It’s not often I get starstruck, and I’ve met some pretty amazing people through the Plastic Surgery Hub over the last few years, but when I interviewed Dr Paul Nassif when he attended the Masters Symposium on Blepharoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation in Sydney on the weekend that’s exactly what I was. Also star of the TV show “Botched” Dr Nassif is without question regarded as one of the experts in his field. Having said that, he was one of the most down to earth and lovely plastic surgeon’s I’ve met. Also here to promote his new Bio-Rhthymic™ skincare line, Dr Nassif was kind enough to take some time out and chat with me.
The first thing I wanted to know was what he thought of Australia! Dr Nassif confirmed what I already know of our Aussie surgeons! “Well first of all, I’ve known a lot of these guys for a long time. They’re very well respected. They’re excellent surgeons and they’re great colleagues. All the people here, though, are very mellow. They’re very nice people here in Australia in general, very laid back, a little bit different than in the United States. I’ve learned a lot at the meeting. Great doctors, great country, great people.”
The timing of Dr Nassif’s visit to Australia is rather coincidental. In his capacity as plastic surgeon on the show “Botched” where he does revisions on patients who’ve had bad plastic surgery, he sees plenty of procedures go wrong. The tragic story of the beauty salon owner who died last week was unfolding during his visit and Dr Nassif spoke about the importance of knowing who your surgeon or practitioner is, and not putting yourself at any additional risk. “If you’re going to a plastic surgeon’s office or a doctor, like a facial plastic or plastic or dermatologist or an oculoplastic surgeon, and they have a good reputation and you checked out the credentials and the doctor, for fillers and Anti-wrinkle injections that’s one thing. That’s always to me, if I had to pick somewhere, that’s the place that I would go.
“However, across the world, not just here (in Australia), but across the world, there are a lot of very qualified people; nurses and people like that – we look at their credentials in the country – do fillers, do Anti-wrinkle injections, some of them are fantastic. So, I have to tell you, when you go to one of these places in a mall, unless you know it’s got a great reputation, great practitioners … I don’t really know how you find that out – there’s always that chance that you’re not being treated by a medical doctor, an issue can happen.
“You have to do your research and if, for example, there’s a bunch of these laser aesthetic places out here I saw and apparently it’s very reputable and they have a great practise and great practitioners doing the injectables and fillers. And you know the reputation’s good and that you know someone; you also want to make sure you don’t do anything out of the ordinary. In other words, if you have Anti-wrinkle injections, you’re going to decrease the risk if you do Anti-wrinkle injections in the areas that it’s approved for.
“If you do fillers in the lips, your smile line, the basic areas, the risk decreases versus injecting maybe somewhere else… filler around the eyes or the temple, where there’s a higher risk of blindness. If you inject in the nose there’s a higher risk of tissue necrosis. You want to minimise your risks.”
The other thing I was super keen to chat with Dr Nassif about is his new bio-rhythmic skincare line. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a complete addict to great skincare and skincare products, and I’ve heard amazing things about the NASSIF MD skincare range. One of the things that makes this range unique is that it is based on bio-rhythms. For those of you not aware of bio-rhythms they are the 24 hour cycles that govern your biological clock – ie. what happens when you are awake versus sleeping, etc. I asked Dr Nassif how it all works.
“Your bio-clock, your bio-rhythms, your cells and your body and your skin, is more into a protection and nourishment manifest in the day, and then at night it’s in a rejuvenation, remodelling during the night. There’s certain actives, and I have products in my skincare, the AM and the PM and the bio-rhythms, that will actually kind of work in unison and help things a little bit better during the day in regards to the nourishment and the protection.
“For example, there’s something in there which helps the energy of the cell with ATP production. There’s an incredible anti-oxidant called astaxanthin for at night that is a thousand times stronger than vitamin E as an antioxidant. In other words, there’s incredible active ingredients. By the way, if you’re interested more in the specific ingredients, you can either see the TVSN, or just for your own knowledge, you can also to www.nassifmdskincare.com.
“But the specific active ingredients, in addition to vitamin C – Vitamin C is great – but again, specifically target night and day, more than anything. In addition, during the day, everyone’s on iPads, computers, tablets, and there’s a new type of radiation called HEV, high-energy visible light, HEV. There’s a product in there, we have in our Daily CLOCK AM, it’s called LipoShield, and this product, for example, is used to help protect against high-energy visible light. That’s how I put the bio-rhythmic range together.”
This new idea of skincare targeting specific things that affect our skin on a daily basis in the modern world makes so much sense to me. I remember my mother talking to me about biorhythms from an early age so it’s always been something I’ve been aware of but not really something the general world has embraced. I can’t wait to try these products to see how they work.
Dr Paul Nassif was definitely one of the many highlights of the Masters Symposium, and I’d like to thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with me.