Art Basel Week Starts With Dr. Jhonny Salomon

Doctor. Artist. Philanthropist. The Face Man. Dr. Jhonny Salomon has been a leader in cosmetic surgery over the last two decades following his certification by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Based in Miami, Dr. Salomon is known for the compassion and dedication he puts forth when treating his patients as well as in the creation of all forms of art.

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Dr. Jhonny Salomon

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Jhonny Salomon

Throughout his career, Dr. Salomon has impacted the lives of many patients with his unique approach to their well thought out transformations and has also impacted the lives of those less fortunate by dedicating his time to philanthropic work such as the Day of Smiles organization based in Miami, and Haiti Earthquake relief. As Haute Living closes the year with our Art Basel issue, we sit down with Haute Beauty partner, Dr. Jhonny Salomon for a Q&A to talk about the past decade and future of plastic surgery, his advice to the new charge of plastic surgeons, and of course, art.

HL: With 2019 coming to an end, which do you feel was the most important development in your field within the last decade?

Dr. JS: Plastic Surgery is continuing to evolve both in the invasive and minimally invasive arenas. Surgery techniques are becoming more tailored to the specific patient, moving away from the “cookie cutter” approach of the past, resulting in much more precise and natural looks. As far as non-invasive treatments, various new injectables have been introduced to the field over the last decade as well as new neuromodulators. Coolsculpting has been a major force in the market for fat removal without surgery and non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation is also a treatment that on which I have seen a lot of advancements. Procedures such as EMSculpt have been a great addition to plastic surgery as they support the building of muscle in the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, arms and calves which goes in hand with the removal of fat.

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“Illuminati”: Polished bronze 35x32x18 inches

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Jhonny Salomon

HL: What procedures do you expect will develop in the coming new year and decade?

Dr. JS: It’s hard to forecast, however, I think the trend will move towards adding more non invasive technologies in the coming years. I’m hopeful that stem cell technologies will become more mainstream and a greater part of the plastic surgeons’ day-to-day life.

HL: Your patients’ pleasure with their final looks easily measure the quality of your work as a plastic surgeon. How do you measure your pleasure with the art pieces you create?

Dr. JS: An artist knows when a painting or sculpture is done. It’s an intuitive artistic sense that the message has been conceptualized and nothing else needs to be done. It applies the same for all art and plastic surgery.

HL: The artistic process is evident in all forms of art. You have delved into sculpture in recent years. How does the artistic process in sculpture relate to your work as a surgeon?

Dr. JS: The artistic process is the same in all forms of art. However, sometimes it is a very quick and intuitive process as in photography and sometimes it’s very slow in conceptualization such as in sculptures. In the past, I used to start with an idea and add a lot of thought during the process of creation. In recent years, I have spent more time focusing on the conceptualization and visualization of the final work prior to commencing the piece. With my sculptures, for example, it can take me six months to nurse the idea in my mind and prepare for the piece, and then the execution is completed rather quickly once started.

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“Dharma”: Floating and mobile sculptures with electromagnetic energy 15x15x14 inches

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Jhonny Salomon

HL: It has been two decades since you became Board Certified; how do you adapt and adopt new procedures? Do you have a process of evaluation for each?

Dr. JS: Yes, my process for vetting each procedure is quite extensive. Prior to introducing a new technology to my practice, I want to see that it has developed a reputation in the market and isn’t just considered a trend in advancements. Many times, I will try the procedure on myself as well as staff members to analyze the results prior to introducing it to my practice as a whole. Ultimately, I want to make sure that the technology is safe and that it will benefit my patients with long lasting results.

HL: What expert advice do you give to the new generation of plastic surgeons as they begin their careers?

Dr. JS: The number one bit of advice I would give to someone considering a career in plastic surgery, even prior to them beginning their studies is to have a real passion for medicine and art. If they have this, they will probably become very successful in their careers. I would also remind them to always be empathetic and good to their patients, to put their heart into every procedure, be fair to their competitors and to always give back to the community.

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