As I watch my hair turn gray, I have become more reflective. I enjoy the time I get to spend with my Mom more so than ever before and appreciate her influence on me. When I was in my late teens, I was deciding whether to be a chef or a physician. My typical Jewish mother quickly cut to the chase: “You can be a surgeon who cooks, but you can’t be a chef who operates.” Well, it was settled; I would strive to become a surgeon. When the time came for me to choose a specialty, my mother was less vocal but nonetheless just as influential. My mother was and is a beautiful woman and has always enjoyed the social advantages that beauty bestows. Having said that, I gained an appreciation for beauty through both my parents. My Dad was in the woman’s fashion industry and was an accomplished artist and my mother always created an aesthetically pleasing home. The creation of beauty was subliminal but pervasive. As I matured as a surgeon, I realized that I too had a great artistic sense and a natural aesthetic eye. I feel extremely fortunate to have chosen a field that allows me to be creative and help others look and feel their best. It is a true blessing to have so many people entrust their face to me and I work hard every day to earn that trust. Thank you all and to those mothers out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS