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There’s a LOT more to it than just liposuction and
boob jobs.

Special thanks to the plastic surgeons who
provided intel and anecdotes for this post:
Dr.
Daniel Maman, board-certified plastic
surgeon with 740 Park Plastic Surgery, and

Dr. Nolan Karp board-certified plastic
surgeon with Wyss Department of Plastic
Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center.

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1. No, we
don’t all live in mansions, wear Versace, and
party on yachts every weekend.

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It’s not like 90210 where we take lavish
vacations, wear high-end clothing, and live
super luxurious lives. However, yes, we do make
a lot of money and that is an appeal of going
into the field.

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2. Most
of us go into plastic surgery because we want
to help people feel good about themselves and
restore their confidence.

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Some people have dropped a significant amount
of weight and want to get an abdominoplasty —
or tummy tuck — to take care of the excess
skin. Some people have experienced changes to
their breasts after pregnancy, breastfeeding,
or cancer, and they just want their breasts to
look the same again. Not all operations are
necessary to live, but they may restore
people’s confidence and self-esteem.

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3. But,
sure, it’s true that we do care about our
appearance.

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The perceptions that plastic surgeons tend to
be interested in the way they look is probably
true for many in the field. In the same vein
that it’s hard to find a fashion designer who
doesn’t care about what they wear, it’s pretty
hard to find a plastic surgeon who isn’t neat,
or healthy, or doesn’t care about their
presentation.

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4.
Plastic surgery is an extraordinarily broad
field that includes much more than just
liposuction and making boobs bigger.

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Once you get to med school, you realize how
many specializations there really are. There’s
hand surgery, pediatric plastic surgery (for
birth defects such as cleft lips), cosmetic
surgery, peripheral nerve surgery,
microsurgery, and general plastic surgery,
which involves a mix of a lot of these things.
There’s a lot more to plastic surgery than what
people see in movies and TV shows.

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5. It’s
actually one of the few specialties where
you’re certified to operate on anyone, at any
age, on any part of the body.

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Most surgeons in other fields have limits on
who they can operate on and where. But plastic
surgeons are able to operate on anyone at any
age, including children.

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6.
Plastic surgeons have 14+ years of school
post-high school, and have one of the most
intense residencies of all med students.

Plastic surgeons have 14+ years of school post-high school, and have one of the most intense residencies of all med students.

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We wish the public had a better understanding
of the tons of requirements it takes to get
board certifications, how many years of
education that entails, and the amount of
serious medical decision-making that goes into
everything that you do.

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7. There
are two main types of plastic surgeries:
aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive.

There are two main types of plastic surgeries: aesthetic (cosmetic) and reconstructive.

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Aesthetic, or cosmetic, plastic surgery
is when someone wants to change something about
their appearance. This includes things like
tummy tucks, liposuction, butt lifts, etc.

Reconstructive plastic surgery is for
people who are suffering from things like birth
defects, accidents (car crashes, fire injuries,
etc.), or have gone through surgeries for other
health reasons and aren’t happy with the
results of their operations. One of the most
common reasons for reconstructive surgery is
repairing skin cancer damage to the face, nose,
and ears.

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8. In
plastic surgery there is no one ~right~ way to
do a surgery, there can be over 25 ways to do
the same procedure.

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If you think about it, how many different types
of noses, eyes, lips, etc. do you see a day?
There’s so many different ways to do every
single plastic surgery and that’s one of the
coolest things about our field.

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9. That’s
why many plastic surgeons have an artistic
background, whether it’s in sculpting,
painting, architecture, or photography.

That's why many plastic surgeons have an artistic background, whether it's in sculpting, painting, architecture, or photography.

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Some people say that all orthopedists are
former jocks or people who just love sports.
The stereotype for plastic surgeons is that we
all have an appreciation for art. Most of us do
have a strong background in an artistic hobby.

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10. When
possible, you should choose a plastic surgeon the
same way you’d choose a tattoo artist.

every single operation that we do is
different and there can be 25
different ways to do the same
surgery, very unique in medicine. no
right way to do a breast
augmentation, etc. you have to look
at the previous photos and see if you
like their asthetic. plastic surgeons
are like artists. It’s just going to
cost a little more than a tattoo
would.

You have to look at our previous work and see if
you like our aesthetic because every single
operation can be done differently depending on
the plastic surgeon. It’s like scrolling through
a tattoo artist’s Instagram or checking out the
art books in their studios. We have photo
galleries on our websites and in our offices that
showcase the work we’ve done so people can see if
it matches what they’re looking for.

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11. Fun
fact: Botox isn’t just for wrinkles. It can
also be used to stop excessive sweating,
migraine headaches, and eyelid/eyebrow
twitching.

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12. The
most common areas for liposuction are the
abdomen, back, and thighs.

The most common areas for liposuction are the abdomen, back, and thighs.

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13. We
generally turn down about 30% of people who
come in for aesthetic surgery consultations
because their expectations are unrealistic or
unhealthy.

We generally turn down about 30% of people who come in for aesthetic surgery consultations because their expectations are unrealistic or unhealthy.

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We have to make sure that what a patient wants
and desires is in line with what we can give
them. Sometimes what people want isn’t aligned
with reality, it isn’t safe, it isn’t healthy,
or it isn’t worth the risk. There are some
people we will not operate on no matter what
kind of money they’re willing to pay.

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14. And
no, we don’t do penis enlargements.

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Those are usually done by a urologist.

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15. We
may experiment a little during a surgery to
make sure it turns out ~perfect~, just how the
patient wants it.

We may experiment a little during a surgery to make sure it turns out ~perfect~, just how the patient wants it.

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In most cases we have a good idea of how long a
procedure is going to take, but we usually
leave some cushion time for experimentation
because we know we’re perfectionists. In the
case of breast augmentations, we may try
different sized and different shaped implants,
to see what they look like before choosing the
final one.

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16.
Plastic surgery isn’t just for the rich and
famous.

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For some practices, the average patient’s
income is around $50,000 a year. Most
procedures are not incredibly expensive and can
be easy to save for if you really want or need
it.

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17. Our
days can sometimes be a mix of consultations,
surgeries, filler injections, and check-ups.

Our days can sometimes be a mix of consultations, surgeries, filler injections, and check-ups.

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Every day can be different. Depending on the
week, we might wake up really early to meet
with patients, maybe attend conferences, and
then be back in the operating room by the
afternoon to do a breast reconstruction, an
augmentation, or a rhinoplasty (nose job), and
then have to see a bunch of patients afterward.

One of the best things about being a plastic
surgeon is the different types of interactions
you get to have with different people.
Sometimes when we walk into a breast
augmentation consultation, we’ve just come from
helping a kid who got his finger stuck in a
door at school.

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18. We
often explain to people that liposuction isn’t
a substitute for diet and exercise, but it can
help shape your body.

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Most liposuction patients are already in good
shape; they just want help with specific areas
where they have trouble losing weight.

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19. Some
of us will try to avoid telling people we’re
plastic surgeons outside of work.

Some of us will try to avoid telling people we're plastic surgeons outside of work.

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Sometimes we try to avoid telling people what
we do because we don’t want them to come up to
us and ask what we can do for them. It’s just
an awkward situation that isn’t comfortable for
us. We don’t want to tell people that they
wouldn’t a good candidate, or judge their
bodies and potentially hurt their feelings, so
there are times where we try to avoid talking
about it altogether.

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20. So if
you see us outside of our office, please don’t
bring over your friend, your mother, or your
mother’s friend to see what we can “do for
them.”

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People really expect us to do consultations on
the spot, but it’s really uncomfortable and the
last thing we want to do during our off hours,
while we’re on vacation, spending time with our
family, or just enjoying down time.

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21.
Bargain shopping for plastic surgery isn’t
recommended. In most cases, you get what you
pay for.

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If you cut corners, you’re going to get the
service that you pay for. Maybe the place that
offers heavy discounts doesn’t use a
board-certified anesthesiologist or
board-certified nurses. People can get
infections from these procedures and they can
die. It’s not worth it.

Make sure the plastic surgeon you visit is a
member of the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Society for
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. You don’t want
to put your life in someone’s hands just to
save a thousand dollars.

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22. We
try not to judge people’s appearances during
everyday situations, but sometimes it happens.

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No, we don’t walk around thinking I really
want to fix that person’s nose structure
.
But every now and then we’ll think about what
procedures we could do for people. It’s a part
of what we do for a living every day, so
sometimes it can be hard to turn off.

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23. Some
procedures can take up to 12 hours.

Some procedures can take up to 12 hours.

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We are lucky in that we usually don’t have as
many emergency surgeries come up, but we do
work long hours. And there are some operations
that can be especially time-consuming, like a
specific type of breast reconstruction that
requires transplanting other tissue to the
breast.

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24. And
our jobs still get emotional, especially with
patients who’ve had mastectomies.

And our jobs still get emotional, especially with patients who've had mastectomies.

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When we take care of these patients we’re
usually involved in their lives for a long
period of time — sometimes years. So we can
form very special bond with them and end up
keeping in touch.

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25. We
feel lucky that plastic surgery is primarily a
very happy field where patient satisfaction is
incredibly high.

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We usually work with patients who tend to be
healthy and have outcomes that they’re happy
with. It’s not very often that we have to share
bad news, so it can be a really fulfilling
field. For the most part, we’re doing
operations that people want, operations that
will make them look and feel more confident.

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