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It's been 6 months since I had my rhinoplasty/ septoplasty surgery with Dr. Dean Toriumi. Words can not express how happy I am with the results. I have never had surgery before and was very hesitant to chance anything, especially on my face. However, it came to a point where my breathing and appearance of my nose became very bothersome. September 2014 I decided to start looking into surgeons.
I extensively researched all the doctors in the Chicago, NY and LA area (Chicago is home). I researched the surgery I needed, used yelp and other web-based sites to read reviews. I also talked to people I know who have had rhinoplasty as well as spoke directly to other surgeons (I work in the medical industry, specifically surgery). I asked every surgeon I worked with following question "if your wife was to have a rhinoplasty, who would you send her to?"
EVERY SINGLE DR. SAID TORIUMI!
I still wanted to feel comfortable with my decision, so I scheduled a consultation with 2 doctors . I was able to get my first consult with Dr. Shah and then a few week later with Dr. Toriumi.
I immediately felt comfortable with Toriumi from my first consult. He is a brilliant physician. He is soft spoken and really gets down to business. To be candid he is not warm and fuzzy and that's simply because he's busy. He takes the time to address your needs and wants as well as answer all questions. If your more concerend with a bedside manor then results then maybe he is not your guy. But, personally I'd rather have a phenomenal outcome than a great converstation. Dr. Toriumi's craft is constructing the nose to fit your facial features. It's truly an art form in order for it to not look like a typical nose job. He is very meticulous to ensure what he changes is what's best for your face. Everyone I know has responded saying how great and natural my nose looks. It's truly perfect and I can finally breathe.
If there is one thing you remember about my review let it be this-- You have 1 face and 1 chance to truly get it right. Why roll the dice? DO IT ONCE AND DO IT RIGHT. Do your research!
Toriumi is pricey don't get me wrong, but you will spending more money and time fixing a surgery your not happy with.
I cannot say enough about Dr. Toriumi's and his office staff. They made me feel extremely comfortable and took the time to explain every step of the process to me. Anytime I called in with a question, they were quickly responsive. The staff was also very accommodating to my busy work schedule. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Toriumi to all my family and friends. He is simply the best!
Over five years ago, Dr. Toriumi performed a complex reconstruction on my nose after I suffered multiple facial fractures in an accident. The craniofacial surgeon who repaired my eye and cheek referred me to him in hopes of achieving the best functional and cosmetic outcome in a single surgery.
I do not have the nose I was born with, but I had an excellent result from Dr. Toriumi. It was over a year before the swelling subsided, but I could breathe well within several weeks.
Keep in mind when you read reviews that some - not all - unhappy post-rhinoplasty patients do not have realistic expectations of what can be achieved through surgery. They were unhappy with their noses before surgery and they continue to be unhappy after surgery. This is my observation after spending years undergoing plastic surgery to repair my injuries and talking to patients in waiting rooms, as well as working on the other side of the surgical drape in anesthesia (my specialty). I concede that if you are seeking to reduce the size of your nose via ungrafted primary rhinoplasty, Dr. Toriumi may not be the best choice. That said, for revision rhinoplasty and reconstruction, he is considered the best in his field for a reason.
Dr. Toriumi and his staff are knowledgeable, put my questions at ease, friendly and patient. He fixed my two previous surgeries for a deviated septum and I couldn't be more satisfied with the outcome.
Dr. Toriumi did a great job on my nose and making sure I still looked like "me" and not too thin. No side effects and convenient location to keep up with appointments.
I had my surgery performed by Dr. Toriumi in 2009 and he ended up giving me a big, bulky nose despite the fact that I had made it clear that I wanted a slender and refined nose and that my reason for the surgery was only cosmetic. After the surgery with Dr. Toriumi, I ended up with a big bulky nose and flaring nostrils, a very unfeminine and unrefined look. At the multiple post operative appointments he kept insisting that my nose and nostrils were big because of post-operative swelling. The "swelling" never subsided. I waited 1 year exactly after the surgery with Dr. Toriumi to have my nose redone by Dr. Calvert in California and have had wonderful results. I do not recommend Dr. Toriumi if you want a pretty, feminine and refined nose.
dr. dean toriumi seemed to really lack interest in my reason for being there. He was 1 hour late for the appointment, seemed very disinterested in being at work, and seemed annoyed when I asked him to clarify something. Very blasé bedside manner. He made a snide comment regarding an opinion I shared with him from a dermatologist that I saw. He responded by saying "well they (dermatologists) aren't real surgeons," as if his specialty is superior. Very unimpressed.
dr. dean toriumi seemed to really lack interest in my reason for being there. He was 1 hour late for the appointment, seemed very disinterested in being at work, and seemed annoyed when I asked him to clarify something. Very blasé bedside manner. He made a snide comment regarding an opinion I shared with him from a dermatologist that I saw. Very unimpressed.
Submitted Nov. 4, 2014
Absolutely worse experience with this dr. . before going to him I had seen bad reviews about him but at the same time other doctors praised him for his work. I listen to other doctors and thought every doctor has bad reviews so I ignored bad reviews from his patients. But now after bad experience I can say I was wrong in choosing him for my revision surgery. Even, I can't recommend him to people whom I hate. Results are worse than my imaginations. Even 5 years old kid can spot something wrong with my face after the many many months of the surgery. I can't imagine a dr. with 30ys of experience produced results as some newbie performed on my face. Looks like looking ugly is looking natural to him.
The staff was great and the doctor was nice, but the result on my nose was not very good. It was okay, but needs alot of improvement still. For noses I don't think this is probably the best place. My nose is uneven and the profile is very ugly - it's scooped out with a bump between the eyes when I wanted a straight profile.
I consulted Dr Dean Toriumi 10 years ago. He was rude, mean, autocratic and seemingly disinterested. He tried to belittle me in front of his pupil. After much hesitation I decided to have surgery with him anyway because I mistook his arrogance for expertise. Following surgery my nose was extremely swollen and ugly. I was in profound shock. He offered no advice to deal with the swelling. The follow up meetings were a sick joke - with his tantrums and barely concealed condescension/disdain. Bully-boy tactics. I spent years avoiding mirrors and photographs.
After a minor closed revision from a different surgeon Dr Toriumi's very bulky/clunky tip cartilage was refined down a bit, but the tip continued to drop. A year ago Dr Toriumi finally agreed to revise his own work. It was a nightmare getting him to do it. He spent a year telling me that he was waiting for "permission" to operate when in truth he was deciding by himself if he could be bothered. After this revision of his own work and two more in office needle procedures, the bulky tip is improved a bit. But it's pinched on the dorsum and there is no tip cartilage in one side of my nose. As a result, I can't breathe properly and need to find a new revision surgeon.
My ear donor sites are a mess (painful to sleep on and aesthetically worse than pre-op). He has abandoned me, and in an extremely mean and condescending way. I was also the victim of a sadistic assault on the operating table by an agency nurse (in front of numerous staff witnesses who obviously all knew what they witnessed was a criminal assault) but my allegation was ignored by Dr Toriumi, his underlings and the surgical centre. I'm still trying to obtain copies of my records a year after requesting them, and Dr Toriumi and cronies are lying to the Office for Civil Rights about it.
Dr Toriumi has a questionable aesthetic sense; and a tendency to be sloppy, callous and unethical. Be warned.
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