Plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Ozolins of Star Plastic Surgery shares procedures she specializes in, career highlights and where we can find her when she’s not working in 20 questions.
By Chelsie Dzbanski
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your professional background? I grew up in Michigan and ended up going to Wayne State University for medical school, had two residencies in the area, a fellowship and I am a board-certified plastic surgeon.
2. How did you get started in the industry? I grew up in a medical family. I was also very artistic growing up, and I’ve always been interested in math and science, so I felt like plastic surgery is the best of both worlds. I like fixing things and changing lives.
3. What is your favorite thing about what you do? It’s cliche-ish but my favorite thing is making people happy and making them feel better about themselves.
4. Can you share some of your career highlights or moments you are most proud of? During my fellowship, many breast reconstructive patients were cancer survivors, and the relationships that I built with them is something I cherish to this day. I loved the personal connections that I had with all of my patients.
5. What does a typical day/week look like for you? It’s chaos. It’s really busy with a combination of surgery and seeing patients during the day, then when I get home from work I like to spend time with my son before he goes off to college. We also just got a new puppy (mini max) that is quite a handful.
6. What are your most popular procedures for men and women? For women, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and liposuction. For men, male breast reduction and liposuction.
7. Are there any procedures you specialize in? I specialize in any breast procedure (augmentation, lift, implants) and body contouring.
8. What kind of advice can you offer to someone who is interested but nervous about getting plastic surgery? I tell all my patients that it’s an individualized process, not a one-size-fits-all procedure. I make a surgical plan specific to your goal. My job is to give you all the accurate information to help with any pre-surgery anxiety so you know what to expect.
9. If you weren’t a plastic surgeon what would you be? I wanted to be an artist when I was little. Maybe I’d be a graphic designer, sculptor, anything with design really.
Now on to some fun…
10. What was your first job growing up? When I was younger I would babysit. Then in college I had a research job in a chemistry lab.
11. What’s currently on your playlist? I really like Maroon 5, Adele, John Mayer and Post Malone.
12. What was your favorite TV show as a kid? I would come home from high school and watch soap operas like “General Hospital.” I also liked “Friends,” “Seinfield” and “Family Ties.”
13. Three things you can’t live without? Coke Zero. I get upset if I don’t have it. I’m always cold so I love my North Face fleeces, and finally, I love a good book.
14. Dream vacation destination? I always wanted to go to Iceland. I love to knit — Ireland is a mecca for knitting.
Your Local Love List
15. Your current favorite local spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? I have food allergies so I’m pretty restricted when it comes to restaurants. I really enjoy Steve’s Deli in Bloomfield Hills. I also like Korean/Asian food a lot.
16. Your favorite place to shop locally in Metro Detroit? I like Moosejaw and the DIA Gift Shop.
17. Your go-to for a good cup of coffee? I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but I love Coke Zero.
18. Favorite thing to do on a weekend in Detroit? Explore exhibits at the DIA, enjoy a play at the Hilberry Theatre or listen to the sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
19. When not working, where can we find you? On my couch or in the garden. I like going to nurseries at Cranbrook or in Grand Rapids as well.
20. Favorite quote or words to live by? “Be a warrior, not a worrier.” Being a female in a business world, you have to push harder and be smarter. Otherwise you will get rolled over on.