We have all heard testimonials of praise and professionalism of the famous Dr. Reza Nabavian and his amazing skills and expertise as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Reza is a well-known renowned Consultant plastic surgeon at the prominent Royale Hayat Hospital. He is also a Consultant at his practice in Santa Monica, California. In addition, he is the Director of Plastic Surgery Training at the University of Southern California.
“One of the constant things in my life is movement and travel. I was born in the Middle East and spent a lot of my younger years in the UK and Italy, and then as a teenager I moved to the United States.”
Text by Rawan Qabazard
Describe your educational and career journeys.
I moved to the U.S. to specialize in electrical engineering. Over the course of education while participating in research projects on the development of laser systems that were to be used to scan the human body, I became fascinated with the human anatomy. I then decided to pursue my medical training; later specializing in plastic surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. I soon opened a private practice but also stayed on as a professor at USC as I was very interested in teaching and research. I have gladly been able to maintain these roles productively.
As a child I was always good at art and sculpting, and I also enjoyed learning about the human body. I can positively say that my background in engineering has definitely assisted in my skills as a plastic surgeon, as I view things three dimensionally.
What do you feel is the most sought-after procedures in the region?
Right now I would say Liposuction and fat transfer. We can remove fat from unwanted areas and we can inject that, for instance, to enhance breasts, facial rejuvenation, and hand rejuvenation. We also use the fat for buttock augmentation/brazillian buttlift.
Which of the procedures do you consider less invasive?
Well, in general, as we are trying to make people look and feel better, we have to offer least invasive procedures with natural results. Sometimes it is possible, and sometimes it is not, but generally our focus is to decrease the amount of cutting and scarring.
What procedures do you perform yourself here at Royale Hayat?
I perform pretty much a complete range of plastic surgery procedures – liposuction and fat transfer, rhinoplasty, and many different surgeries for those who have undergone major weight loss, for example, to remove excess skin. Also, breast augmentation, lifting, reduction, tummy tuck, and facial rejuvenation.
Is there a specific age where a person can turn to surgery?
Yes, we want and encourage the patient to make the decision as an adult. There are a couple of instances where younger patients undergo plastic surgery procedures, mainly due to some exceptions; for example, if a young girl has a very deformed nose that affects her lifestyle negatively.
What do you recommend women should focus on when they turn to plastic surgery?
I think the most important thing is that they have to consider plastic surgery as a journey. There are other aspects of self-improvement before making a start with plastic surgery, such as a better lifestyle, better nutrition, and also a proper support system. All that will help with a better recovery.
When it comes to plastic surgery, what are the mistakes and misconceptions people have in our region?
One important thing to note is that cosmetic surgery has become a major business. Patients need to be observant, cautious and must research the information available when it comes to the credentials of the doctors they are visiting or the procedures they are seeking. They should realize that there are a lot of new procedures in this industry that are being pushed heavily on social media. Not all of them are safe operations and not all new technologies will survive. Never rush to try something new.