When I reflect on how I was brought down the path of becoming a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery, it reminds me of my true love for artistry. Since childhood, I have enjoyed not only the appreciation of art (paintings, sculpture, poetry, performance, etc), but I also have an unstoppable drive to create art. I started with crayons and pencils when I was young, but have since written fiction and poetry, painted in oils, and sculpted in clay. For decades, I even had a passion for working with wood, but alas, that is now too hazardous to my hands. The joy of creating something from an amorphous canvas, ball of clay, pile of wood or blank computer screen is hard to articulate, but time does not seem to pass when an artist is at work.
As I pursued my medical career, I continued to work on my art (although sufficient time was often hard to set aside), and only knew that for some reason I enjoyed surgery and procedures that involved working with my hands. Once I saw my first rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery, however, I was absolutely HOOKED! The joy I felt watching the combination of surgical skill, medical knowledge and artistic vision left me without a doubt that I wanted to know all there is to know about the artistry of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Because so much of our identity and communication is in the face, I developed a passion for all facial procedures with an unstoppable drive for natural looks with lasting and functional improvement.
My studies, collaboration with many accomplished nasal surgeons, and fellowship with a renown facial cosmetic surgeon have given me the tools to consistently deliver to patients artistic, natural and functional nasal improvement. Each time I meet a new patient in consultation for rhinoplasty, it is a joy to work with them and develop a vision together as we image the improvement they desire. The surgery is yet another joy, and an honor that I cherish. Bringing a change to the face of a patient that they enjoy truly is humbling and brings a level of satisfaction that is impossible to articulate. I am extremely fortunate to do what I love!
I continue to contribute to my field as well as keep abreast of all that is new in the world of facial cosmetic surgery (especially rhinoplasty - my first love), and I continue to practice art in the more classic forms. To me, balance of medical science, manual dexterity and artistic vision is the key to achieving improvements that bring smiles to the faces of my patients and give me the greatest personal satisfaction.