We have great news to share. Liposuction just got safer. And P.O.W.E.R. Magazine, Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized, has awarded Dr. Lodze Steckman from Jouvence Aesthetics & Wellness, Woman of the Month of October in the field of Cosmetic Surgery.
“Doctor Steckman, trained in cardiothoracic and cosmetic surgery, has broken barriers in her field, especially as a woman of color who grew up in poverty,” said POWER Executive Director Sari Meyer. “Thanks to her commitment to medicine, today Dr. Steckman is improving the level of safety in the field of cosmetic surgery. We proudly recognize the safety and excellence she brings to the industry.”
Poverty to P.O.W.E.R.
P.O.W.E.R. recognizes everyday hardworking women from different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. Dr. Steckman’s rich background exemplifies the diverse nature of the recognition. Steckman was born in Haiti to a single mother in a home with no running water, yet through hard work and determination rose to the upper echelons of the medical profession.
“I thank P.O.W.E.R. for this recognition. My mother instilled in me that education was important,” Dr. Steckman said. “Following her guidance, by age 30 I was the chief surgeon at two hospitals. Today I have my own cosmetic surgery practice on Park Ave. Young women must recognize that anything is possible with hard work.”
Despite her success, Dr. Steckman still works in emergency rooms struggling to provide medical care.
Emergency Room Doctor
During one recent shift in an ER a terrified young autistic man showed up with a stab wound. He was big, violent, and foul-mouthed.
“He was a troubled young man,” Dr. Steckman said. “His family could no longer care for him due to his size and violent outbursts.” After placing a tube in his chest, Steckman was forced to sedate and intubate him so he would not hurt himself. After a long night, the young man’s mother thanked Steckman, “I’m so grateful you were on tonight,” she said. “I don’t like the fact that my son had to go through this, but I know that he was in good hands.”
Building on Safety
Steckman jokes patients leave healthier even if they only come for chin lipo. She owns Jouvence Aesthetics and Wellness, a cosmetic and stem cell-based regenerative medical care practice.