New York City dermatologist Ariel Ostad, MD, recently made quite splash in the media when he described the influx of brides-to-be seeking procedures to make their hands sparkle as much as their diamonds in their engagement selfies. This once again showed that Ostad is in the know. He’s also been quoted on the Weather Channel, Health.com, Self.com, Totalbeauty.com, and Instyle magazine in recent months discussing wide range of topics from looking better bare to the latest treatments for skin cancer.
Dr. Ostad is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. In addition to bustling and trend-setting Manhattan private practice, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at New York University Medical Center in New York City. Despite his busy schedule, Ostad finds time to give back to many charities that are near and dear to him including New York University, the Dermatology Foundation Advanced Research, New York City Public Schools and the Saint Jude Foundation.
He recently opened up to Beauty in The Bag about his practice and why he loves what he does: Here’s what Ostad had to say:
How do you define beauty?
I think that beauty comes from within. When people feel good, it is projected to their emotional well-being. If you have a healthy, body, it yields a healthy mind. If you look in a mirror and think you look good, you will feel better. Every person should feel beautiful, get up in the morning and look in the mirror and feel satisfied with their reflection.
Now, how do you create or cultivate beauty?
The decisions we make affect us and minimize our stress. It is about taking better care of yourself, between skincare, sunscreen, and moisturizer. It then blooms from the inside out. I also believe beauty is created when an individual looks natural and not overdone. So my philosophy is to look beautiful in a natural way. Less is more. I love what I do because I help make a difference. I feel the importance of helping patients with their self-esteem and feeling beautiful both inside and out. I’m passionate about correcting minor imperfections that affect people’s self-esteem. My signature procedures are BOTOX, fillers, laser for facial rejuvenation, and liposuction.
How did you get started in the beauty business?
It all began with skin cancer surgery, specifically on my patients’ faces. I would help them get better and make them feel beautiful. Reconstruction leads to cosmetic perfection. Dealing with challenging, difficult facial reconstruction cases such as nose or lips or anywhere on the face made me very attentive to restoring the way the face looked on both functional and cosmetic aspects of the specific anatomic area.
What sets you apart from others in your space?
I realize the importance of listening to my patients, and empathizing with them is my main prerogative. I like to feel what they feel, and listen to what they are saying. Listening leads to empathy and I feel I am very sensitive to that.
What is the procedure you find most challenging?
The most challenging procedures are definitely facial reconstructions, and correcting defects from cancer. This is due to the fact that when I am in the middle of an operation, I cannot help but feel the pain that they felt and having the desire to ease that pain and avoid them feeling deformed.
What is the most exciting trend that you are seeing these days?
The paradigm shift involves choosing non-surgical procedures with minimal downtime to avoid major surgery at all costs. Technologic advances have helped create non-surgical skin tightening, fat reduction, and wrinkle removal, which in the past required surgery. Specifically, fillers and BOTOX, which in 15 minutes, can transform your face with no downtime, therapy for skin tightening, non-surgical Coolsculpting or microcannular liposuction to permanently remove fat, and non-surgical radiofrequency to improve fine lines around the eyes and mouth.