I’ve never thought of my gender as having any impact on my skill and expertise as a medical professional. I think of myself as a Houston plastic surgeon, not a female plastic surgeon. However, I’ve had several patients tell me that they appreciate the fact that I bring a female perspective to the operating room. Here’s why:
- I can relate to the specific challenges women face regarding their appearance. As a woman, I have experienced many of the lifestyle milestones women go through, such as pregnancy. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to accept changes in your appearance — and how guilty you can feel for wanting to do something for yourself. However, I also know how rewarding plastic surgery can be. Moms and other women trust my opinion because I’ve “been there,” and I always give honest advice so my patients can make an empowered choice.
- I am sensitive to my patient’s thoughts and feelings. I understand how difficult and even embarrassing it is for a woman to come for a consultation and discuss things about her body that she does not like. I am very respectful of their concerns. My patients have told me they appreciate my sensitivity and are better able to connect with me because I really can relate to them. They often thank me for treating them like a person and listening to them. I think a caring attitude puts them at ease and allows them to speak more freely about their insecurities. Fostering this kind of dialogue not only makes them feel comfortable, but it enables me to get the answers I need so I can have a better idea of their expectations.
- I treat each person with warmth, compassion and empathy. When patients come to me for plastic surgery, they open themselves up and make themselves very vulnerable. I think it takes a lot of courage to discuss your insecurities with a total stranger, which is why I treat my patients with warmth and empathy. No one wants to feel like they are just another procedure or another dollar. I respect my patients and strive to provide compassionate care by building a trusting relationship with each of them.