As orthopedic surgeons are the masters of bones, plastic surgeons are masters of soft tissue management and manipulation.

Wikipedia defines soft tissue like this: “In anatomy, soft tissue includes the tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body, not being hard tissue such as bone. Soft tissue includes tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, fibrous tissues, fat, and synovial membranes (which are connective tissue), and muscles, nerves and blood vessels (which are not connective tissue)”.

One of the most difficult questions patients can ask, is: “I want to know the cost of the procedure, just more or less, before I come in for a consultation.” I fully understand the concern of the patient, however, should we really choose our doctors based on the fees they charge? Maybe the cheapest plastic surgeon is not the best one or does not offer the best pre- and post-surgical care. And asking the doctor’s receptionist what a procedure will cost, prior to a consultation, is like asking a car mechanic what it will cost to fix your car, without telling him the make, model and year.

As plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I am particularly blessed, in that I have an incredibly interesting and diverse field of study. I can operate on any part of the anatomy, and my work is not only dedicated to cosmetic surgery, as many patients think, but I also do a lot of reconstructive work. In addition to that, I can perform many non-surgical cosmetic surgery procedures. Above all, plastic surgery is the field of medicine which probably shows the most promise for pushing boundaries and developing new frontiers, with the development of nano-technology, skin substitutes, 3D-printing and more.