Transitioning his career from general surgery to cosmetic surgery, which he’s been performing for the past two years, was the obvious path for Dr. Jeri Mason. “As a doctor, we all want to help people,” he explains. “But I felt like I also had an artistic eye that I wasn’t really able to use as a general surgeon. Now I can help people feel better about themselves in a very rewarding specialty.” When patients see Dr. Mason, they can expect to be treated like family. “I never recommend anything I wouldn’t also recommend to a family member,” he says. “My patients and I spend a long time discussing the realistic possible outcomes from a surgery or procedure. I always make sure that we are on the same page.”
1. What does your day-to-day look like?
During the early part of the day I spend a lot of time in the operating room, and in the afternoon I head over to the clinic to see new patients or patients who have just had surgery.
2. What’s the key to making a great first impression?
Being polite, respectful, and treating patients like I would want to be treated. I also give patients as much time as they need when they come see me.
3. How do you choose the right procedure for your patients?
I discuss all of the possible surgical and non-surgical treatment options and go over the benefits and drawbacks of each. While I will gladly give my recommendation, the final decision always lies with the patient.
4. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
My patience to do things the right way, even if it takes a little longer, as well as my dedication to be the best I can be at my craft.
5. What is your best advice for patients?
Don’t rush into a decision on surgery, and see more than one surgeon before making up your mind.
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