UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — What sets Upper Saddle River physician Michael Fiorillo apart from others is that most of his patients choose to go under the knife.
But that doesn’t make it any easier for the double-board certified cosmetic surgeon.
“The day I’m not nervous going into work is the day I’ll retire,” said Fiorillo, who’s operated out of Montvale and just across the town line in Pearl River since 1998.
“Whenever you’re taking a knife to somebody’s body… It’s a privilege to be able to do that, but you still get nervous."
The West Nyack, N.Y. native intended on becoming a pediatrician up until he experienced surgery in medical school. Now he uses his passion and skill to help people feel better about themselves.
“There’s a lot to be said for self-esteem,” said Fiorillo, whose most rewarding procedures are on people who recently lost a lot of weight but need surgical help removing excess skin.
He isn't one to stop learning.
Fiorillo traveled to Sweden in January 2013 to train with Dr. Charles Randquist, an internationally recognized breast augmentation surgeon, to learn how to properly insert a revolutionary, tear drop-shaped breast implant.
Fiorillo was among the first surgeons to offer the revolutionary product in the U.S.
It’s not uncommon for people to request his help for a quick boost in confidence -- such as the mother who once asked for liposuction on her daughter before prom.
“That’s an example of the parent and child not being educated,” said Fiorillo, who gives health and parenting advice monthly on a Fox News panel.
His early training in general surgery -- and helping the sick -- prepared him well, Fiorillo said.
“It’s kind of a weird thing to operate on a healthy person,” he said.
“The rewarding part for me is helping someone feel better about themselves. My goal is to keep doing what I’m doing and have faith.”