Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, and it’s also the most exposed. Day after day, night after night from the day you were born, your skin is subjected to a variety of elements that effect its health and overall presentation. Since it’s so important, and it’s one of our few organs we can actually see on a daily basis, shouldn’t we treat it with more respect?
Forget the fact that the hot sun dries and harms our skin every day, or the fact that pollution and poor air quality act as contributing factors to unsatisfactory signs of ageing and irreversible skin issues. Conscious nutrition has depleted in quality as well, over the past few decades, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of unhealthy decisions that are seemingly ‘normal’ to indulge in throughout our lifetime. This generation of human beings have proven to be unhealthier than ever before, eating in excess, consuming unnatural food, exposing themselves to toxins, and worst of all, not even bothering to use sunscreen (or, moisturize before bed.)
Luckily, living in today’s world also means we have access to life-changing dermatological services. With modern technology, clinical cosmetic dermatologists can enhance your confidence just by implementing a few curated treatments into your beauty regimen. The task, however, is no easy feat, and it takes a talented and informed professional to not only meet your needs with care, and credibility. Luckily, Kuwait has a collection of talented dermatologists who are able to help ease you of your skin-related woes, starting with Royale Hayat’s Dr. Suraj V. Davis.
What made you interested in the medical field of cosmetic dermatology?
Skincare has always been an integral part of dermatology. Over the years the scope and spectrum of skincare on a cosmetic level progressed and developed into a fully evolved subspecialty called Cosmetic Dermatology. A Dermatologist cannot do without Cosmetic Dermatology in his/her practice. I love the beauty of nature, enjoy admiring anything beautiful and artistic. Having a strong aesthetic taste the practice of Dermatology and Aesthetics becomes enjoyable.
How do you feel your services can enhance one’s lifestyle?
A lifestyle is the way in which a person lives, whether it be good or bad. My approach to practice towards aesthetics is not only cosmetic, but also holistic. I strongly believe all aspects of our lives are interconnected, and that good cosmesis results from the treatment of the whole person that includes mental, attitude, behavior, physical wellness, and at last, the cosmetic. What we are inside is reflected outside. A good cosmesis results from treating the person as a whole.
What service do you think is the most commonly asked for by the average patient?
Most of my patients are concerned by lackluster skin, dullness and sagginess of face and a tired look. This is very typical of present day lifestyle. Day to day stresses of life compounded by lack of sleep, lack of exercise, insufficient consumption of water, smoking, drinking and wrong diet contributes to a certain level of lackluster skin in addition to aging, genetics and other underlying medical conditions.
Which is your personal favorite service to conduct? (Which gives you the most satisfaction, and what do you find yourself the best at?)
I prefer to offer a holistic approach to my patients, involving a combination of treatments and lifestyle modifications. The treatments could start with a good facial and skincare regimen, and go onto skin rejuvenating treatments like mesotherapy, dermapen, dermaroller, fractional microneedling, fractional lasers, chemical peeling, botox and fillers, just to name a few. There is no one treatment which will bring in the best result. Most of the time it would be a combination of treatments depending on the patient’s need and our aesthetic eye. The most satisfying treatment would be the one which produces the best results with a combination of treatments, at the end of which a patient is happy; not only because of the cosmetic result, but also about the positive attitude and confidence gained to face the future.
What is the most difficult thing about your job – and what is the easiest thing about it?
The most difficult thing would be convincing a patient or even generating results in a patient with unrealistic expectations or severe dysmorphophobia. The easiest thing is treating a patient who accepts reality, keeps a positive attitude towards life and the treatment’s outcome, fully understands the importance of a holistic approach towards one’s own life and so co-operates fully to embrace its positive impact..
Royale Hayat Hospital is located in Jabriya, off the 4th Ring Road. For more information on the Cosmetic Dermatology wing, visit their website at www.royalehayat.com, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @royalehayat.
Featured image of Dr. Suraj V. Desai courtesy of Royale Hayat and from Pixabay