After all, someone would be messing with my eyes and face.
I spoke with two top plastic surgeons about various procedures I was considering. (I was doing my due diligence and trying to find the right doctor for me.) When it came to upper lid blepharoplasty with ptosis correction both doctors immediately referred me to Dr. Putterman. They considered him to be the best in the Chicago area. I also consulted with Dr. Packo the top retina specialist in the area. Although a retina specialist, I valued his opinion since 20 years ago he saved my eyesight with what was then an experimental operation. I mentioned Dr. Putterman’s name and a broad grin came to his face as he told me he studied under Dr. Putterman. Dr. Putterman was the best.
So, there you have it – three of the top surgeons in Chicago all told me to see Dr. Putterman – and I did – twice. Both times he was incredibly patience, gracious, understanding and exact in his explanation. Being an engineer I wanted to know how the procedure was to be done. He patiently and thoroughly explained it in detail using diagrams and pictures from the books he had written. I sensed he did this to reduce my anxiety as he could have just referred me to a web-video. He probably had given this explanation hundreds of times in various lectures to which he had been invited to speak and with numerous patients like me, but he took the time to do it with me patiently answering my questions. I also learned in my internet travels that Dr. Putterman invented a very clever instrument that allowed for the precise alignment of the eye lid muscle (an extremely important element of correcting ptosis) – and that instrument bears his name as well as the surgical procedure he developed.
So, there you have it. Dr. Putterman: (1) was recommended by some of the best in the business; (2) invented a revolutionary surgical procedure and the instrument to go along with it; (3) wrote several books and lectures widely; (4) has a gentle, low-keyed personality; and (5) is a Zumba instructor to boot!
Dr. Putterman’s staff was great. Vicki provided me with pictures of the others who had a similar procedure as me; told me what to do before surgery and what to expect afterwards; arranged for after-surgery nursing care; scheduled the appointments flawlessly and provided humor and support.
Anyone who is considering this type of surgery needs to understand that it is a partnership between the doctor and you. For me, the doctor’s skill and experience was what was most important and everything else was a welcomed bonus. I believe I picked the best. My part of the partnership was to follow his and his staff’s instructions, have realistic expectations and be patient during recovery.
I agreed to the upper lid blepharoplasty with ptosis correction and added a cheek mid facelift. I am two weeks into the recovering and loving the results. I would highly recommend Dr. Putterman and his staff.