Archive for May, 2013

Does Experience Matter?

Sunday, May 12th, 2013


The three cornerstones of expertise in plastic surgery are: talent, quality of training, and experience.

We often overlook the value of experience. Knowledge and decision-making are very important in a surgeon, but ultimately surgery is an artistic craft. As with any artistic career, the artist gets progressively better with experience. As Malcom Gladwell observed in Outliers, it takes a minimum of 10,000 hours of concentrate practice to achieve expertise. It has been true of every great musician, painter, sculptor, or plastic surgeon.

In my own case, after over 30 years of experience and thousands of surgeries performed, I am achieving the most consistent, highest quality results of my career.