by Nudrat Mustafa
Want to have a healthy skin, diet and lifestyle? Social Diary has you covered as we talk to Dr. Madiha Rao, a renowned Dermatologist, and discuss important issues with her, and get to know about her.
- Please tell us about your education, family and experience so I formulate a paragraph.
I’ve done M.B.B.S ,Ph.D (derm),Diplomat American Academy of aesthetic medicine. Ms.c derm from University of Wales London.
I believe nothing is possible without a supportive family. My husband is a physician cardiologist who has always stood by my side. I strongly believe only a confident and supportive man can handle a successful working woman. I have two beautiful kids a boy and a girl.
- What does an aesthetic physician do?
An aesthetic physician is a medical doctor trained in aesthetics offering non-surgical solutions for the beautification of face and body.
- What field have you mastered in? Where did you get your training from?
I trained at the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine by world’s renowned doctors. I get my learning every two to three months by attending different courses and learning the new techniques taught at the workshops and conferences as I believe education is an ongoing process.
- Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
My work is my passion. I love what I do. I believe in maintaining a work life balance. I plan my day one day prior, set goals and appointments that are to be met. Set timelines for myself that are important for me to meet and stick by them religiously. I’m very punctual and punctuality is the key in my field of work. When I’m home, I make time for my family, listen to them, and care for them. This also gives me a chance to unwind from my everyday work and look after my dear ones.
- What factors do you consider when selecting cosmetic products for application?
While selecting cosmetic products, my priority is efficacy, there’s no compromise on quality and of course we have to watch the side effects as well.
- People usually have this misconception that all the aesthetic procedures are harmful. What is your take on this?
As an aesthetic doctor whose job is to reduce physical flaws and enhance beauty, I have encountered numerous misconceptions that the general public has regarding aesthetic procedures, no doubt fueled by Hollywood movies and shows. Many believe that anyone who undergoes aesthetic procedures will get an unnatural, expressionless and tight appearance on their faces, but this is often untrue. The wind-blown, robotic look sported by certain local celebrities (you know who they are!), help perpetuate the idea that you’ll end up looking as “natural” as Dr Evil from the Austin Powers movies, once you decide to go under the knife.
- How important it is to have a clean eating routine, to maintain a perfect body and skin?
Eating clean is very important in improving heart and brain health, assisting with weight management, building a stronger immune system and increasing energy levels as opposed to junk foods that are linked with obesity, low-energy levels, an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and even in some cases, cancer.
- Tell us about water intake. How much water should a person take during a day?
Drinking at least 8 glasses or more a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Increasing water intake, gives the skin a radiant glow and the results are always visible J
- Does one’s sleeping routine also have an effect on his health? Comment.
Those who do value health and fitness are prioritizing balanced diet and regular workout but, in most cases, have turned a blind eye to the need for good sleep. Adequate sleep boosts our metabolism that results in maintaining healthy weight. Adequate sleep isn’t about total hours of sleep, it’s about quality of sleep as well which means having a regular sleep pattern and undisturbed sleep. It is however, very important to have a good and undisturbed sleeping routine in order to maintain health and fitness.
- Which one problem, related to skin and health is common in Pakistani people?
Most common skin and health issues found in Pakistani people are pigmentation, melisma, freckles and dark eye circles.
- What will you suggest them?
My suggestion for people suffering from aforementioned problems is to wear sunblock from 9 to 5, use oral antioxidants and topical antioxidants.
- Which of the aesthetic treatment you would never recommend? Reason?
Skin whitening injections not FDA approved as there are a lot of side effects, they can even cause death in some cases.
- Your top 3 tips to teenagers, regarding their routine and health?
My top 3 tips to teenagers would be to exercise regularly and staying active, eating a healthy diet and let go of that junk food and most importantly, think good thoughts! Nothing can beat a positive mind set.
- Your advice to the followers of Social Diary Magazine.
Stay happy, stay healthy and don’t let others’ perfect looks fool you. They come with a price – a hefty one! Keep a positive and progressive mind set and focus on what you have and work on maintaining it. Remember to get better each passing day in every way.