How Recording a Music Album made me a Better Plastic Surgeon

For any of you who follow me on twitter (@drjyager) or are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love music. I listen to music during surgery, so about 20 hours a week. A little over 2 years ago, a friend of mine asked if I played an instrument. I told him about my brief drumming career 30 years ago, and he convinced me to try it again. Along with another guy, we formed a group which has evolved into Used Karmas.

We played a few small venues as we wrote our own music, and have finally completed recording of our first album, Certified Preowned. I will post more details about our Album Release Party and how to get a copy very soon. The process has changed me in ways I never imagined.

Visually, I can look at a body and instantly see the potential within for improving curves and balance, and cosmetic plastic surgery comes very naturally. I have been in private practice since 1997, and still enjoy it.

With music, I have a good feel. I can tell if it is well done or interesting almost immediately, and can listen to a wide variety of styles. All of these influences come together when writing a song, from the hook to the lyrics to the arrangement. Yes, I need to use equipment from sites like HIFISYSTEMCOMPONENTS.COM to capture the audio and mix it, but even so this is the case.

Cosmetic plastic surgery is like making music. I instantly know when it will be amazing, if it is a “hit”, and how to arrange things so they work well together. The preoperative visit, the consult, the post op care are so similar to the pre and post production and engineering, as they all have a direct impact on the final product.

When I evaluate patients now, as well as when I do surgery, I hear music. My goal is to create megahits for decades to come.