For women considering a breast augmentation, I've seen a lot of lists talking about what we should be looking for in a plastic surgeon. Most of these lists are helpful, but they all say to look for the same things... board certification, hospital privileges, a clean record, before and after photos, etc.
Now please don't misunderstand, those are all very important.
However, I don't think the combination of those things make a great surgeon anymore than four tires and a steering wheel make a great car. A great plastic surgeon has something more. A great plastic surgeon has three very special traits. Let's start with their eyes...
It isn't hard to tell when someone is passionate about something, is it? I had to take a World History class in college, and I was dreading it because I had never enjoyed history in the past. And yet my professor, Dr. Pabis, would get so passionate and caught up in what he was teaching us, I began to love going to his class each week.
To steal a term from Benjamin Zander, Dr. Pabis had "shining eyes" and everyone could tell how much he loved sharing his passion with others. All great plastic surgeons have shining eyes, and their zeal is contagious.
A Servant's Heart
I was watching a documentary on Netflix the other day, and I heard a great quote by Albert Schweitzer. He said, “There's one thing I know... the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Great plastic surgeons have mastered the art of serving women getting a breast augmentation... from approachability, to education, to patience, because they have a servant's heart—the heart of a teacher. They aren't cocky, never make you feel bad about asking one more question, and you can tell they genuinely care about you and your results.
An Empathetic Staff
Have you ever been to a restaurant and asked the waiter what they recommend, and they say something like, "Oh, I'm not sure. I don't really like the food here." What?!
To steal a line from my pastor, if you aren't you smoking what you're selling, why should I?
In my experience, all great plastic surgeons meticulously build a staff who believes in what they do. I'm not saying every woman in the office should have breast implants, but it sure is nice when someone can look you in the eye and say, "I completely understand."