Many lives changed with COVID-19. Some lost their jobs. Some found new opportunities and careers. But many have likely lost a bit of passion that they used to cherish. Dr. Ross Blagg saw one of his passions slipping away as borders were closed due to the pandemic. Prior to borders shutting, Dr. Ross Blagg was frequently traveling the world, helping those in need of reconstructive surgery. He was known to work with various organizations, such as Austin Smiles, repairing cleft lips and palates on children who didn’t have access to such care.
“I knew that these types of trips fed my soul, but I just didn’t realize how vital they were to me feeling fulfilled in my career and life,” says Dr. Ross about these international mission trips.
“So I was at a loss for a while, and then it occurred to me that I don’t have to fly across the globe to find people who need my help. Part of those humanitarian trips involved the adventure, as well. I would typically take a few extra days to explore whatever country I was in. Often, patients’ families would invite me for dinner at their house or something. I loved that.”
Dr. Ross decided he could still create this type of experience domestically. This is how his most recent passion, “Plastic Surgery Road Trip” (PSRT), came to be. Dr. Ross decided to venture cross-country on various trips to meet people that needed surgery to help complete their journeys. Along the way, he and a road trip buddy dive into the lives of those needing help and create a true American road trip adventure. The docu-series airing on YouTube is capped with a plastic surgery makeover moment that’s sure to warm your heart and inspire.
“I love getting to be part of their ‘finish line’ in the sense that I often remove excess skin after weight loss, or reconstruct bodies after childbirth, or reduce breasts that have caused a lifetime of pain,” says Dr. Ross. “I call this the ‘finish line’ because all of these patients have been through triumphs and struggles and I get to be a part of the triumph.”
Prior to this, Dr. Ross founded the organization Humanitarian Plastic Surgery while a surgical resident to help coordinate reconstructive surgeries for those in poorer countries without access.
PSRT is so fitting as an adventurous travel show meets medical docu-drama becuase Dr. Ross himself is quite the adventurer. He has been SCUBA diving since age 13 and frequently dives with sharks. He also loves to rock climb, has his sailing license, is an accomplished mixed-media artist, and is even an ordained minister. Oh, and he was recently cast in a horror film, which will be released around Halloween, 2022.
This adventurous plastic surgeon has a lot on his plate. When asked how he juggles so many interests, he answers with “I don’t know. I just have always been curious about the world. I had open heart surgery as a kid, and I think sometimes that serves as a constant reminder of how easy life can be over. So I just want to make sure I make it the best that I can and to leave a positive impact on those I encounter.”
Dr. Ross Blagg has let his passions drive his life. Having achieved so much in his youthful years, it remains to be seen what wonders he will create in the future. But we know whatever he does next, it will likely be both awesomely fun and inspirational. Follow the Plastic Surgery Road Trip adventure on YouTube, and follow the daily adventures of Dr. Ross on Instagram: @dr.rossblagg.