Dr. Rukmini Rednam is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Houston, Texas. Her scope of practice consists of everything from top surgery, general body contouring, post-massive weight-loss body contouring, mommy makeovers, and more!
As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Rednam understands the importance of curves and femininity. More importantly, she can relate to the challenges that most women face, such as the constant feeling of being judged. “My biggest goal is to build relationships with my patients. It helps reduce insecurity. I understand the feeling that everyone is judging you, even if they aren’t. I think as women, we all have that tendency. I get it, I totally get it.”
“Another thing women tend to struggle with (more so than men), is picking the right plastic surgeon.” Dr. Rednam says this “goes hand-in-hand with our insecurities. The doctors we choose will most likely play a role in how we feel after the surgery, so it’s essential to build rapport before making a decision.”
Many women may feel uncomfortable talking about their bodies to a male doctor, which is understandable. They may feel that a woman doctor will understand them clearer, and better fulfill their needs. While this isn’t always the case, it does make sense. That’s why Dr. Rednam says it’s important to weigh your options first. You never know, some women may prefer a male doctor—or vice versa.
One thing the Houston surgeon loves about her job is the social aspect. As someone who enjoys talking to people, genuine conversation with patients helps her get a personalized understanding of their needs. These discussions allow Dr. Rednam to learn more about her patients, and give them a chance to learn things about her—like the fact that she’s a wife and mother of two!
Of course, Dr. Rednam resonates with all of her patients, but she sees women often being the hardest on themselves. She explains that surgery alone isn’t really beneficial if someone’s mental wellness isn’t also prioritized. Her job is to help build and/or restore confidence, but it isn’t always easy. Following the necessary steps beforehand can make all of the difference.
For instance, many patients tend to disregard the significance of following up long term (after surgery). This happens often because many doctors will charge for additional long term care for a surgery provided. Dr. Rednam feels that all long term clinical follow up for a surgery performed should be provided as part of the surgery costs.
Hey, let’s face it. When it comes to weighing our options, spending has a lot to do with our choices. We might see a cheaper price for a procedure, and base our decision on that alone. According to Dr. Rednam, this could be a mistake. A lot of factors are taken into consideration when procedures are priced and looking at surgeon experience, results, bedside manner and long term follow up throughout the healing process provide a better picture for why you should choose a surgeon rather than cost alone. Without taking the proper steps, we can fall through the cracks and not receive the proper guidance and support that is essential for the full healing process. But that’s something Dr. Rednam’s patients will never have to worry about.
Creating a patient partnership has always been one of her strong suits. “There’s always going to be people who want that kind of relationship with their plastic surgeon. Some people want to be told what to do, but to me it’s about a partnership. We’re going to talk about it together and figure out what we’re going to do.” she says. A portion of the partnership is empathizing on a deep, relatable level.
As a mother, Dr. Rednam empathizes with women who stress about “getting their body back”. In fact, she has been a patient herself. Her degree of knowledge, mixed with her own experiences, is why she’s ranked one of Texas’ best.
“There’s so much value in being a beautiful, confident woman. Every woman deserves to feel it.” Dr. Rednam shared.
She goes above and beyond to provide quality results for everyone—and has a great time doing it!