Doctor Usha Rajagopal on Plastic Surgery, Confidence, and Philanthropy Adrian Rubin May 1, 2018 Health & Fitness 213 3 minute readDr. Usha Rajagopal is a board-certified plastic surgeon in the San Francisco area. Together with her expert staff, the renowned Dr. Rajagopal performs cosmetic procedures on women and men, enriching patients’ lives and fostering their self-esteem. She is a specialist in breast reductions, breast augmentations, and female plastic surgery. Board certified and in practice for over 20 years, Dr. Usha Rajagopal is an authority in her field. She is the Medical Director and owner of the San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, located in Union Square in San Francisco. Dr. Usha Rajagopal stays current in her field and continually incorporates new practices into her work. She combines new techniques and procedures with many years of success in the field. She works with each patient individually to create a treatment plan that brings the patients’ dreams to life. Dr. Rajagopal is committed to helping women, in particular, empower themselves and increase their confidence through plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Rajagopal both received her undergraduate degree and attended medical school at the University of Texas at Dallas. She went on to complete residences and internships at prominent hospitals around the country. Before opening her practice, she completed a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rajagopal’s commitment to philanthropy helps to set her apart from other professionals in her field. She has instituted a grant program for deserving charities and individuals. Dr. Rajagopal’s professional skills, personal commitment to her patients, and dedication to bettering their lives make her a vital part of the plastic surgery community. How were you inspired to become a plastic surgeon? When I was in medical school, I became aware of the amazing ways plastic surgery could benefit a patient’s life. People may have the impression that plastic surgery is an expression of vanity, but plastic surgeons can also benefit a patient’s overall quality of life. When a patient is satisfied with his or her appearance, he or she is happier and more fulfilled. When I was a medical student, I had only begun to discover the benefits of plastic surgery. I am glad I chose the specialty I did. When a patient comes into your office, how does a consultation proceed? My practice, San Francisco Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, sees patients of all ages and backgrounds. I meet with each patient individually for a consultation. My patients have diverse needs and desires. Together, we design the look and feel that best fits their expectations. My practice uses advanced visualization techniques including the Vectra 3D system to enable patients to see the results of their possible procedures before any work has been done. Please tell us about some of your most popular procedures and treatments. My practice covers all areas of facial, body, and breast plastic surgery. I am well-known for my experience in breast reduction and augmentation. I also specialize in gynecomastia surgery or the removal of excess breast tissue in male patients. I have become an expert in female plastic surgery, including labiaplasty. I have a strong interest in rhinoplasty. My office provides the latest treatment in laser rejuvenation and injectables. Please explain breast reduction surgery and tell us why patients may benefit from this procedure. Many patients feel uncomfortable with their breasts and wish to change them. Breast reduction surgery can greatly benefit women who experience back pain due to their heavy breasts. It is also indicated for men with gynecomastia. Breast reduction surgery involves removing excess skin, breast tissue, and fat. The breast is then reshaped, and the nipple repositioned. Patients may need to take a week off from work or school to recover from the surgery. What advice would you give someone who wants plastic surgery or a cosmetic procedure? First, be sure you have the expertise of a board-certified doctor. Too many other types of professionals are offering treatment with injectables these days, from dentists to primary care doctors. It’s much safer and wiser to go with a plastic surgeon. For a patient who desires breast or body surgery like liposuction, I would first advise that a patient is at a healthy weight. This is crucial because if you don’t wait until you are at an optimal weight, you may have problems with skin stretching afterward. A psychological consultation might also be worthwhile to make sure that the patient does not have body dysmorphia. Examine the reasons why you are interested in plastic surgery. Are you doing it to please yourself, or to measure up to society’s difficult beauty standards? If you are coming from a place of self-love and making changes for your own sake rather than to conform to an impossible ideal, you will be happier and more satisfied with your results.