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Recently I had cosmetic conchal bowl reduction on both ears carried out by Dr O'Toole in London. Before proceeding I searched through many forums for information and read many conflicting reports. I would be happy to share my honest experience to date with other users who may be interested in this procedure.
id be interested in the skill of the surgeon rather than the specific type of procedure you had.Would need to see some pictures to help on my decision as this is still not fullproof as pictures can be doctored but the more snippets of info we can glean from people this will give an overall picture of the skills of the surgeon .Good reports we have to keep a open mind as theres always gain in good reports.Bad reports are most likely to be genuine as nobody would have anything to gain from them.
I can't comment on the skill of the surgeon other than to say the results so far are what were required. I didn't take any before/after pictures as I can see in the mirror the difference, however I wouldn't be prepared to upload pictures anyway with this being of such personal nature. My experience with Dr O'Toole was a good one and so far I am happy with the results, however given this lack of proof I completely understand anybody's skepticism, was probably a bad idea posting in the first place.
peters0180 wrote:I can't comment on the skill of the surgeon other than to say the results so far are what were required. I didn't take any before/after pictures as I can see in the mirror the difference, however I wouldn't be prepared to upload pictures anyway with this being of such personal nature. My experience with Dr O'Toole was a good one and so far I am happy with the results, however given this lack of proof I completely understand anybody's skepticism, was probably a bad idea posting in the first place.
It was good you posted, thanks for that.Shame you didnt make a post before the op thou.
I am posting here because I had a very negative experience having surgery with Greg O'Toole in 2012.
I can not recommend Greg as a surgeon based on skill level or experience especially when treating complications in a timely manner.
Surgery with Greg left me with bilateral hematoma in both ears that required secondary surgery to remove. I suffered infection as a result that put me on 10 days of very strong antibiotics to treat. I was left with incisions that would not heal for 2 months as a result of the second surgery to remove hematoma. I was left with hypertrophic scarring as a result with painful micro fibrosis in both ears. After swelling subsided I was left with a much more pronounced telephone ear deformity than when I approached him, as well as damaged cartilage in the antihelix of my right ear that created an obvious deformity, as well as extruding permanent sutures in both ears that were both visible and eventually eroded through the skin. As a result of all of this, I required a second major surgery with Dr Francoise Firmin in Paris to correct the results I received from Greg in London.
This message board is where I learned of Greg and so I thought I would share my experience with anyone who is interested. Feel free to PM me.
Had a very bad otoplasty experience with Greg O'Toole, hematoma, infection, chronic wound not healed 5 months later, unsecured stitches worked their way through the skin and now protruding from the back of the ear. Sloppy, hurried, careless work with no regard for the seriousness of the consequences. Zero aftercare or follow up appointment. He left the hematoma for days after I called him - leading to infection. Didn't remove the flap of excess skin from the reduction, merely stitched it to the other side of the incision leaving a bizarre looking extra piece if skin attached to the back of the ear. I question his credentials and wonder whether he really has had any training in plastic surgery as I've never seen such horrible work and scars from a plastic surgeon. Have had two additional surgeries so far and another in the summer to clean up his mess at thousands of £ of my own expense.
Greg O'Toole is a doctor who could very well be sick in the head and sicker than his patient. 5+ years after my surgery I am still suffering with the results of his sick idea to do what he did to my ears. ABSOLUTE "no regard for the seriousness of the consequences" of what he is doing.
I had a consultation with an unethical salesman, not a doctor.
Françoise Firmin shame on you for training this guy to perform sick and unnecessary surgeries. No moral standard.
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