Practicing plastic surgeons have work that varies substantially from that which is portrayed on television. After a week of back and forth ugly and pretty plastic surgery, I indeed feel like Dr Jeckel and My Hyde.
No. Let your heart not be troubled. I have not transformed into a hideous beast from the mild mannered doctor. Most who know me would say I did not start off as the mild mannered doctor anyway, but I digress…..
Working in my practice is a frequent trip between extremes. In one corner we have people looking to look prettier in a number of different ways. This week that included a woman who despite working out frequently wanted a slimmer tighter tummy. She had a tummy tuck to start the week and is doing quite well as the week ends.
In the other corner of my practice is the repair of wounds that are either open, infected or just plain won’t heal. This is anything but pretty work: my “Mr Hyde” activity. I do not change physically of course, but the nature of the work certainly does. In these cases a successful healed wound is frequently not pretty, but is the goal. The focus is different.
This goes to support my long held belief that it is better to be looking for a plastic surgeon because you want one, rather than to need one.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2012-08-16 07:30:08.