Being a plastic surgeon requires a combination of technique and analysis skills to offer patients new methods of medical care. To be a certified plastic surgeon and be able to work in respected clinics in London like the fabric you need more than just academic qualifications. You need traits like honest, caring and compassion. All these you can learn from your academic coursework. However, there are those things that no one will teach you at school that are very much important to know before you become a plastic surgeon.
Here they are:
- To become a plastic surgeon, it will take you a very long tedious training
This training may take up to ten years involving hundred hours a week that may also include spending nights in hospitals. First, you will require to go to med school, then take a general surgery residency, followed by two or more years of basic science research, a plastic surgery fellowship and another specialized fellowship of your interest. It takes a lot to be a plastic surgeon.
- Don’t think you will be operating mostly on celebrities
Yes. If that was one of your motivation to be a plastic surgeon I sorry to have dashed it.
- Starting your own practice is cool but it comes with tones of challenges
Unlike when you work with a hospital or respected clinic, where things phone bill, power bill, and liability insurance are paid for, running your own practice will require that you pay these costs yourself.
- There is no “typical” plastic surgery patient
In your day-to-day life, you will operate on kids who are even below a year old, teens, and adults from different work of life. You will find out that your patients are just regular people who need little things to be changed about how they appear.
- Much of the time you spend with your patients won’t be during surgery
Talk about long hour consultations with your potential patients, check to examine their health status before the procedure, and show them some videos on what they should expect after the surgery
- You need to strike the right balance between what the patient wants and what is best for them
Take correct measures to ensure that your patient is not coming in for wrong reasons, or to make sure they don’t have unrealistic expectations. For example, if they want to go under the knife to enlarge their butts to get revenge on their exes, you should be able to communicate politely with them and let them know it might be impossible to get the results they are looking for. The best measure might be to refer them to a psychologist.
- Don’t take it personally if patients hate their results
You will encounter unhappy patients more often than not. Try to use the skills acquired during your long training to check for red flags ahead of the surgery.
- You will be required to fix mistakes that are not yours sometimes
With the rise in demand for plastic surgery, so is the demand for plastic surgeon leading to the sprouting of many plastic surgeons who are not certified by the board. A lot of redos you will perform will be from these “fake” plastic surgeons, so be prepared to fix other people’s mistakes.
- Your brand depends heavily on how you present yourself
In other words, dress presentable. Try on some procedure on yourself so that you can be able to tell your patients what it feels like.
The procedures you do are not for changing patients’ looks but their perspective on life
Plastic surgeons do save lives. Be it helping people breath easily, fit better in clothes or experience less back pain. All these affect them on how they look at life.