Patient feedback is critical for any doctor - it helps us constantly improve our level of care. Please find below feedback from some of my happy patients.
I was a perfectly normal child with a healthy round chubby face until the age of seven when I started to lose the weight from my upper body and face drastically. I was diagnosed with Partial Lipodystrophy which meant I was not able to gain weight above the hip area. I lost all the fat from my face which resulted in an extremely masculine appearance and created dark hollow areas and wrinkles making me look much older than I actually was. I went through most of my life being tormented by horrible names and remarks. I hated going out and would always cover half of my face with my hand because I was so self-conscious.
When Mark Soldin first told me that I had a deformity called a Tuberous Breast, I was relieved that at last the truth was out! I had always kidded myself that my ‘abnormality’ was due to a fairground accident aged 10, resulting my right breast being under developed. I never really wanted to admit that it was a ‘birth defect’ as I was embarrassed and ashamed about the way I looked – I felt like a freak and set about cunningly disguising myself anyway I could – which in the main meant large baggy clothes. This covered up the difference when I was younger, but as I grew older and my shape and weight changed, the difference became far more apparent and I knew that I would have to do something about it!
You may recall that you operated on my wife, removing a malignant melanoma. I am writing to you to express my gratitude for the care you gave her in trying to save her life. You operated on her early in the morning, but took the trouble, after a long and no doubt exhausting day, to visit her to enquire about her condition.
I felt I needed to email you to thank you for all your kindness to my mother. We did appreciate you making arrangements for her to go to Parkside for the operation and all the attention you gave her during the weekend to make sure she was well looked after during her stay. Mum and I were delighted on Friday when the covering was removed to see what a wonderful job you had done on her lower eyelid. She is going to make an appointment to see her GP this week to show her your wonderful work. She can't stop singing your praises. SR
First of all I just wanted to say how amazing I feel after the surgery - the swelling on my abdomen has gone done a huge amount since I saw you for my follow-up (five days after the liposuction), and I can't tell you how happy I am with the new shape. I'm wearing clothes I love that I wouldn't have looked twice at before due to my pregnant-like body shape! I am extremely grateful, the surgery was definitely the best decision I have ever made. I'm happier than I have been for a long time.
I first knew I wasn't comfortable with my chest when I hit puberty and throughout my adolescence, through the wonders of teenage emotional internalisation, what perhaps was only a minor problem physically, developed into a major problem mentally.