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Weimaranerwench's Review of: Dr. Mehryar Taban

Rating: 1.10 (out of 10)
Review Date:
June 24, 2018, 3:08 pm

Doctor Name:   Dr. Mehryar Taban (My Profile)
Los Angeles,
State:   California (CA)
Country:   United States
Reviewer:   Weimaranerwench (Contact Me)
View My Before/After Photo Album(s):   None available
Did you get any procedure(s) done by this doctor?   Yes
Date of your procedure(s):   December 2, 2013
Procedure(s) I had done:  
  • Eyelid Surgery, Blepharoplasty


DR. TABAN AGED me 25 years! I had a naturally high lid crease but his surgery ADDED heavy skin folds and lowered the crease, producing ugly, hooded, reptilian eyes. Additionally, my left and right lids are uneven. He refused to redo his botched surgery or reimburse me a dime! It has been an expensive and dispiriting ORDEAL. I have now paid for another surgeon to correct his work and that surgeon wa referred to me by Dr. Taban! Dr. Taban simply walks away rather than confront his professional negligence and then he hustles for positive reviews.

Dr. Taban’s upper eyelid surgery cost me dearly: in dollars, time, appearance, pain, and distress and left me looking decades older.. When I complained, Dr. Taban wrote me off and referred me to another surgeon who corrected Dr. Taban’s work -- for an additional $5800! And that surgeon was Dr. Taban’s own referral.

I had asked Dr. T. to redo the surgery and correct his mistakes but he only recommended a browlift (which he’d earlier said I did NOT need) and upper eyelid fillers. But 2 expert surgeons whom I consulted later said adding filler would only have worsened the overhang from increased weight. And I’d previously told Dr. T. that I did not want filler. He claimed I needed so much extra skin to close my eyes. Wow. I then asked why I needed a blepharoplasty in the first place then? His response:“whaddya want from me?” I requested a refund from Dr. Taban - just for the surgery (nothing extra for meds or aftercare). I even stated that IF he issued a refund, I’d sign paperwork releasing him of all actions or demands including that of professional negligence and also agreed not to discuss or to post reference to his practice. I pled with him to at least listen to second opinions from MDs whom he respects. His response: “Not gonna happen” and fled the exam room to phone about a new Porsche. I stated I’d return weekly if need be, but I was determined to receive better treatment.

Dr. Taban’s next move was to send me a letter of referral to 2 colleagues saying he no longer wanted me as a patient. I was out a considerable chunk of money and still couldn’t look in the mirror w/o cringing. I duly consulted one of the colleagues he recommended and this MD agreed to redo Dr. Taban’s work -- at an added cost of over $7000. This physician normally does not touch botched blepharoplasties but felt my case was egregious enough.

After 23 mos. of unsuccessful attempts for recompense, I filed in Small Claims in Nov. 2015 as a last resort. His botched blepharoplasty surgery in Dec. 2013 resulted in an overhang—heavy folds of upper eyelid running down to to the outer lower lids. Two independent cosmetic surgeons attested that Dr. T. had failed to follow my “high, natural eyelid crease” as evidenced by my Before photos. In taking Dr. Taban to Small Claims, I again only asked to recoup surgery expenses and nothing else (meds, aftercare, or the additional corrective surgery fees). But Dr. Taban has no integrity: he pointed out to the judge that I’d had a previous blephoroplasty, as if to suggest it’s unclear whose work was actually responsible for his horrid outcome! That first bleph was performed 25 years ago and is clearly irrelevant as my Before photos were taken only mos. prior to his surgery and STILL clearly depict my high, natural crease. Though I displayed the Before/After photos in court, the judge decided in Dr. T’s favor because I hadn’t subpoenaed cosmetic surgeons who would testify against him (good luck with that).

If I were Dr. Taban, the last thing I would do is hire an attorney to threaten me for a defamatory YELP review. Yet he did. Throughout this long ordeal, Dr. Taban’s accepted NO responsibility. His lack of accountability remains inexcusable and his professional conduct unconscionable. I hold him personally culpable for my disastrous results. Such substandard care is wholly inexcusable and a clear breach of medical ethics. As one MD said: “He should never have become a cosmetic surgeon.”

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