Dr. Ramon Robles
In this video, Dr. Ramon Robles discusses why he became interested in plastic surgery. During his schooling and residency, he rotated through several specialties. His greatest joy is to see how an outward transformation creates an inward change as well.View transcript
I think what got me into plastic surgery was, as a fourth-year medical student, I rotated with a plastic surgeon when I was doing my fourth-year internship year. And he was a plastic surgeon that did a lot of Down's syndrome kids. And he used to do some facial plastic surgery, if you will, to try to change the look of a Down's syndrome baby so they wouldn't be stereotyped. And, you know, I just thought, wow, this is, you know, really something pretty cool that he's doing. And so that started, you know, piquing my interest. Then, when I started in my general surgery residency, you know, you rotate through all the specialties, and I started kind of seeing how plastic surgeons did burn reconstruction patients. And then that really kind of solidified that I want to be a plastic surgeon. I actually really wanted to kind of do secondary burn reconstruction patients. And so that's, you know, what started me on the path of plastic surgery. Well, the biggest satisfaction I get is how a patient transforms, and I'm not talking the physical transformation. I'm talking the mental transformation of a patient. They come in my office, they're not as sure as, you know, maybe they could be. And then I do something to them, you know, and they just transform. They come in, you know, beaming with confidence. And so that's a big satisfaction to me. And so when they say, well, this is just some . . . it's vanity, I disagree. It's not. It really does transform patients into a different state of mind.