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I am an African-American senior female, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I had a mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery on one side.
After going through chemotherapy treatments, I wanted as less medical procedures done as possible so I chose not to have my un-affected breast rebuilt to match the reconstructed one. At the same time, I was very skeptical about the safety of the implant, and the appearance of looking natural. Being a senior citizen I had no qualms with looking natural verses looking perky.
Dr. Van Pelt really put me at ease by explaining in a very clear manner how she could make it look more natural using an implant and liposuction. She also ensured me that I would have a smooth prep, surgery, and follow-up.
The services that I receive from Dr. Andrea Van Pelt was excellent. I am so satisfied with the results of the whole procedure from start to finish, and I walked away, very impressed with the overall experience.
I am also glad that I chose the Partners In Plastic Surgery of West Michigan. The staff was always helpful and kind. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Thanks Dr. Van Pelt for providing such good services.
I found Dr. Hammond because his excellent reputation. From our first consultation, I felt completely comfortable and was certain I was in good hands. It was clear from the outset that his work would be thorough and precise. Dr. Hammond and his entire staff are kind, supportive and professional. Having an on-site surgery center and access to a select group of anesthesiologists is a big advantage, and allows him complete control of his procedures. Jo, the nurse assigned to me, walked me through the entire process the day of my surgeries, and was completely attentive to my need and questions. Dr. Hammond performed a breast lift and an abdominoplasty on me, and the results are amazing. He has literally restored my body.
Thank you, Dr.Hammond, for your most excellent care and concern.
Your talent is unmatched!
I cannot recommend Dr. Hammond highly enough!
Gratitude is what comes to mind. I’m grateful that my path led me to Dr. Hammond and his team. I initially was referred to Dr. Hammond by a friend of mine in Southern Michigan, for a breast reduction. This may not seem possible, but I could feel a difference, as soon as the very next day, from having surgery. The heavy burden, lifted. The pain from the surgery wasn’t unbearable. He and his team were very compassionate, thorough in answering questions and helping me to navigate recovery. I, unequivocally can say, if you are reading this review, wondering if you should consider having a breast reduction, I would encourage you to at least call and set up an appointment. It can be life changing.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in April 2019 and was scared to death. After my consulation with Dr. Hammond I knew I was in the right hands. I absolutely love this office. My nurse, Davida was the best ever! She made me feel right at home from the start and was their all the way through, very, very comforting. I believe I am done with surgeries and I thank you Dr. Hammond for all you have done for me. Also want to thank Laurie for working with me for the last couple years, you were a huge help!
Highly reccommend this office.
|In May of 2020, I felt some lumps in my 31 year-old, silicone breast implants. I met with my family physician who ordered a mammogram, an ultrasound and an MRI. It was determined that both of the implants had ruptured and were possibly leaking. With my doctor’s help, I found a plastic surgeon in my area (East Lansing). After months of appointments, diagnostics etc., I called to check on the status of scheduling surgery, and was informed by a nurse that my PS was leaving their practice and moving out of state. Upon asking what I should do, she said I would have to “start all over and find a new PS,” and that they “could not help me nor recommend anyone “ for me to call. Needless to say, I was emotionally overwrought and afraid. I wanted, desperately, to get those ruptured silicone implants out of my body, ASAP!
My sister had a friend, who was kind enough to share her own experience with me, and she highly recommended Dr Hammond.. I called PIPS in Grand Rapids, and was referred to Laurie R., who was wonderfully helpful and kind, as she listened to my dilemma. She helped me with needed information and set me up with an appointment with Dr. Hammond. From this first appointment, Dr. Hammond listened to my plight with sensitivity and understanding. He carefully explained the options and procedures I could choose from with assurance. I chose to have the implants removed and to have a breast lift and to not have implant replacement.. I was happy that both of these surgeries would be done at the same time, unlike the previous PS’s plan.. At the end of that appointment, Dr. Hammond took both of my hands and said, “I think your previous PS did you a favor”, “you’re in good hands now and I’ll take good care of you.” And he did.
My experience at PIPS was all very positive and reassuring, including the surgery itself. I like the fact that PIPS has its own surgical center in the same building.
I am pleased with my results and very happy to be relieved of my worry and fear.
I would unequivocally recommend Dr Hammond and PIPS to anyone considering plastic surgery.
|25 years ago I had a breast augmentation. Just as COVID broke out, one of my breasts “deflated”. My late March consultation was pushed back until late June. Sadly, my surgery couldn’t be scheduled until mid-September, so I went through a beautiful summer feeling a little lop-sided. The day of the surgery I was nervous, but Dr. Hammond and his amazingly warm and talented surgical nurse, Joanne, put me right at ease. My recovery 25 years ago was extremely difficult and painful. Dr. Hammond and his entire team assured me that this time would be different. I’m thrilled to report, they were right! The surgery itself went very well and Dr. Hammond and his staff did a great job of explaining things from beginning to end and to keep my significant other informed and at ease. Last but not least – I’m ecstatic with the results! I just can’t say enough about the level of skill and caring I felt at PIPS. Thank you, Dr. Hammond, and to your entire staff for a very positive, pleasurable and perfect experience!|
I have never been happier then I am today with the way my breast look , Doctor Hammond you rock
I had Gynecomastia surgery here and my results were unbelievable!! I am very happy I chose Partners in plastic surgery. I personally chose Dr. Hammond because he’s been in the game for a while and he made sure I was comfortable with doing the procedure. He also told me he faced the same problem growing up and from there I knew I was in good hands. I was so insecure with taking off my shirt in public, but thanks to Dr.Hammond I can now do so!
If you are looking for a great place to get your gynecomastia surgery done, partners in plastic surgery Is definitely that place, I promise !!
I had my breast augmentation surgery on August 25th, 2020. I had Dr. Hammond and let me say I couldn’t be more pleased with this experience. I have known since I was 10 years old, when I didn’t develop like everyone else in my class, that I would be getting this kind of procedure one day. Dr. Hammond was the best to work with. He wanted to make me look proportioned but have good volume and still noticeable that I got something done but only noticed by family. He did exactly what he said he was going to do. I look so natural like I was actually born with the breasts he has given me. I am finally living my dream of feeling and looking like a woman and not a child anymore! The surgery itself went SO good. The nurse I had was by far the sweetest woman. I’m the kind of person who gets scared going to the doctors yet this experience was far from being scared, it was exciting, everyone was so comforting, and had smiles on their faces. The healing process has even gone better then I expected. I cannot get enough of my results. To top it off I had a bit of a challenge for Dr. Hammond, which was my tattoo that I got done years ago that was partially on my right breast, a cardinals wing. He went above and beyond and took extra time in the OR and got my tattoo back PERFECTLY to a T! It doesn’t even look like he cut it apart! Im so impressed by how perfect my tattoo still looks.
Dr. Hammond not only did mine but he also did my cousins 5 years ago and my aunt’s 21 years ago. Both of them look SO natural and have beautiful results. I for one highly recommend Dr. Hammond and his team!
My journey with Partners in Plastic Surgery (PIPS) began when a routine mammogram discovered breast cancer. I was devastated and scared when I found out that I needed a bilateral mastectomy. However, Dr. Hammond and his entire staff at PIPS are sensitive, caring, and put me at ease throughout the entire process. His nurses and office staff are polite and professional and they answered my questions quickly. I always felt like they cared about my health and they reassured me when I was nervous. Dr. Hammond’s surgical skills are exceptional and he demands nothing less than perfection of himself. His attention to detail and his rigorous work ethic allows him to be an innovator in his field and he is recognized by his peers and patients as “Being the Best.” I am so pleased with my results and I am fortunate to have worked with Dr. Hammond and his entire staff at PIPS. Thank you again for making my breast cancer journey a success.
Dr. Hammond and his staff were simply phenomenal . After 10+ years of contemplating breast reconstructive surgery, I decided to perform my due diligence and find a surgeon. After reading through, accolades, and reviews I was confident I found my doctor and he was from my home state, I didn’t need to travel to Chicago, LA, or NYC, Dr. Hammond and his staff made this experience very personal for me and answered all my questions. I immediately scheduled my surgery after my consultation and my results are above and beyond what I could’ve ever imagined. My boyfriend can attest to that :-). My recovery period was quite short and my body is healing well.
Dr. Hammond thank you for you for your kit-glove, professional approach and I would HIGHLY recommend you to any individual seeking breast reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Van Pelt was always professional and encouraging! She was supportive and easy to talk to and provided excellent care! I was impressed with the entire staff, and I am so happy with the work that was done! I feel terrific and would recommend Dr. Van Pelt to any of my friends and family considering plastic surgery!
I thank Dr. Hammond and his team from the bottom of my heart. My breast augmentation has truly changed my life! You have given me so much happiness and confidence that I will forever remember you for. Thanks again!
I would highly recommend Dr. Hammond to anyone thinking about getting a breast reduction procedure. I had an extremely large amount of breast tissue and skin to be removed. I am in my sixties and was very nervous about how the size of my breast and age might affect the outcome and recovery process. Dr. Hammond’s professionalism, outstanding surgical expertise, and thoughtful response to all my questions made me feel very at ease and confident. He and of his support team of doctors and nurses were very genuine and positive, knowledgeable and kind.
As for the outcome, I am very pleased. As I write this, I am just two months past my surgery and am already so happy with the new size shape and position of my breasts. They look very attractive and are proportionally even. My recovery was smooth, without pain and hardly any discomfort past the first week. Already I can see that there is minimal scarring, and I have complete ease of movement.
He explained the reconstruction and recovery process thoroughly and showed photographs of before and after results. Dr. Hammond shows great passion and pride in his work and great care for his patients. He and his team were absolutely the right choice for me.
As much as I try to avoid doctors, surgeries, and medications, I am so glad that I had a breast reduction and I highly recommend Dr. Hammond and his team. I had complete confidence in Dr. Hammond, a consummate professional with unrivaled expertise in this procedure. His work is meticulous and his SPAIR technique worked so well. My results are well proportioned and have minimal scarring. His nurses were wonderfully kind, reassuring, and thorough. The entire office was well organized and helpful, so the process was amazingly easy. I was back to work 4 days later and had minimal pain. I went from 32I to 32D and feel so much better. Back pain, neck pain, and headaches are gone and posture is improving. I wish I had done this years ago.
I am extremely pleased with the results of my breast reduction surgery performed by Dr. Hammond. The office staff from the nurses, billing specialists, to the surgeons were amazing. Procedures like this are extremely intimidating and everyone put me at ease. The overall aesthetic appearance of my breasts are perfect. The scarring is far more minimal than I had imagined. I can’t describe how happy I am and how comfortable I am with my body now. I would highly recommend Dr. Hammond to anyone thinking about getting a breast reduction procedure.
I am so thankful for finding Dr Hammond through a recommendation of a lady in my bible study. I was very emotional as my mother and sister passed away from breast cancer and I survived. My goal for reconstruction surgery was to just look normal and not be reminded daily of the horrors of the disease. Dr Hammond was so kind, and genuine and positive that anxiety disappeared. I had reconstruction 12 years ago, and returned for replacement of the original implants. The beautiful work Dr Hammond did originally was excellent but was surpassed by my current surgery and final results…….which make me look like a very young woman. Artistry and perfection are truly what you will receive by the skill and passion of Dr Hammond.. I felt like I had. a friend walking with me through the journey. If you are looking for a doctor who will listen to your personal goals, thoroughly explain and support you, and use his skills to make you whole and beautiful, Dr Hammond is the physician……..he is the gold star above all.
I experienced significant diastasis recti as a result of my two pregnancies. My OB told me I’d likely need surgery but I wanted to try other options first. After nearly two years of physical therapy and exercise, and frustration that our health insurance doesn’t cover the necessary surgery to help repair my diastasis recti, I finally decided to go in for a consultation. I immediately knew I was in the right place when I met with Dr Van Pelt. She and her nurse, Amy, listened carefully to my concerns and were focused on helping me find my best quality of life again. The day of surgery, I was taken such good care of by the whole team…Joanne was by my side keeping me comfortable (she’s an amazing nurse!), Dr Hejna was thorough, caring, and personable in explaining the anesthesia side of things, and Dr Van Pelt did an amazing job on my surgery and communicating with us before and afterwards. The entire experience has been outstanding ~ exceptional care and an excellent price given all that is provided. I am so grateful for Dr Van Pelt and the rest of the team! Thank you so much.
I had breast augmentation with a small amount of fat grafting, done by Dr. Hammond. Words can not even begin to describe how happy I am with the results. From start to finish, Dr. Hammond’s expertise and care were beyond my expectations. He was also very kind and understanding with all of my concerns. He is an absolutely phenomenal person and surgeon and made me feel completely confident and comfortable through out the entire process. If you are even considering seeing a different surgeon, don’t. The very best is right here in Grand Rapids. Thank you Dr. Hammond. You are truly talented beyond belief and I am so thankful for you and your team!!!
I want to take a moment to talk a little more about Dr. Hammond and his staff. I am an orthopedic surgeon and as a physician I can tell you that he is a doctor’s doctor. Not only did he take time to explain everything, but he and the staff were completely responsive to our needs. After surgery, my wife had a painful eye, possibly a corneal abrasion (it completely resolved in a couple of days). She felt like something was stuck in her eye and told the recovery nurse that she was worried. Dr. Hammond personally saw her several times that evening and stayed late, examining her and reassuring her. He did not leave until things began to feel better. That to me is a sign of a doctor who truly cares about his patient and ensuring a perfect result.
I highly recommend Dr. Hammond and his staff. BTW, I think the price was extremely fair!
I just has the most wonderful experience from Partners in Plastic surgery. Right from the nervous moment from walking in not know anything to the end results. The staff were so friendly and Dr Van Pelt is the sweetest person. They went over everything I would go thru. With visual and verbal. Soo. Helpful and reassuring. A great experience. If your thinking of having a breast reduction. Don’t think anymore. You have found the right place and doctor. You will be so happy you did ,!!, Go for it!!!!
I spent years going through before and after photos of different surgeon trying to decide on where to go, choosing Dr. Van Pelt was the best choice I could have possibly made, her and all the wonderful staff went above and beyond to make sure I had the information I need prior to surgery as well as getting my results that were better than I could have imagined and even being there after the fact to answer any questions, for weeks and months post op, I love my results and so do all my friends and family, everyone always wants to see ‘the Ladies’ they are so natural looking and feeling, my confidence has gone through the roof and I can’t wait to show them off for years to come!
After my breast cancer diagnosis, I underwent a double mastectomy followed by breast reconstruction.
I had bilateral breast augmentations done many years ago (not by Dr. Hammond). Over time the implants had ruptured and my breasts were misshapen. Dr. Hammond removed the old implants and replaced them with smaller ones. He did a beautiful job and is an expert at breast reconstruction. I look and feel wonderful!
BEST SURGEON EVER!! My mere words could never appropriately express my gratitude to Dr. Hammond & his staff. Truly exceptional! When diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, I had a bilateral mastectomy, chemo, & radiation. Thereafter, I had several reconstructive surgeries which were unsuccessful & literally deforming. I gave up the fight and remained very unhappy with every look in the mirror. After ten years I decided to give it one more shot. And boy, let me tell you, I LOVE LOOKING at myself in the mirror now! I’m a woman of faith & I know with absolute certainty that Christ led me to Dr. Hammond. He is the best in the field & I will always be thankful to him.
It took me years to go ahead with breast augmentation. I had been thinking about it off and on since I was 18 years old. Finally, at 44 years old I met Dr. Andrea Van Pelt and after a few very in-depth conversations about what I would like, the procedure itself, the recovery and cost, I went ahead with the procedure and I’m so happy that I did. I feel better about myself, clothes fit better and I’m proud of my body. My breasts look and feel natural, and the only people that know I’ve had breast augmentation are the people I’ve told. I look the same only now it’s really me and not a padded bra, which feels awesome! If I ever move out of state I will gladly come back to Dr. Van Pelt for anything that I may need or want to have done in the future. In fact…I WILL come back…I know that with her I’ll get the best of the best.*
Loved the staff and all the support I received. It felt like family with true heartfelt concern. Doctors thoroughly explained the ins and outs, and I felt very comfortable about my decision. I had gone elsewhere for a first opinion, but you all have exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend you to anyone. I would go through it all again…I’m extremely happy!!!!*
I had a breast reduction from Dr. Dennis Hammond in May. I have had a huge boost in confidence and feel so much better about myself. I have also started running because I don’t have that part holding me back any more. I have now run two 5K races and look forward to running the Fifth Third Riverbank Run next May! Thank you Dr. Hammond and staff!!*
I am very impressed with the work that Dr. Hammond did. I really appreciate how he explains what he is doing as he goes along. My husband is very pleased with the results. I also want to add that the office staff and the nurses were very nice and helpful; I really appreciated them. I don’t know the names of the doctors that helped Dr. Hammond, but they were very much liked and appreciated. The whole experience was very much recommended to anyone that needs their services. I thank God that he brought me to this office.*
Dear Dr. Van Pelt,
Thank you for fixing my nose. It is beautiful and I can finally breathe out of it. I must admit that I had pretty much forgotten how to breathe through my nose so now I have to remind myself that I can do it. Dr. Van Pelt, you made me feel very comfortable with your caring attitude and personable style. Penni’s calming words and knowledgeable advice added to my comfort. Thank you both very much!*
Doctor Van Pelt,
Thank you for all that you have done for me…having you on my [breast cancer reconstruction] team has been a blessing. Thanks for your time, expertise and friendship in a time of need. Although I am looking forward to the finished result, your kindness throughout has been so appreciated.*
Dr. Hammond was one of three opinions I received when considering surgery. Upon meeting with him I knew immediately he was the one I wanted to do my surgery. Let me explain…I have had two children and breast-fed them both. Age, (I am near forty) combined with the breastfeeding left me with severe sagging. I have always been small breasted but the sagging made me look even smaller. When I met Dr. Hammond I felt very comfortable with his knowledge, his professionalism and his confidence in performing a successful surgery that I would be happy with. He thoroughly explained what he felt would give me the results I desired. The other opinions I had received simply told me what they would do without considering what results I was looking for. Plus, my family doctor highly recommended Dr. Hammond.*
Dr. Dennis Hammond performed immediate reconstructive surgery on me following a bilateral mastectomy. I had been diagnosed with lobular carcinoma in situ and, needless to say, this was a very difficult time for me. I met with Dr. Hammond very early in my decision making process on the recommendation of my general surgeon.*
From the first time we met, I had a feeling of confidence in Dr. Hammond. Not only had he come highly recommended, but he took the time to fully explain to me my options and the pros and cons of the different methods of breast reconstruction. Dr. Hammond spent the time necessary for me to completely understand the procedures and showed me examples of other patients at various stages of recovery. Consequently, I felt more prepared for the procedure and for what to expect as I recovered. When the day came for my surgery, I knew that I had made the right decision and that I was in excellent hands that I trusted. I knew he had my best interests at heart.*
It was during my recovery period that I gained an enormous respect for the very competent staff that Dr. Hammond has surrounded himself with. No question or concern was too small for Joanie, Dr. Hammond’s scrub nurse. If I called the office with a concern, she’d call back even on days when they were at the hospital with scheduled surgery. Marie and the rest of the office staff were very warm and friendly. I looked forward to going for my post-surgical exams because it was a very supportive atmosphere.*
I highly recommend Dr. Dennis Hammond for breast reconstructive surgery. It was a life changing experience for me and I’m very grateful that I found the right doctor with the necessary skills to do my surgery.*
*Individual results may vary.