Business owners normally don’t say “no” to paying clients, but Dr. Raffi Hovespian is a triple board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who turns away up to 28 percent of the people who seek his services. Why?
“Men and women have to be psychologically prepared,” he told me. The change that occurs from plastic surgery separates it from other medical disciplines.
“In most fields of medicine, doctors are taking something out whether it’s a breast, a cancerous tumor, or an appendix. In plastic surgery, we’re restoring beauty that was destroyed in an accident, lost due to age, or taken away.”
Dr. Hovsepian’s understanding of patient goals and needs led him to develop a shrink wrap liposuction procedure where he has taken off up to 5 litres of fat with an incision that’s small enough the patient won’t see it.
Some women have dropped from two to four dress sizes and transformed more than a physical appearance. Confidence and self-assurance were restored.
Plastic surgery involves a person’s physical and emotional state. Dr. Hovsepian’s philosophy that he’s first an educator separates him from other plastic surgeons who got into the business during a downturn in the economy and saw money to be made.
Family trauma drew him to the field. He witnessed his grandfather having a massive stroke when he was six and at the age of eight saw his aunt suffer a car accident that required her to have about 50 surgeries in the span of eight months. She was 24 years old and damage from the accident made her almost unrecognizable.
Without plastic surgery, Dr. Hovsepian says his aunt likely would have taken her own life because she wouldn’t have ventured back into society.
One of the truths he stresses is “there’s beauty in imperfection.” He says the Hollywood depiction of beauty still impacts society but remarked the “Pamela Anderson era” of seeking the perfect body is over.
Communication is a major part of Dr. Hovsepian’s practice because he wants to understand how patients envision the outcome and tells women especially not to fall for peer pressure.
He also corrects potential misunderstandings and may discuss topics like breast enlargement being appropriate for one woman while another woman’s body type benefits from smaller breasts.
Dialogue with a patient before surgery occurs may take weeks and in some cases a few years. “I want people to be comfortable with themselves because the work is permanent.”
Further reading on his work is available on his website.