I‘m a journalist and get paid to write and the last thing I want to do in free time is pen reviews.
But after my experience with Dr Behroozan I feel compelled to share just how wonderful Dr. B and all his staff are.
I came to the practice by sheer chance – my primary care physician Dr Hopper has offices on the floor above Dr. B’s Santa Monica office.
I had what looked like a flat pimple on the side of my nose that wouldn’t pop and hadn’t gone away in three months; it had no color to it and was only slightly raised.
When my regular doc saw it he suggested I see a dermatologist and recommended Dr Behroozan downstairs.
It was a Friday and I asked for the next available appointment. They fit me in the following Tuesday.
From my first visit I was impressed – Monica on the front desk had me fill out the regular forms and before I knew it Sandra whisked me through and into a treatment rooms.
They gave my whole body a once over – using an iPad to take pictures of any moles they wanted to monitor for future reference.
After that the doctor performed a biopsy on the spot on my nose that was the primary reason for the visit.
I was told in a matter-of-fact but caring way that it could be a cancer or could be nothing but I would have results back within the week. I was also given pamphlets on skin care and what to look out for myself with regards to monitoring my skin as well as a description of the MOHS procedure if the results came back positive for cancer.
Sure enough I got a call from the office the following week and was told the spot was indeed cancer – Basal Cell Carcinoma.
I was told to come in on Wednesday for a consultation with Dr Behroozan and that if I elected to have the MOHS procedure I would most likely be operated on that Friday.
The consultation was great and Dr Behroozan put me at ease immediately. I’d been looking at Google images of Basal Cell Carcinomas and the results from operations since the diagnosis.
“Stop doing that,” he told me.
He said it was most likely not too deep and the procedure would be easy. He recommended MOHS because of the position of the tumor on my face and the fact MOHS gives the best outcomes in terms of the likelihood of recurrence and cosmetic results.
Unfortunately, he told me he was now fully booked for the Friday and I would have to wait until a following Friday to be seen. That didn’t work for me – I was due to fly home to the UK and didn’t want to have cancer quite literally on my head and in my thoughts for a three-week vacation.
Dr Behroozan noted my concern and told me he would see what he could do. An hour later the office called me and said I could come in that Friday at 7am.
Only later did I find out that Dr Behroozan had told his staff about my situation and asked them if they minded coming in early to accommodate me.
They all agreed to come in early – a wonderful act of kindness on their part.
On the day of the surgery they numbed me up and took the first layer off to inspect the margins. After placing a temporary bandage on Dr B put on Pandora for me to listen to and gave me the WiFi password so I could surf the net as I waited in the treatment room.
When he came back a half-hour later there was still some cancer in there – he took another layer and I once again sat back and relaxed.
When he returned he told me they had got it all – they said they could leave the wound to heal on its own or they could stitch it up – I chose to have it stitched up as I’m terrible at touching my face and didn’t want to get it infected.
Dr B sowed it up beautifully, gave me a course of antibiotics, instructions on caring for the wound and I was on my way out the door.
Over the weekend the wound seemed to be healing fine but there were pimples springing up all around the area.
On Monday I called the office and asked if it was normal, I sent in a picture too for Dr B to look at.
They told me to come in immediately; I was actually annoyed and thought it was unnecessary – stupid reaction on my part.
It turned out that I’d had an allergic reaction to the cream or the bandage. I was told to discontinue using them and given a new cream. My nose improved over night and Dr B called personally to check how I was the next day.
He removed the stitches on Thursday – less than a week after the surgery.
Amazingly, as I looked in the mirror I could barely notice any difference to my nose pre-op. It was a little red but no scab, barely any redness and no sign of a scar.
I am unbelievably pleased with the results. Friends who hadn’t seen me in the week the op took place couldn’t even tell anything had happened.
Dr Behroozan and his staff are amazing. I cant rate them highly enough – I have recommend them to everyone I’ve spoken to since this all happened.
This is my way of saying thank you. You were all outstanding.