Haute Beauty’s Medical Experts Share Advice To Their Younger Selves

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ground Picture/ShutterstockAttention, medical enthusiasts, aspiring doctors, and young dreamers with ambitions of becoming a doctor: Welcome to the invaluable insights and advice from our Haute Beauty experts. Drawing from their experiences, exceptional skills, and vast knowledge, they offer profound truths that will guide your determined minds. Take notes as we present the most cherished pieces of advice our experts would give to their younger selves when embarking on their medical journey.

Dr. Brian K. Machida | Face | Los Angeles

If your interest is in doing the cosmetic aspect of plastic surgery, don't bother with the reconstructive aspect. Although it is insurance-based and can pay the bills at first, go entirely cosmetic from the start. It's a tougher road from the start because you don't have patients or a reputation, but it's the better way to go in the end. Otherwise, you get known as a reconstructive surgeon.

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Dr. Daisy Ayim | Body | Houston

The best advice to my younger self is the word of affirmation, that the plans and path you chose will be worth it. However, you should have taken that one year off before medical school to live life on your own terms without the constraint of studying 24/7. I say that because during my first two years in medical school, I spent a lot of time pondering if I was on the right path, the right city, the right friendship dynamic, and the right place for me at that moment. It was equally gratifying to be on the path to becoming a physician and nerve-racking to see my movements confined by it. Medicine is structured in such a way that there is little flexible outside of the predetermined pathway. But thanks to social media, I see clearly what I could have done at that time for myself.

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Dr. Thomas McNmear | Face | San Francisco

There are multiple reasons that led me to pursue a career in Cosmetic Surgery, but the one that holds the most significance for me is being a perfectionist. However, this relentless drive for perfection used to cause me excessive stress, hindering my ability to fully appreciate the process of assisting patients in overcoming obstacles to become the best version of themselves. As I’ve grown older and spent more time in the field, I've come to realize the importance of trusting my training, knowledge, and intuition.

While the desire for perfection remains a part of my identity, I now find immense joy in guiding my patients on their transformative journeys, helping them achieve their aspirations, and boosting their confidence levels. This satisfaction surpasses any fulfillment I experienced during my younger years as a cosmetic surgeon.

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Dr. Paul Durand, Careaga Plastic Surgery | Body | Miami, FL

I would tell myself to take my time and enjoy the ride. Our medical training, particularly for board-certified plastic surgeons is very long and arduous (+15 years), making it such that we want to complete it as soon as possible. It is important to, every now and then, pause and reflect on what and why we are doing it. Try to always work with people that inspire you and who want to make you a better surgeon and person.

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Dr. Alton Ingram | Body | Nashville, TN

Medicine is as much about personal growth as it is about professional advancement. I can’t really narrow down the counsel to my younger self to one piece of advice, but I would recommend the following few principles to any young physician:

Embrace Lifelong Learning: The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing as a doctor. Always be ready to absorb new knowledge, whether it's from books, colleagues, patients, or experiences.

Nurture Empathy and Compassion: Medicine isn’t just about science, it's about humanity. Patients are people first. They have feelings, fears, and dreams, just like you. Treat everyone with empathy and compassion, always.

Stay Curious and Engage in Research: Medicine is ever-evolving, and your willingness to explore can lead to unexpected discoveries and personal growth. Contribute to the scientific community through research. It will not only enhance your understanding but also elevate your profession.

Remember Your 'Why': Never lose sight of why you chose medicine. On tough days, this will serve as your guiding light, reminding you of your purpose and passion.

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Dr. Jose Rodríguez-Feliz | Eyelid Surgery & Face | Miami, FL

I think every doctor starts their medical career with an innate desire to help others but along the way, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. I wish I had taken more time off earlier in my career. It’s very important to have a clear mind in order to take care of others. Also, would have been nice to know how to cook and eat healthier while in residency, and maybe I would have stayed in better physical shape as well!

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Dr. Jason Bloom | Face | Philadelphia

It’s hard to look back on my medical career to advise my younger self because I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason!  Every big decision I have made in my career, no matter how difficult, has helped me learn, grow and become better. If I had to say one thing, I guess that I would tell my younger self that “it’s worth it!” All of the hard work, sleepless nights, monetary investment, and tough decisions that have been put in over the years have paid off! I love my career and feel fulfilled while being supported by the people and team around me. At this point, I realize that I am so happy that my younger self believed that everything would work out and continued to push ahead and never look back!

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Dr. Jeffrey Lisiecki | Nose | New York, NY

I would encourage myself to keep an open mind! I had a very specific view of what my career in medicine would look like; it involved staying in an academic department and doing specific types of surgery and research. I ended up developing a career that looks very different, but still allows me to accomplish a lot of the same goals I had set for myself originally, and I could not be happier with where I am professionally.

For more information, visit Dr. Lisiecki's website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Dr. Nilay Shah | Breast | New York, NY

If I were to give one piece of advice to my younger self when starting my medical career as a plastic surgeon in NYC, it would be to embrace every opportunity to learn and grow, both personally and professionally. Moving from India to pursue a medical career in a different country is a significant step, and it can be daunting at times. However, it is essential to stay curious and open-minded, as the field of medicine is constantly evolving.

Take the time to build strong connections with mentors and colleagues who can guide you on your journey. Be proactive in seeking out diverse experiences to expand your skillset and knowledge. Engage in continuous education, attend conferences, and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in plastic surgery.

Also, never forget the importance of empathy and compassion in your practice. Treat each patient as an individual with unique needs and concerns. Listen attentively to their goals and fears, and strive to provide the best possible care.

Lastly, remember to take care of yourself. Medical careers can be demanding, but finding a balance between work and personal life is crucial for long-term success and well-being. Cherish the moments with loved ones and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. With dedication, passion, and a commitment to lifelong learning, you can excel in your chosen field and make a positive impact on the lives of your patients.

For more information, visit Dr. Shah's website, Instagram, or Facebook!

Dr. Vineet Sandhu | Concierge Medicine | New York, NY

If I could give one piece of advice to my younger self when starting my medical career, it would be to prioritize self-care and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Being a medical professional can be demanding and emotionally draining at times, and it's crucial to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Here are a few specific points I would emphasize:

1. Prioritize self-care: Take care of your physical and mental health. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. It's easy to neglect yourself when focusing on the needs of patients, but remember that you can only provide the best care when you are at your best.

2. Seek support and debrief: Don't hesitate to reach out for help and support when needed. Medicine can be challenging, and it's essential to have a network of colleagues, mentors, or even therapists whom you can confide in and discuss your experiences. Participate in regular debriefing sessions to process difficult cases or emotions, as this can help prevent burnout and improve your overall well-being.

3. Set boundaries: Understand that you cannot be available to everyone at all times. Learn to say no when necessary and establish clear boundaries between your professional and personal life. This will allow you to recharge, spend quality time with loved ones, and pursue activities outside of medicine that bring you fulfillment.

4. Cultivate a growth mindset: Embrace a mindset of continuous learning and improvement. Medicine is constantly evolving, and it's important to stay updated with the latest research and advancements in your field. Be open to new ideas, seek out opportunities for professional development, and remain curious throughout your career.

5. Practice empathy and compassion: Remember that patients are not just medical cases but individuals with their own unique stories and emotions. Cultivate empathy and compassion towards your patients, as this will not only improve their experience but also contribute to your own satisfaction and fulfillment as a healthcare professional.

By prioritizing self-care, seeking support, setting boundaries, nurturing a growth mindset, and practicing empathy, you can enhance your well-being, maintain a sustainable medical career, and provide the best care possible to your patients.

For more information, visit Dr. Sandhu's website or Instagram!