Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michael Kassardjian

 

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Michael Kassardjian specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and is a supporter of humanitarian causes. He has personally traveled extensively to various parts of the world on medical missions to provide aid to individuals who do not have access to healthcare.

Dr. Kassardjian is passionate in the advocacy for early detection of skin cancer and treatment and is dedicated to the importance of maintaining and improving healthy skin, and utilizes various techniques ranging from injectables, peels and cosmetics to meet his patient’s needs. He is always striving for each patient to have a great experience.

 

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Dr. Kassardjian answers Marie’s 23 Questions 

 

1.What leadership lessons have you learned?

To include everyone and to work together – you’ll always accomplish more that way.

 

2. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To do a medical mission to Armenia.

 

3. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

I hope to be doing what I’m doing today. Helping people in all aspects of their skin. Hopefully I’ll have done more outreach and medical missions by then.

 

4. When have you felt the most proud?

The first time I saw my son.  

 

5. What is your greatest extravagance?

Vinyl, scotch and travel.

 

6. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Those are marks of wisdom (when referring to age spots).

 

7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Not to worry so much about the future, to live in the moment and to know that things will all work out the way they are meant to be. Actually, I still need this advice…

 

8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my family unplugged from all technology.

 

9. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Nelson Mandela, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mohammed Ali.

 

10. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

The price of prescription medications.

 

11. Where would you most like to live?

I would like to split time between Los Angeles, Barcelona, Montreal and Cannes.  

 

12. What do you most value in your friends?

The people I can always laugh with, no matter what’s going on.

 

13. What is your motto?

A great attitude becomes a great mood. A great mood becomes a great day. A great day becomes a great year. A great year becomes a great life.

 

14. Describe yourself in one word.

Persistent.

 

15. What excites you about your career?

The variety – I can be removing a skin cancer, a minute later doing Botox, and then seeing a baby. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with great people and to get to know my patients personally.

 

16. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Bond, James Bond.

 

17. What is your greatest fear?

Not living my life to its fullest.

 

18. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Playing basketball, boxing or working out or listening to old vinyls.

 

19. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Armenian and Spanish.

 

20. How does your background shape your outlook?

I grew up in a big close knit family and played sports all my life. That has helped me work with others and work together. I grew up in a family of very caring people (always volunteering in local hospitals, etc). This helps me care for others and be involved in volunteer work.

 

21. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

Skin is the largest organ of your body and when you look carefully at it, you can diagnose internal disease, and assess nutrition and lifestyle. It’s a window to the inside. Also the variety as mentioned – medicine, surgery and cosmetics – technology is always evolving.  

 

22. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?

People who are not trained in the field properly and doing procedures they are not qualified to do.

 

23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Team players – the office works together and everyone is important and needs to come together for an office to be successful.

 

 

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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ What We Offer Speaks as Loud As What We Don’t

 

Today, we are proud to celebrate our clinic’s 12th anniversary as Calgary’s only scientific skin care clinic ~ Happy birthday SkinScience!

 

Being a leader in medical aesthetics requires a lot of time spent researching the latest products and technologies in the market. It’s like another full time job for Marie. We need to make sure the products we offer will give significant, visible results on their own (after all, we track over time with our VISIA computer-based system), but we also need to ensure that we do not “jump” on the bandwagon of the latest trends in terms of technologies and services, before we know that a given technology adds value (and results) to our client’s skin health. Jumping on the latest trends too fast could ultimately hurt the clients’ skin (let alone our business and reputation).

 

This is why we always take time to investigate a new technologies before considering adding them to our current line up of services. The services we offer at SkinScience speak as loud as the ones WE CHOOSE NOT TO OFFER.

 

Here are 3 examples of technologies we will NEVER offer, as the benefits are just not worth risking the health of your skin, and can even permanently damage the skin in a lot of cases we’ve observed over the years.

 

X The “Hydro Facial” X ~ Did you know that our clinic purchased the first generation of “hydro facial” machines back in 2009? You know, the ones that offer the diamond tip microderm with an infusion of specific solutions into the skin? After working with that technology for MONTHS, we realized (after tracking with our VISIA) that the pulling action of the device (while the skin’s glow and hydration was improved) was generating MORE wrinkles, lack of firmness and laxity after a few treatments!! Can you imagine paying $200 per treatment, and it actually DAMAGES your skin, short and long term? We couldn’t believe it either (and we’ve got the pictures to prove it, if you ever visit the clinic).  We got our money back from the supplier and never looked back. Clinics who are offering hydro facial treatments are obviously not tracking results over time (they would see the same results as us if they follow manufacturer’s recommendations), and are ultimately damaging your skin, even if it looks and feels fabulous for a short amount of time. Don’t be fooled, don’t waste your money on that treatment, just don’t do it. If you want a mechanical exfoliation, without pulling or damaging the skin, you should consider dermaplaning instead.

 

X PRP aka The Vampire Facial X ~ Breaking news = it’s not because Kim Kardashian does it, that it actually has any science-based evidence to it. Did you know that after tens of thousands of clinics in North America equipped themselves with PRP equipment (that includes expensive centrifuges and blood extractions kits), we are now realizing that split face studies (one procedure on one side of the face compared with a different procedure on the other side of the face) shows NO VISIBLE DIFFERENCE between microneedling, and [microneedling + PRP]. (Say it out loud >>> “Are you KIDDING me?!?!?!?!!?”). As we age, the numbers of growth factor- and cytokine-producing stem cells changes in the body, and the net effect of what is secreted by our own stem cells is mostly INFLAMMATORY. Well, imagine that. You concentrate your inflammatory blood plasma’s to reapply it on the skin along with microneedling and you actually create more  INFLAMMATION in the skin, on top of the microneedling? Well my friends, it is well known that inflammation is not a pre-requisite to collagen production, quite the contrary. Inflammation LEADS to skin aging, so concentrating your inflammatory plasma to reintroduce it back in the skin makes no sense at all. Each Microneedling + PRP treatments usually cost $750+. A series of 3-6 treatments is usually recommended. Imagine the amount of money you could spend on a trend that was not properly tried and tested. We are so glad we did not give into this trendy treatment, and waited to see what time would tell! Instead, we recommend microneedling combined with Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell ~ the specialized cells that science has determined function as “command and control” of healing in all tissues (including the skin) and are pro-healing and anti-inflammatory. We offer many different types of microneedling at the office (pen, rollers, stamps, FRACTORA) – book a 15-min microneedling consultation to see which one is right for you.

 

X PLASMA PEN // PLASMA FIBROBLAST X ~ This technology became a HUGE trend in 2017 and 2018, and we have seen SO MANY people reaching out to us to help with SCARRING that was left on their face, eye contour, even tummy… Even if you are one of the lucky ones who won’t scar from the treatment, the technology doesn’t work for everybody (research shows results in 50% of patients – and they are usually temporary). Moreover, Health Canada has NOT APPROVED any plasma pen devices for sale in CANADA, which means that they have not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality. So if something happens to you as a customer, you are on your own. As a clinic owner, if your spa or medispa gets sued by a customer, your insurance will not cover you, because the devices are not Health Canada approved. It’s simply not worth your skin health as a customer, nor your reputation as a clinic, if not your business itself. NOT. WORTH. IT.

 

At SkinScience, we offer products and procedures that are tried, tested and true. Products, services and technologies that are only Health Canada approved. Everything we offer stands the test of time. And if it works, we guarantee we will have it available for you at the clinic.

 

For a list of our science-based services, click HERE.

 

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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.

 

The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.

 

Dr. Jason Emer is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon behind some of Beverly Hill’s most defined bodies, impeccable skin, and chiseled facial features. He is an aesthetic visionary that dares to be different.

 

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Dr. Jason Emer answers Marie’s 23 Questions

 

  1. Describe yourself in one word.

Authentic.

 

  1. What does authenticity mean to you?

I’m a younger guy, working in a competitive industry and moved to LA from San Francisco with the goal to start my business and stand out as a successful dermatologist. I’ve been here now for four years, and in October, we will have an 8,000 sq. ft. building and over 30 employees.

 

This is because of persistence, drive, honesty, attention to detail, but ultimately, I think people come to me because they think I’m authentic. I always say, I’m a mid-west guy in a 90210 zip code. Maybe I don’t fit in here, but that’s perhaps one of the reasons people choose me. Being honest, truthful and caring is how I can stand out and be authentic.

 

  1. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a foodie and an excellent cook. People often see me either working out or at work; they don’t often see me eating. The two things I post online that get the most attention are my love for dogs (my Docksens), and when I go out to really nice restaurants.

 

  1. Which living person do you most admire?

Currently I would say it’s The Rock. He’s become super successful and a lot of it is because of his authenticity. He’s always giving back and is appreciative of his success. Persistence and drive got him to where he is now. [When asked in the interview, Dr. Jason Emer admits he has met The Rock.]

 

The other person would be Sylvester Stallone. He’s ahead of the game in film and cinematography and has always driven forward, despite any setbacks.

 

“We are in the selfie-era where social media filters and editing tools impact how people perceive each other. In the past, this was magazines airbrushing models. Now, it’s Instagram giving people a false sense of what we look like and providing unrealistic expectations.

 

When people come to us, we go above and beyond to explain what’s realistic, affordable and practical. It will become much more challenging, but fun at the same time.”

 

  1. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Not getting started on my own sooner. When I moved to LA, I joined a practice where my philosophies differed by my forward-thinking and thinking outside the box.

 

People started to include me in lectures and speaking opportunities, however, I didn’t conform to their conservative ideas. I’m also very forward on social media and in developing new techniques and technologies. Through this realization, I started my own practice.  I’ve been on my own since May; we’ve been escalating the new practice to be one of the most comprehensive cosmetic sites in the world for plastic surgery, dermatology, skincare, aftercare facilities, and anything someone might need in this regard.

 

  1. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Be careful who you confide in. You never know what people’s motives are, even though people say they love you for who you are. If you become more successful, you never know what could happen.

 

  1. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

Everybody says this, and it’s kind of crazy, but I have large nipples for a man. I’m always told this on social media when I post a picture of myself without a shirt.

 

  1. What is your motto?

My work philosophy is beauty without boundaries. I love making people happy and being able to fix things they haven’t been able to in the past, or with previous technologies. Sometimes people have tried everything and need to try something new. If all else has failed, I encourage them to visit me as I always try to figure out a solution, no matter what.

 

  1. What do you like most about your appearance?

My skin. I have really good clear skin and I inherited it from my dad. In fact, people sometimes think my dad is my brother. I never sit in the sun and use a multitude of skin products.

 

  1. What excites you about your career?

The biggest thing that excites me is that I do transformations and come up with combinations that nobody else does. We are always testing new waters and new boundaries and I’m always on the cusp of something new and cutting edge. It’s an incredibly exciting time where cosmetics are so rapidly changing.

 

For example, one year it’s the year of the lips (Kylie Jenner), the next year, it’s the year of the butt because of Nicki Minaj, and this year it’s the year of the jaw line because of celebs like Sandra Bullock and J-Lo. We are focused on what’s next to get ahead of the curve. Beauty is always changing and how people might feel about themselves is never going to change. People will want to have treatments done by someone who they can trust and someone who can help them change the way they feel about themselves.

 

  1. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Loyalty, skill, honesty, education and dedication. Friendship is also important. People want a steady team in this industry.

 

  1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

If someone must be told more than once to do something right. Bad work ethic or people that don’t learn from their mistakes. I have to be on the ball; people come to me when they have had mistakes happen like botched surgeries or burns, and I’m often the one to fix these mistakes. Ultimately my pet peeve is people who are not detail oriented.  

 

  1. How do you relax after a stressful day?

The gym and working out. I enjoy boxing. I also like getting massages.

 

  1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing this industry?

The expectations are so unrealistic in today’s world. It has to do with the selfie-era and the filter-era where everything is so exaggerated such as a jaw line or smooth skin. Reality is distorted today with social media. Our image of perfection is now unrealistic, in my opinion. We are now doing work on people with higher expectations.

 

  1. What leadership lessons have you learned?

The biggest thing is to pay people compliments more and always be challenging, but not demeaning.

 

  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Cars and watches. Specifically McLaren’s and Aston Martin’s. In terms of watches, my favorites are Hublot and Audemars Piguet (AP).

 

  1. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologic surgeon?

Seeing the happiness that I can give patients when we see improvements with their treatments. Our treatments are so diverse where we can provide many solutions: fillers, surgery and lasers. We have over 63 devices that can fix scars, tighten skin, remove fat, you name it.

 

  1. What is your favorite skincare product?

That’s a tough. Right now, I have two. One is called a Liquid Gold Serum by Restorsea, made with fish enzymes, and a silver moisturizer which is an anti-bacterial.

 

  1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

My best friend is extremely successful… money is nothing to him because he has so much. He is also the most giving person I have ever met. He gifted me a watch from his father’s collection and told me that all doctors who go to have a lecture must have a nice watch.

 

  1. When have you felt the most proud?

When we first started construction of the new office two months ago, I went to the site one night at the end of the day and did an Instagram live video.

 

I looked through the camera on the screen and was talking about the space, all the employees and everything we have accomplished.

 

I told my friends four years ago that I was moving from San Fran to LA, at the time, I had never been to LA in my life,  I had no idea what it was about, but felt in my heart they need a young vibrant, reputable dermatologist that pushes the limits and challenges everybody.

 

I came from having nothing. I had a 2003 Saturn Ion. Now I’m changing lives with over 30 employees and over 8,000 square feet. I literally started to cry because of what we accomplished in such a short amount of time.

 

  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think the biggest thing is the practice and building a reputation in such a short time period. I have everyone from housewives to acne patients to successful celebrities come in.

 

People trust me and come to me from all walks of life and I feel very proud that I can quickly determine what someone wants and that I’m caring and honest and I don’t pushing anything on people. I actually don’t think people need anything when it comes to cosmetics; it’s about them. I love technology and if someone can benefit from that, I want to help them.

 

  1. Name one thing on your bucket list 

To visit both Fiji and Bali without having to be on my cell phone. Also, I think to have my own private jet one day.

 

  1. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

My idea is to be the next motivational speaker, similar to Tony Robbins, but to focus on helping other people who want to build their own businesses and become successful in this industry.

I want to have a trusted global brand where I teach practices and philosophies for the best skincare, aftercare, surgery, and the best in marketing in cosmetics and doctors.

 

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