Music City Plastic Surgery - April 2020


APRIL 2020



Between Easter and Plan Your Own Epitaph Day on April 6, this is a good time of year to think about the legacy you want to leave when you’re gone. For me, the Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying” pretty much sums it up. We only get one shot, and we have to live our lives with the end in mind. I don’t want to wait until my last day to say, “I wish I had operated on more people and left more of an impact,” or “I wish I told my wife I loved her more and been a more patient father.” Integrity is central to the legacy I want to leave. Whether I’m dealing with a belligerent 5-year-old at home or a patient who’s asleep on the table at work, I always try to treat that person with respect. I try to live with integrity in everything I do. No matter who I’m dealing with, I try to be unpretentious and treat them respectfully. My wife is the same way — she doesn’t put on airs no matter whom she’s talking to. That’s something I’ve always loved about her. Every now and then, I get into surgeon mode with my kids. I start acting like I’m in the operating room and I have total control. If I’m not careful, I fall into the trap of wanting perfection from them. It’s easy to feel like they’re a product of me and so they reflect on me. It’s easy to want to have control over them, but in reality, they’re their own people. They’re going to go in their own direction and make their own mistakes. The best I can do is to show them, with my own life, what it means to live with integrity.

me. But the truth is we’re not made to be perfect, and we don’t need to pretend like we are. We all make mistakes and go through struggles, and we don’t always get that perfect result the first time. With my patients and with my kids, it’s about making a commitment to walk through the journey with them. It’s about saying that if you don’t get a perfect result the first time, I am going to be right here with you walking every step of the way until we get where we want to be. At Music City Plastic Surgery, my goal has always been to build a practice that my sister or my mother could come to and feel

heard and respected. When I’m dealing with my patients pre- and post-operatively, I treat them like I’d treat my own family. For me, that’s part of living with integrity. And when I’m gone and it’s up to my kids to carry on my legacy, I hope they do it with the understanding that it’s not about perfection; it’s about persistence, effort, and, above all, integrity.

–Dr. Mike

As a surgeon, I want to have perfection. My patients can rightly expect that from

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