I have worked as a plastic surgeon near Walnut Creek, California, since 1999 performing both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. A lot of surgeons do strictly cosmetic work, which can be very lucrative, but many also find value in reconstruction. Here’s why I find breast reconstruction such an integral part of a plastic surgery practice:
- It keeps me sharp. Complex reconstructive cases provide me with new insight into aspects of cosmetic surgery, such as methods for creating natural-looking results and the general healing process. These challenging cases keep me on my toes.
- It keeps me grounded. I work toward developing an open system of communication with every patient who walks through my doors, and this usually includes an explanation of what brought someone in. I’m always amazed to see the strength and courage breast reconstruction patients possess.
- It keeps me up to date. Staying current on innovative surgical techniques and products is crucial for both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. I’m highly involved in both areas to ensure my patients receive the most effective solutions for their exact needs.
While one isn’t necessary to effectively perform the other, I’ve found that balancing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery skills provides the perfect formula for my practice.