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You Voted: Here Are Your Favorite Aesthetic Providers in Orange County

Written By: Brea Mitchell Orange County Plastic Surgery

We had the opportunity to catch up with some of the most talented and well-respected aesthetic doctors in Orange County. They gave us the scoop on life lessons they have learned in their industry, personal inspirations that have helped them navigate through their career, the challenges that come along with what they do and more. Enjoy these wise words!

 

Dr. Jeffrey Barczak, California Cosmetics Orange County Plastic Surgery

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Jeffrey Barczak: My favorite part of my work day is meeting people from all over the world who come to California Cosmetics for treatments and seeing expressions of happiness with their results.

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

JB: My wife, Lea (who is also a nurse at California Cosmetics), was my inspiration. Her dream became our dream, which became the California Cosmetics you see today. She also happened to be my very first cosmetic patient!

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

JB: Facial beauty and cosmetic treatments can be extremely stressful for patients, especially during the healing phase. Today, more than ever, many people rely on their appearance to earn a living, and managing their stress during the healing phase can be challenging.

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

JB: Perfection, especially in the world of beauty and cosmetic treatments, is often unrealistic. Chasing perfection too hard with too many cosmetic treatments can backfire. Accept improvements and accept your beauty. Chasing an unrealistic version of perfection is sometimes fun, but you’ll never get there.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

JB: Live in today. Don’t think so much about past mistakes or worry about things yet to happen. Be yourself. Be good to people and success will follow.

California Cosmetics
2001 Westcliff Dr, Ste 201
Newport Beach, CA 92660
855.977.1982

260 East Ontario Ave, Ste 104
Corona, CA 92879
855.977.1982

 

Dr. Peter Lee, Wave Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Laser Center

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Peter Lee: When I’m in surgery, I’m in my element.

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

PL: It’s not what or who, it’s a combination of a little bit of everything–seeing results from my patients and seeing them transform. I’m not just talking about their surgical results, but also their self-confidence.

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

PL: Setting realistic expectations for my patients.

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

PL: The ability to pay close attention to detail.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

PL: Be on time. Be dependable.

Wave Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Laser Center
2700 Alton Pkwy, Ste 231
Irvine, CA 92606
949.899.6380

 

Dr. Michael Hakimi, Liftique Orange County Plastic Surgery

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Michael Hakimi: Post-op visits. When patients come back for their follow up after their surgery. They are happy, proud and you can tell they feel brave and strong. It is all hugs and smiles, and I get to tell them, “I told you so.”

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

MH: I have always wanted to work with female patients. I don’t know why—maybe it is the effect my mother had on me growing up. In medical school, I almost applied to Obstetric until I did my Plastic Surgery rotation. I realized quickly that no other field would satisfy my deep yearning for perfection while allowing me to improve the lives of others both physically and emotionally. What we do is more than improving physical appearance. These patients feel empowered; their self-esteem gets better and they are happier in their personal lives and more productive in their professional lives.

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

MH: Educating patients. With the advancements in technology, there are more surgical and nonsurgical options available to our patients. And because of social media, people have more access, knowledge and questions than ever before. So, when they come to their consultation, it is my duty to educate them about their options and help them make the right decision based on their anatomy, age, expectation, downtime they can have and achieve all this while staying safe. Sometimes it is a lot of information for one session, and that is why we hold educational seminars once a month at Liftique.

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

MH: In aesthetics, the deciding factor in your outcome is not so much about what method you use to, for example, do your facelift or which technology you use for skin tightening, as much as it is about the degree to which you carry out your method. And this comes with experience, knowledge of the anatomy and confidence in your method or technology. You can’t replace sound clinical judgement with any algorithm or protocols.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

MH: As the song goes..
“Slow down, you crazy child
You’re so ambitious for a juvenile
Slow down, you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time…”

Liftique
3701 Birch St, Ste 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
714.422.3199

 

Dr. Mickey Karram, Liftique Orange County Plastic Surgery

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Mickey Karram: Hearing how I have improved someone’s quality of life.

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

MK: My father at a very early age instilled in me the benefits of dedication and hard work.

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

MK: Dealing with patients who have unrealistic expectations or have had previous surgery that resulted in a complication.

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

MK: Be humble, and always provide your patients with realistic expectations.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

MK: Work hard and realize the sky is the limit, and always be your own biggest critic.

Liftique
3701 Birch St, Ste 100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
714.422.3199

 

Nurse Practitioner Erin Alonso, Dermfx

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Erin Alonso: Catching up with all of my patients is what I look forward to every day. After enough time, patients become like friends and family.

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

EA: I had a teacher in school persuade me to try my business proposal; Beauty for Less was the name of it. I had the idea, but Jan Mannino gave me the nerve.

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

EA: The hardest part of my job is trying to manage realistic expectations. Instagram models ruin it for everyday people!

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

EA: Treat everyone like I would want to be treated. Sometimes people can be harsh or rude. I always remind myself not to take it personally. Maybe something horrible is happening to them, and they are here to feel a little bit better. I can touch their life if I stay aware of this.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

EA: Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Maybe they can’t, but NEVER take that on. I am proof that you can make something out of nothing!

Dermfx
16501 Pacific Coast Hwy
Sunset Beach, CA 90742
562.592.5100

 

Dr. Tenley K. Lawton, Lawton M.D. Orange County Plastic Surgery

Q: If you had to choose only one thing, what would you say is your favorite part about your work day?

Tenley Lawton: My favorite part of my work day is surgery. Getting to spend the day creating and watching my vision come into form gives me a great sense of personal satisfaction.

Q: What, or who, influenced you to follow this dream of becoming a successful cosmetic doctor?

TL: The biggest influence I had on becoming a successful plastic surgeon was probably when people told me that this was a male-dominated field and suggesting that another specialty might be more fitting. I was drawn to the ability to have a creative aspect to my chosen field, and plastic surgery was the right fit. So, the more people suggested that I should go in another direction, the more determined I became to show them that yes, I could be a plastic surgeon and have a family too.

Q: What would you say is the most challenging aspect of your job?

TL: Being sure to manage expectations. Listening to patients to be sure that you are on the same page and can deliver the outcome that they are hoping for is paramount.

Q: What’s one valuable life lesson that comes to mind that your industry has taught you?

TL: I have learned from being in private practice is that it’s okay to say no. I do not have to operate on every patient that seeks a procedure. Oftentimes, the conservative approach or doing nothing serves the patient better.

Q: If you could tell your teenage-self one thing, what would it be?

TL: If I could go back and tell my teenage-self something it would be to not worry about trying to conform to my peers. Always be yourself.

Lawton M.D.
351 Hospital Rd, Ste 305
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.835.5061