June 8, 2009
Nipped & Tucked
Boom time cosmetic surgeons doctoring again
Featuring John Sherman, MD, FACS(212) 535-2300
One of the curious aspects of the health-care crisis that accelerated in the past decade was the number of city specialists in reconstructive surgery, dermatology, and dentistry who simply stopped trying to treat illness. Some doctors actually miss doctoring. “Ninety percent of my income was cosmetic; it was more lucrative,” says Dr. John E. Sherman. With aesthetic surgery off, trauma has become a bigger part of his practice. “This town can no longer support 350 board-certified plastic surgeons doing only cosmetic work, not to mention all the specialties like dermatology and ENT that turned to cosmetics. The emphasis over the last decade was to forget where we started, but now the switch is on. One day the faucet is turned off, and you can say, ‘Thank God I can still do something that is rewarding.’“.