I Regret the Day I Decided on Dr Guida. New York City, NY

If only I could go back in time and change my...

If only I could go back in time and change my decision to have rhinoplasty with Dr Guida, if only I had gone with my gut and chosen another doctor...this is how I feel every morning when I wake up and look at myself in the mirror. Going to Dr Guida was the worst decision of my life.

I was charmed by his calm demeanor and I mistook that for confidence and legitimate interest. Now, when I think back I realize that he never really asked me any questions during consultations, never asked me what I thought of my nose, what I liked and disliked, what I wanted and did not want; it was me asking all the questions and trying to make sense of his one word "yes" and "no" answers. He always seemed half-present and unprepared and as other reviewers have stated, he was always ducking out or leaving without saying goodbye and never returning. I think my consultations with him lasted 15 mins max and the end of every consultation I was left feeling like I had not really gathered any information or insight. But still, I persisted, because of his demeanour - I thought to myself, well maybe he doesn't ask questions because he's so experienced and knows exactly what needs to be done. I was very wrong.

Dr Guida and I went through very briefly what he would be doing during surgery. Once again, the information was very vague but he made it sound like such a simple, routine case and the computer imaging looked good, so I felt confident. The day of surgery, I met with him for a nanosecond and that was the last I saw of him, till a week after when the bandages were meant to come off. Immediately after surgery, I was taken into a room to recuperate - according to my companion, we spent a total of 25 mins in there after which it was indicated, that I should change and leave. I did not receive a single phone call post surgery to inquire of my well-being. I found this very odd.

I will never forget my one week post-op appointment. I was nervous because I could tell from the way the cast sat on my nose, that my nose was all wrong. A nurse came in to take off my bandages, showed me the mirror and I almost fainted. Guida came in for a minute, saw me almost in tears and rushed out. I didn't see him again that day.

The next day I went in to see him, and he told me flatly, "I did what you wanted." He very expertly avoided showing me the computer imaging, when I asked him to compare my proposed nose to my post-op nose. And he has expertly avoided that comparison every since. He continues to say that my nose is still swollen and that he did what I wanted and this is the furthest thing from the truth. My dorsum has been shaved down way too much and in areas that I never requested, making my nose seem flat and almost collapsed from the profile view. I have been to some top doctors recently for revision consultations and they all agree that my post-op nose looks NOTHING like the computer imaging and that they would have handled my nose differently. As one doctor put it, Dr Guida showed "no respect" for my nose or face.

If anyone wants to see photos, I'll be glad to share. Message me on this forum.
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

1 out of 5 stars Overall rating
1 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
2 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
1 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
1 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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