Cosmetic surgeon Suzanne Yee shares with us a frantic day in her clinic — the Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center — and that’s before starting her rehearsals for this year’s Dancing with Our Stars.
My surgery days are Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Those days are my longest and most critical days of the week. I try not to hit the snooze button, get out of bed and go straight to turn on my coffee machine, splash some water on my face and put my contacts in. After showering I at least try and put on some eye makeup, all the while I think about my surgery cases and how I will stay time efficient throughout the day. Loading my car is usually a task — I am a pack rat and typically have three bags that I take back and forth to the office.
When I arrive to the office I attempt to load all my bags onto my little arms just to avoid more than one trip back and forth to my car. After dropping off my bags, I turn on my computer and start some relaxing music. I always check my schedule to see if it has changed since the last time I looked at it. Surgeries usually do not change, but the end of my day varies.
Our first nurse arrives. We review and discuss our surgery cases scheduled for the day. We spend a lot of time discussing cases a few weeks in advance up to two days and the day before surgeries. I like to always make sure we are fully prepared and prepped.
Our first surgery patient arrives. My nurse brings in the patient and starts pre-op paperwork and prep. If more photos are needed we will take photos at that time. Afterwards, I will see our patient and talk about the procedure, then continue to mark our patient or fix hair in a proper manner depending on which procedure is scheduled. If we are doing any body work, it is crucial to make sure our patient fits the body garment. I could be doing a facelift, endoscopic brow-lift, eyelift, liposuction under the chin, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, laser resurfacing or other surgeries and maybe even some local anesthetic procedures depending on what is scheduled. While nurses are prepping or recovering our patients, I finish up on some paperwork and charting then try to answer emails in between if possible.
By this time I will have typically done 1-5 surgery cases depending what has been scheduled. Between cases I will do my operative report, see any patients that are scheduled between, answer any questions, see a laser patient or post-op patient. I rarely eat lunch on surgery days. I prefer belVita cookies or fat-free popcorn but will always drink water to stay hydrated and occasionally drink a diet mountain dew or diet coke.
If my surgery day permits I will do some injections like Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Voluma, Resylane or Sculptra as well as a few consults depending on time left in the day. Occasionally I can be in surgery till 7 p.m.
After my daily meeting with my office manager and staff, I start on my EMR charts and look through all the charts that have been logged for the day and call back phone messages. This could take 1-1.5 hours.
Quality family time; I eat dinner and visit with my daughters and husband to catch up on the day! We watch World News Tonight that we DVR to find out what we have missed while both of us have worked long hours!
Go over superbills (what we use for our patients) and then take some time to look over the next day’s cases and photos. If I have surgery, I like to have a game plan. If it is a consult day (Tuesdays and Fridays) I like to preview them before going to bed. If I am still awake I enjoy catching up on a few chapters of my current book.
By this time, I am more than ready to wash my face and get ready for bed. I may watch a little TV with my husband and answer emails in bed. If I get really caught up in my emails I will be up till midnight and not realize how late it is. Sometimes I feel like I fall asleep writing emails that may be misspelled or don’t make sense!
What about a professional dancer? Ha ha! I was a pharmacist before I went to medical school so I would have been a pharmacist. I can’t really see myself in anything other than a medical field!