I’m A Plastic Surgeon, and This Is My Way

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Dr. Christopher Knotts is a board-certified plastic surgeon, fellowship-trained in aesthetic surgery, and specializes purely in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body.

 

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Contact Information: www.austin-weston.com
Current Job/Company: Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery
One word that best describes your work pace: Contrived

Tell us a little about your background and how you got here.

I’m a native New Mexican who grew up in a small town with teachers for parents. I did well in school and received an academic scholarship where I graduated in journalism. After a stent as a journalist during a college internship, I changed my focus to medicine with hopes I would find something in the medical field that interested me. Ultimately that thing turned out to be plastic surgery, and during residency I felt most challenged and rewarded by working with patients interested in cosmetic surgery. A fellowship and national job search later, I ended up in Reston, VA with a prestigious group of surgeons who focus only on aesthetic surgery. It’s a great match.

Take us through typical day. 

Living in DC and working in VA, my typical day involves a commute, followed by starting to see patients around 7:30. I operate everyday at our on-site surgery center and between cases will see follow up patients, new consults, and do some Botox and fillers. I try to sign off by 4:30 most days and get in a mountain bike ride or something active.

What apps, gadgets, or tools do you rely on everyday?

No idea how I got around before Google Maps. Despite having plenty of weather apps, I am frequently surprised by rain.

What’s your office setup like? 

Private practice plastic surgery. It’s a very smooth and efficient life centered around patient care and efficiency. I do surgery, see consults, postops and injectable patients all in the same building. All the staff are hand-picked and really want to be there. I don’t think I could go back to operating at a hospital again.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut? 

I review patient charts the day before they come into the office so when they get here, it can be a smooth process not spent looking at medical records.

Who are the people who help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?

There are 40 staff in our surgery center. We couldn’t get things done without every single one of them.

How do you keep track of your to-do lists?

Google docs and Apple notes.

What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal?

I hate opening mail. So I have every bill on autopay and basically just don’t’ open much mail.

Do you take Posh timeouts? What do you do when you want to forget about work?

Get under water somewhere with a speargun.

What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?

My best friend wrote a novel “Black and White” so of course I had to read that and support him.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Find a way to say yes.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans? 

People love my worst job. I used to pump out port-a-pottys. Things have come a long way.

 

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My Way series asks entrepreneurs, experts, and influencers  to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Email [email protected]