Wendy Lewis reviews the latest book by the internationally renowned plastic surgeon Anthony Youn

Dr. Anthony Youn, internationally known by the handle, “America’s holistic plastic surgeon®,” is a trailblazer among board-certified plastic surgeons. His private practice is in Troy, Michigan, in the heart of the Midwest, and due to his international reputation, his practice attracts patients from all over the world.

Playing God is his third book, following the best-selling, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger, that was picked up as a national television special, The Age Fix with Dr. Anthony Youn, which currently airs on public television stations across the country. His first books, In Stitches, was also critically acclaimed. This poignant best-selling memoir was all about his journey to becoming a doctor. In between, Youn also found the time to develop a successful podcast too, The Holistic Plastic Surgery Show.

This newest missive Playing God should be required reading for physicians of all specialties. I have no doubt that anyone in the medical field will find it very relatable. Stepping away from the often unfair stereotype of the arrogant and elitist plastic surgeon, Youn’s fresh style of writing is strikingly down to earth and truthful. He is a natural-born storyteller. His experiences from training, as a resident, to setting up in private practice with no patients, and learning how to thrive are the challenges every surgeon faces in today’s competitive aesthetics and medical market. Youn’s humility shines through as he meets each new situation that arises head-on with a positive outlook.

Starting out in practice is fraught with many challenges, both economic and emotional. Youn takes his readers on an honest romp through every stage from waiting for the phone to ring to teaching himself about ethical marketing, social media, public relations and how to grow a successful and profitable practice today. It didn’t come easily, and it is obvious that he has worked very hard to get to where he is now.

What is clear along the way is that Youn has never deviated from his ethical standards. He has navigated the course with dignity and great pride in his profession. Throughout the book, he stresses that taking good care of patients is what really counts.

I highly recommend this heartfelt book. It’s a great read.

Find it on Amazon or on www.dryoun.com/