In some ways, choosing a plastic surgeon is a bit like choosing partners. There must be a good personal chemistry and You have to share certain values. By telling You a little bit about myself and my thoughts, I hope that You can more easily determine if we are a good match as a doctor/patient.
First of all, because plastic surgery is something completely voluntary, the choice to have the surgery creates a special responsibility for both physicians and patients to consider: safety, and acting conservatively.
This belief guides me in everything I do, from how I do the consultations, to which surgical techniques I use, and how I take care of my patients after surgery.
As I strive for results that are both exceptional AND predictable, I don't start using new surgical techniques until the benefits are obvious and I am well aware of the risks involved.
When well-documented methods are used in the best way, it benefits most patients more than what the "latest fad" does.
It does not mean that I am not using the latest technology. On the contrary. I participate in several clinical studies, and work as a consultant for several companies in developing new and better technologies and products.
But I do not let these technologies become a standard in my clinic until all test data demonstrates their safety and effectiveness.
I also realize that I'm not the best surgeon for all. If a patient wants or needs, an unusual operation, which is beyond my expertise, I'm quite happy to help the patient find the right doctor for the purpose.
If I feel that a patient is not fit to undergo surgery, either by physical or psychological reasons, I will say it. I often meet patients whose health and appearance would gain more by exercising and losing weight, than to undergo liposuction, or patients might improve their looks more by going to a dentist than to do a facelift.
Although I have a goal to give my patineter what they want, it is inevitably so, that my own aesthetic sense will come in to play.
I'm honest with my own belief in a classic, natural and soft beauty. The risk is probably greater that I lift a face too little than too much, to avoid the unnatural, tight look that could otherwise be the result of a facelift. And I think that the huge breast implants not only looks and feels unnatural, but they also create a greater risk of long-term problems for the patient. I understand that not all patients share my views on the aesthetic, and I will not go ahead with any surgery, unless we have agreed on what is appropriate.
Against this background, the following is what You can expect from me:
First off, my unique experience in consulting. Many plastic surgeons send their patients to the patient coordinators, or the like, after a few moments with You.
I set aside time for You and will let it take the time it takes.
There is often a wide variety of surgical choices You can make, with a different cost, risk, recovery time, scarring and results. My goal is to go through as much of all this as possible and as accurately as possible with You, before an operation. That way You can make Your choice based on knowledge. And whether You decide to go ahead with Your surgery, wait a while, or even abolish, You can be sure that You leave my clinic with a dramatically improved understanding of Your own situation.
This dialogue will continue throughout our relationship as doctor and patient. Often I hear patients operated on at other clinics complain that the result was not as expected. For me that is totally unacceptable. Therefore, I will explain the impact and consequences of every decision we take together. I will keep in touch with You to make sure that You know exactly what expectations are realistic to have.
I also think it is important to keep in close contact with my patients after surgery. No matter how busy our clinic is, You can still expect regular follow-up meetings, and the best aftercare possible to give. This is necessary in order to get the best possible results.
In fact, I give my patients as many appointments they need, or want, after an operation, at no additional cost.
Many patients are fear their consultation. I remind them that all plastic surgery is voluntary, and if they do not feel 100-percent sure, they should not go through with the operation. It is natural to feel uncertain about a plastic surgery procedure, but in my experience it will "click" when You've found the right surgeon. When it does, You will enjoy the staff and the doctor, even the reception and waiting areas will "feel right" when You walk through the door.
I hope You choose to step through our door, to see if I am Your "doctor".