Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a perfectionist. Some might consider this a “flaw,” but being a perfectionist is one of the reasons I am able to achieve such high patient satisfaction rates.* As a plastic surgeon, being a perfectionist is actually one of my greatest professional assets.
Choosing Your Battles
Being a perfectionist is definitely not ideal for everyone. For example, perfectionists can have a hard time relaxing on vacation if everything isn’t just so, or may be unhappy with many aspects of their lives because they don’t live up to certain standards. There is definitely a line between a healthy amount of perfectionism and becoming an unpleasant control freak, and it’s not good to cross that line.
In my profession, though, perfectionism is a highly valuable quality. Let’s face it, you don’t want a surgeon looking at your incision and shrugging with an attitude that says, “I’m sure that’s probably good enough.” Instead, you want your doctor to make sure that everything is as close to perfection as possible, down to the last little detail. And of course, in plastic surgery, the smallest details can often make or break a patient’s satisfaction with his or her outcome.
Trusting Your Surgeon
Being a plastic surgeon is my life’s work, so yes, I am definitely a perfectionist about the results. I want you to look your best, and I want my own work to be the best it possibly can. It just works out that those two goals are in perfect harmony with each other.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.