Three African-American surgeons want America to see their skills are just as superior as other doctors of different ethnicity. The new Lifetime reality show Atlanta Plastic follows three cosmetic Georgia doctors and is directly related to race and the stereotypical, socio-economic careers often associated with African-American men.
“A lot of my friends dreamed of going into the NBA or NFL. I dreamed of becoming a surgeon,” says Dr. Wright A. Jones, who appears on the show alongside Dr. Aisha McKnight-Baron and Dr. Marcus Crawford. “By doing this show, I felt that I could inspire people from disadvantaged backgrounds and show there are other paths to success beyond entertaining, running and jumping or selling drugs,” says Jones
Being the hand that controls blade while his patients are under the knife comes, Jones understands it comes with great responsibility, and according to the 38-year-old, who has been performing surgery for five years, he decided to take on the challenge after his cousin was burned badly when they were children. Facing the tragedy with his family gave Jones the idea that surgery “was a cool job.”
Speaking of how cosmetic surgery “has almost become something cool to do,” Jones says business is booming in the Atlanta area. To compliment the cosmetic surgeon’s theory, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics prove the same, estimating the number of cosmetic procedures performed on all ethnicities has increased from 35% (caucasians) to a whopping 125% (Asian-Americans).
“I don’t believe that African-American surgeons are better at operating on ethnic patients,” says Jones. “My thought is that your knowledge, experience and compassion are what makes you a great plastic surgeon — not the color of your skin.”
With a concentration on body contouring, breast surgery and facial rejuvenation, African-American surgeon Dr. Wendy-Ann Olivier is was featured in New York Magazine’s 2003 list of New York’s best doctors. The Trinidadian-born surgeon said “I didn’t want to be a typical plastic surgeon who sets up an office on Park Avenue and that’s it.”
Ensuring socio-economic status or stereotype is not an issue, Olivier has both a downtown Brooklyn office and a Park Avenue suite, proving she can sculpt anyone anywhere in the city. As for advocacy, Olivier is making the needed difference by beginning “The New Face of Breast Cancer,” the first support group for women under 40-years-old suffering from the disease.
It’s surgeons like Jones and Olivier that prove neither race nor gender makes a difference when it comes to skilled surgeons, with both being two of the best on the East Coast and one even appearing on a reality show.
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