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Knoxville Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery

For You, For All

By Jason J. Hall, MD, FACS

Every once in a while, usually in the quiet of the early morning hours when I’m the only person in the house that is awake, I get a chance to reflect on what it is that I do every day. Those moments, sitting in the stillness (in front of the fireplace… sometimes with the AC on), it dawns on me the magnitude of what I have the privilege to do as a career.

Sure… you probably watch “Botched’ (as I do occasionally – it’s hysterical) and think that my job as a plastic surgeon is nothing more than a never-ending parade of Michael Jackson wannabes, Human Ken dolls, and Kardashian acolytes. If you were a fly on the wall, though, you’d see the truth. You’d see the mother of three who wants her body back because she doesn’t feel like herself anymore after having children. You’d see the 20-something who feels insecure about a nose that is crooked or much too large for her face. You’d see the 50-something who feels like he’s 70 and wants his face and neck rejuvenated. And you’d see the scared parents of a child that was born with a birth defect, needing her skull completely reconstructed. And that is all on a random Tuesday in September.

The question that I asked myself when I began a career in plastic surgery is, “What is the common thread between each of these patients?” Not the procedures, certainly. Plastic surgery is the last true “general” surgery discipline left. We operate from the head to the feet and on most body parts in between. What these patients have in common is that I am able to help improve the quality of each one of their lives. The mother of three will now go out with her husband and friends feeling more confident in the way she looks. The rhinoplasty patient will no longer feel insecure about her nose. And the child will not grow up feeling as though she is different from her peers. Seeing a patient through a physical transformation that improves their psychological well-being, as well as their overall level of confidence, is truly powerful. In many ways, this mirrors what happens when we give back to others. The emotional and psychological boost we feel is worth much more than what we give away, whether it is our time, our money, or our service.

Plastic surgery, at its core, is about improving the quality of life for each and every patient we come in contact with. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the field of mission surgery.

In the developing world, being born with a cleft lip introduces a whole host of problems that don’t exist here in the US. The child and their family are socially ostracized. Also, children born with a cleft palate are at high risk to starve to death – without help feeding early on, many of these children are unable to get enough nutrition to grow.

Without intervention of a host of medical mission organizations, most of these children would never have the chance to live a full life, if they made it to adulthood at all.

From day one, my practice has been dedicated to helping fill the need for charity in our community and across the planet, both by example and by inspiring others to give back themselves. For our employees, we provide extra paid time off to participate in mission work of their choosing, as well as a small stipend to offset the cost of travel. For our patients, we created the “For You, For All” program. This program allows you to participate in global medical missions and help children who would otherwise go without the surgical treatment they need. Participation in the program is easy – by choosing to come to our practice, you automatically help without even knowing it. For every dollar you spend – on Botox, filler, skincare, lasers, and even surgery — a portion of that is donated to mission organizations that provide surgical treatment to children in developing countries.

Whether it is donating to your favorite local charity, volunteering your time at church, or traveling across the planet to help folks you’ve never met, please get involved. Let’s all strive to leave the world a little better than we found it. Together, we can truly make a difference.

Knoxville Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery
9239 Park West Boulevard, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.210.8929
www.jhallmd.com

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