Actual Patients of Dr. Frederic Corbin
Many patients only focus on what the physician’s responsibilities are and they disparage their role in the surgical process. There are many areas that patients can prepare themselves, evaluate themselves and educate themselves making them better candidates for plastic surgery.
I must say….DR. Corbin is a true artist. When making a serious life changing decision to undergo cosmetic surgery it is very wise to properly research and choose a top doctor. I was familiar with Dr. Corbin’s work and excellent reputation in the medical community years before I became one of his beautiful patients.
Dr. Corbin truly cares about each one of his patients and I know many of them. He was very honest with me on my choice of beauty enhancing surgeries. He did was best for me. With that being said…. My new face and body is amazingly symmetrical and natural over all! With my amazing new look and confidence I am ready to conquer the world! Ha, Ha, Ha.
Dr. Corbin thank you, you are a true master of your profession, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. To all of the staff at Dr. Corbin’s you are all fantastic. Thank you for the emotional support and having patience with me through out all my cosmetic surgeries. I am proud to be a patient of your.
Please read this if you are thinking about plastic surgery. I had a very unsuccessful past with plastic surgeons and breast augmentation. My name is Rebecca and I live in Florida. I found Dr. Corbin by sure luck and I like to think destiny. I found out about him when I looked under America’s top surgeons on the computer one night. I was very frustrated with my situation, and the doctors here in Florida. Two years of searching and nobody seemed to have any answers for me. I couldn’t get the right help. After seeing so many doctors and getting nowhere, I knew I had to do something. I needed help and I needed the best, so I called Dr. Corbin’s office and got the ball rolling.
I have family in California so this looked like a possibility. I would see them and go meet Dr. Corbin. Off to California and to meet Dr. Corbin we went. The news was I needed more than one surgery. I had to go for a period of time with no implants in at all. Dr. Corbin never sugar coated anything to me he was upright and honest about everything. I was not used to this from other Dr.’s and Dr.’s offices. Dr. Corbin and his staff were always facts and honesty.
This was so refreshing compared to the numerous other doctor’s with a super smooth sales pitch whom often told me what I wanted to hear but wasn’t necessarily the truth. I thanked God for their honesty. The last thing I needed at this stage of the game was to have my hopes built up with a dreadful let down again.
From there I proceeded to surgery number one – May 2004. Out came the implants. Surgery was perfect. Marilyn, Melody and “Dr. Anesthesiologist – forgot his name” were amazing! What a great experience, it was comforting and professional. I was really looking forward to coming back I knew they were going to help me. Please keep in mind that having implants in and then out for sometime is a pretty traumatic thing, let alone two previous years of unsuccessful surgeries. I was scared and very impatient. The image and hope of the final result really kept me going, it was not an easy time. I called the office often and Dee always calmed me down and reassured me.
Surgery number two now came. There is a little bit more to my story, of Dr. Corbin and me. I had wires left in my body from a pacemaker I had taken out sometime ago. With the second surgery I asked Dr. Corbin if he could take away some of the scar tissue that built up around these wires which always caused me pain. I also added a rhinoplasty on to my agenda. I wanted it all done at once, no more surgery for me. Surgery came August 2004. Dr. Corbin did the nose, it was great, the scar tissue around the wires caused concern to Dr. Corbin so he cultured it (took a sample so it could be tested for the bacteria) he did not proceed with the breast augmentation because of his suspicions with the scar tissue.
Three days later I was in the hospital with a fever of 102.9. I had a very rare and very bad infection, 2 gram negative bacteria to be precise. This infection was living dormant in the scar tissue of the pacemaker wires and from the surgery it started to travel through me. To make a long story a little shorter I ended up very seriously sick in the hospital. I had to have the pacemaker wires removed from my heart because on them lived the bacteria’s that made me so ill. They traveled straight to my heart and throughout the rest of my body. Now if Dr. Corbin did not take the culture during the 2nd operation this would never have discovered! If he would have proceeded with the augmentation the implants would have become infected and I would have had to have them removed again. I would have eventually gotten very, very sick. By Dr. Corbin being the experienced and skilled Dr./surgeon that he is and because of his intuition and conservativeness he found out what was really wrong with me. Also, I most likely would have gotten an infection in my heart that probably would have caused irreversible damage and I easily could have died from it. During all of this Dr. Corbin was there for me. He was not only there for me, so was his wife. Corinne came and visited with me and sat with me when I was so sick. Things like that are priceless and will live with me forever. Dr. Corbin, his wife, and staff are the most caring, gifted people I have yet to see in health care. They are the definition of outstanding. They are not only my Dr.’s office they are family and my inspiration. They never gave up on me. Not many people can say that their plastic surgeon saved their life but Dr. Corbin saved mine. By the way I had my last surgery May 2005 and it went beautiful. I have better breasts then I could have ever dreamed of. Every day they become more beautiful. They are worth it all. He is a master artist in his surgical skill. I really believe Dr. Corbin and his staff are magic. By the way the nose is unbelievable too. I went through so much, it’s really hard to express it all but what I want people to get through this is that if you are going to trust your life and your body to someone, go to the BEST FROM THE START, GO TO DR. CORBIN! He is someone who won’t give up and truly cares. I want to make a special mention about Dee and Corinne. Dee is irreplaceable, she is one amazing, hard working beautiful woman. Not only is she beautiful in looks but in the heart too. Corinne words’ can’t tell you how grateful I am to you and how I admire your selfless acts of kindness, endless patience and time that you give to us patients who take up so much of you and your husband’s time. One last thanks to Dr. Corbin, you are the ABSOLUTE BEST, thanks for doing what you do and for being you!
My Name is Toni A., I’ve always thought about having breast augmentation surgery. Ever since High School it was all I could think about. Years later I was referred to Dr. Corbin by another physician I worked for. At my consultation, right away I felt comfortable with Dr. Corbin and his staff. Everyone helped educate me in what type of breast surgery was best for me. I choose to have my breast implants put in through the axillary, which is hidden in the armpit. My scars are completely healed and you can not see them at all. They are invisible!!
After the breast augmentation surgery my healing process was phenomenal! Words cannot explain how easy this was for me to do. I am just very thankful for the work and expertise of Dr. Corbin. I sent my best friend to him and she also had an amazing experience and looks great! Another reason I considered Dr. Corbin to do my breasts is because of the work he does on poor children around the world. His charitable work is also a beautiful testimony of who he is as a person. He is very caring and not just a plastic surgeon for the money or fame. All I can say is choose Dr. Corbin. He is the Best!! Dr. Corbin is the breast expert!
Massive weight loss patient’s testimonial
Body Tayloring: Plastic surgery after weight loss
I am a 38 year old woman. I own my own business as a computer consultant working for small boutique hotels. I’m no supermodel in looks, I have always been the attractive side of average. I have struggled with my weight my whole life, but it really got out of hand due to a rare disease I have and I ballooned up to a whopping 365 lbs at my heaviest. After having a gastric bypass and dieting for 4 years,I have now lost 210 lbs and this is where my journey began.
After losing the weight, I was left with excess skin sagging to the point that I couldn’t do basic things. For example, I could never ever buy something as simple as a dress. While that might sound bizarre to you, no dress I could buy would fit me in the arms. The excess skin made my arms too large to fit into anything. It was the same story with jackets. Here I had lost all of the weight down to a size 10/12, yet was still unable to even buy a wedding dress when I got married.
My stomach had what they call an apron on the bottom, basically a roll of excess skin that just hung from the bottom of it (which no amount of exercise would ever fix) making me always have to wear special extremely uncomfortable tight fitting garments to hold that in. In the summer time, the skin under that apron of skin would sweat and rub together and make blisters that were very painful.
The decision to make a change
I don’t have a movie star income. I am comfortable but I would never consider myself rich or well off, so the thought of spending substantial money on my body never even occurred to me.
I really struggled and considered having the surgery done for over 4 years before even finding out the costs involved. I kept thinking to myself “Am I vain?” And I came to the realization that it wasn’t about being vain, it was about having the freedom to live a normal life. I spoke with many friends, and listened to many points of view. Everyone could see how difficult my life was with the body I had even after losing all of the weight, and I have to say that surprisingly every single person I spoke to had positive things to say to encourage me to take the steps I needed. One day, I was speaking to a friend about this subject and she looked at me and said look “Think about it this way, you are investing in your body. You’d spend that money on a car or a home or other things that are temporary, but your body you have your entire life. If you amortize the cost of the surgery over the rest of your life you will find that it’s the best investment you can make… the investment in yourself!” That was my turning point. It was the thing that made sense to me.
Choosing the right doctor
Being a computer geek, I decided to do my research with the tool I knew, the internet. I looked at countless websites, watched countless newsgroups about plastic surgery and read every single thing I could get my hands on the subject. I looked at all of the before and after pictures and dreamed about what I could look like.
I happened to sign up for Dr. Corbin’s newsletter in my search. The thing I kept seeing was one beautiful woman after another …beauty a normal person could never attain, talking about how Dr. Corbin did this procedure or that procedure for them and how happy they were with his work. Well I just couldn’t relate their situation to mine. Then call it what you may, something happened. I noticed one of the newsletter emails from him which talked about an upcoming special he was going to do on the Discovery Channel. And the surgery was the exact one that I was going to have! The only thing was that I was going to be traveling and was unable to see the show for myself. I basically forgot about it and went along with my life.
One small note here is that I NEVER watch television. It is not part of my life at all. However, several weeks later I was visiting my mother and she had the television on. While she was flipping through the channels she stopped on the Discovery Channel by chance, pausing to see the operation. I stood there for a moment and realized that it was in fact Dr. Corbin on the TV! They did a repeat of the show. I was immediately glued to the set and watched carefully. The girl was very similar to me who was having the work done. She too had lost a great deal of weight and was ready to shed that skin. I said to my mother in that minute, this is a sign. I need to see Dr. Corbin!
I made appointments with Dr. Corbin and two other well known plastic surgeons. I am not the type of person who believes in making snap decisions with only one quote or option. So I went to all three surgeons and listened carefully to their plans for me.
I walked into Dr. Corbin’s Beverly Hills office and nearly walked right back out. I was so intimidated by all of the women who were so beautiful there. I thought, this isn’t the place for someone normal and average. This is for supermodels and movie stars. However, within moments, I was greeted by his kind professional staff who put me at ease.
When I met Dr. Corbin I felt a sense of calm wash over me. He’s not the Hollywood type of surgeon you see splashed all over the TV and movies. He’s very down to earth, and he allowed me all the time I needed to ask every question I could think of. He also impressed me how thorough he was and how he was concerned about my thinking and what my expectations were. We even discussed what would happen if I wasn’t satisfied with the outcome in our first meeting. I left his office, feeling confident and peaceful about choosing him as the man who would change my life.
I originally asked about having my arms and breast lifted and a tummy tuck. When I heard the total price it was less than I had expected it to be. At the same time, I felt doubts about spending that kind of money on myself. Still, my family and friends all supported me and encouraged my decision to take the plunge and do it. I wouldn’t think twice about spending it for others.. why not me?
Leading up to surgery number one
Dr. Corbin decided that I needed to have the procedures done in two stages both for my safety and just for time. Brachioplasty is an extremely long process with hundreds and hundreds of stitches involved. So he decided that the first surgery would be both my arms, and my breasts. Also the Abdominalplasty or tummy tuck I was going to have wasn’t the normal one, it was much more involved as I had to be cut down the center as well as the normal from hip to hip.
Everyone kept asking me if I was nervous. I really didn’t feel nervous at all, in fact I kept wishing it would be over with sooner! I couldn’t wait to start my new life!
There were a few embarrassing things like having my before pictures taken, and being marked up for the surgery, but the staff was so friendly, efficient and professional that it made it all easy to handle.
The First Surgery
I arrived at the Brea Surgery Center at 7:30 a.m. I was greeted and taken into one of the examining rooms. The nurse who came in to help me was Melody. All I can say about her is WOW. Melody was so soothing, just like I was a member of her own family. She hugged me and was so kind. She kept telling me how beautiful I was going to look when he was done all the way through getting ready. As I was falling to sleep on the operating table I felt her hand rubbing my shoulder reassuringly.
The next thing I know, I hear her voice waking me gently telling me it was all over and how great I did. I felt a little bit queasy and disoriented, but once I woke, I felt quite alert and anxious to see what the changes were. Of course I was bandaged, but I was amazed how little pain was there. I figured it was just the drugs. Melody chatted to my mother, keeping her calm and reassuring her with her wonderful soft way until I was strong enough to get up and go home.
I got home at approximately 8:30 p.m. that night. I had been in surgery for nearly 9 hours. My mother put me to bed and I went directly to sleep.
I awoke the next morning with a throbbing in my arms. It wasn’t the horrible pain that I had expected, more like a really really hard work out and every muscle was sore. I also felt pressure and tightness. Other than that I was amazed. I again figured it was the meds still in my body. By that afternoon I was up and moving around gently but able to fully function for myself. To be honest, there was zero pain and everyone kept saying how amazing I was doing. I figured ok… Im in for it the following day. Day 2, and still no big pain. I didn’t even need the pain medication. I got up and went for a short walk to the store with my Mom. I couldn’t believe it. Day 3 I felt very constricted by the compression bandage that was on me. It was squeezing me to the point I felt more uncomfortable from that than my surgery. Each day passed with me feeling stronger and less discomfort. Before I knew it, my stitches were removed and I was doing most of my normal daily routine. I made small compensations for myself to help the healing. By week 2 when I went back to see Dr. Corbin, my breasts looked so healed none of the staff could believe it!