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    Old 05-04-2005, 11:51 AM   #1
    amoryblaine
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    Tabbal Consultation

    I am currently seeking a primary rhinoplasty (male), this was my 2nd consultation.


    Very nice office, great staff. Dr. Tabbal will speak to you in the room about what you want done, then take digital pictures, discuss the price (10,000), and finally, use a computer program to show you your new nose.

    Overall I really liked him (I have heard mixed reviews of the final result) - but my surgery is really simple enough that not much could go wrong. Nonetheless, I did make specific requests to him when he was manipulating the nose in the computer program and he had trouble accepting my point of view. For example, I told him I thought he was doing too much, because I want it to be so conservative you can hardly tell the difference. He said "No, I like the nose as it is right now". In the end it looked good, but as I started to think about it that day, I decided I would need to go back for a 2nd consultation (despite being pretty much set on going to him). I am going to go back in a few weeks just to further spell out exactly what I want done (at no cost) - and hopefully he will understand my concerns.

    Some other good info - he does closed rhinoplasty, uses no packing on the nose, just a simple splint that is taken off 2 days post surgery. He suggested about 2 weeks as the amount of time till you can feel completely normal. I liked that he was honest and didn't pretend it took 3 days before you could be back to work.

    But...there is always a but...I am starting to have second thoughts. For some reason I don't like the typical "slight upturn" on the end of the nose, and I really prefer my nose the way it is - where it just goes straight down. On the picture he made you can hardly tell, but he does turn it up ever so slightly. He also made me a little nervous because I had gone to Dr. Kalvert who had some great ideas that Tabbal never talked about. For example, I asked Tabbal if he thought my nose had enough definition, as Kalvert told me that I didn't. When I went home from the Kalvert appointment I realized that the end of my nose is very boring and lacks any form of definition. Tabbal said "no, you have nice definition, it's enough". Now I know I said I wanted it to be uber-conservative...but I do think it would be nice to refine the bottom portion of the nose just a bit to give my face some more character. I will discuss that with him at the 2nd consult.

    I also went and had medical photographs taken, which he marks up and brings into the OR - I guess that's standard procedure. They were 200 dollars but are included in that 10,000 figure, as is the consultation.

    I am now considering going for one more consultation (they are too expensive, it's very annoying how that limits you).

    I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations? The names I've been kicking around are Imber (who I made an appointment with for June), Godfrey, Pastorek, Aston (I'd really like some info on him), and Matarasso.

    Also, does anyone know of good plastic surgeons in Miami/Palm Beach - that might help.

    ANY HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!

     
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    Old 05-04-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    Speaking from experience with Tabbal,,, I do not recommend him. I strongly suggest you see alot of before and after pictures. that is something tabbal does not show.
    My nose is a mess because of him, and I now need revision with rib because of the damage he did.
    He is not an ent,. just a general ps.. I have alot of structural and functional problems .
    please dont rush into this so fast. this is your face , you have to live with it forever. I would hate for you to be in the same position as myself.
    good luck

     
    Old 05-05-2005, 02:35 PM   #3
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    Check out Dr Richard Davis in Miami. He is not as well known as Tabal and the other big wigs, but has succesfully revised many of the big wigs mistakes. He charges half of what they do and is an ENT. Head of the facial plastic surgery department at University of Miami medical center. There are many posts about him at the rhinoplasty 4 you discussion forum. I have consulted with him and schedualed surgery in July. He was very open to my suggestions and spent 2.5 hours consulting with me (stayed till 7pm with me because my flight was late). He does imaging and his consults are free.

     
    Old 05-05-2005, 05:46 PM   #4
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    BeautyNowBeast - I understand that you had a bad result, but I hope that you are the exception, as I have heard (almost) universally positive remarks on Tabbal. Nonetheless, I'm heading for a consultation with Dr. Imber in June before making a final decision. I will also check out this doctor in Miami (how much does he cost?)

    It sucks because the consultations make it hard to really "shop around" at $250 a pop! But like I said, I'm pretty sure it would be hard to mess up my nose simply because I am asking for such a conservative and simple outcome. Tabbal even said that based on my requests, very little could go wrong. Hopefully that is the case - but it makes me wonder if it's worth all the money!

     
    Old 05-05-2005, 11:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    I hope it works out well for you.. he told me the same thing, but after he sang a different tune. I went in for something very minor and came out with very major problems. I didnt even want imaging because it was suppose to be a very sutble change. Its a horrible feeling when doctors turn you away because of what was done, and refer you to someone else. I spent the last year consulting in different states. A 6 hour surgery maybe more with rib is what all the top revisionists are telling me now. I dont wish this on anyone. Tabbal may be good, but he CAN get sloppy. just becareful... this is something you have to live with it,, not the doctor.
    I have been in touch with a quite a few people from boards and it seems they have similar problems . I wish I would of found these boards before I had my revision. Unfortunately I didnt.
    good luck again , and dont jump into this,,, consult,, consult, consult

     
    Old 05-06-2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    Thanks for the advice BNB..I'll certainly keep it in mind! The problem is that I seem to find complaints about all the doctors - and I don't know what to do.

     
    Old 05-06-2005, 08:02 PM   #7
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    Re: Tabbal Consultation

    have you consulted with pastorek? Real honest surgeon... I dont think i ever heard anything negative about him.

     
    Old 05-06-2005, 08:05 PM   #8
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    also if you dont mind traveling ,, Vito quatela in rochester,,, he does nice male noses,

     
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