Why Art, Designing, and Painting Portraits Make a Better Surgeon

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To me art is such a major part of my life that everything I do is I’m surrounded by art from designing my own logos to designing my own stationery really being very integral in the design of my websites. All the artwork in my building is done by me the signage. The even working with the architect in terms of design of the building every little part of my life is about design and art. What brought this to mind and I think I’ve done a podcast similar to this is I was posting on my social media my private social media.

I was doing an oil painting of my wife and I looked at it. It just wasn’t quite right, and I made some adjustments to the face. I should have before and after so to speak and my friend said oh this just like you’re doing surgery. In a way it is sort of similar because you have to have a good eye, you know, when I’m drawing forms and painting tones and shape. You have to have a good aesthetic eye It’s not just having the right eye for technical precision where the tones work and everything else works and the right shading is correct, but it’s just attractive theme is right as creative. It looks good. It looks representational the person you’re trying to represent, and I think oil portraits for me we’re just portraiture. I’ve done it in watercolors acrylics. I’ve done an oil paint. I’ve done it in pastels. I’ve done in charcoal, graphite, the ink, ink and brush. I’ve done portraits and all media, and I guess there’s a fascination I have with a face since I’m a facial plastic surgeon and it’s sort of interesting as I do the work. I look at a shape of a face of tone of a face. I look at something that looks slightly off like the hairline I design was slightly off since I do hair surgery as well. But art is so important when you’re talking to a physician or a surgeon that you’re interviewing are thinking about. It must be an integral part of what he or she stands for. For me I’m very blunt about things. I don’t mean to be rude or offensive and examples a beautiful lady this morning early 40s that she was worried doing three syringes of fillers on and I said, you know, this is not going to look fake. It’s going to look natural is going to look attractive. You really don’t need to worry about that and she goes well, I’m always worried about overfilled and I said honestly your lips are overdone. The upper lip is too big compared to the bottom left. There’s no shape and the border is too strong. It doesn’t match your age bracket. Now, I’m very blunt. I don’t mean that to be in a rude way. But the reason I say these things is never to be offensive or to be hurtful. It is to be honest. And the reason I’m honest is that I’m an I really really love beautiful natural work and I always tell my patients. I’m so honored by referrals. The only thing I don’t want is someone that looks unnatural that really wants to look unnatural. That person is not going to be a good fit for with me. It’s going to be an antagonistic relationship because I’m going to struggle to try to fix unnaturalness, but it just something I want to just express to you about who I am as a person sort of the elements of that I have in my personal life and why it’s important for you as a patient.


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