Location: Los Angeles, CA
Member since 6/6/2011


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Reviews by nearlynatural

Zoom whitening very effective

This is the second time I've had Zoom teeth whitening. The first time was about 8 years ago and I was extremely happy with the results. Travelling to India I thought I'd go for a freshen up, although my teeth are only a little bit discoloured. I chose the dentist from looking around on the... READ MORE

First botox experience

The lines around my eyes have bothered me for a little while, they show up when I put on a really big smile. I've thought about botox but not very seriously. Then I thought, while in India, why not?? I went to a well known hospital in Mumbai and met with a very attentive doctor from the... READ MORE

Lasik surgery for extreme hyperopia

This is the end of a very long journey for me, one that has led me all the way from Australia to Mumbai, India. I wish I had more time to reflect but I have to be up early for surgery tomorrow and thought writing something is better than nothing. My background is that I have extreme hyperopia,... READ MORE

Horrible Experience with Local Tattooist - Australia, AU

I originally had my tattoo eyeliner done somewhere else, and it was nice but barely noticeable. A while later I saw that a local tattooist was having a special, and unfortunately I got sucked in by the cheap price.... During the consultation I asked her to draw on my eyebrows, and when she... READ MORE

Not what I asked for. Need a revision now.

So I had rhinoplasty 2 days ago. I have been thinking about it for a long time and I came to the US with the intention of having a couple of procedures. Right now I am 2 days post op and concerned that my nose looks short and upturned.... Will it really correct itself so much that it looks like... READ MORE

Removal of cosmetic eyeliner and eyebrows...

I have had cosmetic eyeliner and eyebrows for about 3 or 4 years and have begun the process of removing it with the picosure laser. It involves numbing the eye, placing in metal eye shields, and zapping the tattooed areas. The aftermath is some bruising which takes about a week to clear and... READ MORE

Otoplasty to Improve Symmetry

I had my first otoplasty back in February because I felt the tops of my ears stuck out and weren't very symmetrical. If I wore my hair down they poked out like pixie ears! I wanted to feel more comfortable wearing my hair up so I ended up going to a nice doctor in San Diego. I was fully awake... READ MORE

Severely burnt and scarred around eyes

It's day 5 since my procedure and I'm nowhere near healed yet. Can't go anywhere or do anything. Trying to be patient and accept my fate for the next few days.... Originally I was booked in for full face of fraxel repair at the same time but the doctor deemed me at high risk of hyerpigmentation... READ MORE

Vbeam for burn scars around eyes - New York, NY

I had an aggressive laser treatment around my eyes 6 weeks ago at a different clinic - (see other review here: I didn't heal well. I developed raised lines or hypertrophic scarring. The original dermatologist... READ MORE

Annoying Mole with Hair Follicle

I had a mole on my chin which really bugged me. Not so much the mole but a hair that grew from it. It was thick like a man's beard hair!!. Got it cut out and happy I did. The scar area was hard like a pimple for a while but it got softer. Medicare paid some of the money back - win win.... READ MORE

Veins Under Eyes Gone! - San Diego, CA

Last week I had cooltouch varia for under eye veins. It was somewhat painful and I had swelling but nothing too bad. Last year I saw Dr Fabi at the same practice and I can't remember why, but she only treated the temple veins and when I found out that my undereye veins could be treated I was... READ MORE

Hairline lowering with the best - Chicago, IL

I was going to wait longer before reviewing my procedure since I didn't want to make another negative review... Fortunately I have no doubts that this is going to look excellent! I have a natural M shaped hairline, it's at the perfect distance in the middle and then goes way back so I found... READ MORE

Questions from nearlynatural

Considering a Subtle Rhinoplasty. Opinions Please!

Hi all I'm considering a rhinoplasty to give my face more definition and a softer profile. I've had my first consultation and was recommended a subtle rhinoplasty,... READ MORE

Vision Correction Options for High Hyperopia and Some Astigmatism?

I'm a 23 year old female with a glasses prescription of +600 / -025 x 15 and +750 / -175 x 168. My vision is something that has affected me my whole life, socially and... READ MORE

How to fix red marks left from laser mole removal?

I had a few moles burnt off with a laser 3 months ago. This has left some light coloured redish marks / scars which bother me, although they are definitely an improvement on... READ MORE

Should I use picosure for cosmetic tattoos?

I got cosmetic eyeliner and eyebrows a few years ago - big mistake! I have had 1 picosure treatment on both areas, and it is expensive and painful around the eyes where I... READ MORE

What kind of treatment could be done on my overly projected bottom lip and jaw area? (Photos)

Hello, I've been looking at profile shots of myself and I feel as though my bottom lip and jaw area may be too projected. What could be done to provide an improvement? Would... READ MORE

Rhinoplasty for droopy tip. Is there a surgeon out there that can give me the nose I want without making it too short? (Photos)

I want rhinoplasty for my droopy tip but I'm concerned I might end up with a short nose. It's already quite small. I've attached a photo of what I want. Elegant with possibly a... READ MORE

I have scar on the white part of eye (sclera) from strabismus surgery. Can it be fixed?

One year ago I had surgery for strabismus in my right eye using adjustable sutures. I now have two scars from the incisions that are a greyish pinkish colour. I think the... READ MORE

I think I have mild ptosis, is this fixable with eyelid surgery? Or is there more going on? (photos)

Hi doctors, I've noticed in photos that my right eye is slightly more closed than my left eye. When I smile the area under my eye wrinkles up differently. From reading on this... READ MORE

Why didn't my nose turn out as promised after my first rhinoplasty? Is it easy to fix? (Photo)

Hello, I had a rhinoplasty over 4 months ago with an experienced surgeon. I'm disappointed with the results. My nose doesn't look anything like the imagining - it is shorter,... READ MORE

Rhinoplasty results do not look like computer imaging. Can this be used as evidence to attain a refund? (Photo)

I had a rhinoplasty about 6 months ago and it looks nothing like what was promised. The computer imagining shows deprojection, a nice slope, shorter nostrils, and a refined tip... READ MORE

Will an otoplasty revision improve the shape of my ears? (Photos)

I had ear pinning about 6 months ago. I'm not happy with the shape, it is pulling inwards in the middle whereas I'd prefer a straight of slightly out-turned shape in the middle... READ MORE

Will laser resurfacing be enough to fix my hooded eyelids? (Photos)

I'm 27 and have noticed some minor hooding on my eyelids. It is more prominent on one side so the lower crease on one side makes my eyes appear assymetrical. Would laser... READ MORE

What treatment options do I have for eyelid asymmetry and overall rejuvenation? (Photos)

Hi, I'm 27 and am concerned about fine lines and hollowness under eyes, and assymetry of eyelids and eyebrows. What combination of treatment options should I consider and in... READ MORE

What can I do about dynamic wrinkles under the eyes? Filler, laser? (Photos)

I can get botox for my crows feet but that doesn't stop the bunching under my eyes. What about laser (erbium, co2) followed by filler? Is this a good strategy? READ MORE

My nose looks much wider 8 months post rhinoplasty. Why? (photo)

I had an open rhinoplasty 8 months ago. I feel that the front view is worse than before - it's wide and short, with unattractive nostrils exposed. It has lost an elegant inward... READ MORE

Can an eyebrow lift correct a very small amount of asymmetry precisely?

One of my eyebrows is slightly lower than the other. Say a couple of millimeters. I have spoken to three oculoplastic surgeons who did not recommend any surgical correction.... READ MORE

I want a lateral brow lift to correct about 2mm of asymmetry on my right brow. Are there any surgeons happy to do this?

My right eyebrow is slightly lower than my left and can be corrected by holding up the skin near the arch and tail end. I have been recommend botox however I want it fixed... READ MORE

What's the difference between Fraxel repair 70% ablative and co2 fully ablative?

I have visited two dermatologists regarding laser resurfacing for the face. They both suggested erbium and co2 for the eye area, however one recommended fraxel repair 70%... READ MORE

How long after thigh liposuction can I have ankle/calf liposuction if done separately?

Hi doctors, I may be having my thighs and ankles/calves liposuctioned by different doctors. The reason is that the first lipo doctor has not done many calves so I'd rather go... READ MORE

Will tightness soften over time after CO2 resurfacing under eyes?

I had co2 resurfacing on my upper and lower eyelids a week ago. My skin feels a bit too tight under my eyes. When I yawn it pulls the lower eyelid skin back. Is this... READ MORE

Does this look like a scar post CO2 laser resurfacing? If so, what should be done about it? (Photo)

I had fractional co2 and erbium on my upper and lower eyelids 2 weeks ago. I've noticed a thin red mark under one eye. It appears raised under the light. Is it a scar? How... READ MORE

Is my CO2 laser recovery abnormal? (Photos)

I had fractional co2 and erbium 2.5 weeks ago. I'm 27 and had nice skin with no scars, but some laxity. I know it's early in the healing process but I'm concerned because I... READ MORE

Is my skin ruined forever from co2 laser? (Photo)

I had erbium and co2 laser 4 weeks ago to tighten my eye area. My skin is raised, bumpy, shiny and leathery. Makeup doesn't cover the damage properly. Is my skin ruined... READ MORE

The type of blepharoplasty that changes the depth of the eyelid being pulled inwards. What do I need to know?

Hello, I recently consulted with 3 oculoplastic surgeons regarding my eyelid asymmetry. One of them told me this was due to my eyelid "sucking in" more on one side. He said he... READ MORE

What would cause distinct thin raised lines around the eyes after CO2 and erbium resurfacing? (Photo)

I had laser resurfacing over 5 weeks ago for dynamic wrinkles. I think fully ablative erbium and fractional co2. I have several very obvious raised lines around my eyes. They... READ MORE

What does a timeline of vbeam treatments look like for new scars?

Hello doctors, I've begun vbeam for 6 week old hypertrophic scarring caused by laser resurfacing to the eye area. The second treatment is scheduled 10 days after the first... READ MORE

Would fat grafting help 6 week old hypertrophic scarring? (Photo)

I've developed scarring around my eyes from laser resurfacing. Would fat grafting miminise the actual scar development? I've heard it can improve skin quality. I'm also having... READ MORE

When is the best time to try laser methods for scar reduction? (Photo)

I have 7 week old hypertrophic scars around my eyes caused by aggressive co2/erbium resurfacing. I'm currently trying vbeam, steriod injections and silicone gel. When is the... READ MORE

Should I get fraxel restore and vbeam at the same time for scar reduction? (Photo)

My hypertrophic scars are 6-7 weeks old. They are caused my co2 and erbium laser resurfacing to the eye area. Would this be the best combination? READ MORE

Should hypertrophic scars be treated aggressively when they are newly formed? (photos)

I read comments from one dermatologist stating that scars should be treated with co2 laser within the first 8 weeks for dramatic improvements. And after that not much can fix... READ MORE

Can v beam result in skin thinning?

Is this a risk? I'm having vbeam done on my thin eyelids for scars. A realself user tells me it can thin the skin but I haven't read this anywhere else. READ MORE

Sensitive skin 2 months post laser resurfacing. Is there anything I can do to help the healing process?

I had fully ablative laser resurfacing around my eyes 2 months ago. I now have hypertrophic scars under my eyes and under the brows. The is being treated and doesn't hurt.... READ MORE

If a surgery (or part) is forgone due to a perceived health risk, should the doctor refund a portion of the money? How much?

I paid 5k for full face co2 laser at Westside Dermatology. Whilst sedated the doc only did co2 to my eye area, and a light treatment of the rest of my face. At 1 day post op I... READ MORE

How is Cellfina different to Brazilian Cellulite Surgery?

I remember seeing something on tv years ago about BCL and it looked like a simple concept. And now cellfina has come out and it looks similar... ?? Just curious. Thanks READ MORE

Would SAFElipo technique be beneficial to liposuction of the calves and ankles?

Hi, I am very interested in calf liposuction. I know that it is the surgeon that matters most, but does SAFElipo (4 step technique) provide benefits? Should it be smoother, and... READ MORE

Why does Liposuction make cellulite appearance sometimes better and sometimes worse? Is it because of laser methods?

I have read many times that cellulite can look worse after liposuction. However I have had a consult for upper and lower circumferential legs which clearly shows a reduction in... READ MORE

What happens when tumescent and laser/vaser liposuction methods are combined?

Hi, there's a lot written about one tumescent vs laser. But what happens when these methods are combined? I had a consultation recently and the doctor used the method of... READ MORE

Does liposuction effectively disrupt the attachments that cause cellulite appearance?

So I've read that liposuction does not predictably improve cellulite, but I've also seen a bunch of photos which show huge improvements to cellulite. Mostly with lasers. I've... READ MORE

When can I begin microneedling my atrophic scars?

Hello, I was burnt by laser resurfacing 10 weeks ago. My hypertrophic scars are being treated with injections and vbeam. My temples have shallow indentations and are sensitive.... READ MORE

Demarcation lines after laser resurfacing. How and when can it be blended in? (Photo)

I had fully ablative erbium and fractional yag 10 weeks ago. It left random scars which are being treated with vbeam and cortisone/5fu with good improvements. The thick... READ MORE

Would a skin excision/lower blepharoplasty be considered to remove eyeliner tattoos? (Photo)

I've had eyeliner tattoos for many years and on one side it's too low. I've had like 8 tattoo removal sessions with even the best lasers but I can't see it going away anytime... READ MORE

Laser resurfacing shrunk my eyelids making the eyelid crease appear too high. Can it be lowered during a blepharoplasty? (Photo)

Hi, I had a terrible experience with laser resurfacing of my eyelids a few months ago. The doctor was meant to even out my eyelid asymmetry but did both eyelids the same. Now... READ MORE

What options are there for superior sulcus deformity and eyelid asymmetry? (Photo)

I have superior sulcus deformity and asymmetry. 3 months ago a doctor shrunk both of my eyelids with laser resurfacing, we agreed he would fix the asymmetry but he did them... READ MORE

How much improvement can be expected in scars that are 3 months old? (Photo)

I had laser resurfacing 3 month ago which left scars. I am being treated with vbeam and 5fu/steroid. 3 sessions so far. I'm wondering how much this will improve in the coming... READ MORE

Can fractional CO2 be used to remove a stubborn eyeliner tattoo? (photos)

I've had about 8 tattoo removal sessions with picosure and picoway. Its faded but NOT enough, it will be there forever. Would it be possible to use a fractional co2 for the... READ MORE

I go bright red when exercising. Can vbeam help?

I have pale English/Irish skin and I go bright red when I go to the gym or get embarrassed. I feel like I need to wear makeup to the gym. Would vbeam help fix this? READ MORE

How many microns deep does laser resurfacing need to be to cause scarring? (Photo)

I had resurfacing of eyelids a few months ago. The doctor claims it was fully ablative Erbium laser 20 microns dialled in 10 hz, and then fractional co2 core 5% 80 mj, 3 passes... READ MORE

Are laser settings used during surgery usually recorded?

I had laser resurfacing by Dr Davin Lim which has left second degree burns. It was a 4k procedure done under full sedation. A couple of months after the procedure the doctor... READ MORE

Will fractional co2 help clear an iron oxide tattoo? (photos)

Hi, I have tattoo eyebrows that contain iron oxide. I've had 8 tattoo removal sessions (picosure and picoway) and progress is very slow... Will fractional co2 work? How deep?... READ MORE

Which fat grafting donor site would be most suitable for under eye hollows? And unaffected by weight fluctuations?

I'm interested in fat grafting to the lower eyelids. I have very thin skin. A doctor told me that fat taken from the stomach would look like a sausage after weight gain... So... READ MORE

Laser damage has created web-like scar formation beneath eyes. Will more resurfacing help? (Photos)

I am 5 months out from laser burns to my eye area. I have a web-like scar formation when I stretch the skin. Will fractional resurfacing in the future help make it smooth again? READ MORE

Is it normal to project and raise the tip instead of shaving the hump? (Photos)

I had a rhinoplasty a year ago. The outcome was unexpected. I asked for the hump to be shaved and bulbous tip reduced. It seems he projected and raised the tip which has masked... READ MORE

Please recommend the best co2 laser and settings for removing eyebrow tattoos with iron oxide.

Tattoo removal is too slow due to iron oxide ink. Please recommend the best laser and settings for fractional dermal ablation. If the hair follicle is at 4mm and tattoo is in... READ MORE

How successful is repairing levator dehiscence during blepharoplasty?

I'm 27 with asymmetric eyelids. I've gotten conflicting information about them. On the one hand I'm told I could have a structured blepharoplasty, repair of the levator... READ MORE

What sorts of techniques will help me achieve my dream nose during my revision rhinoplasty? (Photo)

I had my primary rhinoplasty over a year ago. The result was unexpected. I wanted an elegant nose "my nose but better", and ended up with a short wide nose with big supratip... READ MORE

How firm should a nose be after rhinoplasty in the long term?

I had my primary rhinoplasty procedure over a year ago. It's quite firm, not flexible, I don't like it being knocked even a bit. It has a strut graft. Is this a normal outcome? READ MORE

Is fraxel repair safe at the deepest setting and low density?

I want to try fractional co2 for my iron oxide tattoo. Should fraxel repair at the deepest setting and low density cause no scarring? READ MORE

How unpredictable is the labionasal angle in Rhinoplasty? (photos)

I hate my rhinoplasty results. It looks fake and piggish. Why is it SO far off what I wanted? We agreed to the imaging and I paid 12k for this. READ MORE

Recent comments from nearlynatural

Yeah i was really uneasy after I saw it, it was even higher as you can imagine. I tried to force myself to like it. But i just stared at it all the time. I didn't want to be staring at it and thinking about it all the time like an... READ COMMENT

3mm trimmed from caudal base, alar struts are 1.8cm long which go through the nostrils, 1mm trimmed from cechalic portion of alar cartilage... READ COMMENT

Yes wherehaveigone, I have. He told me more or less what needs to be done to fix it and suggested I find someone closer to me to do it. No offer to revise!! Not that I would. I think he's medically competent but extremely mediocre,... READ COMMENT

Thanks. I received a refund. Hopefully more resurfacing and fillers will fix most of the damage. READ COMMENT