Your selection of a plastic surgeon may be the most important decision you ever make for yourself. I personally believe that the most important characteristics a plastic surgeon should posses should be:
CARING and DEDICATION. Find a doctor with a good bedside manner who conveys to you that he cares about you as a person as well as a patient.
COMMUNICATION. Find a surgeon with whom you can talk easily. It is just as important that he understands what you desire as that you understand what he/she are describing.
INTEGRITY. Your surgeon should be honest in his assessment of your needs. Be wary of the doctor minimizing your recovery period and telling you just how "easy and simple" everything is going to be.
PERFECTIONISM. Surgery must be performed with uncompromising attention to detail. Find a surgeon who is accurate in his evaluation of your needs, precise in the execution of his operative plan, and meticulous in his craftsmanship. Although perfection is unattainable, this doctor will do whatever it takes to do the best job possible without cutting corners, both to satisfy the patient and to meet his own personal standards of excellence.
SURGICAL JUDGEMENT. Your personal safety should always be the paramount consideration for your surgeon. Just because something can be done doesn't mean that it should be done. The mark of a good surgeon is not only a sound judgment in knowing when to operate, but also when not to. Find a surgeon who is able to choose the appropriate operation for each person, and to refine it to meet that person's particular anatomic and aesthetic needs.
ARTISTIC EYE. While technical virtuosity is needed to produce a great surgical result, it is not sufficient. Good plastic surgery also demands a highly sophisticated aesthetic sense. In order to achieve an optimal aesthetic result, one must have a clear vision of what is artistically possible and appropriate.
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery
Most cosmetic procedures are elective procedures, not emergencies. Time spent learning about the procedures you are considering will pay great dividends in terms of your understanding and confidence. Americans are under a constant and unrelenting barrage by the printed and electronic media of Cosmetic Surgery claims and testimonials, some true, some utterly false. In such a climate it is nearly impossible for the public to discern the true from the half-true from the false. My goal is to fully understand the results you wish to obtain and to communicate to you what can be achieved through the latest plastic surgery techniques and procedures being performed today. Our consultations are free. Although we do charge a modest initial fee for consultations, if you choose to have Dr. Aldea perform your surgery, your consultation charge will be completely refunded by being deducted from your surgery fee.
The first consultation visit will generally take about 45-60 minutes. We want your consultation to be as informative and comfortable as possible. When preparing for your consultation, bring a list of questions you would like answered. In addition, it would be helpful for you to bring any old photographs of yourself as well as any photographs of anatomical features you like or dislike in others. While you are more than welcome to bring your spouse or significant other to participate in your consultation, we ask that you not bring small children to our office. Their presence is distracting and always interferes with the consultation resulting in your not getting as much out of your visit.
In our practice, we do not substitute videos, nurses or "patient care coordinators" in place of a face-to-face visit with the doctor. You will be seen personally by Dr. Aldea, in an unhurried private setting in which all of your questions will be carefully addressed. After listening carefully to your concerns and the changes you would like to see and conducting a thorough evaluation and examination, Dr. Aldea will discuss with you all the options available to you. Pre- and post photographs of other patients relevant to the procedure being planned may be shown. Then, together you may decide which cosmetic procedure or non-surgical option may best suit your particular goals. You will be given brochures and other written information to review.
Following your consultation with Dr. Aldea you will meet with our Office Manager. If a procedure is recommended, you will be given a fee estimate itemized to include the surgeon's fee, facility fee, and anesthesiologist's fee. However, at no time will you be pressured or feel under any obligation to have anything done. If you have a date in mind for your surgery, we will make every effort to accommodate your schedule. We know that once a patient leaves our office, there are always many questions that come to mind. You are welcome to return as many times as necessary, at no charge, until each of your concerns is addressed.
- Columbia College, New York - B.A.- Biology
- Columbia University Graduate School, New York - M.A.- Anatomy
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York - M.D.
- Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, California - Internship - Surgery
- Beth Israel Medical Center, New York - Residency - General Surgery
- Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
- New York University Medical Center - Plastic Surgery Research Fellow
- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina - Residency - Plastic Surgery
- Christine Kleinert Institute, Louisville, Kentucky - Hand Surgery Fellow
- Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan - Craniofacial Visiting Fellow
- American Board of Plastic Surgery 1997
- American Board of Surgery 1992
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
- Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- The Tennessee Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Memphis Medical Society
- St. Francis Hospital
- Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
- East Memphis Surgery Center