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Dr. John Anastasatos to TNH: Plastic Surgery Is My Calling in Life

John Anastasatos ‘shapes’ the appearance of others, making for a better fit in their personal and social environments. He himself – and thus his contributions to society – was shaped by his parents’ value systems, which were focused on family, service, dedication, and commitment. This set of values has been passed on to John, but his father is no longer able to offer additional guidance, which most of us look forward to deep into our lives. He lost his father to cancer in 2008.

He observed how his doctors treated him. Some were good, some were bad, some were unacceptable. He tells us that empathy is not a quality that can be effectively taught and instilled by any medical school, and not all doctors have it. Empathy goes beyond professional ability and requires the capacity to care genuinely. That is a personality trait, not a professional trait.

He feels very in touch with his Hellenic roots, and this is a major reason why he chose to create a practice in Athens, Greece, where his sister, an economist, lives in Athens with her family.

John Anastasatos’ powerful blend of ability and empathy has naturally led to awards: Ranipedia ‘Top 1% of plastic surgeons in the US in 2021’;

Castle Connolly ‘Top  Doctors’; America’s Most Honored; Southern California Super Doctors; Los Angeles Magazine ‘Top Doctors’; U.S. Congress Award for his work in plastic surgery and philanthropy; “Who is Who International Awards” 2022 as the ‘Most eminent plastic surgeon’. More rewarding than the awards, however, is the appreciation of his patients.

The National Herald: In 2022, you decided to spend more time in Greece. What does your practice in Greece offer?

John Anastasatos: In Beverly Hills, I developed and perfected the percutaneous or ‘scarless’ facelift and brought it to Athens and the rest of the world.

My Athens practice provides all the services I have offered my patients in Beverly Hills for the past 17 years. I have brought from Beverly Hills to Athens all the advanced equipment and technology I need for my work, and I offer the full spectrum of services for the face, breasts, and body. Some of the most notable and popular operations include but are not limited to: face lifts, brow lifts, eyelid lifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty, lip lifts, breast augmentation, breast lifts, abdominoplasty, body contouring, and liposuction. I also offer the latest facial injectable treatments and therapies for lip augmentation, cheek augmentation, botox, laugh line treatment, and face volume restoration.

When I tell my patients in Greece that they will have minimal or no pain after surgery and minimal swelling, they are pretty hesitant to believe me. In contrast, when I tell my U.S. patients that they will have minimal to no pain after surgery, they believe me because they are aware that the standard of care in Beverly Hills is very high.

Most of my patients go home the same day regardless of the type of procedure.

TNH: You were recently named as one of the Top 10 plastic surgeons in the world. What responsibilities does this entail?

JA: I am honored and humbled by this award and distinction. I learned about it from patients of mine who called to congratulate me.

I started going to operating rooms and assisting various surgeons of different specialties since I was 15 years old. Since then, I have dedicated my whole life to pursuing excellence in plastic surgery and becoming the best plastic surgeon I can be. It is not merely my occupation but my calling in life.

In addition to the scientific aspect of it, I have approached my work in plastic surgery as a higher purpose, which I practice with dignity, humanity, and respect.

My responsibilities are clear and straightforward, therefore. They consist of maintaining the established path of excellence, never stopping learning and growing, humility, and serving others.

TNH: The majority of your patients come from abroad. What do you offer that cannot be found in their countries?

JA: In the last two years, my international patients came to Athens from the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Spain, Great Britain, Switzerland, Monaco, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Romania for the specific and exclusive purpose to have their plastic surgery procedures done by me.

Patients who seek plastic surgery operations can be pretty savvy, especially those who have the financial ability to travel anywhere to get the best quality of work. They can indeed find good plastic surgeons in their respective countries. Many do extensive research before they select a specific plastic surgeon.

Finding a trusted medical professional in any field is invaluable. These patients, therefore, do not mind traveling to another country or continent to receive the best care possible.

TNH: Which are the most popular surgeries in your Beverly Hills office?

JA: I am known for the percutaneous facelift, for which I developed my method under local anesthesia. This unique facelift is performed without the classic extensive scars in front and around the ears, which concern many people. To have a facelift without visible scars is appealing to many patients, especially younger ones, when they begin to see the bothersome signs of aging on the face.

The endoscopic browlift and forehead lift, as well as endoscopic face surgery, are also prevalent procedures in my practice because they can be done through very small incisions.

Regarding the rest of the body, I am also known for very natural-looking breast augmentations, body contouring transformations, and a procedure called the modern abdominoplasty. This type of abdominoplasty accomplishes the goals of abdominal and flank rejuvenation but with a painless, easy, and fast recovery.

TNH: Did you expect this level of success with your high-end clients?

JA: High-end patients have multiple options for their plastic surgery needs. They can fly anywhere to get what they want. So, when they chose me, I felt honored and humbled. Moreover, I feel grateful and privileged for all my patients who chose me and entrust me with their vision for themselves and put their lives and future in my hands.

The pursuit of excellence must never stop because it was this attitude and approach that brought about success in the first place. There is always another ceiling to be reached.

TNH: You are putting Greece on the world map for plastic surgery. What is your ultimate goal?

JA: My ultimate goal is to amplify what I have started. I aspire that more people from more parts of the world will be flying to Athens to get cosmetic plastic surgery procedures with me.

TNH: Is there anything you can do to help Greece?

JA: I help Greece by my example. Moreover, I help Greece by assisting fellow patients, adults, and children who are underserved and need major reconstructive operations. I have donated life-changing procedures in the past. I also volunteered my services years ago when many people got burned and injured in the horrific fires at Mati.

In Los Angeles, I have helped victims of violent crime for many years get past a tragic phase of their lives. I hope to be able to help patients with various needs in Athens as well.

TNH: You are helping promote medical tourism in Greece. What else can be done about it?

JA: I have set a paradigm, but much more can be done. It is in the national interest of Greece to implement programs that support and promote the worthwhile endeavor of medical tourism. Think of medical tourism as a form of medical and intellectual diplomacy and pride. It is one thing when tourists come to Greece to vacation and another when patients come to Greece for serious operations. It is something that would seriously boost the country’s credibility abroad.

TNH: What principles do you live for?

JA: Be genuine, eager, hardworking, excellent, humble, kind – and serve others with empathy. And definitely, as a doctor, provide stellar medical care.

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