Plastic surgery gets a bad reputation for looking “fake” and being “shallow” — but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Like most things in life, what people don’t understand they make assumptions about. We’re here to be your eyes on the inside and debunk myths and prepare you for the reality of plastic surgery (aka what they don’t show you on “The Kardashians”).
To help with your education we’re bringing in your new bestie and Skin MD Surgical Center coordinator Madi D. to give you a peek behind the curtain.
First, let’s establish her credibility — seriously, she knows her stuff:
“I started off in this industry when I became a medical assistant in college about 7 years ago. I worked alongside dermatologists performing minor skin surgeries, but what I really gravitated toward was the cosmetic side of things! When I heard about the opportunity to open a brand-new Plastic Surgery Center here at Skin MD, I jumped at the opportunity: We started Skin MD Surgical Center from the ground up. It is truly my baby and I have loved watching it grow over the past year and seeing all our insanely good results.”
So, give us the rundown on Skin MD. With so many options for aesthetic care, what sets it apart?
“SkinMD Surgical Center is more of a boutique and your care is very tailored to you! When you are here for surgery, the staff is 100% focused on you. When I was working in the hospital, I felt like it lacked that touch of personal care and that’s one of the key things Dr.Ko and I wanted to incorporate here.
You can reach us 24/7, we are with you every step of the way on your surgical journey. One of the best parts of my job is getting texts from happy patients. I especially love getting photos from women finally feeling confident enough to wear a two-piece bikini again! It’s beautiful to help people gain their confidence back.”
(Tip: Send Madi your post-surgery thirst traps, not your ex.)
If it sounds like the vibe of a plastic surgeon’s office, is set by the surgeon, you would be correct. From the moment you walk into Skin MD, you’re in good hands.
“Where do I even begin with Dr. Ko? He has the best bedside manner of any surgeon I have ever met. Not only is he a great surgeon, but he cares so much about people. Sometimes I come into work and there’s a yogurt parfait or half of his sandwich left on my desk. He’s driven me home during a snowstorm, and even sewn up a stranger’s hand at the boating dock!”
Still, when it comes down to it, there are still misconceptions about what plastic surgery is and isn’t, no thanks to social media:
“In my opinion, if someone looks like they had plastic surgery, they likely had bad plastic surgery. Our goal is to restore a more natural and youthful look that does not overall change your identity or have an overdone look.
I think social media can give our patients (and women in general) unrealistic expectations of beauty. Most of the photos you are seeing online have been highly edited. It’s so important to remember that what you are seeing on social media isn’t real, and if you saw these people in real life, they don’t look like their photos.”
That’s not to say avoiding photos is the way to go either. When it comes to plastic surgery, come to your consultation prepared.
“Bring inspiration photos, questions, any medical documents, and do research about the procedure. The more prepared you are for your surgery —-the better! Also, bring your intuition: It’s important to go with your gut! Surgery is a big decision, both financially and physically and you want to be sure you choose a surgeon that you have a good relationship with and a team you can trust.”
Speaking of teams, the Skin MD one is pretty special. We’re taking a quick interlude to highlight some of the incredible people who keep Skin MD’s surgical center top tier:
“Dr.Ko’s physician’s assistant, Eva, is so thoughtful, patient, and willing to help with anything and everything. When we opened the center, Dr.Ko knew he wanted Eva to assist him.
Jess is our rockstar scrub technician! Jess is so organized and thorough and exactly the type of person you would want to handle the instruments for your surgery. She’s a mom of three, and it shows in her patient care: she is always checking in on people and caring for them.
Michelle is our Head Nurse for SkinMD Surgical Center and she wears many hats. She has been working in plastic surgery for years and is a wealth of knowledge. We would not be where we are today without her.
Crystal is our Recovery Room Nurse, which means she is by your side when you wake up from surgery. Crystal works with our anesthesiologist to manage your pain, makes sure you are feeling safe and well enough to go home, and helps you get on the road to recovery.”
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. On the note to social media, what trends are you seeing carry over to the OR?
“Dr.Ko specializes in tummy tucks and all kinds of breast surgery, which is great because the biggest trend this year is breast implants! We have seen a huge influx in the last few months and I think we can attribute that to the early 2000s trends that are making a comeback! It’s also one of my very favorite surgeries we offer, so I am loving this.
Conversely, BBLs are my least favorite: they are one of the most dangerous plastic surgeries you can have done.”
Finally, from the one who lives it and sees it all everyday, what’s your favorite procedure Skin MD offers?
“Right now, my favorite treatment is Venus Body. It’s a lymphatic drainage massage that tightens your skin and boosts collagen. I highly recommended it for anyone looking to get a little tightening in before summer.”
Have more questions or have been convinced to book your plastic surgery consultation?
The surgical team is here to help you look, feel and be YOUR best. Give us a call and meet Madi and Dr. Ko for yourself. Her direct line is (978) 529-3263, or send an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org.