Safety Trumps Money

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I have had the privilege of taking care of the Hispanic community for 20 years in my private practice, Yager Esthetics. I have always considered patient safety my number one concern, and have never done an unnecessary procedure to earn money, or sold a service, product, or procedure that I did not feel was of benefit to the patient.

Additionally, I often have patients who want multiple surgeries, and feel doing it all at once is best. That is not always true. You must consider the health of the patient, additional risks of a combined procedure, as well as the positioning and discomfort during the recovery process. For example, a healthy, normal weight, young person can do an abdominoplasty with liposuction of the flanks. If they wanted fat transfer to the buttocks, this would be separate, as to get the proper result from a fat transfer, you need to sleep on your stomach and not sit for a week. This is impossible to do after a tummy tuck. Sitting on a special pillow is not, in my opinion, the best or safest option.

Some patients have risk factors due to age, weight, or medical history. I always suggest separating procedures for safety concerns, often consulting with the patient’s primary care doctor. These are elective surgeries, and every effort to reduce risks should be made.

One of the hesitations I hear is that separating the procedures is more costly, and this is true. You are paying the operating room fee and anesthesia fees twice. In an effort to keep you safe, I have changed my policy so that if you schedule and pay for your multiple procedures and I decide to separate them, you will pay the same as if it were all done together.

That is what I call putting safety ahead of money.


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