The artistic nature of plastic surgery attracted Dr. Payman Simoni Early in his training to this area of medicine. “I loved sculpting and painting,” says Simoni.
He has been constantly searching for ways to give his patients the most pleasing results with the least amount of recovery time and discomfort. Almost everyone comes in for a cosmetic consultation, are often looking to enhance their features with the least amount of surgery and downtime.
His internationally known facelifts are done only with local anesthesia, where the face is gently numbed and the patient remains sitting up and awake. The results are more accurate and natural looking but this wasn’t always the case. The taut facelifts of yesteryear were more common when a patient was lying unconscious on a table during a surgery. More guesswork was involved pulling the skin in the right direction to get the desired effect. If a plastic surgeon was off by a few millimeters, the end result was an unmistakable artificial look, provoking the inevitable comments about the awful facelift.
The tragic death of First Wives Club author Olivia Goldsmith, who suffered complications from anesthesia during a facelift by a well known plastic surgeon, inspired Dr Simoni to look for a safer way to do plastic surgery. He started modifying his techniques so he can do the same facelift procedure without anesthesia.
Immediately, women everywhere started canceling their facelifts their plastic surgeons. It got Dr. Simoni thinking how he could offer a “whole new way of doing plastic surgery.” Only later he noticed that the by-product of doing safer surgery was more accurate and natural results. Simoni aims for subtle, beautiful faces. His website has a gallery of impressive before and after pictures of patients whose smiles tell the whole story. Like a potter working with clay, his magic hands mold the features of his patients and push them closer to perfection. “We are perfectionists,” he says about plastic surgeons in general. After 10 years in practice, he’s also realistic that he can’t do everything.
Patients come to his Beverly Hills office from as far away as Japan, England and Germany seeking more youthful in appearance or with the right nose that complements their other features. His humble demeanor seperates him from most of other Beverly Hills plastic surgeons “You know, the best surgeons have less of a God-complex,” he says.