’tis the season of Thanksgiving.
Here are a few things that this plastic surgeon is thankful for……….
- Modern Anesthesia. This makes for painless surgery. And the surgeon can take her time to do a really, really nice job. During the Pilgrims’ time, the main qualification for being a surgeon was to be really, really, really fast. Yikes!
- The Germ Theory and Antibiotics. Surgery used to mean infection. Now surgical infections are rare. Not rare enough, but rare.
- The Bovie. This is the electrical gizmo that seals blood vessels as it cuts. This is why you don’t need a blood transfusion when I do your Mommy Makeover.
- Surgical Scrubs. It’s like working all day in my pajamas.
- My Dansko Clogs. It’s like working all day in my slippers.
- Surgical Loupes. These are my silly looking magnifying glasses that allow me to see important teeny tiny things like nerves and blood vessels. They also come in handy for reading the newspaper when I can’t find my reading glasses.
- My Battery Powered LED Surgical Headlight. Now I don’t have to be attached to the light source by a fiberoptic tube (which is how my dog must feel on her leash).
- Power Assisted Liposuction a.k.a. PAL. This PAL is a true friend. It makes liposuction so much better for the patient and the surgeon.
- My Wonderful Staff and Colleagues. They keep me on my toes.
- My Wonderful Patients. They are why I love coming to work!
- My Wonderful Husband and Children and Dog and Cat. They make my life complete, especially the cat.
- My Freakishly Good Health. I’m 64 and still running, skiing, biking, and playing tennis. I’d like to take full credit for this but really I think I’m just lucky.