Patient Testimonials: FFS Surgery

Google
Procedure: FFS Surgery
Source: Google

I had Facial Feminization with Dr. Spiegel in March of this year. My experiences with both Dr. Spiegel and the fellow working with him at the time, Dr. Kuperstock, were great. They were professional, kind, and affirming, going out of their way to answer questions and address any concerns both before and after the procedure. My goal was simple: I wanted to look like me, and Dr. Spiegel’s philosophy and techniques achieved that in a way that’s been profoundly life-changing. Thank you, to all of you.

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Procedure: FFS Surgery
Source: Google

A little less than a month ago, I was fortunate enough to have FFS with Dr. Spiegel. His talent and expertise go without saying, he's simply just the best; but he is also such a kind and compassionate person. This surgery is so significant for trans-women who want it and everyone at The Spiegel Center knows that, especially Dr. Spiegel. When I first reached out about scheduling an initial consultation, Kat got right back to me and got me in the next week. From that day, she was always there to answer all of my questions, address all of my concerns, and just offer me so much emotional support. And a month after surgery, she's STILL there helping me just as much as she did before. My initial consultation went SO well. Dr. Spiegel went over everything with me in detail and answered ALL of my questions in detail. He does this surgery A LOT, but he never made me feel like "just another one", nothing felt mechanical. I wanted to mention that because I went on consultations with two other pretty well known surgeons and I cannot say the same about them. The impression with them was "I do this a lot, I'm good at it, just listen, you'll be fine". Dr. Spiegel, on the other hand, made everything feel very personalized. That's the difference between confidence and ego. He made it clear that he was going to give me MY face, not just a collection of standard feminine feature. I officially decided I would go with Dr. Spiegel about a month later. I was crushed to hear that he was booked until December. I told Kat I was prepared to wait, but explained to her why getting it done this summer was my goal. She could have stopped there, but she kept checking for any open ORs in the summer; and SHE WAS ABLE TO FIND ONE. She got me in for a consultation ONE week after requesting it AND she got me into surgery TWO months after booking. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. My surgery came and went so quickly and everything went so well. Throughout this ENTIRE process, I have never felt so well cared for. I could happy-cry just thinking about it. If there is any other procedure or treatment I want in the future, there is NO question about where I'll go. Thank you so much Dr. Spiegel, Kat, and everyone at the Spiegel Center. You raise the bar so high for every other surgeon's office. Thank you for your talent, your professionalism, your compassion, and your sincerity. My words can't possibly do my experience justice, it really was just that beautiful.

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Procedure: FFS Surgery
Source: Google

Two years ago I had FFS in Boston by Dr. Spiegel and it was life changing… After reading many surgeon reviews online I decided to have an online Skype consultation with Dr. Spiegel. I was immediately at ease and felt heard leaving me full of confidence to move forward and book my surgery. Dr. Spiegel's staff (especially Carole) made scheduling easy and were really helpful in preparing me with what to expect and where to stay which really helped to reduce anxiety about the upcoming trip. Boston was lovely and meeting the Dr. and team in person was great. Every one was extremely warm and welcoming and the Dr. took his time to answer all my questions. Surgery took place in an amazing modern and clean Hospital which I recovered in for a day or two before going back to my hotel with a friend. The entire time during recovery Dr. Spiegel was very easy to reach and the communication and care was excellent. After about 10 days I returned to the Doctor’s office to have my stitches removed and say good bye to everyone before the trip back home. My flight back to Vegas from Boston was a completely different experience. Even though I had bruises and bandages I didn’t experience one instance of being misgendered. It was on the flight back home that I realized what a massive success my surgery had been. Two years on and the effects have been profound.

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RateMDs
Procedure: FFS Surgery
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When I started transition at 37, I didn't expect to "pass," despite this being a goal of mine. I just didn’t think it was possible. I had tried everything before making up my mind to come out, and I was really scared for what the future had in store for me. Going in, I promised myself only the best. Whether it was finding a therapist, hair removal, breast augmentation, voice lessons, and especially facial feminization surgery, I didn't want to cut a single corner. For FFS, I was prepared to travel as far as I had to, and I can honestly say that Dr. Spiegel was my #1 choice in the world. That I live in NYC and Dr. Spiegel is in Boston was just a happy coincidence. My decision came down to his experience, reputation, and the aesthetics of all the photos that I managed to find, both on his web site as well as various internet forums. People say that his results are natural, and I’d agree. I had “the works,” including brow reduction, brow lift, hairline advancement, cheek implants, rhinoplasty, lip lift, jaw contouring, chin implant, and trachea reduction. I feel he was thoughtful in his approach to each one. For some of the procedures, like the brow reduction and nose job, he was aggressive. For a few of the others, like the lip lift, the results are more subtle, but I have naturally full lips so that makes sense to me. Overall, I’d say that he played to my strengths. The first few days of recovery were an absolute nightmare. About two weeks later, despite being nowhere near healed, I started to venture out. People had no idea I was trans. This was an absolute miracle to me. I was so accustomed to my dreams not coming true, but suddenly it was “ma’am” and “miss” everywhere I went! Gradually, as my new face came into focus, I began to like what I saw in the mirror. I still have plenty of rough days, believe me, but FFS changed my life in ways I truly did not think was possible. Going to Dr. Spiegel was the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken in my life, and now at age 41, I’m so incomparably happy that I did. I did have a complication with the chin implant, however. It had healed fine at first, but after about a year, the area would swell if I talked or chewed a lot. Eventually, I developed an infection and had to have it removed. Several months later, I developed some scar tissue under the skin and needed an injection. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have opted for the chin implant in the first place. I called and emailed Dr. Spiegel’s office a lot throughout this process, and his staff was with me every step of the way. Their commitment to my recovery, even years after my procedure, speaks volumes. Thank you to Dorit, Kelly, and Katie. You're the best!

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RealSelf
Procedure: FFS Surgery
Source: RealSelf

I had a FFS in January of 2018 with Dr Spiegel, it’s one of the best decision I’ve made. Before I always struggled feeling uncomfortable in my body and was very self conscious when I was out in public. In the months following surgery that all began to change, I felt comfortable with my body and started to enjoy being out in the world. Dr Spiegel genuinely changed my life and gave me the gift of getting to live my life in a body I actually feel comfortable in. The procedures I had done were forehead contouring with brow lift and hairline advancement, rhinoplasty, chin and jaw contouring, and tracheal shave. I’m very happy with the results from all of these, especially the chin and forehead work, as those were the things I was most uncomfortable with before. I do have a bit of visible scarring on one side of my forehead, however it barely noticeable, and only if you’re looking closely. I am also considering having a bit more jaw work done, in my pre op we decided to only do the front part of my jaw near my chin. I have an appointment with Dr Spiegel to discuss potentially having the rest of my jaw done in April, I’ll update if I decide to go through with it. The staff at the Spiegel Center were amazing and helped me through the whole process, it was especially confusing as I had surgery covered by my insurance which meant a lot of paperwork. Carol, my patient coordinator, was always there to answer any questions I had and guide me though the process. Arelys, their billing and scheduling specialist helped me get everything covered by insurance and was able to get me surgical date 4 months earlier than the one I was initially given. Thank you so much to Dr Spiegel and everyone at the Spiegel Center!

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Google
Procedure: Forehead Contouring
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I recently got a rhinoplasty and forehead contouring surgury done by Dr.Spiegel after doing tons of research I knew he was the doctor I wanted to go with. Everyone in the office is super friendly! My surgury Date got moved up and I had a lot of paperwork and things to do in a short amount of time. Kat was a huge help and I would not of been able to get it all done without her, she’s super friendly and personable so a huge thank you to her. As far as the surgury I felt zero pain I am amazed by that! I got my cast off about a week ago I cried when I saw the results because I was so happy I am absolutely in love with my new nose and forehead and for anyone thinking about either one of these procedures it is a must that you go see this surgeon! Highly recommend.

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Procedure: Forehead Contouring
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I has a forehead reconstruction with brow lift and trachea shave done with Dr. Spiegel on March 2nd 2018 at Mount Auburn Hospital. I came all the way from Korea to see Dr. Spiegel because Korean surgeons can’t perform the type 3 forehead reconstruction I desperately needed. Not only did both procedures go perfectly, my experience at Mount Auburn Hospital was absolutely amazing. He performed the trachea shave in a very safe manner, and I have experienced no negative changes in voice what so ever. Dr. Spiegel performed the brow lift slightly differently for me and the result suits my Asian face perfectly. He also fixed the minor ptosis in my right brow. Also what amazes me is the incision for my forehead reconstruction was closed up so carefully that after one week I can barely see the actual scar line except the scabs around it. As it turned out Dr. Spiegel was surprised too, because he said most patients aren’t nearly as careful as me after the procedure and always stress the surgery spot and stretch out the scar tissue early in the recovery process. Not only was the staff at Mount Auburn Hospital super friendly, I was offered a single room with a beautiful view of the river. My first night was absolutely painless, and my swelling was minimal. Also, the paient coordinator Katie at Dr. Spiegel’s office is the best! She was always responding to emails promptly, and she helped me so much with billing and scheduling the surgery. I messed up the payment because I didn’t read the instructions carefully but Katie figured everything out and dispersed the payment for me. Thank you so much!! Overall, I am very impressed by Dr. Spiegel and his team. I’ll definitely come back if I need anything else in the future, thank you thank you!

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RealSelf
Procedure: Forehead Contouring
Source: RealSelf

Spiegel ain't cheap, but I'm delighted with my results so far. I'm not quite 2 weeks out, and will update in the future if my feelings change, but the changes in my face already are lovely. I had Forehead reduction, Rhinoplasty, Lip Lift, and Trachea Shave. Pros: --Great results so far -Lovely staff/facility. Really everyone I engaged with was great. Even when I was passing out getting an IV or getting faint when the staples came out, everyone was supportive and nice. -Staff were super available during recovery. Whenever we were worried about something, we could always reach someone by phone with questions. -Despite still being a swollen mess, so far I look *natural* which is what I was going for. Cons:-Spiegel AIN'T CHEAP. You get what you *pay* for. 100% worth it in my mind, but not everyone can afford this doctor sadly-Going back to hotel the day of surgery was scary. Worked out, but still scary.-Post op appointment getting stitches/staples out was a miserable experience. Overall:-Recovery sucked. Majorly. Easily the most uncomfortable week of my life. 0/10. Spent the first 3 days drugged up and in a lot of discomfort. Next 3 days weening off meds and very uncomfortable/bored. Last 2-3 days of recovery spent bored out of my goddamn mind. The recovery process will suck. It's bearable, but it suuucckkkksssss. I knew it would going in, and I was still surprised by how much of a bummer it was. I was stealth before, and will continue to be after, so no pictures. Sorry.

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RealSelf
Procedure: Mandibile Contouring
Source: RealSelf

I travelled from Virginia to Boston to have mandible count outing by Dr Spiegel and I must say it was the best descision I have ever made. I am very happy with my results going into my second week and I can already see the difference.Everyone of his staff was very friendly and welcome. Carole my surgical coordinator went above and beyond to accommodate and I am so pleased with her.If any one is considering facial ferminization surgery I please highly recommend Dr Spiegel he's very patient and very kind listens to your desires and makes suggestions.He is such a down to earth doctor with a witty sense of humor.I am so honored to have met him and glad I didn't make that trip to South Korea (famous for facial ferminization surgeries).

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Procedure: Mandibile Contouring
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I hated my square chin and was super self conscious about having an Adam’s apple so I decided to get Mandible Contouring & a Trachea shave! I did so much research on Real Self & YouTube to find the perfect doctor that’s when I came across Jeffrey Spiegel!

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Procedure: Scalp Advancement
Source: RealSelf

What a talented surgeon! Dr. Spiegel performed FFS on Me which included hairline advancement and forehead contouring. He also used the tissue removed for a lip augmentation. I am thrilled with the results. His staff such as Dorit and Carole are exceptional too.

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Procedure: Scalp Advancement
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I had a brow lift, scalp advancement, and a trachea shave. I looked into Dr. Spiegel because I'd read an article on him being featured as one of the best plastic surgeons one could find. Looking through his website, I knew I'd found the right doctor. I sent an initial inquiry through their online forum and within a day, Katie called me and was able to answer any and all of the initial questions I had to ask. I opted to have a consultation over Skype with the doctor. After listening to my concerns he suggested ways to fix the problems I'd listed. Past that I communicated with Kat for the months leading up to my surgery date. She was extremely resourceful, would answer my questions, and she was fast at replying; having interacted almost exclusively via email, it was a pleasant surprise. When I showed up for my pre-op visit, Kat was every bit as darling in person and walked me through my aftercare in depth. When I met Dr. Spiegel, he was positive and reassured me that everything would go just as well as I knew it would. The day of the surgery, the staff at the Boston Medical Center was warm and comforting. Dr. Spiegel came in to reassure me one last time before I was rolled off to the operating room. I was able to stop taking heavy painkillers on the first night of recovery and managed on Tylenol for the remainder of the week my head tingled. I was shocked how little I'd swelled--my eyes deepened and my trachea was a little puffed for the week but I was pretty much normal after that! When I came back to the Spiegel Center for my post-operative visit to have my staples removed, Kat, Dr. Spiegel, and one of the surgeons that had worked with him came to admire their work. I already felt so beautiful, and the amount of compliments the staff had given me, it made the experience that much more memorable.It's five weeks since I've had surgery and I feel amazing. I really couldn't have asked for better and I can't wait to see how much better yet this'll get!

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Procedure: Trachea Shave
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After doing a lot of research I decided to have a trachea shave and vocal feminization surgery with Dr. Spiegel. The entire process was as painless as it could be. Everyone from the women at the reception desk to Carole, who did an amazing job helping me with just about everything, to Dr. Spiegel was super nice and made me feel comfortable. The surgery itself was a success as well. I went from feeling self conscious when going to work and outside in general to being completely comfortable with myself. I have not been called sir on the phone or at a drive through since regaining my voice. Having the procedure done was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Three weeks of vocal rest were hard but absolutely worth it. I can’t recommend Dr. Spiegel enough. He has literally changed my life for the better.

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Procedure: Trachea Shave
Source: RealSelf

I am a 48 year Trans woman. I wanted to reduce the size of my Adam's apple and the square cartilage at the bottom of my throat. Dr. Spiegel was highly recommended by my gender therapist for his outstanding surgical and stiching skills. The results are great and I am very happy. My throat is not an area of concern anymore and it gives me additional confidence to be myself.

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Procedure: Trachea Shave
Source: RealSelf

I decided to have trachea shave surgery to help me attain the look I desired. Any surgery is a scary proposition for me but this went smoothly and without any problems. The process from start to finish was simple and easy. I was treated with respect the whole time; by the doctor, his staff, and by hospital personnel. The cost while not inexpensive was acceptable. As time goes on I am so happy I had it done. The cost does not include the lab work and EKG that I had done with my primary doctor. Your cost may vary for these services. None of this was covered by my insurance, but I knew it wouldn't be.

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Procedure: Voice Femeinization
Source: Google

I first contacted The Spiegal Center during my search to get Voice Feminization Surgery. They were very quick to respond to my online request and i could tell early on that the were easy to work with and communication was wonderful. They explained all the financial info perfectly and there were no surprises. they were 100% honest with all fees involved Dr. Speigal was great as he took the time to meet with me one on one to be sure i was comfortable with everything that would take place and answered all questions i had. The surgery wet amazing, and recover was a breeze, needless to say....i sound amazing and i feel so much more confident with who i am Thank you to the Spiegal Center for helping me be my authentic self!!

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Procedure: FFS Surgery
Source: Google

I had vocal cord surgery and some minor face surgery and I cannot express in words how happy I am at this moment. My voice surgery was a complete success and although I am Deaf I am told by everyone just how wonderful I sound. My entire experience with Dr. Spiegel and his entire team was wonderful and I was treated with such care, it was like I was their only patient even though I know I was not, but that’s the type of care they give. I am not finished with this wonderful group of people, I am going to come back for more work on my face. I want to give a special thanks to Carol for the endless emails back and forth over the past few months helping me get ready for my surgery. His entire office staff are wonderful and Dr. Spiegel is just great. Do not hesitate to chose this doctor if you are considering either vocal cord surgery or plastic surgery, either way you cannot go wrong.

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Procedure: Voice Surgery
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I've had the pleasure of having Dr Spiegel perform vocal chords surgery on me in January of 2018. Not being able to talk for 3 weeks is extremely hard!!!! So don't do that, not even a whisper!!! It is now September and its getting better everyday. Was told it sometimes takes about a year for total healing so be patient. Having the surgery has been a lifesaver to me. It softens and feminizes your voice for sure. If your looking for the pitch that comes with therapy and practice. I'm almost there after. When looking for a place to go to have this done or any other procedure I highly recommend The Spiegel Center. I'm hoping to return to get more work done. When you call ask to speak to Katie. I cannot speak highly enough about her. She has been wonderful in helping me out with what needed to be done!!!!! THANK YOU!!!! The entire staff at The Spiegel Center is there to help you with anything you'll ever need in the cosmetic surgery dept.

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