Interview with Greg Pataki M.D. on the occasion of the opening of Premium Plastic Surgery.
The service program of the Kútvölgyi Premium Health Center and Hospital at the Semmelweis Medical University has been broadened with a new five-star service. I talked about the special relationship between the physician and patient, the role of plastic surgery in public health and the quality philosophy of this world-class Premium Plastic Surgery, which also satisfies the highest health tourism needs, with the leader of the institution, Dr. Greg Pataki, plastic surgeon. Kútvölgyi Premium Health Center and Hospital is located in the Teaching Hospital of the world renown Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary.
László Léder: I think many people would like to know how one could become a plastic surgeon. Is there any special earmark for a plastic surgeon?
Greg: Definitely. Some say that it is necessary to have an exceptional motivation to become a surgeon… The living body cannot be cut without confident professional background. Plastic surgeons form a specialized community even between surgeons. It is known that plastic surgeons have the affinity to art and some artistic skills.
According to this, can plastic surgery be categorized as a kind of art within medicine?
Absolutely. Professional plastic surgery can be apprehensible as a serious artistic performance. The responsibility is enormous because of the human participants in this artistic “act”, but not surprisingly a huge amount of joy follows a successful surgery. Plastic surgeons often experience the joy and gratitude of patients, who regained their beauty, self-esteem and physical ability. These are magnificent, but sometimes dangerous experiences.
How do you mean dangerous?
Dangerous, because if we cannot handle it properly, it might lead to false self-image. In this case quality comes at the expense. Plastic surgeons have to possess not only the highest levels of medical professional knowledge, but also a mature self-awareness. We have to know that we are not heroes, the essence of the profession is to change one’s look, which brings an enormous positive change on several levels in the patient’s life.
You have visited numerous places in the world. Among others, you’ve studied in Brazil, the world center of plastic surgery, and worked Germany for several years for many well-known institutions. What quality requirements characterize today’s plastic surgery?
We can count solely with the highest requirements. The number of modern methods is increasing year by year, and accordingly the patients’ expectations also continue to grow. The peculiarity of plastic surgery is that the result of an intervention carried out today will be seen many years from now. The main purpose is to reach a natural and harmonic outcome. Nowadays the most modern methods and materials are available not only abroad, but at home as well. With our practices we ensure the highest levels of personalized care for our patients in the field of rejuvenation surgery and aesthetic treatments. We get the best results using the gentlest techniques. This can be achieved only with the best technique and materials, and professional physician-patient communication. The harmony of the body and soul can be reached with these medical interventions and through all these, an improved quality of life is gained.
In an earlier article you’ve mentioned the importance of the physician-patient relationship...
This is the alpha and omega of healing in my opinion… the most important quality factor. Those entering our practice will always be surrounded with special care. Plastic surgery is associated with a serious psychological healing as well.
Do you mean that plastic surgeons are not only artists, but also psychologists?
Yes, in many respects. Imagine that you are looking for a better appearance for decades, or you are living with some physical alterations, you are full with complexes, your self-esteem is decreased and you are retractable. These problems are waiting to be explored by a plastic surgeon. Sometimes patients don’t mention why they really turn to us in the first instance. This is normal, but it is our responsibility to build a relationship of trust with the patient, which reveals all their problems honestly.