Christmas Eve 2018

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Heights,

Not a fat cell was bulging, not even through tights.

The fajas were off, on the floor in a pile

Looking in mirrors, all patients did smile

For their surgeon had reshaped them with skill and with care,

In the hopes that bikinis and spandex they’d wear.

They needed no bras or scarves on their necks,

No filters were needed when photos they’d text.

With confidence and self esteem they were filled,

And all of their partners were certainly thrilled.

As he left the OR with the last patient done,

Dr. Yager’s battle against aging was won.

As he left in his car and drove out of sight,

He said “Happy Christmas to all, and to all skin stay tight!”

Simplicity in Plastic Surgery

Since I started Yager Esthetics in 1997, I have seen tremendous changes in the way in which plastic surgery is marketed and consumed.  Like with most change, there has been good and bad.

In the past, in order to establish yourself in practice, you either joined a well known plastic surgeon or group as a junior partner, learned from them, and eventually grew your own patient base.  Many would seek out emergency room call to fill in the time.  The brave few would strike out on their own and try to attract patients via friends and colleagues, or host seminars to educate the public.

The next wave was reality television, as you let a production team film your life in and out of the office, making you a more household personality.  Public recognition helped leapfrog the years it took to build your name the old way.

Now, everyone wants to start at the top, and attracting attention is usually done via social media.  People in my field have gone so far as to don costumes and do singing acts in the operating room while performing surgery.  The reach is farther and more frequent than reality tv, enabling an instant impact.  The more extreme, the bigger the audience.  Many are not even plastic surgeons, but dermatologists, ENT’s, and OB-Gyn’s.

I started on my own, and built my practice by giving excellent service to each patient, and treating them all with respect.  Over time, patient to patient referrals have gotten to the point that I am one of the most well known and respected board certified plastic surgeons in my community.

My advice is to be true to your ethics, put the patients’ needs in front of your own, and be fair to them.  Simple and effective, but not instant. Just like in cooking, taking time and love inpreparation tastes better than instant.

Holiday Spirit 2018

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to talk about Holiday Spirit and how it can make everyone’s life better.  I am always amazed that a time of year can make people behave differently towards each other.

December brings a joy and festivity to most people.  Holidays of gift giving, parties and gatherings, as well as a nostalgic look back at one’s youth can put you in an especially charitable mood.  We see more acts of kindness, volunteering, and a more forgiving attitude to friends, family, and neighbors.  It is a warm spot in the cold weather.

What if we carried this spirit forward throughout the year? What if all twelve months of 2019 were December?  Would the good spirit live on, or do we really only have a limited ability to be pleasant and kind?

It is my belief that any departure from your normal behavior requires effort, but if this effort is sustained for a long enough period of time, it becomes routine.  Therefore, if we try to keep our holiday spirit beyond the season, it will become easier and easier as time goes on.

Let us try to make Holiday Spirit everyday routine!

Filters and Plastic Surgery

One of the most clever Halloween couples costumes I saw this year was a husband and wife in an identical red dress and heels, the husband in a wig to match the wife’s hair, with he having hairy arms, chest and legs and in need of a shave.  She had a nametag that read “Filter”, he had one that said “No Filter.”

Not only are we becoming obsessed with social media and sharing photos of the best of ourselves, we try to further enhance our online perfection by adding in filters to give an even more unrealistic view of ourselves.  This can be harmful in many ways.

People are already self conscious, and low self esteem is quite common.  To make people feel even more insecure about how they look can lead to depression and body image disorders.  No one knows if a filter has been used or not.

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I see a definite increase in patients seeking refinements of very small issues, especially in the face.  It is most definitely due to how they appear in photos on social media.

My advice is to live in the real world, stop wasting time worrying about how others look through filters, and see each other only face to face in person.  You might be surprised at how well you compare.