I always liked the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. It was a good way to put things in perspective, and not get hung up on things that are really not that important in the big picture. Since I became a plastic surgeon, especially a cosmetic plastic surgeon, my views have been altered.
Everything I do is about small stuff. Every fraction of a millimeter, every fat cell, each hair follicle is important in making my patients 100% happy. I can remove 5000 cc of fat from someone, and drop them 6 dress sizes, and they would be dissatisfied if their pants fit differently on one side then the other, even if it had nothing to do with my surgery. It could drive you insane.
Now, I think only of the after results, not what they looked like before. Everyone seeks perfection, and they do not care about how much of a change was made if the reflection in the mirror is not the ideal. I have found a way to deal with it to make myself and my patients happy.
I have decided to only focus on 100% satisfaction of my patients, no matter if the criticism is fair or not. If I see something that can be done to improve the results safely, even if the procedure was done perfectly, I just offer to do it. While it might be small stuff to a surgeon, it is majorly important to the patient.
So at Yager Esthetics, I will sweat the small stuff for my patients so that they don’t have to.