January 24, 2012
Well it's been a while since I have written a blog.
Mostly it has been due to rapid growth and expansion of my practice - happy to say I am now entering my 5th year of my own practice and the hard work and and dedication have been well worth it. Unfortunately this left very little time for blogging.
I had many patients contact me and ask me to start again as they found the information here interesting and helpful to them. I also truly enjoy the blog and look forward to getting back at it. I am going to make a real effort to keep the topics timely, informative and interesting. I think there are plenty of excellent resources on line for information regarding procedures and will focus more on the day to day realities and experiences of being a facial plastic surgeon in NYC.
Looking forward to an exciting year ahead and thank you for taking the time to read my blog!
October 16, 2009
Two Year Anniversary!
Dr. Kamran Jafri
This October marks the two year anniversary of my private practice on Manhattan's Upper East side. I am so very proud of this milestone and the all of the hard work and dedication put forth by myself and my staff in developing and providing a surgical practice that has surpassed all of the expectations we had for ourselves.
The last year was obviously a challenging one for everyone as we were witness to economic uncertainty throughout the World. Overall though, as I had mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, this period of time allowed us to really focus in on providing quality care and rising up to compete in what increasingly became a challenging practice environment. I am happy to see that we met the challenge head on and were able to continue to provide superior care and service for all of our patients by adapting and evolving rather than compromising or looking for "quick fix" solutions. This was a time of weeding out the fat and focusing on excellent and proven procedures for our patients - and we succeeded!
I was especially pleased to see the growth we achieved with international patients. Through the power of the internet and an increasingly growing overseas patient base we saw patients visiting us from all over the World - a great accomplishment since they were specifically coming to see me and the services I provide. I am looking forward to continued growth in this area and am exploring opportunities to provide my services in clinics internationally - for the time being however I love practicing right where I am, after all NYC can rightly be considered the capital of the World as it is, so why go anywhere else!?
It was a wonderful year for my clinical research as well, as I presented my findings for the Custom-Lift as well as Intradermal Botox at various meetings and was so happy to see how well they were received by my board certified colleagues and patients. Looking very much forward to having another productive year on the clinical and academic front.
Most satisfying of all was to be able to continue achieving my vision of what the modern Facial Plastic Surgeon should be. I don't view myself as a business man or vain practitioner of cosmetic / aesthetic medicine. I see myself in the grand old tradition of being a Physician first who is lucky to practice the art and science of surgery. It is an honor and responsibility that I hold very dear and to do so with an ever growing Patient base that I consider my greatest asset which really makes everyday in the office a special gift.
There is a lot of work in the next year to do. Cosmetic Karma continues to grow and I am busy planning my next trip to India to perform charity surgery for the first time overseas. The Custom-Skin Care line has been a great success in the office and the time has come to engage in e-commerce so that the products can be more readily available to everyone. Looking forward to all of it!
Thanks goes again to all of you - my family, friends and loved ones who have supported me and believed in me throughout when I made the difficult and sometimes scary decision to pursue my professional dreams - good to see them coming true day by day.
The greatest thanks naturally goes to all of my Patients - without you there would be no dream and without you there would be no sense of satisfaction and gratification for being able to practice what I love so much everyday.
August 31, 2009
Dr. Kamran Jafri
The Arts of Pizza & Plastic Surgery in NYC
Anyone who has spent time in NYC learns rather quickly that one of the great joys of the city is the ridiculous variety of food that is available here. The quality is as good as it gets and often times you can find a meal here that is equal in taste to what you would find in the country of it's origin.
It seems that every few months a certain food item will become a "trend" and chefs / bakers / cooks across the city will present their interpretations of that food item to a very grateful public. Last year it was hamburgers, and places as diverse as Shake Shack, Corner Bistro, 5 Guys and Minetta Tavern all brought forth and perfected their versions of the classic American Burger. This past summer the craze was all about pizza - neapolitan, sicilian, coal fired ovens, gas ovens, san marzano tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, fluffy chewy crusts, etc. were all part of the picture.
I certainly enjoyed more than a pie or two and aside from some very delicious pizza, I really came to appreciate the passion, artistry, dedication and pursuit of perfection that all the pizzaiolis were going for. While certain philosophical differences existed from one establishment to another, the basic ideas of hard work, building on existing traditions and constantly striving to ascertain what one can do to produce a better product for their consumers were present from Brooklyn to Manhattan. You could taste it all in the food as the passion was transmitted from the heart to the flour to the oven to my plate.
It may sound strange on the surface, but all this artistry at work reminded me very much of what I do every day. The same passion that goes into crafting an award winning pizza goes into meeting Patients and examining their anatomy and hearing from them what their goals are. This is like seeing what I have to "work with" and what "ingredients" will be at my disposal. I use all the years of hard training and clinical experience I have at my disposal on every Patient, all the while keeping flexible and cognizant of new techniques and creative approaches to each and every situation. Often times I feel like my clinic is my studio, where every day presents unique and exciting challenges and opportunities to indulge my passion for my work. Much like the stringently independent pizza makers who eschew cookie cutter or corporate chain pizzas in favor of hand crafted pies using the freshest ingredients, I view my practice as being a boutique where every Patient is recognized for their unique needs and goals. While every medical practice and pizza shop is indeed a business, you can clearly delineate those that are dedicated to their craft versus those that just want to churn out the numbers.
So hats off to all the pizzaiolis and chefs pursuing their passion and not losing track of how important it is to remaining dedicated and devoted to their work. I am certainly looking forward to more great things to come from them!
Hungry now? Here are links to some great places: