I love tech.
I’m a technologist – everyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows this. In fact, in Houston I love seeing new technologies implemented throughout all businesses. However, one sector that we have here where tech has just exploded is the medical sector.
Houston is known as having one of the most robust and advanced medical centers in all of the world; so it should be no surprise that we are on the bleeding edge of medical and bio tech.
However, it is not just heart surgeries and cancer treatments that are getting technology upgrades.
Elective surgeries such as Houston Mommy Makeovers, rhinoplasty, hair replacements, etc. are also getting a technological facelift (pun totally intended).
In fact, the technological improvements are not that unlike the improvements in lasik eye surgery. I can remember a time (not to long ago) where lasik eye surgery was actually a bit risky and you had to really weigh the pro’s and con’s. The doctor would manually cut your eye and if he was not precise enough or had, had 1 to many cups of coffee you could have terrible eye sight for the rest of your life.
But, look at eye surgery now! It’s laser guided, mapped to your specific eye, and is an out patient surgery that lasts all of 15 minutes. Quite amazing! And the doctors make a handsome profit off of it too.
Well, how does this relate to Houston plastic surgeons? You may have noticed around our fine city that medical spas or so called “Med Spa’s” are popping up all over the place. Many of these tout the ability to perform on the spot botox, smart lipo, and other types of smaller plastic surgeries.
10 years ago? None of that existed. Now, you can grab some groceries at your local HEB and when you’re finished get a botox injection. That…well I don’t know if that is progress…but it is definitely something.
Fast-forward a few years and much more major plastic surgeries such as Mommy Makeovers, Tummy Tucks, and other fairly invasive body reconstruction will be getting much quicker, much less painful, and much shorter recovery times.
This means a few things:
- Doctors will make much more money per patient
- Doctors will be able to treat (or perform plastic surgeries) on more patients in the same amount of time
- Patients will be happier
- More people will be willing to undergo the procedure
There will come a time with a Houston plastic surgeon will be able to consult with a patient about what type of mommy makeover they want, draw out a plan on the computer, put the patient on the operating table, have a computer laser and micro-scalpal do the cuts, stitch the patient back up, and send them home for a full recovery with minor pain in a week’s time. Mommy Makeover in Houston is going to change in a big, big way – now, the question is…is this a good thing? Drive in plastic surgery, should we have that option or should it be a much more serious decision that isn’t done after a quick grocery trip? What do you think?