“I would like to share an amazing life changing experience I have had
because of the expertise and knowledge of Dr. Slupchynskyj. I went into this
journey with doubts and fears as I would imagine most women do. ‘Should I?
Shouldn’t I?’ was always on my mind. However, Dr. S. was always there to ease my
mind at any given call. Office visits and phone calls were always available at
no charge. His staff was as pleasant and helpful as he was. There was never a
time when my questions were left unanswered or my phone calls weren’t promptly
returned. I was never made to feel like I was a bother. This was also true in
his postoperative visits. This to me is as important as the work the doctor is
capable of doing. There are a lot of great plastic surgeons out there but to
find one that is not only a genius in work, but also to have such compassion and
caring for his patients is truly a blessing.”
Also, the other big factor that separated Dr. S. from other surgeons was that he
was never pushy. He told you straight out what he believed you needed and let
you take it from there. There was never any pressure to do the work. It has only
been a week since my procedure and I already feel exuberated and alive like I
did 20 years ago. I feel like I can do anything thanks to Dr. S. I can go on and
on about this wonderful doctor but the only advice that I can give you is to go
in for a consultation. After you walk out of his office, you will experience
feelings that words can’t describe. You have nothing to lose.”
— C.C., Hewitt, NJ
“I was referred to Dr. Slupchynskyj through two separate women who had
had the SLUPlift™ and were very happy with their outcomes. I saw them first hand
and could see why they were happy. They looked younger and fresher without
looking pulled and fake. I booked an appointment and from the first meeting, I
was happy. I felt respected, my needs were considered and my many questions were
answered. I scheduled my appointment and went ahead with the procedure. I was
back at work within days and found my follow-up care with the doctor
extraordinarily professional and caring. I called with a concern and he got
right back to me and answered my questions. I am very very happy with the result
and would recommend his work enthusiastically.”
— M.S., Morganville, NJ
“I decided to have the SLUPlift™ procedure two years ago when I noticed
that my jowls were mirroring those of a Bassett Hound, loose and hanging.”
The SLUPlift™ experience was painless, seamless, convenient and offered
immediate, visible results. In 60-90 minutes the jowels were gone. It was a
wonderful experience! And I continue to be thrilled with the results!”
“I continue to have co-workers and friends approach me to ask, ‘What cream do I
use on my face’ or, ‘What corrective wrinkle product do I buy?’ The secret is
not in the cream or the wrinkle product-it’s the SLUPlift™!”
— N.M., New Providence, NJ
“I had Plastic Surgery with Dr. Slupchynskyj (Dr. S.), on June ’09, and I am thrilled
with the results. He worked on my lower face and jaw. My recovery was speedy,
and today the area of my neck and jaw look like it did 15 years ago. I choose Dr. S.
because I was very impressed with the surgery he performed on my best friend.
She had her Eyelid Surgery done by him and the job looks great. In addition, my f
riend’s husband is a doctor and he admires Dr. S.’s Plastic Surgery work. I am so
happy with his ability as a surgeon that I have scheduled my 16-year-old-daughter
to get Rhinoplasty with him.”
— I.G., Kinnelon, NJ
“Why? After my 62nd birthday this year, I realized I was holding up my
face with my fingers, wondering what I might look like without sagging skin in
my neck, and the jowls that were forming. I knew that I just didn’t have the
time to take the weeks needed for a full-face lift. Then one day my office
manager told me about an amazing new surgery, the SLUPlift™, and
she had been researching the doctor and the procedure for over a year.
She thought it was the best thing for a busy person, and loved the results
she saw on the website. Because she is such a great detective on everything,
I checked it out, and immediately called for an appointment. A few weeks
later, in August, I had the surgery.”
I was very impressed with how I was treated on the day of the surgery. I really
appreciated the doctor’s calming way with me, and I was very surprised that
there was so little pain. Although I was bandaged, I was excited to see what I
would look like the next day when they would be removed. I could already see,
even with bandages, that my neck was tight again. There was a small
complication, which I should have addressed immediately, but I waited a few
hours. I was very happy when the doctor called me right back, and immediately
made arrangements to see me again. Within the hour the issue was resolved, and I
was on my way to a beautiful healing.”
It’s not quite two weeks since my Facelift Surgery. I only missed two days of work.
I’ve had a few follow-up visits, and I am so excited about the new face in the mirror.
I’ve been given the chance to roll back the clock about 10+ years. What is most appealing,
is that I’ve received so many compliments, with everyone thinking I’ve just changed my
hairstyle, not asking about my Facelift. I think that’s the sign of wonderful surgery.”
“My close friends are now aware of why I look so much better, and they are all
getting ready to schedule their own times with the doctor.”
— D. H., Morristown, NJ
“I think BOTOX® is an amazing rejuvenator for anti-aging, but there is
definitely an art to injecting it. Dr. Slupchynskyj’s skill is not only making
you look natural (no deer in headlights effect) but he is able to actually lift
the brow area by a technique that few doctors are able to do. I’ve also had
restylane under my eyes which has completely filled in the hollows. There is no
one else I would trust to do any of these procedures.”
— W.K., New York, NY
“I decided to make a change because everyone was asking me if I felt
okay. They said I looked very tired and I was not tired and I was feeling good.
So I knew something was wrong. I’m very happy that I decided to have something
done and I found that it was a very easy experience. All the personnel working
for the Doctor were very kind and considerate and I especially remember one of
the girls ordering me a cup of soup along with her lunch order before she let me
leave the office after my procedure. It gave me the lift I needed on that very
cold day. Two weeks later I went on vacation and no one was aware that I had
something done. They just said that I looked great.”
Dr. S. is a very talented surgeon and I feel fortunate to have found him. There
are hardly noticeable fine lines in the ear area after three weeks and they will
fade more, I am sure. I feel so much better about myself and I love the
compliments. When a person feels better about herself, she has more confidence
and subsequently is more outgoing and personable. Thank you, Dr. S.”
— C.G., Endicott, NY
One Patient I Will Never Forget
We frequently hear about how doctors change patients’ lives. What if the tables were turned? Can a patient change a doctor’s life? The answer is not so obvious and may surprise you.
As a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, a big part of my job is listening. Listening to a patient’s complaints, worries about their state of health, their life circumstances, their disappointments and their hopes. Much of my work involves removing various types of Cancer from the head and neck, including Skin Cancer. Typically, those I see with Skin Cancer are older, many in their 70s and 80s. Unfortunately, with this age group, they tend to experience Skin Cancer such as Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma more than once.
One patient who came to see me with Skin Cancer was an elderly man named Thomas. He was 85 years of age. He was sharp as a tack and gregarious. He made me laugh as we talked and joked about so many topics during his appointments. What stood out to me was that he never complained. About anything. Not even when I informed him that he had Skin Cancer that needed to be excised, neither before nor after I operated on him and neither at his follow up appointments. This is markedly different from my doctor experience when Cancer is involved.
Thomas came to see me many more times over the years and well into his ninth decade in life. Each time he had to undergo surgery, he never complained and continued to be that fun, talkative gentleman with the same sparkle in his eye he had at 85 when I first met him. I wanted to know his secret. He asked me about my family and history and I asked him about his. He started talking and I listened.
My patient, Thomas Stivale, is a WWII Army veteran. He was born in 1919 and said, “We didn’t have doctors back then. We were all delivered by mid-wife. I was brought up on goat’s milk.” He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1938 and became a Paratrooper in the 82 Airborne Division. He discussed events that surrounded him during this time, the people with whom he lived and his thoughts as a young soldier incarcerated as a prisoner-of-war deep within Nazi Germany for close to two years. I continued to listen intently.
On April 29, 1943, he was shipped from New York to Europe and then to Oujda, Africa. He and his outfit were flown from Oujda over Sicily for a nighttime jump into enemy territory. The next day, he says, he didn’t know where he was. “Four German SS guards showed up and I had three hand grenades and 150 rounds. What could I do? The first thing they did when I put my hands up was take my watch.” It was his first combat jump. He was taken in a box car with 40 other prisoners to Germany over the course of what he said were, “five miserable days.”
Thomas and the other prisoners worked on a potato farm around the area of the camp. The biggest potatoes would go to Hitler and the smallest were to feed pigs. They received censured letters from home where the Germans would black out the words “I love you.” The prisoners had no connection to the outside world.
In Thomas’s diary, which he kept during this time, is a quote from St. Paul under the heading of “A Prisoner’s Prayer”. It reads, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, instant in prayer.” Thomas then wrote, “Here I am a Prisoner of War in Germany, and thinking to myself, it was better for me to come over here that to have them go over there. Tears may come to my eyes but they are tears not to be forgotten for home sickness does that to me.”
Thomas was freed May 2, 1945. “Freedom at last,” he said yet immediately was captured by Russians and one of his friends was shot. “Would never want to live that day over. I was in Russian hands for two days.” Finally, on May 4, 1945, Thomas was on his way to America and back into the arms of his fiancée, Pauline.
Thomas, a good-natured and patriotic POW at 97 years young, may have all the physical signs of aging but he is humble, sharp, fearless and still likes to go bowling on Thursdays. He keeps ticking with a contagious smile on his face. That’s perseverance and that’s hope. Thomas makes a conscious decision to live his life with this positive state of mind and age truly becomes just a number.
It is an incredible honor for me to be able to treat a WWII survivor and hero. We often forget our elders and what they can teach us. Thomas is the perfect example of why we should never forget them; how we can learn from their wisdom and experience to better our lives and be determined, like Thomas, to live with perseverance and hope. This he has done for me.