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Connecticut Doctors - Dr. Neil A. Gordon | Dr. Restifo

Connecticut Doctors - Dr. Neil A. Gordon | Dr. Restifo

Postby Mary_Beth » Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:55 pm

I was referred to Dr. Restifo but found that Dr. Gordon (in his practice) specializes in faces.

I had a good consult with him and thought it would be good to go ahead with the surgery, but after researching him here I found there was a bit of controversy surrounding him. Not sure exactly what since I think some posts were deleted?

I was hoping someone out there may have had a personal experience to share? Either that or maybe someone could recommend a great non controversial facial plastic surgeon in the CT/NYC area. I live in CT so CT is better than NYC.

Thanks for your help. :)
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Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:00 pm

Hi, I'm not here to give you personal 'recs' for PSs but let's just say that some of the best ones are to be found in NYC. You can do better than the name from CT you listed.
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Postby Mary_Beth » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:04 am

Thank you for your reply MissJ.

I've lost a lot of confidence in my abilities to select a good PS. I had a lot of problems with my first PS that I got a personal recommendation on. I thought that was important. Now, I need to revise 2 different areas of my body that he worked on, probably a 3rd, but I'm not pursuing that one now. I learned that some complications I experienced in my last surgery could have been prevented. I digress...

I don't want to put you on the spot and ask for specific recommendations, but how do you find the best surgeons? I thought I did before and was wrong. :cry:

One thing I guess I am confident of is that I believe I want a facial plastic surgeon. i think.
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Postby harri » Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:25 pm

Mary_Beth wrote:One thing I guess I am confident of is that I believe I want a facial plastic surgeon. i think.


You want a surgeon who does a lot of facelifts which is not the same as saying you want a facial plastic surgeon.

There's a turf war between the specialities - plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons are different spoecialities but both are equally qualified to do facelifts.

So I would concentrate on finding good names.

Hamra, Ashton, Baker are all recognised 'names'. The nightmare is that they do different types of facelifts. :roll:

I'm not recommending these names but I think it's worth researching the different types of facelift from Hamra's extreme composite lift to Baker's the less risky lateral smasectomy so you can make a more informed decision.
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Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:25 pm

Starts with 25 years of research as to knowing who's good at what and why. Some is via patient feedback but most is actually reading the journal articles (private data bases) that PSs publish info amongst themselves. I've also attended pro meetings where they give their presentations and show how they do thier surgeries.

Basically, there is little way to make a match as to which doctor is the one for you without studying your face. But I will tell you that the doc in CT is not on my doctor roster.




Mary_Beth wrote:Thank you for your reply MissJ.

I've lost a lot of confidence in my abilities to select a good PS. I had a lot of problems with my first PS that I got a personal recommendation on. I thought that was important. Now, I need to revise 2 different areas of my body that he worked on, probably a 3rd, but I'm not pursuing that one now. I learned that some complications I experienced in my last surgery could have been prevented. I digress...

I don't want to put you on the spot and ask for specific recommendations, but how do you find the best surgeons? I thought I did before and was wrong. :cry:

One thing I guess I am confident of is that I believe I want a facial plastic surgeon. i think.
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Postby Mary_Beth » Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:09 pm

Thanks again MissJ. It's just as helpful to know who NOT to go to. Since I'm doing a revision on two sub-par procedures I'd like to make sure I get it right this time!!
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Postby Heatherrose » Wed Apr 01, 2009 12:18 pm

Mary Beth, I understand how you feel. I have been trying to figure out which doctor to choose for my facelift and eyes for a long time, and based on consultations and what I've read online, I still cannot make a decision.

I have met with some of the most well-known doctors in NYC, and have been trusting my gut feeling after the consultations. I am just not sure if my gut feeling is always correct. So far, the most famous doctors left me feeling like I had to keep looking. I liked a couple of the doctors who are less famous, but I have never seen any of their patients in person, and I don't trust photos as a basis for making a decision.

None of my friends except for one who is 72 has gotten a facelift or bleph. They are all waiting for me to do it so that they can see how I turn out :)! My friend who is 72 had what I think was a good facelift, in that it turned out natural and was an improvement, but she ended up getting Bell's Palsy not that long after the surgery, so it makes me wonder if there was a connection. If she hadn't gotten the Bell's Palsy, I would have consulted with her surgeon.
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Postby Mary_Beth » Wed Apr 01, 2009 3:55 pm

Hi Heather! Reading your reply is so comforting. It's so nice to know I'm not alone.

It's really helpful to hear that some of the top NYC doctors haven't exactly knocked your socks off. I'd really like to use a top NYC doctor. But, I've got two problems. First, I don't know who the top NYC doctors are. Next, I don't know if I'll be realistically able to use a NYC doc. I have two kids, my own business, a husband that travels, two cats, a dog, and not so much $$$ and time to be spending on consultations. It's great that most docs apply their consult fee to the procedure. However, if you go to 5 consultations that's $1000 and you only get $200 back (on average from what I've found). Then for me to get into the city I'll need 3 hours total for travel, and miss work.

It's so hard. I liked Dr. Gordon before I found he had some controversy here. Now I feel like my gut feeling is broken too. I was wrong once already! Not a good track record.

My first PS hardly ever had time for me, rushed me through questions and had a miserable wait time. He wasn't cheap, came highly recommended from a dear friend that knew 3 people that used him and were very pleased with their results.

Dr. Gordon spent 2 hours in my first consult with him. He was very easy to talk with and answered my questions so fully that I had to run out on him. When the office followed up I asked if I could email the doctor some questions. His office staff said, oh no, just come in again. He spent another hour with me. No charge for either consult.

But, that makes me wonder, no charge for the consult and he's spending all this time with me? Yikes. I had to pay for the other doctor to hardly give me the time of day. But, my results weren't good.

Another thing with Dr. Gordon was that I didn't see a ton of Before and After pics. I didn't ask either. But again, on the second day I ran out of time. I don't have much free time which is what makes this process so arduous.

I digress.

No pressure with your friends there waiting for you to test the doctor out! Your friend that ended up with the Bells Palsy, does she think the doctor's lack of experience or careless attitude had something do do with it? If you really like him and feel comfortable with him, maybe he's someone still to consider? All surgeries come with complications, maybe between her age (not that 72 is super old these days, but her body may react differently) was a factor? I'm probably not helping here!

Well, if I find someone I'm comfortable with I'll let you know. As for now I'm still searching.

I hope you find someone you feel comfortable with real soon. Good luck.
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I work in the business, so I tend to know who's good

Postby AnneInNY » Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:51 am

This is my thinking about all of this.

First of all, I have had a face lift, so I'm both someone who works in the business (marketing plastic surgeons) and someone who has had the surgery.

Every plastic surgeon is a little different but if you are looking for a face lift then go to someone who SPECIALIZES in the face. I wouldn't want someone who did 12 boob jobs a week and 1 facelift a month to do my face.

Having said that, just because they are in NYC doesn't mean they are the best docs. It means they have convinced enough others that they are the best docs and can pay the rent. Or they married money. Or grew up with it. Doesn't always guarantee the best results.

I know a bit about Dr. Gordon in CT. He is not a client. He does what is called a Deep Plane Face Lift. He does only one a day. He's meticulous. He doesn't have alot of before/afters to show because many of the TV people go to him. They don't want their photos splashed around. He does alot of people who are big on privacy, which is why his place has an Inn where you can stay to recover, away from prying eyes.

Dr. Gerut in Long Island does a face lift under local. He did mine. Love that guy. My face lift looks better 3 years postop than my friend's who was done 18 mos ago. Go figure.

Dr. Larry Milgrim is in practice with Dr. Gordon but he doesn't do deep plane; he does mini lifts. He is something of a nose specialist as well.

Alot depends on what you need. Keep visiting docs til you find someone who really GETS IT about what you need, then ask to speak with 3 of their former patients to get input. Photos are just photos and some of them are doctored up, depending on the integrity of the physician (I work in marketing them, I know some doctor photos, and when I find out I won't post the photos).

Anyway, feel free to ask away. I've been to all the meetings, I tend to know what's happening out there, and being 55, I figure I'm 5 years away from the next face lift, haha

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Postby Mary_Beth » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:53 pm

Hi Anne! Thank you for your reply! I'm so appreciative to everyone that's replied here and especially to the people that PMd me with recommendations and personal experiences. It means so much. When I first wrote this post I was not at ease about this whole situation. Thanks to all the knowledgeable people here I'm feeling a lot better!

Anne, I love your advice about not wanting someone who did 12 boob jobs to be working on my face. I have a couple different things I want to do to my face, so I will focus on facial plastic surgeons. I also appreciate your tip on asking to speak with previous patients. I never would have thought of that!

Have a great night guys!

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Re: Connecticut Doctors - Dr. Neil A. Gordon | Dr. Restifo

Postby suzanneD » Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:13 am

Can someone please tell me what the controversy regarding Dr. Gordon was about? I am not finding anything on it here or anywhere. ......
Has anyone used him? Would love to know results.....
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