“Kissed by your scalpel…
Last night I received an email from a dear patient who is about 2 weeks out from her operation. She is delighted with her preliminary results. She thanked me by telling me that she was “kissed by my scalpel”. I must say, for over 15 years, I have been the beneficiary of so many cards, accolades and personal gestures of gratitude. Sometimes I am overwhelmed and humbled. But, this was sentinel in its depth and its metaphor. It also came from a source that we all respect so much in this practice.
When people ask me what I do, I am often asked what the best part of that job is. Such a complex question for the breadth of things that we do here. But, a good question. At the end of the day, there are finalities and conclusions with all that we do. Our finality and conclusion is safety. Everything that we do must be laced with safety and optimization. That is the mode of operation of this practice. If there is any deviation from that, there has been a breach of medical governance and attitude.
But, if you twist my arm, and tell me to come off my horse of militaristic regard for safety, the next most important part of our job is to make people feel better about themselves. The gratitude of a patient after a major body contouring, the tears of a young lady looking at her feminine breast and silhouette after a breast augmentation, the satisfaction of a tight neck after a facelift, the smile of the face of a patient who just had mid-face filling with Voluma–these are all essentials of what we do. As plastic surgeons we have been given the honor of changing the aging process, beautifying the depleted parts, and filling in the blanks of areas of voids-of-beauty. It’s a powerful assignment and it is to be regarded highly.
Feeling good is evolutionary. It is a highly selective and desired innate quest. To feel good is to survive. Every day we dress to go to work, women put make up on, we donate to charity, we embrace a friend, and we work out. We do all of this because it makes us feel good for the various motives and reasons that are attached to each. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at its core is a practice of making people good. And, to me, that is powerful and is a guiding light of so much that is conducted here in this center. So, to hear that my scalpel has “kissed” someone’s reality, is powerful, and humbling at the same time.