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
- Describe yourself in one word.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- How do you relax after a stressful day?
The gym and working out. I enjoy boxing. I also like getting massages.
- 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.
- What leadership lessons have you learned?
The biggest thing is to pay people compliments more and always be challenging, but not demeaning.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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