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I guess my real story starts around my freshman year in college, when I gained the freshman 85 lbs, instead of 15 lbs. Being barely 5 feet 3 inches tall, I tipped the scales at somewhere around 205 lbs (who knows the exact weight…I stopped weighing myself after a while). I knew my weight situation was out of control, so long story short I lost about 70 lbs or so over the next few years. And though I looked and felt great, one part of my body suffered the most…my breasts! I went from a 34 full B to what I was calling a 34 A, but what Dr. Engler eventually told me was really a 34 AA. Yikes! Even before losing all the weight I had always toyed with the idea of breast implants, but being a full time college and senior nursing student at the time, I felt like I had little time to think about my appearance. My actual decision to begin researching doctors and go for consultations happened within hours. As my friends were talking about post-graduation vacations and parties, I said to them with all seriousness, “I am going to get breast implants.” Since I knew that all I would be doing after graduating would be studying for weeks for my boards, I knew it would be the perfect time for surgery since I would have the time to heal the best with little complications. Well by the next day my friends and family started to believe me since I had researched recommended plastic surgeons and had made consultations with a few of them. Dr Engler was my first consultation. I had never been so nervous in my life, but those feelings of anxiety left the second I walked into the office. Dr. Engler and his staff were very professional, but quite personable…almost making me feel like I was their only patient. Dr. Engler and I clicked the first few minutes of my consultation. He was very honest with me and gave me with all the necessary information that would provide me with the best outcome for my body type and me. I had such a warm feeling about him as a doctor and a person that after I left his office and immediately got on the phone and canceled all my other consultations. I knew I wanted him to be my surgeon. Though the day of surgery came and went quickly, to my surprise Dr. Engler called me the night after surgery and at least daily the few days after my surgery to see how I was feeling. He even welcomed me to call if I had any questions or concerns during my recovery period and trust me I did. Even today, over 1 year after surgery, I am still greeted with the same warmth and love that him and his staff greeted me with the first time I stepped foot in their door. As far as my outcome, I could not have asked for better results! Because of the weight loss, Dr. Engler had recommended a lift and implant and thank goodness I listened. I love them so much! They look so fabulous and the silicone feels so real. I was a little worried about the scars, but Dr. Engler definitely worked his magic to make sure the scarring would be as minimal as possible. To anyone that is reading this to try to choose a doctor…STOP! Dr. Engler is the right choice! Not only will he take the time out to help you make the best decisions before, he will work his hardest so you will be ecstatic with the after! Thanks for my HOT NEW look Dr. Engler…you know this is not the last of me!
I was never really concerned with body image in my younger days. As a 38 year old mother of two that all changed. No matter how much time I spent in the gym, and how reasonable the rest of me looked, the shape of my breasts would remain the same. It was very discouraging to say the least. I started to look into breast surgery procedures. What I encountered were some plastic surgeons who I felt did not care about me as a person. After hearing about Dr. Engler I decided to give his office a call. His staff was very friendly and encouraged me to come in for a consultation. During the consultation I knew that he was the surgeon for me. He was honest about the procedure itself, and about what the risks were. As it turned out I had a breast lift and implants. The day of the surgery Dr. Engler and his staff were supportive and understanding. Although the surgery was something I wanted for years, the actual day arrived and I was nervous. Dr. Engler talked to me about my concerns, and helped me feel at ease. I followed the instructions before and after the surgery, so the pain and discomfort were minimal. What happened after the procedure is priceless. Dr. Engler called me at home to make sure I was alright. The evening of the surgery and the days following I received a phone call from the actual doctor who performed the procedure to make sure I was fine. I was truly impressed. The end result is that I look great and feel wonderful. Thanks to Dr. Engler and his wonderful staff, I feel like a new person. Thank you Dr. Engler!
I’ve never written a letter like this before but I felt I had to tell you you that your show has changed my life. All my adult life I have felt very insecure about my appearance because of my small breasts (36 minus A - I am indented). I don’t think of myself as a vain person but this really made me feel bad about myself. Four years ago I saw Dr. Alan Engler on your show [the Ricki Lake Show] talking about plastic surgery. I have seen other shows about this topic, but Dr. Engler seemed like such a good doctor, as well as so warm and caring, that something just clicked with me. When I found out he was in New York, I called his office and made an appointment for a consultation. Well Ricki, Dr. Engler performed breast augmentation a few months ago and I have never been happier in my whole life! The surgery was hard, but Dr. Engler was there for me every step of the way. And now I have never felt better about myself and everyone says I’m like a different person. Ricki, I can’t thank you enough for helping to change my life and I hope you will have Dr. Engler on again to help other people make this kid of change in their lives, too.
Dear Ricki, I personally want to thank you for having Dr. Engler on your show, and I really hope you bring him back to change other people’s lives the way he changed mine. You have no idea how happy I was the first time you had him on your show discussing breast surgeries and actually showing the before and after of the women who were there to receive the life altering surgery. It was as if you had heard my many prayers and knew of my dreams to be connected to a reputable surgeon. After viewing your show I was sure that I wanted him to be the surgeon to perform the surgery that I have wanted for at least 7 years - a breast reduction. From the first appointment with Dr. Engler, I felt he was the right one. Dr. Engler made me feel very comfortable, and relaxed. He was very professional and yet sweet. He answered all questions thoroughly. By the end of the appointment I was well informed, and 100% POSITIVE and confident that he would be the surgeon to perform the operation. On the days following the initial appointment I was contacted often by his staff to inquire about my well being and offering to answer any further question I may have had. The surgery date has come and gone and, like expected, I am 110% happy with Dr. Engler’s work, and the continued professionalism and concern for my heath before, and after the surgery. Having Dr. Engler on your show was a blessing for me. I am feeling very well, I look much better, my clothes fit better, I am more confident in myself and my appearance, and I would do it all over again. Dr. Engler has given me a new outlook on life.
I finally gave up with the personal trainer, starvation diet, going to the gym daily, etc., once I realized that the only way I could get the results I wanted was with a liposuction. I did some research, made a few appointments, met with a coupe of doctors and eventually made my way to Dr. Engler. During our meeting, he made me feel like a person not just a patient who wanted to have surgery to look better. He took the time out to explain the entire concept of what liposuction was, its risks as well as its benefits and answered all my questions; one by one without hesitation. He suggested that I have liposuction of the stomach, hips and thighs to make my body look even. I had seen enough doctors so that I scheduled my surgery without a second thought. It was worth it 100% Dr. Engler was there during the surgery and through the healing; not only as a doctor but as the moral support every patient needs during this time. I see a different person in the mirror. I feel like Cinderella as silly as it might sound, but the feeling is wonderful. Thank you for making a difference in my life.
Four years ago I had made a decision that I am so thankful for everyday of my life. I was 16 years old when I had made the decision to seek out a plastic surgeon for breast reduction surgery. The burden that a large chest carried had become unbearable. I had difficulty sleeping, exercising, fitting into age appropriate clothing and constant back pain. I had low self esteem, and no confidence, as I lived in sweat shirts and had to wear two bras each day. I was nervous, but I knew this was the best thing to do, and I am so glad I did it. My chest was 36 DDD/E . I was 5'4 and 135 pounds. Dr. Engler was amazing, he knew my needs and understood why it was important that I have this surgery. Now, it is almost 5 years later, and every time I have to go clothes shopping or head over to the gym, I am thankful everyday that I had Dr. Engler to perform my surgery. Since the surgery, not only have I remained the perfect size, but I am at a comfortable size for my body. And the scars? Cant even see them! I sometimes forget I had breast reduction surgery because they look flawless!! Dr. Engler is brilliant. When other physicians examine me for check ups, they cannot believe how great my scars healed, because they are practically invisible. They have told me I am so lucky and I am so proportionate to my body weight. I know it has been four years but I never knew the words to write. Thank you Dr. Engler for treating me with courtesy and respect when I came into your office for the consultation. I was young and thought I would not be taken seriously, or perhaps even turned away. I was treated with respect and remember feeling relieved after. Thank you for changing my life and my lifestyle. I only hope others will find your practice, just as I did and have their lives changed as well.

I am a 29 year old woman who recently underwent a breast augmentation surgery, and I am writing to thank you and your staff. You see, regretfully, before I was born there was a slight gravity problem in Heaven, and what should have been my natural full breasts dropped and shifted to the back. God and I agreed that he would get around to fixing things, but when I hit puberty, other world disasters and dreams diverted His attention, which is why He created men like Dr. Engler. Getting to the serious side, the hardest time I had with the entire process was finding a doctor who made me feel like a person and not just another procedure to be performed. I had another doctor picked out before going to see Dr. Engler but I decided to see him, and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I could go into incredibly long stories explaining why I decided to have it done, but I will just say there were many. I am not an unattractive woman, I never had trouble attracting the opposite sex, so please let me define that it is not about men or any level of insecurity for the. It was the biggest, most selfish thing I have ever done, and I could not be happier! I went from an A cup to a full C. I as nervous before the surgery but Dr. Engler and his staff made me feel so secure in my desires that I felt instantly that everything would be all right. I think I fell asleep under anesthesia with a smile on my face. I am happy to say that Dr. Engler touched my heart. I have experienced various surgeries and never before has a doctor made so many follow-up calls, especially on a holiday weekend. I will forever hold him and his staff in my heart. They made my dreams come true and they did it with warmth and compassion that I was almost convinced has disappeared from health care long ago.

I am a 42 year old wife and mother of two. Up until a few weeks ago, my bra size was a 40 DDD/E. I’ve suffered years of back, neck and shoulder pain as well as rashes. I tried seeking a breast reduction in the past but no one was sympathetic to my situation. I spent lots of years taking injections to reduce the swelling in my neck and shoulder. As far as my medical doctor was concerned, she simply told me to go to a back specialist. Thanks to Dr. Engler, I am now wearing a 38C. I am so happy. The nurses and staff at Montefiore Medical Center, where I had my breast reduction, are a wonderful group of people. Dr. Engler couldn’t have picked a better hospital to be affiliated with. As for me, now I can stand up straight as well as see my feet. I have always loved myself, but now I really feel good about myself. Now my top fits my bottom, and it’s much easier to shop for myself. I can go on and on, but I must end this letter. Again, I want to thank you and let you know how you touch people.
Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
122 East 64th Street New York, NY 10065 USA
(212) 308-7000

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