Everyone wants to know who is the best, whether it’s an athlete, carpenter, plumber, accountant, real estate agent or your local doctor. In fact, it happens to be one of the top Google search terms – who is the top plastic surgeon? And even further, who is Austin’s top plastic surgeon?
My wife was waiting for an appointment the other day and came across an Austin publication listing the “Top Doctors.” Lo and behold, my name was on the list. Being a senior surgeon in my community, and knowing what it takes to be a top surgeon, I have always looked at these lists with a huge dose of skepticism. How do they come about these results? What is their methodology? How would they be able to find out the information that I believe is necessary to determine who are the top doctors anyway?
Top plastic surgeons are really good with their hands and have impeccable judgment. It also helps to have a friendly personality because everyone likes working with people that they like. It was quite obvious who these people were when I worked in the hospital system day in and day out for years.
They are the “go to” doctors who know what they are doing and take care of the problems at hand while making it look easy. They have a very low complication rate, they are consistent and they are reliable. They are the folks who doctors recommend their own family members to visit. They have this edge that simply makes them stand out above the crowd.
Surgeons are like athletes—some are just innately better than the rest. Interestingly, when a youngster chooses to take the long road to becoming a surgeon, they simply won’t even know if they have that “gift of hands.”
Ask any plastic surgeon, and he will always tell you that he considers himself to be the best – egos are huge in the business. Patients want their doctors to be confident and reassuring, and all patients believe their doctors are the best.
I never expect to make any lists of top doctors because I practice on my own island, i.e. from my in-office operating center, and I simply don’t get out enough to meet and greet my colleagues. I doubt anyone really knows me well enough to accurately determine if I qualify for this list, other than from judging the results of my work in the community, and maybe the online reviews of my practice.
Health grades are important to the future of our medical industry, but we are just in the beginning of this revolution. It will take time to refine the system and improve its accuracy. I stand humbled before you as an Austin Top Plastic Surgeon, and I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that I feel I should be on that list for many reasons that weren’t even considerations when making that list. Is this an example of “better lucky than good?” or of being both good and lucky? Either way, there has not been a single day in my 28-year career when I haven’t given it my very best, even though I can fully admit I am not perfect. Thank you to everyone who has made this all possible.