This transition means patients who were seen by Dr. Kamer, a pioneering facial plastic surgeon, are now seen by Dr. Sayah, a leading plastic and re constructive surgeon.
Kamer, who founded and ran the famed Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills for 25 years, said, “as I approached retirement I was thinking, 'how will I leave a legacy.' When I met David I knew he was the obvious choice to take over my practice because we share the same philosophy.”
“He really has a 'legacy' practice, Sayah said. “Entertainers, VIPs and international clientele came to him for consultations and wonderfully natural results in plastic surgery. It's an honor to take his practice; and we very much have the same philosophy.”
That philosophy is a conservative approach to plastic surgery. “The idea is to have a patient look improved, but not overdone,” Sayah said. “The art of plastic surgery is to create a natural look. You improve on something that beautiful and make it perfect. It's easy to go overboard; you see that over and over in this town.
“I'm appalled at some of the excessive work that is done today,” Kamer said. “The most important thing is for patients to be treated as patients, and not as objects in a growing cosmetic-surgery industry.”
For Kamer, after practicing for 35 years, plastic surgery has always been an academic pursuit. “There's academia behind ability, Learning is what it's about, not flash. Sometimes patients think ability and education are as important as flashiness. That's why I'm proud to have Dr. Sayah taking over the practice,” Kamer said. “its important for patients to know we still have doctors who practice the art and science of surgery.”
A Beverly Hills resident, Dr. Sayah grew up in Beverly Hills and attended Horace Mann and Beverly Hills Hight School. After graduating from UCLA, he switched coasts and specialized in general surgery at the NYU Medical Center with extensive experience in trauma and critical care.
He returned to Beverly Hills and continued training in plastic and re constructive surgery at UCLA. His career quickly grew into a successful practice. “Dr. Sayah has the training and ability to offer more extensive surgery when it is indicated,” said Kamer, who specialized in facial plastic surgery.
Being seen by a general plastic and re constructive surgeon now gives patients more options. Dr. Sayah's forte is endoscopic plastic surgery where face lifts, tummy tucks and breast implants are preformed through small, hidden incisions.
Besides philosophy, the doctors also agree on the ethical treatment of patients. “Reputation is the most important thing you have,” Kamer says. “I was able to garner goodwill through 35 years by approaching patients with a sense of what can I give, not get.”
Continuing this philosophy, Sayah takes a “health continuum”approach to his craft. “When I first consult with a patient who is interested in plastic surgery, I don't begin by talking about plastic surgery. It's not about business; its about taking care of the person, “Sayah said. “I don't rush into doing a liposuction procedure for instance. First we talk about diet and exercise and then when the patient has done all they can to lose their weight and imp health, I sculpt their figures with liposuction. I believe its not all up to me, “Sayah says. “I want people to change their lifestyles so they can be beautiful from the inside out.”
Another commonality for Kamer, 70, and Sayah, 39, is their styles. “David reminded me of myself when I was getting started,” Kamer says. “We both started from good old-fashioned word of mouth, excellent work, and ethics that distinguish us from others,” Sayah said.
“Realizing we already have many patients in common along with out similar philosophy, the transition seemed natural,” Sayah said; and it began last summer.
“After 35 years you develop relationships and trust, Kamer said. I've taken care of parents, their children and grandchildren; and I'm pleased that the patients are doing so well and are so happy with the care they are now receiving from Dr. Sayah.”
Dr. Kamer has since moved his practice from the Lasky Clinic to Dr. Sayah's office at 436 North Bedfore Dr., Suite 210 in Beverly Hills.
Sayah also owns and operates Centre Epiderme, a Skin-care salon and med spa at Frederic Fekkai on Rodeo Drive. It enables him to offer the full spectrum of plastic surgery procedures from non-invasive laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation to Botox and soft tissue fillers along with total body plastic and reconstructive surgery.
“It's important to transition my patients to a cutting-edge practice,” Kamer said. Sayah concurs; “ a procedure can be done in a million different ways.” Sayah and Kamer agree that surgeons are required to stay ahead of the pack.
“To always push the limits and improve the practice of plastic surgery while applying artistic principles distinguishes the best plastic surgeons,” Sayah said.
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