Dear Dr. Epstein, Roxy and the staff, (warning: kinda long e-mail, take bathroom breaks if you need to).
I would like to express my sincere appreciation for providing such a FABULOUS TOP-NOTCH brow transplant surgery. After the Valium and swelling went down, I was able to get a more accurate assessment of the implant when I looked into the lighted-up magnified mirror at home. It revealed even more of your innate aesthetic and scientific capabilities. Where art meets science: that's what makes a top-notch plastic surgeon. But I knew this based on your overwhelmingly impressive background. I contacted 5 other surgeons, even one in Beverly Hills of all places, and I knew that I'd chosen the right one. The 6th time's a charm in this case. I remember checking your site half a year ago, and there was some mention of how you played the violin for years. I can't seem to find it on the site now. That drew me in even more as it shows the natural dexterity of your fingers to enhance the implantation. Didn't hurt that you're easy on the eyes, too, haha. A true Renaissance man just like my favorite artist, Leonardo da Vinci.
The staff was incredible. Everyone was very sweet and professional, and I felt very welcomed. The implanters did an excellent job, having my hand held relaxed me quite a bit, etc, etc. I stayed quiet for the most part so everyone could concentrate, but I do realize that because you've all had so much experience on this, you can all do it in your sleep ;o). I joked with Roxy about coming back and getting a hotel (er, hostel) on South Beach for everyone over Christmas break. Or was I joking ;-) Maybe after I finish school and pay back Uncle Sam, haha.
The procedure was painless for the most part. When I had my brows tattooed on, that was some real pain that only a sadist would enjoy ;o) I looked like Groucho Marx on crack for days and the end result wasn't that much better. However, after the implantation, on the plane ride back, I looked like a Golden Retriever (the puffy eyes) but puppy dogs are much cuter than Groucho Marx so I'll take that any day. A couple days later, it looked like I had pretty golden yellow eye shadow on and now I'm completely normal, relatively speaking ;o). I admit, I was a bit shocked at first and being in the wrong state of mind, I thought my brow shape was going to stay crescent-moon shaped and not the shape I was going for. I just didn't realize they were that puffy and that was causing it. I apologize for that. I think the Florida sun fried my brain a bit (but no sunburn, at least!), oh, and hunger.
You have all exceeded my expectations (and mine were high!) for meticulously implanting each and every brow hair in the most natural angle that only Mother Nature could achieve. The hairs blend in perfectly as if my own genetic code had designed them for my particular facial structure. The only way I can really tell which ones are mine is based on the fact that I have to use hairspray to keep the real ones in place. And the ones that were obviously not there in the first place. Mainly at the base and at the tail. Most of my real hairs are slightly thinner but one can only tell under the microscope. But of course, brow hairs and head hair are different from one another in terms of thickness. Well, mine are, at least.
I noticed that on the right brow, you had designed for a few to be placed above my brow line. Not only did that add more symmetry to my face, but it opened up my eye area, adding a lift after tweezing a slight amount under the right brow. I won't need botox for a few years, jk ;o). The brow hairs along the "tails" were a bit short, but now they've already grown enough to lay flat and natural (ie, don't stick out at a crazy angle that some other doctors tend to do).
With the implanted hairs, they stay in the right direction and I WAKE UP with these brows in place (given that I've slept on my back, of course). No, wait...I now wake up with a full set of nicely shaped REAL eyebrows for the first time in my life! A somewhat good analogy for what this means to me would be like having gone through life without an upper lip. Like a part of the facial bone structure is missing. It makes one realize that eyebrows are just as important as the eyes, the lips or the mouth. Otherwise, a person looks blank and expressionless and asymmetrical. Not the most attractive sight.
What amazes me the most is that this surgery occurred only a few days ago, and I'm already ecstatic with the results. Not only with the physical results but the PSYCHOLOGICAL results as well. And that's what it really comes down to. (Ok, now I'm crying, lol...which happened yesterday, too...after the Valium, puffiness and initial shock wore off, I was able to get in touch with my feelings).
What these brows have added to my life is BALANCE. Not having that anxiety and insecurity when talking to someone under the bright sunlight and them wondering why my brows are blue or partially missing. Not spending 15+/- minutes JUST on my brows alone to make them as natural looking as possible. Achieving the natural look is so high-maintenance, what an oxymoron, hehe. I commented to Roxy that this procedure would change my life. It may sound a tad bit dramatic, especially to someone who was born with full brows and takes it for granted or a person void of an aesthetically sensitive eye (or is that vanity no, no!). But yes, this has and will be life-altering as I gain the CONFIDENCE to welcome new adventures into my life.
Here in Oregon , we love our rock climbing and camping and other very outdoorsy activities. I was always too self-conscious to engage in anything that would cause my brows to come off and would spend most of my time indoors (bar scene gettin way too old). The blue eyebrows took a psychological toll more than I had realized. I'm already visualizing all the things that I want to take up like scuba diving, surfing, just being SPONTANEOUS and living a more adventurous, outdoorsy and active life. Although I must admit, not doing those things have caused me to focus more on the academic aspect of my life so that's one good thing I got out of it. Ah, and less wrinkles. Seven years down, 4 more to go. But why not both Now I can get my studying in and dash right out the door to go swimming and throw that insecurity and vanity out the window. Just throw on my mascara and powder and go! No more 20-60 min routine! Now it's under 5 minutes, if that, to put on my "face" for class. Wow, you've helped me with my time-management skills, too and that's very important to a goal-oriented person who wants to look nice at the same time but doesn't want to spend too much time working on it. Semi-permanent lash extensions might be next, but that's it. I already spoke with a Seattle doctor about permanent ones, and he said it was a bad idea. He's also the one who recommended you and Limmer.
Anyways, this e-mail is a bit long and you are a busy doctor with a busy staff (which is a very good indication, esp for business :o), and I feel like I'm writing in my diary. But this is a great way to get my point across as to how I have been feeling since the procedure. Any balding customers walking into my future pharmacy asking about Propecia or Rogaine, I would surely recommend you and your
staff. I'll recommend any browless friends of mine suffering from tacky porn star-esque eyebrow makeup. Not only do they get a hair transplant surgeon but also a shrink at the same time who doesn't need to hand out the Paxil to alleviate the anxiety of having no hair ;o).
Heck, I will do it on your incredibly thorough website! I authorize you to use my eyebrow pics as long as my face isn't shown. From right below my brows to my hairline is fair game. Because a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to plastic surgery, I really would like to show everyone the incredible end results. The pics REALLY won me over and that's what it boils down to. And if you would like to publish my letter, you are more than welcome to as long as it's my initials. You can censor it, too (ie, take paragraphs out). I tend to be a bit tongue-in-cheek at times so if there's anything off-color, I understand. Happens when you grow up with 3 older brothers ;o)
I have a webcam, but I'm not sure if it would show the brows all too clearly. But in a few months, when the masterpiece is complete, I'll send you a picture. I was thinking about coming back to S.Beach for Christmas break, but it looks like we all agreed on ringing in the New Year in Vegas. Will follow up on that. Well, I'll be back eventually and I'd love for everyone to see them in person and appreciate their hard work and what it's done for me. Once again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my happy heart! And like I had said in the operating room, "the world recommends you." I now personally know that it is true, and the only thing I regret is not having met you and the staff much much sooner... like when I was in middle school ;o)
P.S. Take a short break and smell the flowers (the ones I sent to ring in the Autumn season which is what we Oregonians actually have...ahhh, I want to go back to beautiful, WARM Miami as I am in a sweatshirt right now). The last implanter asked about the tattoo remover I'm using: it's called Tat Be Gone and the ratings indicate that it works very well.