AUSTIN, Texas — There is a certain comfort to having a plastic surgery job that doesn’t involve the use of anesthesia.
A few years ago, I got my first taste of it, working as a plastic orthopedist at the University of Texas at Austin, which is where I was born.
For some, the thought of going to a hospital would have been daunting, but I got used to it within a year.
After working at the hospital for a few years, I decided that I would like to do some more cosmetic surgery myself.
I had my first operation in 2013.
I went to the operating room at the age of 25.
This was the first time I had gone to the surgeon’s office, and it was so different.
I didn’t know how to wear makeup, and I was completely out of practice at that point.
The surgeon was a very gentle man who was really respectful.
He asked if I wanted to have my nose, lips and chin done, and then he looked at me and said, “You know, I don’t know about this nose, but my chin is in a bad state.
I’m going to do something about it.
Is there anything I can do to fix it?”
I was totally shocked.
I had never been asked to have anything done like that before, and the guy who was the surgeon also did the chin surgery.
So that’s when I started thinking, How am I going to get the best out of my chin?
I had to learn how to do it.
And the more I learned, the more comfortable I was.
The surgery went well.
It felt really good.
In 2016, I went back to work for the University Health Network.
I did the operations in 2016 and 2017.
And then, in 2018, I was promoted to an associate plastic surgeon.
He was a little older, but he had a more intense work schedule and he took a more hands-on approach.
He made me wear a mask for a while.
He had me take my hair and put it into a bun.
He was able to work with me to make me feel comfortable enough to get my nose done, to do a lot of my facial hair removal and make it a little smoother.
And I felt good.
So I had a lot to learn and I’m learning.
I have to learn the basics now.
My favorite thing is going to be when they call me a surgeon, because I’m so grateful.
Before, I’d get called a plastic therapist, but now I’m an assistant plastic surgeon and they call them a plastic doctor.
They have an attitude, which I appreciate.
But I’m also a little bit of a perfectionist.
And I’m happy to do the surgeries because I can make them better.
I love working on people’s faces.
They get a smile and they look great.
But I also think the people who do the surgery know how much it means to be able to do this.
There’s something that I really miss about being in the hospital and working, and having that opportunity to do things with my patients.
They’re so patient and so kind and just really have a great time.
You see some people who are really in touch with their bodies, and they’re going to look at the surgeries and be like, Wow, that was really good, and you can do this for me, too.
So, for me it was a lot about getting in touch and just trying to take care of the patient.
What I really love about being a surgeon is being able to help people who have problems or who have things they need to change.
I try to help them get back to where they want to be, and that’s going to happen at some point.