When it comes to plastic surgery, Chauncy Petro, patient coordinator at Atagi Plastic Surgery & Skin Aesthetics, has seen it all! We sat down with Chauncy to get the inside scoop on why people get cosmetic surgery, expert treatment tips, feeling nervous before treatments, and so much more.
Q: What’s your favorite part about your job?
Chauncy: That’s a hard question! My job is extremely rewarding. I am the first person the patients sit down with to share their life story. I connect with patients on so many different levels. Some even get emotional that “now” is finally their time. When they do decide to take that step, I’m right there with them. Nothing beats the power of seeing a patient satisfied after surgery. It’s life-changing, to say the least!
Q: As a patient coordinator, you spend a lot of time with patients, helping them understand every detail of their cosmetic surgery journey. What are some of the main reasons patients seek surgery?
Chauncy: Many of our patients have considered surgery for several years, and come from all walks of life. Our patients range from 18-80 [years old]. Each and every one of our patients have made the decision to invest in themselves.
People no longer want to wait for the best version of themselves – especially in the digital age we live in. We see the empty nesters who finally can put themselves first. We also see the new moms who want to get back that confidence and body they once had. It all comes down to a personal preference and showcasing how they feel and matching it with how they want to look. Don’t let me forget about our men. We have seen a huge increase in our [number of] male patients over the years. I feel like plastic surgery is no longer taboo. Most patients even talk about their procedures openly. It’s truly a beautiful thing when a person can transform into what they always saw themselves to be.
Q: RealSelf’s list of Most Worth It treatments for 2020 just came out, and all kinds of surgeries made the list, from breast augmentation to arm lifts and liposuction and so much more! Why do you think plastic surgery is considered a Most Worth It treatment for so many people?
Chauncy: The satisfaction our patients get after surgery is euphoric. This is by far the best part of my job. To visit with patients after, and talk about how life-changing it was for them is everything. I have yet to visit with a patient and have them tell me they regret going through surgery. The most common comment I receive is “Why did I wait so long?” How they live their life and the confidence they display is truly worth it. It’s so much more rewarding investing in yourself and your future happiness.
Q: What advice can you give for the person who is interested in surgery but still nervous about seeking treatment?
Chauncy: This is very common. I always tell patients to research their surgeon ahead of time to ensure they are board certified. Look at online reviews and before-and-after photos. The best advice I can give is just to have a consultation. Knowledge is power and the more information a patient has, the better equipped they are to make an informed decision. Don’t get me wrong — I KNOW Dr. Atagi is the best surgeon for you, but I want you to know that as well! I know I’m a little biased, but once you come meet her, you will get what I’m talking about.
Q: Now that we know some cool details about your professional life, what’s your favorite pastime when you’re not at work?
Chauncy: I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska so any chance we get we like to travel back. My husband and I enjoy taking our kids to Lake McConaughy as much as possible during the summer months. I grew up on Lake Mac so it’s a lot of memories I now get to share with my own kids. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Q: If you’re interested in plastic surgery, what is the best way to get started?
Chauncy: The best way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our office. You will meet with me first and then with Dr. Atagi. This consultation is about an hour and a half. Our consultations are pressure-free and only about giving information and getting to know each other. After meeting with Dr. Atagi, we sit down together to review costs and any other questions patients may have.