Sweating the Small Stuff

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.

Is your Cosmetic Surgeon a Plastic Surgeon?

There is no shortage of people trying to recruit patients for cosmetic plastic surgery.  The internet, radio, tv, and print media are filled with ads for liposuction, lasers, breast and body surgery promising expert results.  To the untrained eye, they all look the same, so how can you choose?

There is only one board that certifies plastic surgeons, and that is The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). I include a copy of their logo below.  The other is the logo for The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for which membership requires board certification.  Any Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will use these same terms and logos, and you can check membership at www.plasticsurgery.org to be sure.

The term “Board Certified Surgeon” really means a surgical specialty like General Surgery or Vascular Surgery.  “Facial Plastic Surgeon” indicates training in ENT, not plastic surgery.  “Oculoplastic Surgeon” means it is an eye doctor.  If you see “Board Certified Doctor”, it is a nonsurgical physician, such as a dermatologist, Ob/Gyn, internist, rehab medicine, or any other.  “Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon” indicates a certification by the AACS or American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons, which is not a board recognized by the ABMS.  Terms like liposuction expert or laser doctor do not tell you anything about training.

It is not illegal for any doctor with a license to do any procedures he/she wishes, as long as he/she does not lie about their training.  You as the educated consumer must make sure you are comfortable with the training of your doctor.  Ask them what specialty they did there residency training in, and what board certified them.  Do not be embarrasses, as it is important for you to know.

So, look for the logos and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, check the website, and if there is any doubt, ask “Are you a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon?”  The only answer should be yes.