Living in a world where we are always seeking to look better than our last selfie; it’s refreshing to know that in the world of plastic surgery there are still doctors who believe in the pure beauty of a loving and kind soul. Dr. Paul Nassif, who is known for his roles on Housewives of Beverly Hills and BOTCHED, has shared a bit of his heart with us. Perhaps after reading this, you’ll see that true beauty goes beyond the blades.
Beverly Hills Magazine: When did you decide you wanted to be a plastic surgeon and why?
Dr. Paul Nassif: When I was in my second year of training, I had to perform reconstructive surgery on a young boy who had been mauled by an animal. I had to do a series of 6 surgeries, and I studied facial anatomy and advanced procedures in depth, and I fell in love with it. Facial reconstructive surgery, particularly rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty, is one of the most complicated to perform, but it has become my niche.
Beverly Hills Magazine: How do you prepare for a surgery day?
Dr. Paul Nassif: There is a lot of preparation work involved. We look at every detail of the case and consider all possibilities of risk and reward. Every detail is thought about.
Beverly Hills Magazine: How do you feel when you meet or exceed a client’s expectations?
Dr. Paul Nassif: There are always risks involved, and healing is something that is unpredictable. So when I have a client who comes to me to help them or to try fixing a deformity, then when they see the results they cry tears of joy; it’s absolutely gratifying! That’s what makes me keep doing what I do.
Beverly Hills Magazine: How do you define beauty?
Dr. Paul Nassif: Nobody is perfectly symmetrical, but science defines beauty as symmetry in features. So that’s a physical sign of beauty to me. When I think of pure beauty, I don’t think of anything physical. To me, it’s a quality of altruism in a person’s character. Real beauty is the beauty of the soul. I have 3 young sons, and they have such a sweet, innocence in their nature and that’s beautiful to me.
Beverly Hills Magazine: What do you believe makes a woman beautiful?
Dr. Paul Nassif: Well, I have just met the woman of my dreams and she possesses a kind spirit. She’s physically beautiful, but she is also nurturing, loving, and caring. This is what makes her beautiful, most of all.
Beverly Hills Magazine: Has natural beauty lost its appeal or is aging gracefully still something women should aspire to?
Dr. Paul Nassif: There will always be people who choose not to have plastic surgery and God bless them. For others, it can be a preventative measure for them to have a little work here and there over time to avoid an emergency facelift later on. The best preventative measures to age gracefully, whether you choose to have elective plastic surgery or not, is to eat well, exercise, take good care of your skin and get a lot of sleep. You’ve got to take care of your outer and inner self.
Beverly Hills Magazine: If you could turn back time, would you change anything in your own career choices or do anything differently? In other words, perform plastic surgery on your own life?
Dr. Paul Nassif: No, because if you touch one damn thing…It would change everything.
Beverly Hills Magazine: What advice would you give to aspiring plastic surgeons or doctors out there?
Dr Paul Nassif: My advice to anyone, whatever it is you’re pursuing, is put 150% into it. Be true, and don’t get caught up into the money aspect. If you see red flags, if you’re ever tempted by money, or your instinct is telling you to not perform a surgery, don’t do it. Be willing to reject a patient or procedure if something doesn’t feel right.
Beverly Hills Magazine: If there is only one person you could thank for anything at all…who would it be?
Dr. Paul Nassif: My mother Anne, though she has passed on.
Beverly Hills Magazine: Does God play a hand in your life?
Dr. Paul Nassif: When I’m in the surgery room I rely a lot on my experience, but I definitely have faith in the outcomes. I do pray to God that all goes well and I thank Him for all the things I have been given.
Beverly Hills Magazine: Have you discovered your personal life purpose in what you do?
Dr. Paul Nassif: It’s a work in progress.
Beverly Hills Magazine: If you went to heaven today, what would you ask God?
Dr.Paul Nassif: I’d ask Him to take to take care of my children.
Beverly Hills Magazine: When you die, what do you most want to be remembered for?
Dr. Paul Nassif: For being an honest, good person and more than anything, being a good Dad.
We think Dr. Paul Nassif has accomplished the greatest feat of all, becoming a father who values that role above all others and that, is a truly beautiful thing!