Plastic Surgery FAQs
Dr. Eric Mariotti often hears many of the same questions from the women and men who visit him for plastic surgery from Walnut Creek, CA and other East Bay communities. He has provided answers to the following frequently asked questions to help you get the information you need quickly.
What is your philosophy on aesthetic enhancement and its purpose?
People often assume that patients who visit me for plastic surgery are doing it to look better for other people. However, the majority of my patients tell me that they are doing it for themselves. Although they may have good self esteem to begin with, there may be an area that has always bothered them. When they have this area improved, they often tell me that even such a small change made a big difference and allowed them to feel much more confident about who they are and how they look.
What would you say to a woman who is worried she is being too vain?
Vanity is relative. For most people who visit us from communities around Walnut Creek, cosmetic surgery is about self esteem and self confidence. If there is an area that you can improve with cosmetic surgery that will make you feel happier, then go for it.
How do help patients who may be self-conscious about meeting with you?
Occasionally I have a patient who is very nervous about the examination. We might be looking at a body area that bothers them that they have never let anyone else see for years, sometimes not even their spouse. And that can be very intimidating. When I sense that a patient is self-conscious or nervous, I tell them that it is my job to make them feel very comfortable by the end of the consultation. In fact, I have made a bet with many patients that, if they don't feel completely comfortable by the time we are done, I will give them $5. I have never lost a bet.
Dr. Mariotti offers much more than beautiful results - he'll ensure that you feel relaxed and cared for. Discover why people from around Walnut Creek trust him for their plastic surgery.
How has the plastic surgery industry changed?
There have been two big changes in the plastic surgery industry over the last decade. The first is the explosion of non-surgical treatments for aging such as Restalyne®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel and BOTOX® Cosmetic for women and men. The other change is the influx of doctors trained in other specialties such as otolaryngology, dermatology, opthamology, gynecology, and even internal medicine that are performing procedures traditionally performed by plastic and reconstructive surgeons. It is very important to understand that a cosmetic surgeon is very different from a plastic surgeon.
How do you stay on the cutting edge?
To stay on the cutting edge means making a commitment to daily, yearly, and lifelong learning and consistent self critique. I am always evaluating my results to find ways to improve, even though my patients are thrilled with their results. Staying on the cutting edge, however, does not mean automatically performing the latest technique hyped in the media. My staff knows to tell people calling my office regarding a surgery they read about in Vogue that I do not adopt a technique until the safety and efficacy has been proven. Being the first and being the best are two very different things.