Featured Makeovers 1

We are pleased to profile patients from everyday walks of life; normal people who wanted to look and feel better and here are some of their stories.

Makeover #1

Name: Marianne Salamon
Age: 54
Procedures Performed:

  • Upper eyelid tuck
  • Lower eyelid tuck
  • Facelift
  • Browlift
  • CO2 laser skin resurfacing

Family:One Son who passed away from injuries suffered in a fatal car accident, 2 Amazing Daughters who have been the most supportive people in my life and 2 Grandchildren who are the light of my life. My husband also passed away while serving in the USMC.

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Hobbies: I am a runner and have participated in multiple marathons, 1/2 marathons & more races then I can count. I am also an inline skater and have participated in multiple skate marathons and skate tours through various cities throughout the USA. I love anything that brings me outdoors & have a love for the beach, mountains and playing with my grandchildren!

Why you wanted to have cosmetic surgery: I had been through several life altering events which brought a lot of stress on me & I felt that these things had aged me beyond how I felt on the inside. I didn’t want the pain I had been through to continue to linger on my face and show sorrow & unhappiness because with the Grace of God I was able to make it through these events. I wanted what I felt on the inside to reflect on my face – peace & happiness & a zest for life & what lies ahead!!

Why did you choose Dr. Niamtu: First of all his reputation for amazing transformations on children born with deformities that caused them great pain & torment. To see how he brought smiles to their faces showed me how he could transform pain into hope for their futures. A Physician with that kind of skill & compassion was someone who I wanted to get to know and trusted to help me find a brighter future.

What were you hoping to achieve with the surgery: I didn’t want to look like a 30 year old and I didn’t want to look plastic. I just wanted to look refreshed and renewed. I wanted to see that sparkle in my eyes again and get rid of that awful turkey neck! (WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?)

How did you like the results: I am so pleased with the results because I still have wrinkles & my personality still shows through, however I now can once again look in a mirror without seeing the pain and stress of what has been in the past.

What advice would you give other women considering cosmetic facial surgery: Go and talk to Dr. Niamtu and the staff. They are remarkable human beings. They are knowledgeable, truthful, honest & very happy and kind staff. Read the brochures & patient information that they give you. Look at the web site and educate yourself on the procedures. My recovery was amazing because I listened to them and followed their advice from preop to post op. I was prepared with everything I needed for my post operative recovery and that knowledge I feel is what helped me. I was back to work 2 weeks after my surgery!

Any special thoughts on your experience: It’s funny because very few people knew about my surgery, however people would come to me & say I looked wonderful & life must be treating me well because I looked so refreshed. They couldn’t put a finger on it but said that they thought I looked happy once again. I went to a family reunion – none of my family other then my daughter’s knew about the surgery & still don’t – but they said I looked better then I had in years – but they had no idea I had cosmetic surgery – and if they did, they didn’t say a word to me & I kept my lips sealed for once and enjoyed the compliments!

Comments from Dr. Niamtu: Marianne is a surgeons dream! She is a glowing person with a zest for life. From the onset she had realistic goals for her surgery. She wanted to look the best she could for her age as opposed to wanting to look “20 years younger”. She was a perfect patient in that she followed all of our instructions and actively participated in her pre and post operative care. Although the surgeon is responsible for the primary result, the level of care and cooperation on the part of the patient can also have a profound effect on the final outcome.

It really is rewarding for me and my staff to know that we have improved Marianne’s life by making her look and feel younger with improved self confidence.

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Makeover #2

Name: Cynthia Walker
Age: 63
Procedures Performed:

  • Facelift
  • Upper Eyelid Tuck
  • Cheek Implants
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Lip Implants

Family: 2 wonderful sons and daughter-in-laws and soon to be 3 grandchildren.

Occupation: Volunteer Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Executive Assistant Retired.

Hobbies: Physical fitness, fencing, reading and watching old movies

Why you wanted to have cosmetic surgery: When first meeting Dr. Niamtu I made the comment that I could take care of my body from the neck down, but mother nature has a way of not being so kind to the neck and face area, even if you use the best of cosmetic products and took care of your skin from the time you were 14 years old.

Why did you choose Dr. Niamtu:
I had decided that by the time I reached 65 years old I would have some plastic surgery done. To me it represented a once in a lifetime experience. I did a great deal of research and after having my first meeting with Dr. Niamtu, I knew that I had chosen the best of the best, so much so that I commuted from Chesapeake, Virginia to see him. Dr. Niamtu not only loves what he does, but listens to you, cares about you as an individual and has a staff that is supportive in the same ways.

What were you hoping to achieve with the surgery:
I wanted a natural, well rested look.

How did you like the results: More than satisfied in every aspect.

What advice would you give other women considering cosmetic facial surgery: What are waiting for and this is not just a statement for women, what are you men waiting for? If it is something you have been considering meet with Dr. Niamtu, ask the questions you have always wanted to know the answers to, express your concerns and truly listen to what he has to say. Bottom line is do it for YOU!

Any special thoughts on your experience: The whole experience has been a very positive one from the beginning. It has also been an experience of learning, not only about me while recuperating, but just how wonderful a doctor and his staff can be during the whole process, from start to finish. When I have spoken with Dr. Niamtu in the past I have said that if there is ever anyone that would like to speak directly to someone who has surgery and get a first hand accounting of what to expect I would be most happy to speak with them.

Comments from Dr. Niamtu: Cynthia is a true lady, she has a glow that is simply contagious to all around her. Her energy is endless and she represents the type of patient that is a pleasure and an honor to assist with looking and feeling better.

Makeover #3

Name: Donnie Duffy
Age: 65
Occupation: Retired
Hobbies: Working Out, Walking
Procedures Performed:

  • Facelift
  • Upper Eyelid Tuck
  • Lower Eyelid Tuck
  • Cheek Implants
  • Chin Implant
  • Brow Lift
  • CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Why did you have Cosmetic Surgery? “I had Jowls, saggy skin and sun damage.”

What Did You Have Done? “I had it all…..facelift, laser resurfacing, brow lift, cheek and chin implants. I wanted to do it all at once and get it over with using a single recovery and anesthetic.”

Why Did You Choose Dr. Niamtu? “All he does is faces, so I knew he had the experience. I had confidence in his skill. Plus, he’s very caring and took the time to address all of my concerns. His staff was also very compassionate and treated me like I was their only patient”

How Do You Like Your Result? “My surgery gave me so much more confidence. It was the best think that I have done!”

Comments from Dr. Niamtu: ” Donni is great! She is a shining example of “being as young as you feel” This lady never stops going! Donni was a great patient, she did everything she was supposed to and followed our advice, which makes things a lot easier. One of the huge rewards of my job is to see a transformation like Donni’s. It is simply a great feeling to see your work reflected in another patients happiness.”

Makeover #4

Name: Gloria Welch
Family: Two Children
Age: 64
Occupation: Realtor (18 years)
Hobbies: Country Dancing
Procedures Performed:

  • Facelift
  • CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Why did you have Cosmetic Surgery? “I was looking older and didn’t feel that way.”

What Did You Have Done? “I had facelift and laser resurfacing of the face and neck”

Why Did You Choose Dr. Niamtu? “I have seen a lot of his work as he has treated several of my friends. I heard he as passionate about his job and a real people person that treated patients like his family. They were right “

How Do You Like Your Result? “When I saw the before and after pictures, I could not believe the transition. I should have done it years ago. It was much easier than I thought ! I was able to have the surgery at Dr. Niamtu’s private accredited surgery center and I loved the privacy of not going to a public facility. He has the best staff of any office I have been to, they were super “

Comments from Dr. Niamtu: “One of the joys of my job is to see a true cosmetic transition. I was an honor to treat Gloria and she is a great patient, she followed our directions to a tee. Looking at her before and after pictures makes me elated as I think my work has changed her life “

       

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Makeover #5

Name: Deborah Arrington


Family:
Wonderful husband who said “If you’re going to have anything done, have it ALL done”. I’m so grateful to him for that! One son (with his wonderful wife and my two adorable granddaughters) who makes me laugh with the “Grammy” jokes about my face; a great step–daughter–in–law (my stepson passed away last year) with two more wonderful granddaughters. My parents who live with us now (Mom wants her face done by Dr. Niamtu—and she’s NOT kidding!!!).

Age: 54
Occupation:
President of a residential/commercial “green” building company

Hobbies: Jet skiing, fishing, spending “Grammy” weekends with our 4 granddaughters.

Procedures Performed:

  • Upper eyelid tuck
  • Facelift
  • Cheek implants
  • Browlift
  • CO2 laser skin resurfacing

Why did you have Cosmetic Surgery?

“I was feeling more self-conscious about my wrinkles. I’ve never had a weight problem but I had more wrinkles than friends my age. I even had one friend that 4 years ago asked me if I ever considered having a face lift, which of course I had definitely considered, just never did anything about it. I felt it was time (PAST time when you look at the before pictures—WAY past!!)”.

Why Did You Choose Dr. Niamtu?

“I had gone to another surgeon for a consult and then went to Dr. Niamtu. He was very honest about what he could do and what the outcomes would be. He didn’t fluff the after-surgery healing process and I felt that was very important. His office/surgical suite is amazing and I felt very confident in his skill and ability since he teaches and only specializes in the head and neck.”.

What were you hoping to achieve with the surgery?

“I just wanted my “old, BEFORE” face back–the one WITHOUT the wrinkles and drooping eyelids and skin spots. I really hated my neck and wore turtlenecks most of the time (sleeveless ones in summer).

How Do You Like Your Result?

“I am amazed every morning. For so long freckles (sounds better than age spots!) and deep wrinkles looked back at me every day. That wasn’t ME in the mirror–now I’m me again!”

What advice would you give other women considering cosmetic facial surgery?

“Please do this for yourself. I don’t care what people say about “ageing gracefully” and telling you you don’t look your age or you have a nice face, or you’re pretty, etc. YOU know that you don’t like seeing the lines, the spots (freckles?), drooping, tired eyes, turkey or fat neck, etc. I say Just Do It! Like me, you’ll wish you did it sooner!”

Any special thoughts on your experience?

“ONLY my husband knew about my upcoming surgery–he was 100% behind me (he’s always the wind beneath my wings!!). After my surgery, since I could see a HUGE difference, I thought that everyone else would also and was shocked that people just thought I changed my glasses or my hair. My Mom was in Florida when I had the surgery done. When she came back she told me my skin looked great and what cream was I using, was it a prescription? When I told her all I had done and showed her my before and after picture, she was floored and that’s when she said SHE is going to Dr. Niamtu!”

Comments from Dr. Niamtu:

“Deborah was simply the perfect patient. She communicated her desires accurately and was very realistic about her goals. She was extremely easy to work with and followed all her post op directions to the “t”. She made the entire experience easy for us and we are honored to have had her as a patient.”

     

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Makeover #6

Name: Lisa Kieffer

Family: I am the mother of six and grandmother of eight. I was recently married to my current husband.  We met on an online dating service and when I asked, he told me that he was attracted to me because I had a kind and pretty face.  Of course, we share many other interests and goals.  But I do believe that the work that Dr. Niamtu did helped me to become more appealing during my search for a prospective husband.

Age: 48 years young


Occupation:
I have been Nationally and VA-state certified as a Pharmacy Technician for several years and have most recently been employed as a Leisure Coach with Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services. Currently, I am developing a home-based business.


Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, cooking, helping with community events such as Preparedness Fairs, and various other activities.


Procedures Performed:

  • Facelift
  • Upper eyelid tuck
  • Lower eyelid tuck
  • CO2 laser skin resurfacing of lower eyelids
  • Chin implant

Why did you have Cosmetic Surgery?

After raising a family and taking care of others throughout my life–and the loss of my former husband–I felt that I should do something to take care of myself. And honestly, I felt that I looked older than I should for my age. It was time for a positive change in my life and looks!

Why Did You Choose Dr. Niamtu?

After visiting his office with my daughter, I saw some before and after pictures for some of his cosmetic surgery patients. I researched Dr. Niamtu, his experience and his work. I was absolutely impressed with what I saw and called for a free consultation. The rest is history!”

What were you hoping to achieve with the surgery?

I was not trying to look like I was 30, I simply wanted to look as good as I could for my age. I wasn’t liking what I saw in the mirror and I needed to be tucked, tightened and refreshed.

How Do You Like Your Result?

I am very pleased with the results! I feel that I look ten years younger–and more in line with what I should look like for my age. It has given me more confidence in how I present to others and has given me incentive to improve my appearance in other aspects. Along with the confidence, I have enjoyed increased energy and enthusiasm for other endeavors in life. Thank you, Dr. Niamtu!

What advice would you give other women considering cosmetic facial surgery?

If you feel that the time is right to have cosmetic surgery and circumstances allow, such as being able to take time off from work, then consider doing something wonderful for yourself. It is not selfish to take care of yourself. Also, do realize that you need to let others help take care of you during the healing process.

Any special thoughts on your experience?

I am just excited about the outcome. I can’t tell you how many times I stood in front of the mirror pulling my ‘Telfer chin’ back and envisioning how I could look. Well, what I envisioned has become reality because of these procedures. I am glad I chose to have this done!

Comments from Dr. Niamtu:

Patients like Lisa make going to work fun. She was a very compliant patient with realistic expectations and she made my job easy. It is a pleasure to have her in my practice.

  

 

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