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  • He looked at my mouth and told me that I needed to see a specialist and recommended one. I really appreciated his honest evaluation and he did not rush through the appointment as some physicians do.
    - Sandra T.
  • The coupon came at just the right time.  The coupon promised 'back to work in 2 days and back to the gym in 2 weeks.  I was told the procedure was non invasive, non surgical, and non painful at my consultation.  I warned the doctor that due to my recent 3 major surgeries (a fusion in C-6/7, a rebuilt right elbow and a reattached left bicep) that my pain receptors were fried and had not had a chance to recover..  i also told Dr. Sam Assassa that due to a bleeding ulcer I'd had in 2004, that I could not take any anti-inflammatories.  Dr. Assassa said, don't worry about a thing, you are a great candidate for the Smartlipo procedure, and i teach internationally and all over the country.  All of the doctors learn the smartlipo from me.  Sam assassa MD was beguiling. charming, charismatic and amazingly confident as he told me that if I bought the Smartlipo procedure, that the *harvested fat could be used for facial fillers for up to a year if kept in my freezer.  I made a surgical appointment, paid half the fee of $2500 on my Amex card and left.  I started having nightmares about the procedure (which is very unusual for me) so I went back for a second consultation.  i shared the nightmares I was having with Dr. Sam Assassa and he laughed so hard you'd think I should tell nightmare stories for a living.  He said, no worries, no worries!  You will do great!  So, I paid the remaining $2500 on my Amex.The day of surgery, Dr. Assassa had no charisma, had no charm, and had no patience.  I'd had a tranquilizer an hour before arriving as instructed, and I was led into a small room by an angry woman who spoke very little English.  Her name was Ulana.  She showed me a paper and asked me if the procedures marked were the ones I purchased (Smartlipo abs, love handles and hips) I took a pencil and etched in the word FULL in front of abs because there are upper and lower abs on their menu.  When I did this, Ulana started telling me in broken English; "Don't do my job for me!  I know my job, don't tell me how to do my job!"I was stunned.  After I was given a surgical thong to wear for the procedure and kept my bra on. Ulana left, Dr. Assassa came in with his camera  & demanded I take off my bra.  I was .very uncomfortable and told him I'd rather not.  He said in his broken English; "Stop being such a prude, take it off."  I'd had a tranquiler and was told by Ulana that if I opted out of the surgery that day that I would forfeit my $5000 so I just did my best to get through it and removed my bra while Dr. Assassa took more than 20 photos of me and my bare breasts.  He left the room and Ulana came back in.  She immediately said; "Why you such a Veerdo, why you haff hengups about your naked boady?"  I couldn't believe it.  I was then led by Ulana to the surgical room which was a small and unsterile exam room where I had first seen Dr. Assassa for the mark ups on my problem areas to see if I would be a good case for him.  I no sooner sat myself on the small exam table covered in a paper than Dr. Assassa started stabbing me with his steel canula without numbing me first.  I felt his canula go deep into my abdomen to separate the fat from muscle.  i screamed and told him he didn't tell me that it would hurt like that and he shouted to stop complaining!  He kept stabbing me a total of 10 times with the canula.  I was pleading with him to give me pain pills, and when he jabbed me in my ;left hip bone multiple times, i asked for an ambulance.  Ulana just slapped a laughing gas mask over my nose and mouth to keep me quiet.  I was fading in and out of consciousness due to the extreme pain and it was finally over.  My husband said that when I was brought out of the small surgical room that I was shaking violently and looked as traumatized and in shock as a person who just stepped off a lifeboat from The Titanic.  Since I had just gone through such a horrible experience, I wanted to get something for my pain, so I asked for the harvested fat as I was told I would get.  Dr. Assassa's face went white and he snapped; "WHY DO YOU WANT THAT?!"  I told him he promised it to me.  Ulana took a while before getting it and I now have 2 viles of something in my freezer.I was given a zip lock bag of antibiotics and a zip lock bag of diuretics to take home with em.  i asked for the pain meds prescription and Dr. Assassa walked away and left for a dinner date before I was stabilized. I received no pain medication.  Long story short, each time I asked for pain meds, Dr. Assassa told me to take Advil, while knowing full well I can not take Advil. I wrote an email 8 days later at 4:13 AM telling him I was up crying all night in pain from the surgery and that i needed him to call something I could take to my pharmacy.  He wrote back the next morning telling me to take Advil.  Then I called him pleased with him for 25 minutes while in extreme pain if he would please call a prescription for pain in to my pharmacy, he finally said that he would call in Vicodin which I could take with my medical history.  When my husband went to pick the medication up, we found that Dr. Assassa had called in Vicoprophin for me, which is an anti-inflammatory,  instead of Vicodin.  This felt like a cruel joke to me so i fired him..  After I did, I learned that he didn't use the skin tightening laser on me at all and did not do the Smartlipo procedure on me that I had paid for and signed informed consent papers for,...even my surgical appointment card said SmartLipo on it.  Not only was I treated so inhumanely I could not believe it and I am surprised I survived it,  it was a case of bait and switch on top of that!  I paid for Smartlipo and received something called EZlipo. To add insult to injury, when I went to 3 different Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeons, they nearly fell out of their chairs when I told them that Dr. Assassa told me the harvested fat in my freezer would be good for up to a year.  Each one told me that harvested fat must be used the same day in the same procedure to be viable, and that once frozen, it was unusable.  There is so much more I could say about this....and I have written too much as it is.  One thing I will share is that I reported dr. Assassa to the medical board, the Attorney General, and the Consumer Protection office in Los Angeles. I tried to get a refund, and that is still pending.  i did not get what I paid for at all.  My stomach is deformed now, and is easier to live with than the constant blow torch feeling I have in my torso that I am getting very painful procedures to alleviate.  So far, nothing has worked. . My life was changed by Dr. Assassa, just not in the way I had hoped.
    - Kate R.
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