Dear Dr. Harris
Thank you for coming into our program and enlightening the R.A.M.P students about your career and the importance of knowing yourself to be able to be "good".
I think that your message really spoke to me personally because I've always understood that life is a journey in which you are learning more about yourself so that you are able to appreciate your flaws. I believe that I still have yet to "find" myself however I am learning to accept my flaws along the way.
Your presentation brought a new light to your job and you specifically, as a plastic surgeon who truly cares about his clients. I think that is something incredibly special about you!
It also gave me reassurance on my own hair. It's really curly and as a kid I hated it because I thought that straight hair was more "beautiful", especially since straight hair is the type of hair that most Caucasian kids have. However, I learned to appreciate my brown bouncy curls that God has blessed me with and flaunt them each and every day!
Thank You again.
If the world had more people like you, it would be a better place. I know its cliché, but you do make a difference.
At a time in this world where vanity, fame and a dollar is being held to a higher regard than substance, it nice to know that people like you still exist: genuinely good at the core.
I didn't know what to expect when I made the consultation appointment, but it definitely wasn't being persuaded to not proceed with getting the procedure done... or to be challenged to look in the mirror. While I thought I would "fix" what was bothering me on the outside, it was nice to be challenged to fix what was on the inside... by a cosmetic surgeon! To say the least, the consultation blew me away.
I really want to thank you for your words. I can't say that I won't ever have those thoughts again, but you definitely have given me a different perspective on things. And when you sow seeds into people, you never know what can cultivate.
Thank you so much.
You are a blessing from God! Thank you for teaching me to love myself. Words can not express how grateful I am. You have changed my life. It was an honor to have you perform my surgery. God Bless you and your family as well as your staff. Thank you.
A gift from Kenya to thank you for the gift you have become in my life!
Thank you to you and your team for the continuous love and support you provide to me on my journey of self-love, appreciation, mindfulness, and self-discovery. You all are amazing.
My Journey to Self-Actualization with The Center for Aesthetic Modernism
(or, Confessions of a Former Hair Weave Addict)
My journey to self-actualized beauty encompasses the cornerstones of the Center for Aesthetic Modernism—face, hair and culture. I was first introduced to Dr. Monte Harris when my sister engaged him for her rhinoplasty surgery in 2011. Although my sister and I are African-American native Washingtonians, our parents were born in the South (Alabama and North Carolina, respectively), so our heritage is a mixture of African, Caucasian, with a bit of Native American thrown in. My sister's nose was formerly more flat and wide, while mine had more of a Native American "hook." I never lamented about my nose, but always felt my attractiveness quotient would benefit from a bit of tweaking in that area. I definitely did not want a Caucasian nose, just "my nose," only better.
However, the nose job was a means to an end for me. I had become addicted to hair weave, and was dying to break free. Before I could do so, I wanted to ensure that my profile would not detract from the more exposed facial features that a conversion to my natural hair would entail. Wearing my hair naturally is not new to me. I started out with the conventional "press and curl" as a child, and moved on to the "Angela Davis afro" in my teens, and then progressed to the scourge of black hair—chemical processing—as I became an adult and entered the workforce. Years of chemical processing and coloring had withered my once thick and beautiful strands to broken-off shreds. I quickly retreated to the "salvation" of the hair weave to allow the appearance a full head of shining glory. Through this process, I also would delude myself into thinking that once my "virgin" hair grew back under the weave, I could revert back to the chemical processing and all would be well with the world again. Unfortunately, I went through a few futile rounds of that delusion before I realized that in order to achieve the thick, healthy mane of hair that I enjoyed in my youth, I would need to go completely natural, and be able to feel good about it.
Utilizing the services of the Center of Aesthetic Modernism allowed me to achieve a more refined profile with rhinoplasty, as well as scalp treatments to repair breakage around my temple areas. I had my surgery in October 2013, and am in the final phases of a 6-month treatment program for my scalp. I started 2014 by liberating myself from the weave, and am adjusting to managing this unruly mass of natural hair. However, it is a labor of love, and although I no longer have the perfectly coifed look of the weave, I am allowing myself to relish in my natural, albeit improved, beauty!
I can't say thank you enough to Dr. Harris
I knew as early as 15 years old, that one day I would pay to have my nose "fixed". I hated looking in the mirror, taking pictures of any kind, and you could absolutely forget about trying to video tape me for ANY reason.....until I met Dr. Monte Harris!
When my husband and I entered Dr. Harris' office for my initial consultation for Rhinoplasty I immediately knew that he was the one I wanted to entrust with my surgery. Dr. Harris' reputation as a facial plastic surgeon speaks volumes, and his doctor patient interaction is absolutely first class!
Something that really stood out for me was how much time Dr. Harris spent speaking with me about my inner self as well as my physical self. Even though I was there for a surgical consultation, Dr. Harris awakened a confidence in me about the beauty that was already within. He helped me understand that whether or not I had the surgery, I was already a beautiful person.
During the appointment we discussed many things including genetics and heritage. Dr. Harris went over photographs with me (of nose pictures I brought with me to the appointment). He explained to me how some of the pictures were too dramatic and European for the rest of my features and how I would not be left with a natural or balanced look if I went that dramatic. Instead, we continued to discuss the areas that disturbed me and then did video imaging so I could see what I could look like with slight changes in my nose.
I never felt rushed and I never felt like he was concerned about making money off of me!
Needless to say, by the end of my consultation I was so confident in Dr. Harris being the "right choice", that before I left his office I not only scheduled my surgery, I also paid for it in full! My surgery was performed on July 23, 2013 and I believe that this has been one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Today when I look in the mirror I can't help but to love what/who I see. My results are so natural that my family members didn't know unless I told them, yet dramatic enough for me to be able to look in the mirror and finally like what I see. That unhappy 15-34 year old is long gone and a happy, confident 35 year old woman now stands.
I can't say thank you enough to Dr. Harris for accepting me as a patient and for rebuilding more than just my nose. Thank you for rebuilding my SPIRIT!
Happy Tuesday morning :),
Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to see you when I came in yesterday to have the cast/sutures removed, but OMGness! I look like a million dollars. Doc had to take the mirror away from me, lol.
Here's my new and improved nose. I can't believe that Dr. Harris said it's still swollen at about a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10... it looks so amazing already and I am beyond thrilled with the result. It was worth EVERY penny and more.
Thanks for your emails and kind of holding my hand through my "freak out" phase. You are appreciated.
Have an amazing day.
Dearest Dr. Harris and Staff,
It is indeed a pleasure and an honor to compose this testimonial. My experience was so mind boggling that I almost don't know where to start. When I first contacted Dr. Harris' office I was greeted by this peaceful voice of none other than Brittney who was so nice and accommodating. Then I had a chance to talk to Dr. Harris who made me feel so at ease about what I was about to embark upon, (RHINOPLASTY!!!!). This had been in my view for some 30 years since I had been hit by a drunk driver at the age of 6. Family members thought my nose looked fine because they had become accustomed to the way it looked. However I knew it could look better. After many years of research to find a Doctor to perform the surgery, God led me to Dr. Harris who really is a Godsend.
I physically met Dr. Harris and his staff (Nurse Robinson, Pamela and Brittney) in person for the first time on March 16 just 3 days before my surgery. I was so pleased with their professionalism and that "Personal touch" I received as a client until I felt I was among friends. During my consultation he made me feel that what I wanted was the most important thing on his agenda for that day. We discussed what he would do and the results I could expect. He took his time and didn't make me feel like I was just another number, or that he just wanted my money.
On the day of my surgery as I was being prepped a nurse commented to me on how skilled Dr. Harris is and how I would be pleased with the results of the rhinoplasty. WELL needless to say she was right. My results were so awesome I can't stop looking in the mirror. I know I'm just a month post-rhinoplasty but my nose looks soooo good. My down time was very minimal (1-2 days max) considering I had facial fat transfer also, Facial swelling wasn't noticeable except to me; but my nose still looked good. Did I mention I had to take a plane back home just 7 days after my surgery? Well I did and no one could tell the difference. When I returned home everyone knew something was different but didn't know what, they said " whatever you've done looks good and makes you look younger".
Dr. Harris' expertise and attention to detail (which is major in my book) is a quality that sets him apart as a plastic surgeon. I would recommend you over and over again. Thank you so much for the gift that God has graced you with. May God's richest blessings over take you, your staff and your practice.
Dear Dr. Harris,
Just want to say Thank You for All you've done for me. When I came to see you a few months ago I shared with you what had transpired in my life in the past three years. Losing my mom in 2007, my dad 2008, separating from my husband with three young children in 2009 and a hysterectomy in 2010 left me feeling empty and old.
Dr. Harris before you shared your GOD given Gift in my life I looked in the mirror and saw a woman with age and an empty stare, BUT GOD and your Gift has given me hope in knowing that my latter days will be my greater days.
Now I look in the mirror and see a woman of faith, character and strength with a glow of thanksgiving that I made it through all of my disappointments.
Dr. Harris in the past I would get to work and my co-workers would say "Good morning how are you, you look tired, are you okay?" But now they say "Good morning, what are you doing? You've been looking pretty good lately are you in love or something?, you've got a glow." Thank you again for restoring the youth in my face by restoring life to my eyes and giving me that "You go girl attitude" @ 48 years of age with three children under 15.
A couple of days ago, I was told that I looked liked a model twice in one day I haven't heard that since I was modeling back in 19….. Okay you don't need to know how far back that was. Now I'm off to the gym to do my part thanks again for the jump start in getting me back on track to enjoying my life and my kids. Oh by the way their happier too. I pray that the men and women that look to you for change or enhancement/augmentation find the Blessings in your talent as well as the gifts that GOD can only give to man in loving HIM, others and ourselves.
P.S. With my whole heart a special thanks to Pamela and Brittney you ladies made my visits feel as though I was visiting family.
Dear Dr. Harris,
I am writing to you to let you know how pleased I am with the results of both the Botox and Radiesse treatments. I have gotten Botox in the past from another practitioner, and the results were not nearly as good.
Apart from the skill you have as a physician, I want to commend you for taking the time to get to know me and my ethnic background. As a Caucasian woman of Russian Jewish ancestry, I am aware that my beaty issues differ from women of Asian, African American, British decent or many others. You are very patient and you listened to my goals. Your office environment is so welcoming and relaxing.
I will recommend you to others with the highest degree of confidence.
The journey from my first consultation to where I am today has been filled with adventure,
The journey from my first consultation to where I am today has been filled with adventure, excitement and admittedly, some fear. While I nurtured a life-long annoyance with certain facial features, I had also grown attached to them and changing my physical appearance, even slightly, provoked a few deep, unexpected thoughts about identiy. However, through it all, I felt sure of Dr. Harris' vision, technical skills, and commitment to my care as a patient. I am in awe, frankly, of his attention to subtility and detail.
He demonstrates how less can be truly more as his objective is to make you look like a better version of yourself, not like someone else.
At once a surgeon, and an intuitive visionary in his field, Dr. Harris is much more than a plastic surgeon.
He is an artist.
Dear Dr. Harris,
Sometimes God answers our prayers through special people like you.God has blessed you with a special gift, and you chose to share it with me. I can never thank you enough for the kindness and concern you have shown me. Thank you so much for starting me on a new journey in my life.
May God continue to bless you, your family, and staff.
This is just a very small token of my appreciation.
While what you do is very amazing and deserving of merit & praise, how you do it is what sets you above the rest and makes you great. You bring nobility to any profession. Thank you very much.
Dear Dr. Harris,
I know that it has been quite some time since you performed my mole removal, however, I must say that I was truly impressed by your professionalism, skill and general positive demeanor. I thought that I should still send you this note because it's better late than never. As a young black woman who was faced with the possibility of melanoma, I must admit that it was a very difficult period for me. However, your demeanor, advice and competence all made the process much easier to handle. Thank you for being such an excellent doctor and taking the time to care and help members of this community. You truly are making a significant difference in our lives, even if we don't say it often. Wishing you all the best in your practice and also for the holiday season.
Peace & Blessings Dr. Monte Harris!
Thank you for sharing your gift with me. I truly appreciate your time & attention. You are a wonderful addition to our life! We clicked in a very positive way ever since we first talked. Amazing you are! Keep changing people's lives for the better, you are no doubt magnificent.
With much love, respect & admiration.
Dear Dr. Harris,
What a great day and mostly because of you. Everyone is asking about my removal (maybe I am talking) and I am singing the praises of the wonderful Dr's & staff. I so appreciate you taking the time, I have started saving up for my next visit! Thank You!
Dr. Harris was an outstanding surgeon.
He listened carefully to all my concerns and wishes, and made me comfortable through the process. The results were exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be happier with the successful outcome and my choice of doctor.
I highly recommend Dr. Harris and the entire staff. They are professional, engaging and courteous. Each of my visits was such a pleasurable experience.
Manner and your beautiful office were most impressive! May you always be blessed with good health, inner peace, happiness and love.
Dr. Harris, Monica and Staff,
I could not leave Chevy Chase without saying thank you once again. Traveling from Denver to experience a life changing venture, was well worth the effort, and you made it all possible. Many blessings on your team as you forge new opportunities and impact people's lives.
If you ever want to ski in Denver my doors are always open…
Dear Dr. harris,
I wanted to drop you a note to say how much I have been blessed by you and your practice. Not only are you a phenomenal doctor, but you have such wonderful demeanor! You have regenerated hope for me. I thought my hair would never grow back, but it is growing back!! Thank you for caring enough to help me. You are the best!!!
I had always been self-conscious about my lips. I always felt that my bottom lip was excessively bigger than the top and clearly disproportioned. For thirty years, I struggled with my appearance and the comments of people who laughed at my "juicy lip". When I developed a huge, purple cyst from an accident, the humiliation was more than I could bear. I knew I had to have it removed. My self-esteem had hit an all-time low. As a law enforcement professional, I did not feel comfortable going to work or talking to people at all. By the time I found you, I had already been to two doctors who told me that I'd have a huge scar on my lip that could not be avoided. When I came to you for consultation, I immediately knew I was in the right hands. You took such a personal concern for my problem, and with patience, you developed a master plan. Not only did you remove the cyst without scarring, you gave me the lip reduction I have wanted all my life. The surgery was the best thing I have ever done! I am so happy with the results. People don't notice what I've had done, but they always tell me how much better I look! I am so confident in my appearance now. You are a man who is walking in your divine calling. You are doing more than surgeries. You are changing lives. Your kindness is infectious. I have left your office every visit wanting to be a better person. Thank you for changing my life in such an amazing way! I will always be grateful!
Thanks to you,
I "look good, feel good, and am DOING good!"
Dear Dr. Harris and Pamela,
Even as a writer, I sometimes find it hard to find the right words. So I will just say THANK YOU! For spending so much time with me, for really listening to me, for your compassion, your generosity, and most of all, for giving me, at long last, hope. It means so much.
Dear Dr. Harris,
I wanted to take the time just like I did to complain to say thank you for extending your human side, to make me feel good about the way I look. I will continue to patronize your practice and recommend your services to others not just because of your good work but also because of your listening skills and restoring my faith in a medical profession that these days seems lost in monetary transaction.