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5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty
I've wanted to do this procedure ever since I could remember, so when the better than-ever time finally presented itself, I went straight to work. I booked what felt like ten zillion consultations, interviewing doctors like it was my second job. I had a budget which I knew wasn't going to allow me to go with the "top" surgeons in my area, but I still wanted to know what all my options were. The first few consultations were all the same: the doctor was professional, polite, a perfectly nice person -- but they looked at the whole consultation as a sales pitch (I also didn't even bother to book consultations that cost $100-$250; I knew they weren't the surgeon for me already). One doctor even had her assistant present the price, asked me what I thought about it, and then said "but if you commit by July, we'll knock of $1,000 for the surgeon's fee!!!!" This isn't a game. This is my face. Playing with numbers like that felt so impersonal. The doctor may have been great on paper, or the prices may not have even been all that high, but they just never felt "right". So, when I was about to meet with Dr. Al-Attar, I was starting to feel like maybe this whole procedure was not for me. Maybe I wasn't going to feel comfortable enough with ANY surgeon because I felt like no one really was listening to ME. All of that changed after my consultation with Dr. Al-Attar. He was actually running a lot little late to our initial consultation, and when he finally got to the office and called me in, he was SO apologetic -- I was really surprised. I almost always wait at any doctor's office, and they usually never apologize for making me wait.. so I was really impressed by his genuine politeness and concern for MY time. During our consultation, Dr. Al-Attar asked me a lot of questions, gave me some answers, and then made some really good points I hadn't heard ANY other surgeons say to me before. It was almost as if he wanted ME to convince HIM that I was there for the right reasons, that I really wanted to do this, and that I understood no nose can ever be perfect and he can only do what my nose will allow him to do. He was also the first and only surgeon to say he would recommend a closed rhinoplasty on me vs. an open rhinoplasty (while EVERY other surgeon immediately said open rhinoplasty, no question) and provided very valid points as to why. The feeling that he gave me and the feeling that he has towards cosmetic surgery, his practice, and his patients in general really resonated with me: honest, genuine cosmetic consulting with the overall goal of providing really great results. Not a sales pitch at all. Because I walked out of that consultation feeling so confident in him, I was sure his price would be way out of my budget. I was then surprised, once again, to receive a two-page typed letter covering everything we had talked about in our consultation in detail. He recapped what I said, what he said, the overall goal if I were to go ahead with the surgery, and a quote that was perfectly placed within my budget. I was really taken back by the way he made this experience intimate and personal and how he fully listened to me. I had finally found my surgeon! Once I decided to go with him, we had a few more meetings beforehand, all of which are covered in the price. I paid half of my surgeon's fee when I booked my surgery date and the other half either 2 or 3 weeks before the surgery. The hospital then called me a few days before the surgery to pay for the remaining overall balance which are the hospital fees. Dr. Al-Attar also worked with me on an issue we had with the hospital fees that were incorrect that I know were circumstantial so no point in getting into, but either way, he showed me, once again, how much he cares about his patients by helping me out with this issue. After my surgery, I have called or emailed him along the way with random questions, and he always gives me a call or a reply same day. He is extremely responsive and always willing to bring me in to give a look at something that I may have a question about (which is always nothing, and I know he knows that, but still sees me anyway). Dr. Ali Al-Attar is just a fantastic surgeon, doctor, person, everything. He has the skill without the pompous, medical "holier than thou" attitude I tend to see in most doctors across the board. He really listens, he genuinely cares, and he's not out to make as much money off of you as he can -- he just wants to create great results, and he certainly did for me.