was his life work for years of passion and obsession. It seems that way since he recently eliminated even the bottom scar for most patients, not just the lollipop scar.
No one I visited had before and after photos so amazing...most give you boobs almost as good as you used to have. This procedure gives you better ones. Perkier, full upper pole if you want it, the Victoria's Secret look when wearing a dress with NO bra.
That is why I am having it done. I want to be amazing braless if I desire. Not scarred and a little bit higher.
I will post photos before and after when I have surgery in a few weeks.
I am pretty picky and I am not unfamiliar with cosmetic surgery and I have to say I am exceptionally excited about this upcoming procedure.
It should be noted that when I talk about the fullness, that can be personalized. If you want less fullness, the straps are just not placed as high.