Anonymous on RateMDs
3 years ago
11/04/2019, 06:07 AM
I'm in a business with the brightest of lights, close up's and unflattering camera angles. Most know that the camera can add 'ten pounds' but in many cases, it also adds years, making you look older as the lights cast shadows and accentuate every tiny line and crease. Well, this was just not acceptable to me, so at age 53, my search for a plastic surgeon began. It is a very daunting task to choose a surgeon for such an incredibly important surgery, even more so when your career depends on a meticulous, but natural result. I never, ever share personal information but this is a story that I feel should be shared for a number of reasons.
A little over two years ago, I chose my first surgeon. Although this doctor seemed to have all the right certifications, qualifications and accolades, unfortunately my lower facelift/ platysmaplasty did not turn out as I had hoped. My neck actually looked worse than before which was distressing, which was likely caused by a hematoma, and I still had some laxity. A revision on the neck unfortunately did not provide an acceptable result. I didn't blame the doctor, things happen during surgery that are unanticipated, but you might imagine my frustration and exhaustion at this point. I was more determined than ever to do even more intense research and find the most experienced, talented surgeon that would not only be able to deal with complicated scar tissue from these prior surgeries, but to finally give me the facial and neck rejuvenation that I desperately wanted and needed.
I spent hours upon hours researching, talking to other doctors, belaboring every detail. It was an exhaustive process... I needed to get this right! Well, after all the many, many hours spent searching, I can honestly say that I finally found the best of the best!! There were many things that stood out while researching Dr. Darrick Antell's experience, qualifications and training. I noted that Dr. Antell's surgical training was at esteemed locations like Cornell and Stanford. I saw that not only was he board certified, but was known worldwide and among many celebrities and people in the news business, for his facial rejuvenation work.... among other things.... BUT the cherry on the cake was when I saw that he first obtained a dental degree before going on to become a plastic surgeon! BOOM! Who would understand the structure of a face, jaw, and neck more than a surgeon with this extensive, multi discipline training? No one compared to Dr. Antell and I mean NO ONE. There was a holy grail after all. Dr. Darrick Antell clearly stood out as the 'Michelangelo' of plastic surgeons and boy was I relieved that my search was over.
My entire experience with Dr. Antell and his practice, from start to finish, has been exemplary. As soon as you meet Dr. Antell, his confidence and Midwestern charm puts you immediately at ease. Unlike some other plastic surgeons that I had met, there was no arrogance, or being talked down to. Dr. Antell listens intently because he wants to know and understand what you want without any pressure. His staff were all wonderful to deal with.
MY RESULT! Nothing short of fabulous! It's been 11 days, but I can't stop looking in the mirror. The crinkly neck that plagued me for years is gone!! He not only totally revised the lower facelift and necklift, but did fat grafting to restore plumpness to hollowed areas on my face. And, the best news, is that it all looks natural. Despite some residual swelling as it's still early days, no one has even questioned me about any changes to my face other than saying how great I look (overall) and that I look very well rested. I can see the dramatic improvements because I know what I'm looking at.... but the very last thing anyone wants is for someone else to see that you've 'had work' done to your face.... and Dr. Antell's genius hands will only turn back the clock, and never make you look like a caricature that we've all seen too often.
So the moral to my story, I've already done all the research and have the results. If you are looking for someone that you can trust entirely and who has unparalleled experience and credentials, Dr. Darrick E. Antell, MD FACS, is your doctor. He's the best of the best. Bar none.