Behind The White Coat

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 8:36 pm , Category: Plastic Surgery


I have been surrounded by doctors my entire adult life. While many question the idea of plastic surgery being superficial in nature, I can attest to the fact that indeed it is altruistic. Altruism, the unselfish concern for the welfare of others, has always been regarded as an inherent part of a doctor’s profession, yet the idea of altruistic behavior in the plastic surgery profession, has always been questioned.

As I left work yesterday, I was consumed with pride for my co-workers and colleagues as I watched them in action…unselfishly working together for the greater good of all patients’ concerns, and often misfortunes.

I always look for topics to write about, ones that strike me personally as interesting and/or passionate. There was really nothing in particular about the day’s events, yet again I witnessed an overwhelming dedication to my staff’s profession. That “routine day” was what inspired me to write this blog today. On any given day, we help so many, and I sincerely feel our physicians and nurses (and front staff as well) are unsung heroes.

In particular, I witness how our physicians help the masses, to regain self-confidence, and restore a broken self-image. Of course this includes the routine cosmetic procedures, but more importantly, surgeries for reconstruction that truly put people back-together-again. I call this “Humpty Dumpty surgery”.

I smile as I write this, as I reflect upon a few embedded memories, such as the young 16-year-old that was born with a huge mole that consumed 60% of her face. Her sad eyes hid behind her long hair as she tried to conceal this birth defect. It was an honor to work alongside Dr. Stevens as he performed reconstructive surgery on this humble teenager, to remove her defect and unleash her innate confidence. And then there was the young woman who was hit by a car which resulted in partially severing her left leg. She mustered the energy in the Emergency Room to beg Dr. Stevens to “please save her leg so she could dance at her upcoming wedding”. After many reconstructive surgeries, she did just that. Dr. Macias has helped hundreds when he was in the military, and God only knows how he positively impacted the lives of many soldiers during those years.

And then, just yesterday, again nothing out of the ordinary, Dr. Hammoudeh helped a young man whose smile was impacted by an accident, and as he set out to reconstruct this man’s face, I smiled just knowing that I saw an angel behind his medically-trained eyes. His unyielding dedication combined with his gentle and caring nature is what I admire most about him. The satisfaction I get from watching him perform these miracles, knows no bounds. I drove home last night with a swollen heart from feeling privileged to work beside him.

In the past few decades, many attempts have been made to redefine the core values of the medical profession, and healthcare has certainly undergone many changes affected by politics and government. But one thing remains the same: these wonderful doctors and nurses that surround me work feverishly to abide by their Hippocratic Oath, (a moral code for ethical conduct) and they carry out this promise daily, and in humble silence.

Most will never really know – as I do- all that resides behind the white coat, but I am proud to say that under that garment, I see angels. That vision is as pure and wholesome as a childhood nursery rhyme, and I for one, feel proud to be a part of the real-life storybook of putting Humpty-Dumpys back together again.

If you desire a cosmetic improvement, I encourage you to seek a consultation. Life is not a dress rehearsal, so call 310-827-2653, and learn about what options are available to help you improve your concerns, so that you can live happily ever after, starting today!

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