03/21/2012Provided by Citysearch
Dr. Alexander Rivkin is THE doctor to go to when it comes to fillers, whether it is Botox, Juvaderm, Radiesse or Restylane. He is an absolute expert at what he does and knows exactly which filler to use to correct which problem it is you have. I went to him for the horizontal lines on my forehead, the two vertical lines between my eyebrows, the parentheses and marionette lines around my mouth and cheek area, and the hollowness underneath my eyes. I liked that he handed me a mirror and asked me what it was that I was looking to correct. He took a long, hard look at my face, studying it carefully, and told me what he was going to do, how much of what filler he was going to use and where. He used Botox to correct the lines on my forehead and between my eyebrows. They're gone! He used Radiesse and a little Juvaderm to correct the parentheses and marionette lines around my mouth and cheek area. They're gone! And then he used Restylane to correct the hollowness underneath my eye area. That's gone! I look and feel so youthful. I am 42 years old and my skin is so smooth and free of the lines and wrinkles it had accumulated over the years. Time catches up with all of us, but Dr. Rivkin can turn back the clock. He is a miracle doctor! I have to mention something else, too, which I admire him for doing or not doing, for that matter. I asked him to put some filler in my lips and he said, ""No way!"" You see, my lips are already naturally full, and I have had some Juvaderm filler put in them by another doctor a while back. Dr. Rivkin refused to fill my lips telling me they were already full and that I didn't need it. Many doctors would never turn down an opportunity to make money for a procedure a patient doesn't need. But, Dr. Rivkin refused, which makes him honest, sincere, and frankly, quite rare. I would also like to acknowledge how lovely and sweet his staff is - all of them. The girls at the front desk make you feel welcomed. His assistants are quite the little experts, too. They prepare the paperwork, get you ready, numb you with cream and stay by your side so that you feel comfortable during the procedure, which by the way, does not hurt a bit. I highly recommend Dr. Rivkin! I am so happy I decided to go to him, so very, very happy! Thank you ever so Dr. Rivkin!
Kind Regards, Georgia Mae
02/24/2012Provided by Citysearch
I must say that if you want to do something that can be done anywhere you might as well go elsewhere. For example Fraxel, Thermage, Velashape are all procedures which you can get cheaper somewhere else.
But when it comes to your face and things like botox and fillers, Dr. Rivkin is a true artist. I said I wanted a subtle lip augmentation, and I got a cupids bow with upturned corners. Unbelievably good. I was stunned as I have had a frown all my life (not because I want to, it is just the shape of my mouth). What a difference! It wasn't inexpensive, but it is a total transformation. So if it is your face you want done, then get the best. Not sure how I will afford it, but who cares with these kind of results. So save your pennies because once you see the results you won't want to let anyone else do your face.
11/19/2011Provided by Citysearch
Very intelligent and professional doctor with the best skills in injection. He is very nice, knows what he's talking about, does exactly what he claims (unlike many others who bluff). I'm very picky and he had a great attitude listening to what I wanted, and gave fabulous results. He has a superior eye for balance, he knows what looks good and does not overdo it. It's very rare to find someone who possesses both the vision and the skill at such a high level.
The staff are also very nice, especially the nurses. They are always sweet and helpful.
I did encounter a problem during one of my visits with a lady there (I believe she is one of the receptionists) who tried to charge more than what Dr.Rivkin quoted. I had to have Dr. Rivkin speak with her to clear it up. It's a drag having to argue about pricing, but Dr. Rivkin stood by his word and was very nice about the whole situation, though I could tell the woman was not happy. She definitely had an attitude, though she did her best to cover it up with fake smiles. Dr. Rivkin on the other hand was very relaxed and understanding; I saw in one of the previous reviews that a woman had a similar experience with a pricing discrepancy, I read Dr. Rivkin's response and have to say that he is right, he is scrupulous and does not mind using a little extra if that is what it takes to achieve the result. I do love Dr. Rivkin and his nurses, but that one visit when I had to deal with a drawn out argument with the receptionist about pricing was definitely not an experience on par with the quality of Dr. Rivkin's services.
Also his prices are very reasonable especially considering his level of expertise.
If his clinic offers any services you are interested in, you should definitely go in at least for a consultation. For injections you cannot do any better than him.
03/18/2011Provided by Citysearch
My experiences with Dr. Cohen and the staff at Westside Aesthetics have been excellent! I have received treatment using botox, juvederm, and sculptra. While I have been to many different physicians for these procedures, I find that Dr. Cohen is by far the most skilled injector that I have been to. I have even been scheduling my appointments with him to coincide with my trips to California from Toronto. That's just how pleased I am with the results! I also find the staff to be very personable and professional. Very reasonable prices too. It can be difficult to find a doctor who listens carefully to your concerns and provides you with significant but natural looking results. That is why I am writing this review. It has been a journey for me, but I've finally found the perfect fit. Highly recommended.
08/26/2010Provided by Citysearch
One of the doctor's assistants consulted with me. I told her that I wanted Juvederm to improve the dark circles under my eyes, decrease laugh lines, and decrease marionette lines. She said it would be 1 syringe worth,(1 cc). Then the doctor came in and I reiterated what I wanted. He told me that I would only need a little bit around my eyes and laugh lines, none around my mouth to reduce marionette lines. I know I didn't have a whole syringe worth yet I was still charged the full 1 cc price. I didn't think about it until afterwards because I thought I had paid in advance for up to the full 1 cc amount. I went in again the next week for a follow-up and needed a little more Juvederm and the doctor was going to charge me for 1/2 a syringe more. I told him that he didn't even use a full syringe and I was being charged the full amount so I should be charged twice. He agreed and didn't charge me again, but he didn't put much in my face anyway, stating that I didn't need much. It still wasn't a full syringe. It wasn't even 1/2 a syringe but I let it go and decided to eat the costs. I had to go to have some of the Juvederm disolved the next week because he had put a little too much under my eyes and he charged me $100 for that. He had told me there wouldn't be a charge but his assistant told me that was wrong and charged me. I didn't want to make a big deal so I just paid it. I did over-pay but I like the work he did. If you don't mind feeling like you've been over-charged, go there. I will admit that I will probably not go there again for Juvederm because I don't like feeling like I'm being over-charged and feeling uncomfortable having to negotiate the over-charge with the doctor.
11/12/2009Provided by Citysearch
I have been going to this spa for a few years and have been totally satisfied with the results of every procedure I've had there. The staff is totally professional and they could not be any nicer. I've been impressed by the fact that Dr. Rivkin listens to me, errs on the side of caution, and will not do anything that looks unnatural. Most importantly, they cured my rosacea -- which had plagued me for years -- with a combination treatment of IPL/Yag laser. I swear, nothing else helped my rosacea until Natalie brought out the IPL/Yag combo. Also, their prices for all their procedures are very reasonable compared with what similar medical spas charge, and the staff is very helpful in terms of making sure that you receive all the discounts and manufacturer rebates you are eligible for.
10/06/2009Provided by Citysearch
If you are looking for a professional staff that is friendly and competent, this is the place to go. The office was immaculate, the staff was ready for me and I was 15 min early. I saw Malia for a Vi peel, she was very kind and knowledgeable . She explained everything to me twice, as I am new to the office and services I had tons of questions, I could not be happier with my experience. I'm going back in 2 weeks for botox and to see the Dr. for a consultation on non-surgical stuff. I'll keep you posted on how that goes. I'm so happy I found this place. It's important to feel safe when you are receiving such procedures and everyone went out of their way to make me feel I was being taken care of!
free parking on Broxton not even a block away, can't ask for more :)
09/27/2009Provided by Citysearch
I have been going to Dr. Rivkin since Westside Aesthetics opened and have always been happy. I have had Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Cosmelan. He doesn't push products and there have been a few times when he has said ""no"" to me on ideas I've had. He is not afraid to say, ""You are too young for that"" or ""You don't need that."" That's pretty rare for med spas. I feel like he has very good taste; when I say subtle, he does subtle. He understands that when I get my lips enhanced, I don't want to look like an adult film star. It's strange to me that there are mixed comments here on the office staff (particularly Karen) because I really like them. That said, maybe because I have been going for awhile and am generally pretty polite, they are nice to me. I really do feel, though, like the office staff is exceptionally nice. On a side note, however, I would not advise Cosmelan. The formulation has changed and doesn't work anymore. Overall, I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Rivkin. Feel free to contact me with any questions - I have no vested interest in the practice.
09/18/2009Provided by Citysearch
Before seeing Dr. Rivkin, I had suffered many years with the pain and fatigue from Lupus and looked as hagard as I felt - I rarely left my house because of it and decided to visit Dr. Rivkin.
After seeing Dr. Rivkin for injectibles, I felt a new sense of confidence and joy about life - in over a decade it was the first time I actually enjoyed looking into the mirror! In my opinion Dr. Rivkin is much more than a skilled doctor - he is truly an artist when it comes to working on one's face.
Dr. Rivkin is very kind and gentle and his office manager, Karen is very smart, helpful and friendly - I really appreciate her efficiency and kindness.
I cannot recommend Dr. Rivkin/Westside Aesthetics enough - he is the only physician of his kind I would ever trust to do this type of work - he's just beyond excellent.
Ciao - gloria south
04/28/2009Provided by Citysearch
natural looking non surgical nose jobs without the pain, costs, or recovery time of surgery. You get to monitor the end result and know you will love it instead of waking up and possibly being disappointed in the job the doctors did. The nose is numbed so there is NO pain. You can return to work that same day! Parking across the street. Very friendly and helpful staff. As soon as you walk in you feel taken care of. Zen like waiting areas. My nose looks better than I imagined and hopped it would . Thank you so much Dr. Rivkin.
03/09/2009Provided by Citysearch
I have seen Dr. Rivkin twice now for treatment of my tmj with botox, flying nearly 4000 miles round trip for the privledge of doing so. Dr. Rivkin and his staff have gone out of their way both times to accomodate my travel schedule, which makes traveling for proceedures so much easier. In addition, I have been extremely nervous about injecting a neurotoxin into my face each time I've gone, but Dr. Rivkin and his nurses have gone above and beyond to put my fears to rest. The last time I was there, I elected to have some Radiesse put into my NL folds (something I'd been contemplating for a while) but was pretty scared to do so. Dr. Rivkin was very patient with me as I, well, freaked out a bit. His nurse answered all of my questions, and even the other patients were supportive. The injections were not painful, I had virutally no bruising and I really like the results. What more can you ask for? Then, Dr. Rivkin called himself to check on me after I returned home. That was the icing on the cake. I will definitely make the trip again and will trust Dr. Rivkin with any other tweaks I elect to do.
01/22/2009Provided by Citysearch
I love going to see Dr. Rivken. I do not love that I am aging however I've found a way to turn the clock back some (and not by having surgery!). I get botox around my eyes and to those horizonal lines starting to form at my forehead. It does make a difference..enough to get comments that I look refreshed and younger than I actually am..and this is after each and every time I've gone. I am delighted, not for the comments but that 'I' myself can actually see a big difference after Dr. Rivken has taken a few minutes with me (and results starting to show within just a few days..). It's my little secret :) something I'm having fun with. Dr. Rivken is impeccably mannered and professional in every way. I love that he does not flirt with his patients, though he, himself,...very nice to look at. This is a great place!
01/09/2009Provided by Citysearch
All I have to say is that I love Dr. Rivkin and the staff at Westside Aesthetics (and I generally HATE doctors and anything else that reminds me of hospitals). I finally decided to have that 15 minute rhinoplasty I have seen on TV because I would never consider a gnarly plastic surgery. It really works folks! The very obvious and noticeable bump of the bridge of my nose that I had since I broke my nose 10 years ago has vanished and it is no longer the first thing you notice when you look at my face. I experienced no pain (I did get numbing cream) and was in and out of the office in less than an hour. Dr. Rivkin was great and talked to me through the whole procedure. I just got home from my re-check and we both agreed that I look fantastic. I will definitely go back to Westside Aesthetics for anything else I might want in the future like botox or a photofacial. And I recommend anyone else who considers having a surgical nose job see Dr. Rivkin before making any cosmetic decisions.
01/02/2009Provided by Citysearch
Thank you for recomending the photodynamic treatment - it really made a difference! Before, I had breakouts every day and my skin was constantly oily. Malia informed me that the products I was using were not effective for my skin.
Throughout all the treatments, you guys were friendly and courteous, and I have fewer breakouts!
May the New Year bring prosperity and joy to you and the staff!!
12/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
I just had my third Velasmooth treatment in a series of 8 at Westside Aesthetics. I am already noticing a difference in the texture and tone of my thighs, which are not fat but are unfortunately cursed with too much cellulite. The treatment itself is not at all painful or uncomfortable like I was afraid it might be. Natalie, the nurse technician is awesome and I am super excited to see the results after I finish the whole series. I actually look forward to my appointments because the office and the girls there are so cool and I can get to my treatments without navigating through a maze of medical offices.
12/05/2008Provided by Citysearch
I got three fraxel laser treatment on my face for tighter/younger/firmer look over the course of 12 months last year. I truly feel that Dr Rivkin is very accomodating and very assuring. His practitioner nurse Natalie does a superior job in administring the laser while making sure I was comfortable and all of my requests/concerns well-addressed! I love my re-invigorated facial look! Their after-care package is great and well-explained. Front-desk staff is very courteous and forthcoming which makes one feel welcomed/relaxed! Facility is professional and relaxing, Parking is not a problem. Overall, I feel they perform the job very-well with much care, and all this at a fair-price, occasionally at very attractive prices. I highly recommend them to anyone including my closest friends. I love them!
Just after I had my first child I looked radiant. But by the time I had my third, I had become a tired, haggard housewife instead of the healthy supermom I used to be. I started to use the word botox and restylane more frequently in conversations with my husband. So for my anniversary he got me a gift certificate to see Dr. Rivkin in Westwood. I did some research on Dr. Rivkin and discovered he specializes in non-surgical nose jobs and face lifts. I was a little nervous when I went in because I thought he'd want to remodel my whole face. But when I saw him, he really put me at ease. He was a lot younger than I pictured and he was not condescending or overly clinical like other doctors I have seen. He explained things in terms that I could understand and went over the list of my possible options in detail. We decided to do some botox and go with a filler called evolence as opposed to restylane because it lasts longer and causes less bruising so my kids wouldn't ask what happened to mommy. I was actually surprised when Dr. Rivkin assured me that I didn't need anything else, he even complimented my skin texture and said it would be years until I needed to consider anything more drastic than botox and fillers. Just after I went in for my appointment I noticed the folds between my mouth and lips had softened and within two days my forehead had relaxed and I don't look worried or stressed even when my kids are wrecking the house. And my husband started telling me how great I look again!
I just wanted to say that I am so so happy with my experience at Westside Medical Spa. I've always wanted to fix the tip of my nose but I noticed that nose jobs could actually make the front part of someone's face look worse than before, and to top it off there are so many risks with surgeries that it is best to avoid such invasive procedures as much as possible. That is why I was thrilled when I found out about Dr. Rivkin?s non-surgical nose job (after Oprah on a news show on abc in 2007). This is my second year going for the Radiesse nose injections and I am once again so excited about my results. I think my nose looks even better than the first time, and I?ve been beyond satisfied since my very first time. Next time I will get the more permanent filling, Artefill, now that I know that this procedure really works for me and it makes my nose look exactly as I want it to look. It?s also cool that Dr.Rivkin can add or take away filling, so you?re not stuck with something you don?t like. I don?t even know how to express how grateful and enthusiastic I am about this wonderful procedure. Dr. Rivkin is definitely a godsend, he has changed my life for the better. This procedure has improved my confidence because I am not self-conscious about my profile anymore, I can talk to people without worrying that they might be distracted with my nose, which I feel was out of proportion to my face?. Which is the other benefit, the injections actually make my nose look smaller. Seriously, it is truly amazing. It is one, if not THE best investment I have ever made. Perhaps the only drawback is the location of the clinic- traffic is almost always really bad so even though the procedure takes just a few minutes, you need to schedule in plenty of time to account for the traffic in the area?but it is well worth it ;-)
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