I’m George Weston, and This Is My Way

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Dr. Weston is the senior partner at Austin-Weston, with over 32 years of experience exclusively performing cosmetic surgery since founding his practice in 1987.

 

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

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

I grew up in a small town in rural Alabama –  high school quarterback, captain of the golf team, a hunter with my father. College at the University of Alabama, medical school in Mobile, AL., Plastic Surgery training at Wake Forrest University Medical Center in North Carolina, two fellowships later at UAB Medical Center and Charlotte Plastic Surgery, I was ready to enter practice at age 33. I was fascinated by the cosmetic part of plastic surgery, so it was easy to choose it as a career path. ( And I’m still intrigued with cosmetic surgery after 30 years! ) I joined Dr. Austin in 1987, and we now have possibly the most extensive practice of exclusively cosmetic surgery on the East Coast.

Take us through typical day.

The alarm goes off at 5:45, I walk and feed the dog, shower, eat a bowl of raisin nut bran for breakfast and scan the Washington Post. I arrive at the office around 7:15-7:30 am to mark patients for surgery that begins at 8 am. The rest of the day is spent in consultations with new patients and post-operative appointments to check in with patients I’ve already performed surgery on. And of course, laughing and enjoying the staff and patients. We do excellent cosmetic surgery, but we also insist on having fun.

What apps, gadgets, or tools do

I have to have my super bright surgical headlight, my supercut scissors ( Christmas present from Dr. Knotts), Sirius Satellite Radio, and of course my cell phone in case Honey Bunny calls me.

What’s your office setup like?

4 plastic surgeons, 35 or so employees, 2 separate lobbies (one for pre-operative patients and one for post-operative patients ), 5 consultation rooms, 6 exam rooms, 5 operating suites, a centralized nursing station, and an overnight suite for patients that require more support after their surgery. Most cosmetic surgeons don’t have the luxury of owning their facilities, so they have to utilize hospitals and their staff to operate. We are unique in that our entire facility was designed by one of our very own, Dr. Poindexter and was built for our specific practice. Combine this with a full-time dedicated medical staff, and you end up with a truly exceptional cosmetic surgery practice capable of delivering the best possible surgical result and most importantly, do it safely and consistently.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut?

We have self-managing staff who are superb at what they do. They manage the practice and the surgeons, not the other way around. That saves a lot of time. It’s great.

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

It’s all a team effort. The surgeons are the quarterbacks, but the team makes it work. You would be amazed at how much work it takes to get from the patient’s initial phone call to surgery.

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

The reminder app on my phone and the old fashioned 3×5 note card is still my favorite – ( I’m an old guy! )

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

Crawling out of bed at 5:45 am. Forty years of doing it doesn’t make it any easier.

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

Play golf (it’s brainless), read the news and hang with my family.

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

“How to Listen to Your Kids So They Will Talk to You.” Great book. I need all the parenting skills I can get!

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

“You can win this argument if you insist, but if you do, you lose” from Honey Bunny.  Marriage encapsulated into one sentence.

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

Cosmetic surgery is about getting the attention off of your appearance. Interesting that we have to put so much emphasis on our appearance to get our attention off of our appearance.

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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]