Any type of health related question or concern is intimidating or frightening to bring up in conversation with anyone, not to mention a professional. When it especially comes to plastic surgery, many feel that “awkward” or “embarrassed” sentiment with any inquiry.
We are incredibly excited to announce our new “Q&A: Ask the Plastic Surgeon” page with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Remus Repta of Scottsdale. To bridge the void between the curious public and the expert for safe, informative, and real answers, Dr. Repta will answer the top questions that YOU, the public, have submitted. Here’s the first note from Dr. Repta, himself:
Just wanted to introduce myself and share with you why I have chosen to partner up with www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com and develop this local Plastic Surgery question and answer section. My name is Remus Repta and I am a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, practicing in the valley for the last seven years. I believe strongly in the idea that knowledge is power and that we all have an expertise to share with the world. Over the last seven years I have published several plastic surgery textbooks, written a half-dozen papers, and lectured nationally and internationally. What I have realized, however, is that such knowledge is greatly needed on a local level, directly to the patient. In combination with my blog, I hope this Q & A section will serve to provide the valley with information for common questions and concerns regarding plastic and reconstructive surgery issues. I look forward to your questions and to making this a great health resource for valley residents.
- What made you want to be a plastic surgeon?
“I went to medical school not knowing what I wanted to specialize in. During the first year of medical school I realized I enjoyed working with my hands, I really loved anatomy, and I liked the problem solving aspect of plastic surgery. I met and started working with the plastic surgery team on weekends and holidays from my first year in medical school. In a way it was just meant to be.”
- What is the most common procedure that you see come in?
“I do a lot of tummy tucks. Its called an abdominoplasty but most people refer to it as a tummy tuck. I also do quite a few tummy tuck repairs that were performed elsewhere. Those are always rewarding and challenging at the same time. Over the last two years I have been doing more and more nose shaping procedures. They are commonly referred to as nose jobs but officially they are called rhinoplasty procedures.”
- What is the number one misconception of plastic surgery?
“I think a fair number of people forget that plastic surgery encompasses both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Whether its reattaching a finger, fixing a broken facial bone, or reconstructing a leg after a motorcycle accident, a plastic surgeon and his/her own extensive training is needed. I started by doing 100% reconstructive surgery. On call, at night, wherever I was needed. It has been rewarding but over the last few years I have transitioned my practice and now do about 90% cosmetic. I really enjoy thinking of better ways to serve my patients both in terms of results as well as their recovery.”
- What is the most rewarding part of being a plastic surgeon?
“Exceeding my patient’s expectations, finding new solutions for old problems, and sharing in the joy of an excellent result with a seamless recovery.”
For more information on Dr. Repta at AAA Plastic Surgery, click here.
For more information on Dr. Repta’s professional blog Scottsdale Tummy Tuck, click here.
To ‘Ask the Surgeon’ yourself, email firstname.lastname@example.org (all inquiries will remain confidential). The top questions will be featured in each month’s “Q&A Ask The Plastic Surgeon” featured blog.