“From the day I started my practice I have always said and stuck to the idea that if I can’t create a natural result the surgery probably shouldn’t be done. And I think one of the reasons patients have anxieties about pursuing plastic surgery is they don’t want to look stretched or tight. And I completely understand that. If the surgery is planned correctly and done technically well there’s no reason to have that appearance. I don’t think it benefits the patient. I really do prefer a natural result; I design my surgeries so that the results do look natural and I think my patients are very happy about that.

“Well, currently the people that pursue plastic surgery are 89% female and that’s changing a little bit over time, but for the most part, still the majority of the patients are women. I think women do think differently about pursuing plastic surgery compared to my male patients and I think I understand the way they think very well because I am female and I have to deal with my own aging issues and how I’m going to approach those from a plastic surgery care standpoint. So I understand where they are coming from about just wanting to look youthful, not necessarily look 20 years younger than you are, but look as vigorous as you feel. So I think I connect with them on a lot of issues about aging and appearance. Whereas with my male patients I certainly relate to them very well and I enjoy taking care of them, but I think the level of understanding is pretty good between me and my female patients and I think that some my male colleagues are extremely technically adept, good at what they do, but from a communications standpoint, I think maybe I have a little bit of an advantage.”