My experience with Dr. DiMaggio and Amanda was outstanding from beginning to end. I chose Dr. DiMaggio first and foremost for the quality of his work; his technique showed a natural aesthetic that I was hoping for. But then my initial interactions with Amanda were so helpful and every question I had was answered quickly and in great detail - more so than other FFS surgeons to whom I was talking. It wasn't difficult for me to ultimately choose Dr. DiMaggio for my FFS, and I'm so thankful for my decision. My experience in Buenos Aires was great and I really enjoyed my time there, I was sad to leave (but I look forward to returning!). The healing process is long, but month by month I saw the doctor's work emerge and I am so very happy with my results. As I tell people who ask, my FFS was the single most important step in my transition, as it solidified my outward identity to the world on a daily basis, and it has made it possible for me to pass seamlessly.
Planning FFS is quite a big step and one which can change a person's life.
Gosh, there is so much to say about my trip to Argentina, I almost don't know where to start.
My overall experience with Amanda and Dr. DiMaggio was very positive and I would recommend him to anyone considering FFS. Generally speaking, I would say that Dr. D. is a highly skilled surgeon and also an artist. Those are two of the main reasons that I chose him. His fees are quite reasonable and that was probably the third most compelling reason.
I happen to know 3 women personally who had gone to him before me and they all looked very good and natural. That gave me the first-hand knowledge I needed to be confident that he would do good work with me as well.
Two more reasons were that I liked Amanda and having traveled to Thailand for SRS with Dr. Suporn, the idea of another exotic "vacation" combined with my surgery was appealing to me.
Amanda is a hard worker, smart, articulate (an amazingly good translator), knowledgeable, empathetic, kind, and she really seemed to care. Above all, she and Dr. DiMaggio are trustworthy...
Choosing the right FFS surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. I studied and consulted with FFS surgeons noting their track records, before and after results, personal experiences of patients, procedure recommendations and even the cost of surgery. In the end I chose Dr. Di Maggio because I honestly felt he was the best FFS surgeon in the world. Unlike other FFS surgeons, Dr. Di Maggio will give an honest assessment of what procedures he feels you need -- he will NOT recommend procedures you do not really need like some other surgeons will do just to make more money. Dr. Di Maggio is very direct and honest and he will tell you exactly what procedures will be required to feminize your face. He also has the talent and surgical skills needed to fully feminize your face on an individual basis and does not use a "cookie cutter" approach like other FFS surgeons. Dr. Di Maggio will perform FFS at a cost that is far below what other surgeons -- who are nowhere near as talented as he is -- charge.
I simply cannot say enough good things about Amanda Rosenfeldt! Before I had FFS, many people who had already had FFS by other surgeons told me "not to go alone" to FFS. They told me horror stories about the level of pain I would face and that I should even consider hiring a nurse to take care of me after surgery. Contrary to what I was told, I went to FFS in Buenos Aires alone. I went to a country where I didn't speak a word of the language and lived there three weeks without any problems at all. Amanda was there to help me from the moment I arrived at the airport to the moment I left to fly back home. After surgery I spent one night in the hospital and was released to my apartment the next day. My level of pain was very low, and on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say my level of pain was a 1. I needed no one to help me recover after surgery and if I needed anything at all Amanda was only a phone call away - using a cell phone that she provided to me to use the entire time I was in Buenos Aires. Do NOT be afraid to go to Buenos Aires if you don't speak Spanish -- and most of all do NOT be afraid to go to FFS in Buenos Aires by yourself!
My FFS experience in Buenos Aires is one that I will always treasure and I will be forever grateful to Amanda, Dr. Di Maggio and his surgical team for enabling me to easily live my life as any other woman in everyday society!