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As an introduction to my upcoming posts (that I hope you will find engaging), I want to share a few heartfelt thoughts.

Those of you who keep up with our Facebook, Twitter, and blog writings may recall that I recently posted lessons extracted from a speech by Admiral William McRaven. He is the former Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, and the architect of the raid by Navy Seal Team Six that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden. Of the points that he stressed in his commencement address for the graduating class of 2014 at the University of Texas, Austin, a few were especially meaningful to me.

McRaven’s recognition of the extraordinary importance of hard work was reflected in his statement, “measure people by the size of their heart (his effort, his work ethic, his determination), not the size of their flippers (status in society, income, appearance).”

This quote illustrates how absolutely critical it is for us all to push to succeed and excel at everything we do. Talent is over rated as they say, and genius is no guarantee of results.
A brilliant example of this truism and triumph of work over innate ability is seen in the thoughts of Jordan Ellenberg. Dr. (PhD) Ellenberg is a professor of Mathematics and author at the University of Wisconsin. At the age of 12, he scored a perfect 800 on the math SAT. He describes how it is easy to be caught up in the glare of ability and genius, ignoring where real achievement comes from. “The cult of genius tends to undervalue hard work and the productive persistence that psychologists nowadays like to call ‘grit’”.

The second personally relevant lesson from the Admiral that he wanted to [...]

By: Brian Brzowski Categories:Mark Twain, Musings, Plastic Surgery, Uncategorized

How Much Does a Painting Cost?

I recently posted on www.realself.com an answer to a question about “how much_______ costs?” That is such a hard question to answer and, honestly, is not the right question to ask.

My response was framed around me answering a similar question, “how much does a painting cost?”  The comparison in the query reveals that the variation in costs between surgical services is precisely like that between costs of paintings.

If a local painter, or your neighbor’s child listed an object of their creation for sale, you’d likely be stunned if they charged a fee similar to what you would pay if you could buy the Mona Lisa. You’re really getting a different product/service, although they’re both “paintings”.

I could draw another easy analogy by asking, “how much does court time cost if I want to rent out a basketball court?”. If I’m renting time at the home court for the Miami Heat, I would surely not expect to pay the same for time at the local YMCA. The are different and are priced differently.

Although breast augmentation costs or tummy tuck costs are important considerations, you should consider any surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation to be a variable product or service.  Outcomes are different from surgeon to surgeon and from office to office.  Because you are purchasing an “experience” and not just a commodity like a pair of implants, it’s important to realize you are indeed comparing apples to oranges when using price or cost as a determining factor.

We know how vitally important the first surgical procedure is for patient happiness and success. It makes perfect sense (and is probably rather illogical to do otherwise) to invest time on the frond-end and carefully [...]

By: Brian Brzowski Categories:Cost, Musings, Uncategorized

Time Isn’t Necessarily on Your Side, Unless You Know a Trusted Plastic Surgeon.

Patients who come into the plastic surgeon’s office might have one or more procedures in mind, but in general, they want to look good for their age and slow down the aging process. From keeping skin looking smooth and bright to helping their weight-loss goals by minimizing problem areas and contouring the figure, there are many options available. Every plan starts with a healthy lifestyle, filled with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Share some cosmetic options and give your patients some ideas about how to look better than ever; without compromising their natural good looks.

The Face
A man or woman who has already had a facelift, eyelid surgery or a browlift should expect to be happy with their new look after surgery. They have addressed a major component that was causing them problems. Once that is corrected, there may be procedures that can help them continue to put their best face forward. Nonsurgical procedures for anti-aging:

Sleep is a major factor in keeping skin looking young and fresh
Injectables can help you look more approachable

The Hands
Many people don’t realize that their hands age along with their body until it’s too late. Wrinkles, sunspots and loss of fat and volume can be gradual or if you’re like most, hit overnight when you realize you haven’t used gloves enough or put sunscreen on your hands.  A recent news article addressing hand rejuvenation if worth checking out.  Additionally, general information about hand rejuvenation can be found here:  http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/skin/hand-rejuvenation.

The Body
After a breast augmentation, tummy tuck or body lift procedure, most are excited about their new physiques and feeling confident.  Are there other areas where liposuction or nonsurgical fat reduction could help?  Spider vein treatment perhaps?

If [...]

By: Brian Brzowski Categories:Musings, Plastic Surgery, Uncategorized