“Every day is a gift to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.”
On the face of it, we are all a little obsessed with skincare. But Dr. Nazia Nausheen understands that health goes well beyond skin deep. She also knows it’s the simple things that can make all the difference.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Dr. Nazia. I work at Arabiya clinic, a multi specialty clinic in Kuwait.
Tell us about your education.
I earned my bachelors in medicine from Pakistan and completed my post graduation from UK. Later, I also completed my masters in business administration.
Who and what inspired you to choose the medical field?
When I decided to be a doctor, I never really quite understood what it meant. I wouldn’t have predicted the amazing highs of directly impacting someone’s life, nor the deep lows when a patient did poorly. Every day is a gift to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Despite the stress and long hours away from home and family, I could never imagine a different career.
What got you interested in pursuing for your MBA after receiving your medical degree and working in the fields?
During my earlier days of working in Kuwait, I realized that as our field was developing rapidly it was lacking proper clinic management. So, I thought it would be an added advantage if a doctor also understands the business and management side of the clinic. That led me to pursue a degree in business administration. I truly believe it was the best decision and can feel the benefits.
What is the most exciting or interesting part of your job?
My job allows me to interact with different types of people from different age groups and to play important role in helping them maintain their health. It also makes me feel satisfied that I am an instrumental in helping my patients feel confident about how they look. Skin and cosmetic issues affect appearance and cause serious stress for people, even if the conditions are not life-threatening.
At what age would you recommend people start to visit a dermatologist for skincare advice?
It’s never too early to see a dermatologist. There are several reasons to schedule a first appointment. You should certainly see a dermatologist if you have a skin problem. You also may want to schedule an appointment even if you don’t have a skin problem, to get a skin cancer exam or to ask questions about normal skin care.
Tell us about the current trends in beauty procedures and skincare?
Non invasive cosmetic procedures and liquid facelifts with a trend for truly natural looking results are the current trends.
According to you, what is the best type of non surgical face lift?
Not everyone is willing to have extensive surgery to turn back the years and there are several non-surgical facelift options available that can also provide excellent results. For example, threadlift, 8point lift, liquid facelift etc. They are all walk-in -out procedures, with no or minimal downtime.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment aimed at diminishing problem areas in the face and body. It involves injecting hylauronic acid, vitamins, amino acids, and skin boosters into the skin.
What are some of the most common beauty procedures you perform on a regular basis?
There are a number of cosmetic procedures that are more commonly performed than others. They include therapy with energy-based devices, and injectables such as neurotoxins, Mesotherapy, and dermal fillers.
What is the most important piece of skincare advice you want our readers to know?
The three most important skincare tips are: Hydrate, exfoliate, and protect your skin with sunscreen.
What is the worst skincare mistake you can make?
Not using enough sunscreen, over exfoliating, and not washing your face at night before you go to bed.
Tell us about the male side of your practice. Are you seeing an increase in male uptake of services? What are the most popular services for males?
Men also have their own specific set of aesthetic concerns. Most men are interested in addressing the signs of aging while maintaining a masculine appearance. Some common concerns for men as they age are sagging skin, pigmentations and fine lines and wrinkles. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures for men are laser hair removal, Botox, microdermabrasion, fillers and chemical peels.
What would you like to see developed in the realm of skin care next?
Human skin stem cell stimulation with topical peptides, telomerases, and plant stem cells is very interesting. I imagine science will take it one step further and be able to individualize skin care and other health treatments to each of our unique DNA and body chemistry.
How do you keep yourself updated with the latest trends and developments in your field?
Every year I attend various international and local conferences and workshops. Whenever possible I take short courses. I am also a member of a few professional groups and associations which helps to keep me abreast with the latest knowledge and trends.
What do you do for fun?
Spending time with my family is the definition of fun for me.
How do you manage to balance between professional and family life?
Being a doctor means working long hours away from home and family but I am blessed with a supportive husband and well behaved kids who make it possible.
What is your favourite travel destination and why?
We have been to several places but Maldives would be one of my favourites because of its dazzling white sandy beaches fronted by Tiffany blue lagoons.
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