A mom to meet: Janit Pike

Janit Pike of Charlotte Plastic Surgery and her daughters.
Janit Pike of Charlotte Plastic Surgery and her daughters.

What’s it really like to work in the plastic surgery industry? We took a few minutes to chat with Janit Pike, Chief Operating Officer of Charlotte Plastic Surgery to find out what it’s like to be a mom in the business of making people feel great about the way they look.

A little about Janit……

What is your role as the Chief Operating Officer of Charlotte Plastic Surgery?

I’ve been with CPS for a fun, challenging, inspiring 9 years. I see my role as making the experience for our clients as easy as possible, and reassuring them, through our facilities, physicians and team that they’re in the right place to get the best advice and outcomes.

That said, I’m responsible for the operations of the practice, from financials to management oversight, and practice development. On any given day I can be working on a financial report for the physician directors, overseeing a marketing campaign, developing a proforma for new technologies, deciding on the paint color for the offices, or finding a new home for our turtles!

You’ve been patient as well at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. Tell us about the other side of the coin…what did you have done and what was your experience like?

A. I had a “Mommy Makeover,” and it really was the best thing I have ever done for myself. At the time I was overweight, my body had been wrecked by childbirth, and my face was aging. I had worked for the practice for five years, hearing patients rave about their new bodies and say, “I wish I had done this sooner” before I decided to have a consultation with Dr. Beasley.

Believe me, having that consultation with someone I work with gave me the jitters. But just as he does for every patient, he explained what I needed and why in very easy to understand language and detail, which reassured me.

After surgery I went home and was thrilled with my results! I kept walking past the mirror looking at my new physique. I now look better than I did 10 years ago.

And a little about Charlotte Plastic Surgery…..

The practice started in 1951, and was among the first in Charlotte. We have six surgeons who are incredibly well educated and experienced. The physicians have always been on the forefront of plastic surgery, from breast cancer reconstruction to cosmetic surgery.

How many patients do you typically see in a week?

A. We see about 250 patients a week who are scheduled. Some clients do just drop by for more products or just to say hello.

What types of services does your office perform?

Surgical services for the face, body, breast for both women and men

Injectables to add volume and get rid of the wrinkles on your face

Coolsculpting to get rid of fat

Skin care services, including peels and lasers

Skin care products to continue the improvement at home

Do you see mostly men or women?

Our clientele is roughly 80 percent women and 20 percent men, but this number changes every year with the practice seeing more and more men.

What advice would you give someone considering plastic surgery?

Ask questions. It’s your body and you need to be safe.

Ask them if they’re board certified in plastic surgery. One thing I’ve learned in this job is the importance of board certification – meaning that they pass rigorous tests to show that they know what they’re doing. If you need help, go to where you can research physicians and the meaning of certification.

Don’t look to save money on plastic surgery. Save money on your car insurance or cable bill. It’s real surgery and should be taken seriously.

And finally, don’t wait. Stop feeling guilty – if you’re happy, everyone’s happy. That’s a hard thing to do as a mom; we’re supposed to be taking care of everyone else. Take care of yourself.

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Michelle Lloyd Eastridge is a freelance journalist, PR/social media junky, and mommy blogger who specializes in eco-friendly living, family life, local mompreneur's, and loves exploring her hometown Charlotte with her husband and kids.