For me, beauty is harmony; balance. Having beautiful lips is one thing, but if other areas of the face are aging or imperfect, the overall effect is [not one of balance]. For me, harmony means treating each area perfectly without leaving any imperfections. For beauty, harmony is essential. I listen carefully to my client’s desires and expectations and after careful consideration we decide together what we can do and achieve. The idea is to enhance a person’s natural beauty altogether. That’s why I don’t give them a face mirror to see themselves at the end of a treatment; I ask them to look at themselves in a full-length mirror so that they can see themselves from head to toe to check that their whole look is harmonious.
How to sublimate beauty?
I look at clients as individuals; each person is different and unique. No face is identical to another. Your face isn’t even the same as your twin sister’s, and your face won’t be the same next year.
As a consultant dermatologist, there are several factors to consider before starting treatment – the person’s lifestyle, whether they are at home or working outdoors or indoors… All factors matter. A detailed consultation before embarking on a procedure is crucial.
What are some of your signature processing methods?
I never use needles; I use cannulas – which don’t have a sharp tip unlike a needle because I don’t want to damage the skin or injure the client. I numb the area I am treating because I want my clients to have a great experience and enjoy the journey.
What treatments are you known for?
There’s liquid rhinoplasty where I use fillers to shape the nose. There is the arrow jawline, which is the enhancement of the jawline, giving it better definition or a modern look. Then there are some hand procedures where I use a mix of lasers and injections to [ensure the skin does not appear] thin and aged. Face contouring is one of the most popular requests. I find it to be the best anti-aging treatment.
Is there an upward trend in the field of cosmetic surgery?
Yes. Now people don’t have time and want to look good fast. Instead of surgery, they opt for treatments that can be done on their lunch break and want visible results the next day.
Do you think the pandemic or, more specifically, the increase in Zoom meetings has changed our view of beauty?
Well, the impact has been huge because everyone is making calls. Many people on social media use filters that alter the natural face and change the features. There was more emphasis on the upper part of our face, so everyone wanted it to look perfect without wrinkles. Many wanted the cat eye or fox eye look. There was a demand during this period, and we had to focus differently.
How do you ensure that your new clients experience a stress-free procedure?
New customers are my favorites. One of the first things I do is [bust myths about] cosmetic procedures. I also brief them on the safety of the procedures. The boxes of used products are opened in front of the customer to clearly indicate that they are fresh and unused. Each product has a label, with an expiry date and important information. In addition to explaining the products and the treatments, I also explain why one treatment was chosen rather than another. All of our treatments are transient; Nothing is forever. This is a good thing, especially when the customer isn’t sure what exactly they want. That way, if you like what you received, you can repeat it. Otherwise, you can go back to the initial step.
We also explain the possible side effects.
Trained staff follow the client to check if everything is okay or if they need help. Tracking is important and makes the experience more personalized.