Dear Dr. Altman,
Thank you for meeting with me for the breast augmentation consultation on January 7, 2014. You definitely stand out from all the other surgeons I have met. After much consideration, however, I've decided not to go through with the procedure at the present time. You made a great impression on me and I just want you to know that your time with me was not wasted. You helped me become more informed on the implant sizes, incision sites, and most important, finding a surgeon that I feel will be right for me if I decided to proceed with the operation in the future. It means a great deal to me that you showed me the operating room, introduced me to the nurse, had another person in room during your examination, as well as allowed me to try on the implants and encouraged me to choose an implant size that is right for my body rather than go big. I felt very at ease in your presence and I like your jovial demeanor. I can see why my friend chose you as her surgeon. Thank you for treating me as if I were one of your patients during the consultation. With much appreciation,
Dr. Altman and his staff are the best! I had a breast reduction and lift in July of 2013. After two weeks of healing great I had a personal complication that unfortunately lengthened my healing time from 6 weeks to a little over 2 months. Dr. Altman was amazing! He was with me every step of the way helping me heal physically and emotionally. I could call him daily and he even made house calls to check up on my progress and lift my spirits. My level of care was above and beyond anything I could have imagined. Dr. Altman is wonderfully skilled in his profession, attentive to all his patients and the kindest person I have ever known. There are plenty of plastic surgeons in this area to choose from but none that share all of his amazing attributes. I am so happy with the results of my surgery and will be singing the praises of Irvine Plastic Surgery Center to everyone I know.
I had my breasts done by Dr. Altman about two years ago now and I can't have enough good things to say about him and his staff!
Firstly, hardly anyone knows that my breasts aren't my own! I have referred two of my close friends over and they have both gotten their breast enhancements done by Dr. Altman as well because mine look so great!
Secondly, Dr. Altman took care of me post-op as if I were a friend of his, and even took calls from me in the middle of the night when I was experiencing pain and called in a prescription for me.
If you are looking for a plastic surgeon I urge you to shop around but I can almost guarantee that you will be calling Dr. Altman in the end, just like I did.
Dr. Altman and his staff are magnificent.
They are the most professional, kind and caring medical office that I have ever worked with. My experience could not have been better. The procedure was performed expertly with great care.
But the "bedside manner" showed by all in Dr. Altman's office is off the charts. I am so grateful to have had the privilege to be a patient.
Wow he is so nice!!! It's Sat and I randomly called for prices but hung up when I got vmail. Immediately I was sent a text saying he missed my call, then he calls back ?!!
Are you serious?! How amazing!! I can only imagine the attentive care he gives!! He thinks from a brief conversation that he may need to refer me over, but offer an email to send a photo as to not waste driving.. omg!!! He sounds amazing, honest , nice, sincere and caring !!
Good morning Dr Altman,
I just want to express my appreciation for you and how much I love the result of my surgery. Many of my girl friends as well as girl strangers have commented on how amazing and natural they look. And I've seen the result of a few of my friend’s surgeries and I'm not being bias but you do the best work ever! And I am happy I went to you, I appreciate you Doctor. I’m truly happy! Have a great day.
Dear Dr. Altman and Staff,
Thank you so much for everything you did to make my experience at Irvine Plastic Surgery Center so enjoyable (a word not normally associated with surgery!)
I am thrilled with the result, and will never consider another plastic surgery procedure unless it is performed by Dr. Altman. Everything from pre-op to post-op was handled in an efficient yet caring manner that made me feel very relaxed and safe during the entire experience.
I've tried to write this card a dozen times, to no avail. I've decided that words will never convey how deeply touched I have been by your kindness and genuine caring. Every email, phone call, or visit meant so much to me. You are so special. I will never forget what you did and I will always be so very thankful.
Hi Dr. Altman!
I just had to let you know once again how HAPPY I am with my new implants! I didn't realize how much I disliked the other ones until now. I just keep smiling every time I look at them and never thought I'd actually be excited to wear a bathing suit! You are truly a gifted doctor, and one that really LISTENS to their patients.
Thank you for giving me the financial opportunity and your wonderful staff to see it through. I wouldn't have been able to do it without your open mind to discuss all possibilities. It's always awkward to talk money....your kindness is appreciated tremendously!
See you Tuesday! Have a wonderful weekend!
Smiles to you!
Dr. Altman and Staff,
I wanted to send you these photos of our wedding because you have been a big part in turning my life around. It was because of Dr. Altman and his team that I have gained the confidence and self-esteem that had been missing my entire adult life. At the time of my first surgery I was 38. Dr. Altman changed my life the day he said he could help me. My birth defect caused by Poland Syndrome kept me from loving my body and in turn myself. Now after 4 corrective surgeries over the past five years, I am able to wear my wedding dress with great confidence and joy. Each member of you staff is now like family to me. Your support and encouragement has given me the gift of love... love of myself and the love of my life. Thank you Dr. Altman, Lynn, Jamie, Lillian, Jenny, Debi, and everyone there that played a role in my life changing surgeries. I just can't thank you enough...
Thank you so much for the incredible work you did on my c-section scar, I really appreciate it. I'm so excited that little shelf roll is finally gone. It has bothered me for 15-years, my only regret is I didn't have the procedure done sooner.
Your surgical facility is outstanding! I'm very happy you did a local anesthetic and to my surprise, it was a completely painless experience thanks to your expertise and caring nature.
I am so pleased with my entire procedure and results that I would like to share my experience with anyone who is interested in the same procedure.
Thank you for your impeccable plastic surgery skills; you are truly an amazing surgeon!
Dear Dr. Altman,
I just wanted to send you a quick letter to let you know how much I appreciate all of the personal attention I received from you and your office. Not only were you kind enough to work with me regarding the cost of the procedure, but you made yourself readily available for me(if I needed you) by offering your cell phone and even weekend office visits, if necessary. I can't remember the last time I met a physician who went to such lengths to ensure their patients were taken care of - and I wanted to thank you for being "that kind" of doctor.
I am truly happy with the results of my procedure and trust me, if anyone ever asks, it will be your office I refer them to.
Dear Dr. Altman,
I want to thank you for all the amazing things you did to make me look lovely. I appreciate your professionalism as well as your wonderful personality. I was drawn to you as my doctor, because you are truly charming as well as knowledgeable and experienced.
The whole experience from start to finish was painless and pleasant. I still cannot believe my lack of bruising and swelling. I looked practically perfect the day after. You are a genius!
Thank you again for everything you did, from the consultations to the stitches removal, it was all perfect. I hope you realize how grateful I am to you.
I just wanted to thank you personally for the care you've given me along with the care you've given the girls in my life. As in my profession, there are guys who seem to drop everything, respond in a heartbeat, are ultimately reliable and dependable, and are consummate professionals at the top of their game as a technician and as a human being... but we know they are few and far between. You are the best of the best in every category, most importantly in character, integrity, and caring for your patients.
You're a blessing!
Dr. Altman and Staff,
I just want to start by thanking you for changing my life. I so much appreciate what you all have done for me. If you only knew the impact you have made on my life. Thank You! Thank You! I have for many years been so ashamed of my belly, not wanting to look at it, not wanting anyone to see it, let alone touch it. When I did have a love life, many years ago, it was one that was in the dark. Not being in a bathing suit around others, hating shopping for clothes. After seeing what you did for my friend, I saw a new beginning for me. I was determined to meet you and work hard and save for a tummy tuck. When I put my mind to something I usually go all the way, finally it happened. Professionally working in the medical field, I observe first hand the doctor/patient relationship, and boy can I see a difference in your practice. Dr. Altman, the first time we met you told me that you would be with me the whole way, that you would stand by me, that is why I continued to go forward. The compassion you showed toward my on my first visit will stay with me for the rest of my life. Most Physicians are in and out and do not take time to show they care, and I must say that you and your staff are the exception. I appreciate all you and your staff have done for me. I am so glad that you do house calls, you too huh? So once more please know that you will be in my life for the rest of my life. Thank you very much for all that you have done. You're the best...
I wanted to let you know how very much we appreciate your gifted surgical talent, your caring and reassuring attitude, and the warmth and engagement of your wonderful support staff, during her recent tenure as your patient. We could not have asked for a more positive overall experience and feel fortunate to have had you as our surgeon. On a personal note and from a mother's perspective, I want to tell you how emotionally moving it has been to watch her go through this transformation. Because of your skill, she now feels "whole" and complete in her own body. No more "masquerading" with padding, alternations, or other illusions in an attempt to "fill out" her form. You finished what nature forgot to, and in so doing, took her from what had been her sense of deformity and physical awkwardness to a heightened sense of her true femininity and beauty. She is beyond happy and I have had such joy (and relief) in witnessing this process unfold for her! Thank you for delivering her safely and wisely through this process, for giving her a beautiful (yet conservative) aesthetic outcome, and for being the dedicated professional you are. Your touch has changed yet another life!
I know that my surgery is very minor compared to what you usually handle. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to express my deep appreciation for your professionalism, integrity, and talent. You epitomize the best of the medical profession, and those same qualities are reflected in your staff.
No doubt, you have made and will continue to make enormous differences in countless lives-- a fact of which very view can boast.
To Future Patients:
I am a success story on two levels. In 1988, after successfully breastfeeding my two beautiful children, I was left with significant breast atrophy and decided to have breast augmentation at 36 years of age. At that time I had 300cc silicone implants placed under the muscle which restored my figure back to its pre-pregnancy look. I had a very positive outcome with no complications which lasted for 27 years. Then, I learned in 2015 that my left breast implant had ruptured...not because of any known trauma, but likely secondary to the aging process (they really are not lifetime devices!). Because my original surgeon was no longer practicing in California, I had to quickly find a new surgeon and mobilize for surgical explant.
While not a true medical emergency, I felt an urgency to have the implants and leaking silicone material removed from my body as soon as possible. I also knew at 63 years of age that I did not want to have them replaced. A family member had utilized Dr. Donald Altman’s services a few years prior and was extremely pleased with her outcomes both initially and many years later. She encouraged me to have my first consult with him and even accompanied me to the appointment. My first consult turned out to be the only consult I needed. I knew within that first meeting with Dr. Altman that he had the surgical skills, experience, and compassion to not only perform the explant, but because I had opted for a breast lift without implants, to put me “back together” in the best way possible.
Within weeks of that initial consult, Dr. Altman found the surgical time in his busy schedule to perform the explant and mastopexy (breast lift) in his Irvine outpatient surgical suite. He and his entire team (anesthesiologist, assistant surgeon, nurses, office staff) were absolutely “world class” in their medical skills/knowledge, interpersonal rapport, and on-going availability. Throughout the entire process, I felt guided and supported both medically and psychologically. And, part of their very thoughtful and professional process was to prepare me for the body image changes I might experience post-surgically given my medical decisions.
But when the bandages came off, this is where the second success story unfolds. Dr. Altman masterfully managed to reconstruct my breasts so that they closely approximate my pre-explant figure....using only my own remaining breast tissue and no implants! How he did this is nothing short of medical miracle and I believe only the most experienced and talented of skilled, artistic surgeons could accomplish this outcome. I am now two months post-op and and not a single person in my social or professional network has discerned that I have had a medical intervention, yet I have such peace of mind with the implants removed. My clothes actually fit better now, but, remarkably, there was no need for a new wardrobe since my breast size is only slightly smaller. In closing, I feel truly blessed to have been a patient of Dr. Altman’s in my hour of need. You will feel so cared for by him and his exceptional staff from the moment you make your first appointment. I unreservedly recommend his surgical skills to anyone in need of his speciality services.
A Very Grateful Patient-October, 2015