What do you think of when you think of a plastic surgeon? Although any doctor who studied and trained in the field is technically a plastic surgeon, the practical aspect of plastic surgery is only part of what defines us.
At my Houston plastic surgery practice, I strive to combine artistry with medicine to create beautiful results that satisfy my patients time after time. When my patients’ rejuvenated looks improve how they feel about themselves, I call it “double satisfaction” — and nothing makes me feel better about the work I do than knowing that I’ve had a hand in changing a life for the better. This fulfillment is a big part of a plastic surgeon’s job, and I have found it to be a major motivating factor for many of my colleagues who have chosen this specialty.
In addition to a commitment to patient satisfaction, it’s important for a surgeon to maintain his or her skills through ongoing training through The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc., American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, and other organizations that maintain high standards for membership. I also serve on the board of directors of Sisters Network® Inc., an organization that helps African-American breast cancer patients across the country access reconstructive surgery and other resources. In addition to being a wonderful cause that’s close to my heart, I feel that my involvement with Sisters Network Inc. gives me valuable insight into the experiences and struggles of my own breast reconstruction patients.
When you’re researching plastic surgeons in your area, be sure to find one who is committed to furthering himself or herself both professionally and personally. This commitment to lifelong enrichment is what makes a plastic surgeon great. In this field, there are always new ways to learn and grow.