I first met Dr. Berardi and his staff shortly after a diagnosis of breast cancer. I had the opportunity to choose between two reconstructive surgeons. I cannot even begin to imagine what it would have been like to not have Dr. Berardi and his staff during this process. Every time I am in Dr. Berardi’s office I am blown away by their courtesy, kindness, professionalism, and patience. Did I mention patience? Dr. Berardi, Lilly, Ashley, and Heather answered my ENDLESS questions about surgery, tissue expanders, and implants.
Dr. Berardi and his staff were and are vital members of my “team” of medical experts. Dr. Berardi, I am profoundly grateful for your skills; especially the ones you use when I am asleep.
As I considered plastic surgeons, I was nervous about the process of the surgery, the results and recovery. While I had to come to terms with the length of surgery, anesthesia and recovery process; the results portion is based on the talent and skills of the surgeon. As a busy person being a wife/mother working outside the home I wanted to have one surgery, recover and move on with life.
Talent and skills are difficult to assess unless you go through the process in the first place, but two things happened during the consultation process with Dr. Berardi impressed me enough that I was more than comfortable moving forward. The first, is he listened to my goals and questions between having a bilateral mastoplexy or breast augmentation. My primary concern was having the mastoplexy only to have wished I had the augmentation and having to go back into surgery, which I did not want to do. He convinced me that based on my goals and my existing breasts, he could achieve my goals with a mastoplexy procedure which also would be slightly easier of a recovery as well. Recovery was a concern for me as I also was getting a abdominalplasty procedure at the same time.
Next, the day of my consultation Dr. Berardi’s computer system went down. His appointment schedule was not available and he was managing patients as they came in and basically working in the dark. However, he never lost focused and I didn’t even know anything was going on until I left the exam room and was told they would have to email me the surgery costs when the computers get fixed. Other than raw talent, in my opinion, I believe the skills of a surgeon show in how they can manage what they don’t know until they get into the operating room. I felt that Dr. Berardi could handle something unexpected without skipping a beat.
Coincidentally, I had to go back into a brief second surgery; Dr. Berardi was as calm as ever. He answered all my questions and took as long as I needed to be comfortable.
The best part is that the results are incredible. When I went for my first bra fitting, the sales person was amazed at how even my breasts were and raved about how impressed she was with the surgery.
My abdominalplasty results are equally as impressive. I have to say that my abdominal area looks better now than before I had kids. My main concern with the abdominalplasty was managing the pain. Dr. Berardi prescribed me the appropriate pain medicine for the recovery. However, I did not even use it all. While my wonderful husband took care of everything so I could recuperate, I did not experience a lot of the pain that was described as I read and researched prior to the surgery.
Bilateral mastoplexy and abdominalplasty patient 37 years old Wife & Mom of two wonderful children
Dear Dr. Berardi and Staff:
I wanted to write to thank you so much for the before, during and aftercare you have provided to me with my recent surgery, especially that grueling 8.5 hour surgery.
Lily and Ashley have always been responsive to any questions I might have and always in a kind and compassionate manner. You are all three professionals with my deepest thanks.
Thanks again so much for seeing me a few weeks ago. I feel much better about my mole after seeing you. It was so nice of you to take time out of your schedule to see me. I’m hoping my mom will do a consult with you soon. Hope all goes well with your practice and I’ll let you know what the dermatologist says.
When I first consulted with Dr. Berardi I knew it would be a challenge because of my 5’2 height, short waisted, over weight body frame. The fat had accumulated mostly in my breast and stomach area. I had always wanted a cute figure (haven’t we all!) with a petite flat stomach, shapely hips, and small breasts, yet with my body I doubted that even the most skilled plastic surgeon could only do so much.
So you can imagine how surprised and extremely elated I am now that Dr. Berardi has actually accomplished what I felt was impossible. Please look at my before and after photos and see for yourself. And NO, they are not photo-shopped in the slightest.
Dr. Berardi not only have me a fabulous figure, he gave me his undivided attention during each and every visit while I was under his care. So yes, most definitely I would highly recommend Dr. Berardi. If you can dream it he can do it! His phenomenal expertise as an outstanding plastic surgeon along with his compassionate, warm bedside manner makes him one of the best aesthetic surgeons we are fortunate to have here in Phoenix.
D.S. ~ Gilbert, AZ