Plastic surgery can be scary.
But when it’s all done right, you can feel like you’re part of a family.
We sat down with plastic surgeon Daniel Bekesma to learn more about his unique journey and how you can help make it better.1.
When did you start plastic surgery?
What was your first experience with plastic surgery, and how did it go?
When I was a child, my dad, a doctor, would get me to come to the emergency room.
He would ask if I had a chest X-ray and if I wanted it, then he would take me to the operating room and get the X-rays out.
We had to wait a couple of hours.
I remember when my mom would take the X rays out of my chest and put it in the bin.
Then, he would give me a few minutes to see how I felt.
I didn’t want to rush things.2.
Did you ever feel like your body was being taken over?
How much of your body did you see and feel?
I had a very different body at the time.
My mom and dad had me wear a metal ring to my ear so I could hear the doctor.
When I was young, they would use the X ray machine, which was a plastic plate.
It was very loud, so I would sit with it and scream, “Mommy!
They would hear me.
My ears were getting sore, so they would put bandages on them.
They would put a bandage on my chest.3.
What was your biggest worry about surgery?
I worried about being sick.
My biggest fear was that I would be embarrassed to show them.
I thought, If I get an X-Ray, they’ll know that I’m sick.
They don’t want me to talk about my illness.
I would always worry that I’d look like a sick person.4.
What would you say to people who say you’re not a good surgeon?
I am a good plastic surgeon.
I’m doing a good job of treating a lot of problems.
But I don’t feel that I have the best of intentions.
When you are in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, you realize that you’re done.
You start thinking about the next surgery, so it doesn’t matter what the next thing is.
But the first time I saw a surgeon, I didn�t think that I was going to be able to do it.
I went in thinking, I�m going to try this.5.
What is your best tip for other people going through the same situation?
Just say, I’m a good person, I just wanted to learn about it.
Be open and honest with yourself.
If you are feeling embarrassed or you are worried, just be honest.
You can say, “I just wanted an Xray.
I don�t want to be embarrassed or worried about it.”6.
What do you think about other people who have plastic surgeries?
I think they should be happy.
You just have to learn to trust your body.
If your body doesn�t do what you want it to do, that is not okay.7.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to try plastic surgery or who is considering it?
Don�t put any pressure on yourself.
Just do what is natural to you.
Don�t worry about the procedure, because it is going to work out for you.8.
When would you do your first procedure?
Would you go for a chest x-ray?
A few months ago.
My chest x, or chest x and a couple other things I did, went very well.
I felt really good, but it was just one day.
I did a chest scan a couple weeks ago and it looked great.9.
What should you do if you get a stomach x-rays?
A stomach x is just a plastic sheet that is placed on your stomach.
It looks like a balloon.
You put it on, put a tube in your stomach, and then it goes down your stomach to the area where your stomach goes down.
The x-Ray looks very much like a regular x-radar.10.
What are the best parts about plastic surgery for you?
The best part about plastic surgeries is that you feel so much like you are part of the family.
I think the biggest thing is, I can really feel what my body is doing.
I can feel it moving, I feel it in my bones, my muscles, and it feels so natural.
I just like the feeling of being part of it.11.
What can other people do to help other people?
I have a really good team of people that I can trust.
I really believe in what they do.
If I need a surgery, I trust them.
If they need surgery, they trust me.
I trust their decision.
They know what they are doing.
They will be ready for anything that comes their way.12.