Dr. Suraj V. Davis has been a Specialist, Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatology at the Royale Hayat Hospital since 2014. He started his studies at one of the best international universities in India. After his post-graduation at the same university, he did his fellowship in India, moved to Kuwait, then Australia, and then (lucky for us) back to Kuwait, writes Rawan Qabazard.
What is cosmetic dermatology and why did you choose dermatology as a specialty? Dermatology incorporates both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. The ‘cosmetic’ aspect of dermatology is noticed a lot as the market requests more cosmetic dermatology in the private sectors. I personally like this area as I’m a lover of nature. I observe nature, if you do that you will have the skills to look at and respect beauty. Ultimately that reflects towards everything you do.
What are the most sought out procedures here in the region? In Kuwait, looking at the cosmetic part, the main objective is to “brighten up”, they all seek radiance and healthy looking skin. When you look at radiance, it’s a complex thing, it reflects on your face and also body. We have to look at the psychological aspect, the sleeping patterns, stress, along with the type of skin as well. A holistic approach is needed when beginning to treat anything to do with skin.
What do you recommend in terms of skincare? When it comes to basics, the patient needs to know their skin type. If you know your skin type, then you know exactly what to do without even seeking advice from a doctor. A cleanser that suits your skin type can do wonders to your skin. Try to wash your face twice a day. SPF is also crucial, for Kuwait you require a minimum of 30+ SPF.
With all the new technologies and procedures coming out, what do you recommend patients do before opting to go through with them? With all the technologies and products, the patient must consult a specialized doctor before trying anything out. There is a trend, unfortunately, where patients have approached unqualified personnel to acquire fillers and botox, therefore, resulting in compromising results. You should always seek the advice of a qualified dermatologist before trying anything new. First, you assess your concerns, and then, find a solution, instead of rushing to try the newest trends.
Because of many reasons, discoloration is a huge issue in this region. Which treatment do you recommend for this issue? Pigmentation is not only a skin issue, it can also be due to clinical processes; underlying conditions that could cause that such as hormonal fluctuation. In general, you should protect your skin with SPF and never use anti-pigmentation agents during the daytime. Different medications are given to treat different levels of pigmentation, but still it is not fool-proof. There is no single treatment; rather a combination of creams, sunscreens, chemical peels, and some laser procedures.
What are the most common skin problems and how can we avoid them? At different ages, the issues are different. With regards to younger children, eczema is very common. Depending on the patient, the eczema usually goes away by the age of five, but in some cases it could last longer. Always keep the child’s skin moisturized to minimize the effect of it on the skin. As teens, of course acne is the most common issue that can be dealt with differently depending on how severe the case is. In adults and older age groups, aging related changes are a major concern which require various anti-aging treatments.
The truth about makeup! How to minimize the damage done? First rule, never sleep with makeup on. Depending on your skin type, you should know which formulas work for your skin to minimize damage. It is best to use water-based makeup, not oil-based. Oil-based makeup blocks pores which can cause enlarged pores and acne.
Enlarged pores are a lady’s worst nightmare. Can this issue be solved? This is a huge upcoming topic. All the studies that have gone in to this research to minimize pores have not yet given us the results that we would wish for, basically, there is no fix-it-all solution. The treatments on hand might minimize pores, but they target other skin issues, rather than this particular issue itself. Again, dilated pores might be genetic, or caused due to excess sebum production. Always keep your skin cleansed to avoid this issue. There are a number of treatments that can minimize pores such as fractional lasers.
Dermatology is a huge area of medicine, continuously expanding and bringing us newer results and the best of treatments. Don’t lose hope, there is still much more to come.
Dr. Suraj V. Davis
Position: Specialist in Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatology Department: Department of Dermatology
Qualifications: Post Graduate Masters in Clinical & Cosmetic Dermatology.
Board Certifications: Board Certified in American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.