My surgery was performed in 2004 I had 5 procedures scheduled which I pd for upfront(16K) Dr. Sheibani only performed 4 of the procedures.(breast aug/lift,tummy tuck, lipo in 5 areas of my body. He stated that the last surgery (otoplasty) would be performed at a later time, little did I know that this was his ploy to get more $$ from me. Well within days after my surgery I had problems, I developed infections in my belly button & both of my breast, my sutures came undone, they literally split away from my arreola, I pd for a lift and my breasts were not lifted. the Dr. told me during my follow up he probably should have used a different type of suture and he should have done a different type of lift, not a circumlatory lift.
I let the Dr. know from the beginning how unhappy I was with the results as I was left w/infections, and severe scarring from both breasts, no lift & now I am unable to wear v-neck style clothing without the scarring peeking out. . Not only this, the Dr. gave me the wrong size implant. I wanted a size full C small D, well I measure as a Double D, if not larger. This is not what I requested. My liposuction left me severely lopsided from from my right side hip/thigh area, I was left with terrible sagging in my inner thigh area, I am left feeling very self conscious when wearing shorts & being that I am now lopsided by the liposuction to the point that it is noticeable through my clothing. I also have issues with my tummy tuck I was left with pockets of fat so that the scar does not lay straight & flat, it almost has a W shape to it. One thing that I am thankful for is that the Dr. never performed that last procedure (the otoplasty) I requested an immediate refund for this, since he never performed the surgery and I was afraid to allow him to do this surgery with his track record, how could I actually trust this guy to do any more work on me, he made many attempts to persuade me to allow him to do the corrective work for the other surgeries that he performed, but I felt enough damage had already been done. He left me emotionally damaged, scarred and disfigured. The Dr. stated to me during one of my follow up appts "well this was not my best work". This is not what one would expect to hear from a board certified cosmetic surgeon, not a very good feeling hearing this from your surgeon but hey at least he admitted his mistakes. I was not expecting perfection, but then again, I was not expecting this nightmare. I realize w/surgery there are risks. But this was ridiculous. This was not the end of it, Dr. Sheibani, tried to convince me to replace my implants for a "much more natural feel" to switch my saline to silicone, of course not for free, he would give me a really "great discount" I sd to him, are you kidding me? how my implants feel is the least of my worries. This really offended me. (how could he even think that I would give him another penny??) He also tried to get me to pay for the repair for the lipo on my right hip/thigh area, which I refused, he finally agreed and did not charge me for the liposuction repair, this actually left me worse off, he did not perform lipo, a different procedure called misotherapy was performed very painful & it left me swollen in my thigh area, it actually made the disfigurement worse.
Well After two years of going back and forth with this Dr.(verbally & in writing) The Dr. had his attorney send me a letter offering a full refund of my $16K so that I could get my much needed corrective work. I was reluctant at first, because I was told by two other plastic surgeons that I was going to need corrective surgery that would probably exceed the costs of $16k. I decided to accept the Dr.'s offer for a full refund and I let the Dr.'s attorney know of my decision verbally and in writing and he stated that payment would be forthcoming but that I needed to be patient as the Dr was experiencing some financial issues, I had many more discussions with Atty Schwartz and he would always make some type of excuse and asked be to please be patient and implied that the Dr. might be filing BK, this went on for another 6 months. Well I believed him, and I waited &waited&waited. Well guess what?? I was totally played by both the Dr & his attorney, They would no longer return my calls or respond to my letters in. I have left over twenty calls with Dr. Sheibani office staff, his voice mail, his office mgr and his attorney. He wants me to just go away, our last conversation was on Valentines day last year, he stated to me "what happened"? "Can't you find an attorney to take your case to sue me"? You see he new exactly what he was doing he wanted the statute of limitations to run out he led me to believe that he was going to be returning my $$ and was lying to me all along. I told him that I was never intending to sue him, I just wanted him to do what is right. Hard lesson learned by me. I am too trusting. I will be forwarding the letters from Dr. Sheibani's attorney to the better business bureau & medical board I should have done this from the beginning.
I know that there are many others out there that are pleased with Dr. Sheibani's results, & I am truly happy for you. But let me ask you, what would you do if you were in my place? You are probably asking why did it take me so long?well to answer this question, this is such a hard subject to even talk about let alone write about, so personal. When I read about the other patient (Cat from Whittier) I felt that I must respond, and let her know that I can totally relate to what she went through. I want this nightmare to be over with. I am just sorry that I waited so long.
Bottom line is that I was promised a full refund over two years ago & I have yet to receive a cent. Dr. Sheibani please return my $ so that I can get my corrective work & finally heal.
How much longer will I need to wait for my refund?
Los Angeles, California