Perfection- the Enemy of Good

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be perfect.  If I got a 99% on an exam, I would feel awful about the 1% I got wrong.  Being wrong is one of my greatest fears.  I would imagine all eyes on me, and dread the embarrassment of not knowing something.

While this has driven me to succeed in life, allowing me to achieve the grades necessary to attend The Johns Hopkins University and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, it has also held me back.  I have avoided certain activities and classes that I was interested in simply because it was out of my comfort zone and failure was a possibility.

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I strive for perfection even more.  As I complete my 19th year at Yager Esthetics, no one can argue it has been one of the most successful solo private practice esthetic surgery practices over that time period.  Similar to my personality, I want each result to be perfect, and every patient to be 100% satisfied.

In reviewing my results, I can honestly say that they stack up against any I have seen.  I can also say that not a single one is perfect.  That is not to say that I feel anything was done wrong, or that anyone else would have done better.  I find fault with the appearance of supermodels and some of the most stunning women in history.  It is my curse.

I have only recently resigned myself to the fact that no one can be perfect.  My job is to evaluate and educate people as to how to improve their appearance, what the limitations are, and advise them of the risks and benefits so that they may decide if it is worth it to them.  I always deliver what plastic surgery can, but that may not be enough for some.

I cannot promise perfection, as it does not exist. I must make sure each patient understands that, and hopefully discourage those who do not from having surgery.  I am a very good Plastic Surgeon.  Perfect I am not.