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4 Doctors Talk Top Skincare and Aesthetics Tips for Busy Men — Just in Time for Father’s Day

Photo by Paul Crawford

It sounds obvious, but doctors live extraordinarily busy lives — and that’s before they even practice their specialties. They start with years of schooling and medical training, then go on to spend hours in the operating room or sitting through back-to-back patient consultation on a daily basis. And yet, somewhere along the way, many physicians miraculously find time to start a family — jumping headfirst into fatherhood as fearlessly as they did when first diving into medical school.

For these doctors, being a great dad goes much farther than just putting food on the table. Between administering injectables and completing plastic surgeries, these men can be found cheering on their kids during all their school functions. Not to mention providing a corny joke or heartfelt hug on a challenging day, too. (And who better to tend to the occasional boo-boo?)

So, straight off the heels of celebrating our beloved moms on Mother’s Day, it’s time to raise a (hypothetical) glass to all the incredible doctors raising children on Father’s Day. Ahead, a stellar set of doctors who have mastered the art of balancing their “day” job with fatherhood. Considering the degree to which each of these dads care for so many of those around them, count us both impressed and inspired. Read on to learn more about these all-star fathers, plus discover their top skincare, medical aesthetics, and work-life balance tips!

Photo by Resia Brooks

Dermatologist Dr. Corey Hartman

A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Corey Hartman is the Founder and Medical Director of the Skin Wellness Center of Alabama™ in Birmingham, AL — not to mention he’s also a father of two young kids. His son and daughter, ages nine and seven, respectively, both love playing sports in addition to their usual school activities. Translation: between the kids’ education and sports practices, the Hartman family’s schedule is pretty hectic. Luckily, this doctor has nailed his routine down to a science. Here, he reveals how he stays on top of his kids’ busy lives while also running his practice.

Spotlyte: At what point in your career did you become a father?

Dr. Hartman: I was opening my own practice the same month that my son was born. We had a lot going on in 2009, but it all worked out.

Spotlyte: How did having kids affect your career?

CH: My kids have taught me to remember how to focus on the things that are important. It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day problems, issues, and headaches of being a physician and running a practice. They keep me centered and grounded. My wife is an orthodontist, and she has four offices in the outlying area. So, I'm the primary pick-up and drop-off person. Luckily, I have the flexibility where I can make my hours so that they work with the kids' schedules and their activities.

Spotlyte: What’s one piece of skincare advice you’re constantly stressing to your kids?

CH: To put on lotion and moisturizer! Both [of my children] have eczema and sensitive skin, so it's a constant struggle every single day. They're actually really good about sunscreen, but moisturizer every day is a constant battle.

Spotlyte: What is your personal skincare routine?

CH: I do believe in having the basics under control. Every day I use the SkinCeuticals® LHA Cleansing Gel ($41). I like it because it's light, and it gets you really clean without drying you out. It's good for acne-prone, oily skin. I follow that up with SkinBetter® Alto Defense Serum™ ($145), which is an antioxidant. After that, I use a retinoid in the morning. A lot of people think you [can] only use it at night but that's not necessarily the case. I use [it] in the morning because I’m more compliant at that time while I'm not as reliable at night. I follow that with SkinMedica® Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum ($154) for brightening and evening the skin. Then, I use Elta MD® UV Elements™ Broad Spectrum SPF 44 ($34). It has a little bit of a tint so that it doesn't make me look like a ghost.

[Editor's note: Retinol shouldn't be used by those who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.]

From time to time, I'll pull out the SkinMedica HA⁵® Rejuvenating Hydrator ($120) as a moisturizer but, generally, that's what I do every single day. I also started using — when I do use something at night — the SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight ($80), because it gives an extra level of exfoliation.

Spotlyte: Do you get any injectables?

CH: Yes, every three months — I do injectable wrinkle reducers regularly. I have also done filler. I really only do [filler] every 18 months or so. I get injectable wrinkle reducers in [my] forehead, glabella, and crow’s feet. I get filler in the nasolabial folds.

[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. And learn more now by chatting with a trained aesthetic specialist.] 

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Spotlyte: Do you get any other in-office treatments?

CH: Hydrafacial®. I try to stay regular with that. I would like to do it every six weeks. I also do microneedling once or twice a year. I have done laser hair removal on my neck for really bad razor bumps as well. And I'll do a chemical peel here and there, too.

Spotlyte: A lot of men have very minimal routines, so if you could give one piece of skincare advice to other busy dads out there, what would it be?

CH: All men need to exfoliate. If you can only pick one thing, let it be a retinoid because it’s going to help with exfoliation. It's going to help prevent acne, even out your skin tone, and help with razor bumps and irritation associated with shaving. If you commit to one thing, let it be that.

Spotlyte: Are there any other in-office treatments you would recommend to busy dads?

CH: Laser hair removal is a really good one if you suffer from hair on the neck. That's where the ingrown hairs are generally the worst.

Spotlyte: How does skincare for men differ from skincare for women?

CH: Society tells us that certain signs of aging in the skin can actually help men career-wise because it builds character and tells a “story.” I also think that men have a different kind of skin that just needs a different kind of product. You can't pigeonhole guys and tell them to use the same things that women do. [Men may also need] products that help stop some of the issues that can come from having a lot of [facial] hair.

Spotlyte: Any big trends you’re seeing for men?

CH: A lot of guys are getting injectable wrinkle reducers. The word is out and the stigma has been removed. With that, more and more men are thinking about and doing fillers as well.

Spotlyte: Do you believe there’s a stigma around men getting injectables?

CH: I don't want to say it's a stigma necessarily. It's just a fear of looking “done.” That's not the [desired] aesthetic. You just want to look like yourself. But I think in the right hands, men change their mind. A lot of it is just lack of education.

Spotlyte: How do you find time to care for yourself when you care for so many patients and your own family?

CH: I have been more intentional in the last three years about taking dedicated time for vacation. Just putting it on the calendar and committing to it. Not a weekend here or there, but a week or two at a time is really important to reconnect and just to reset your mind. When you first start a practice, you're scared to do that. But you are more productive when you take vacation. I have found that to be true.

Photo by Jack Rodriguez Photography

 Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Diaz 

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Diaz became a first-time parent to his daughter just two years ago. Before that, the Ivy League graduate moved to California after medical school and opened his own private practice in Beverly Hills. He has both a toddler and a private practice to care for, and each demands quite a bit of tender treatment and supervision. Dr. Diaz has had to finesse dividing his attention between the two, and he’s figured out exactly how to do that — all while keeping up with a skincare product routine that keeps him looking so youthful.

Spotlyte: At what point in your career did you become a father?

Dr. Diaz: By the time my daughter was born, I was turning 43, and I had been really hitting my stride in my practice and in my career. I was really reaching a peak in my profession at that point. It's been a challenging experience because the career of a plastic surgeon requires so much time, dedication, and discipline. But being a parent to a baby requires tremendous dedication, focus, and discipline, as well. So, [I had] two extremely demanding jobs that [were] overlapping.

Spotlyte: How did having a child affect your career?

JD: Because we had our baby when I was a little bit older and more experienced, I’ve become more focused. I have found that I've actually excelled more at work because of being a father. It has given me greater purpose in life and it has given me more clarity in my vision for what I want to achieve. It’s also given me more drive because having a baby just puts life in such perspective, making you really appreciate how fortunate you are.

Spotlyte: What’s one piece of skincare advice you’ll be constantly stressing to your child in the future?

JD: The skincare advice I want to give her now is let us change her diaper, so that she won't get a diaper rash! In the future, I would probably say sun protection. One of the hardest things to get younger people to do is to put on sunblock. When you're young, you don't appreciate how dangerous and how damaging ultraviolet radiation is.

Spotlyte: What is your personal skincare routine?

JD: My wife and I founded a company together, and we created our own skincare line that I use. It's called Honor MD®. We streamlined the whole system, so there's only four products in the whole line. This is all we need. There's a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer. I just use these four products.

Spotlyte: Do you get any injectables?

JD: No.

Spotlyte: Do you think you’ll ever try them?

JD: Yes, I’d consider [injectables] in the future. I'm a believer of injectables. I see first-hand my patients’ [results] and what a difference [in wrinkle reduction and added volume they] make.

Spotlyte: Do you get any other in-office treatments?

JD: I don't. But I’m still a huge believer in some of these treatments and highly recommend them to my staff and my patients.

Spotlyte: A lot of men have very minimal routines, so if you could give one piece of skincare advice to other busy dads out there, what would it be?

JD: My biggest piece of advice is to not ignore your skin and to do minimal things that are going to go a long way for you. For example, one of the products we use is a serum that contains botanicals, which are very rich in vitamin A (the vitamin that retinols are derived from). There's so much science out there that shows that vitamin A and retinols are incredibly powerful stimulators of skin health and the production of collagen. So, don't ignore your skin and make sure that at least one of [your products] contains vitamins A and one contains vitamin C. This is going to prevent a lot of the signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Spotlyte: Are there any other in-office treatments you would recommend to busy dads?

JD: Yes. There is this machine that we purchased several years ago and we've been incredibly happy with it. It's called Clear + Brilliant®. It has minimal down time and minimal side effects. For a busy dad, it's perfect because you can literally get the treatment and [almost] no one else would even see any kind of changes in terms of redness or swelling that you might get with other lasers.

Spotlyte: How does skincare for men differ from skincare for women?

JD: I don't really think there’s many differences. The same type of products and ingredients that work for skin, work for everyone — whether you're a man or a woman. The only thing I would add is that for men, less is more. Women are more willing to try several different products, but most men don't want to do that. Most men want to just have two or three products that they can use to keep the regimen very simple.

Spotlyte: Any big cosmetic trends you’re seeing for men?

JD: More and more men are taking care of their skin and buying more products than ever. And I've seen that across the board for all men, of all age groups.

Spotlyte: Do you believe there’s a stigma around men getting injectables?

JD: I don't know if it's because of what I do, or because we're in Beverly Hills, but I see less of a stigma than I ever used to see before. I do believe that at least 15 years ago, there was a huge stigma for a man getting injectables. But the attitude has changed. I see a lot of guys coming in for injectable wrinkle reducers, and I see a lot of older men also getting fillers.

I think the stigma revolves around the fact that we all notice bad plastic surgery or bad cosmetic treatments. What we don't notice is good plastic surgery and good cosmetic treatments. When it's done well, injectables — especially by an experienced doctor — look so [subtle]. [People may not] even know they had anything done.

Spotlyte: How do you find time to care for yourself when you care for so many patients and your own family?

JD: This is the biggest challenge. Every day I struggle to find that balance and it’s hard. But as a surgeon, I've learned how to really balance my time efficiently. I have built in really healthy habits to spend as much quality time as I can with my wife and my child without ever sacrificing the time I need to dedicate to my career.

Courtesy of Dr. Parsa

Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Kami Parsa

One look at Dr. Kami Parsa’s Instagram® account makes it easy to see where his passions lie. Not only is his page chock full of surgical before-and-after images, but it also showcases his adorable children. At seven and five, Dr. Parsa’s son and daughter certainly keep him busy, yet the bustling activity of fatherhood has only been a positive force in his life. Below, Dr. Parsa dishes on the super simple skincare regimen he fits into his hectic routine, as well as his personal aesthetic choices.

Spotlyte: At what point in your career did you become a father?

Dr. Kami Parsa: I had children when I was about seven or eight years into my career. Some dads go through the “becoming a father” process when they're doing their training. I don't know how they do that, but I was fortunate enough that I was a little bit more established when I had [kids].

Spotlyte: How did having kids affect your career?

KP: Before this, it was just me [and my partner]. But now we have these new people in our lives, these strangers that we didn't know before, and it's been the most rewarding thing. You’re just living this new life through their eyes. Their perspective really makes you grow and see things in a much more diverse way.

Spotlyte: What’s one piece of skincare advice you’re constantly stressing to your kids?

KP: Sunscreen, definitely sunscreen. That's something that we don't leave the house without.

Spotlyte: What is your personal skincare routine?

KP: Every morning I use a sunscreen. It's called Elta MD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 ($27), and it's really all you need. Studies show that any [SPF] more than that doesn't make that much of a difference. That's my everyday routine in the morning. At night, I usually use SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 ($78). [Over-the-counter] retinols are the secret (cheapest) way you can really [help] wrinkles.

Spotlyte: Do you get any injectables?

KP: I get injectable wrinkle reducers for frown lines and forehead lines.

Spotlyte: Do you get any other in-office treatments?

KP: Yes, my favorite is Dermalinfusion®. It’s something that we recommend, because it exfoliates and hydrates the skin. As we get older, the rate of skin turnover reduces. Doing a procedure as simple as a Dermalinfusion just makes a big difference. It speeds up that [turnover] process.

Spotlyte: A lot of men have very minimal routines, so if you could give one piece of skincare advice to other busy dads out there, what would it be?

KP: I honestly think everyone should, if they can tolerate it, incorporate some sort of a retinol into their skin regimen. Men usually just want a simple [routine]. So, SPF that has a good hydration component to it during the day and, at night, some sort of a retinol.

Spotlyte: Are there any other in-office treatments you would recommend to busy dads?

KP: Generally all the things that I already mentioned, like injectable wrinkle reducers [if someone is a candidate].

Spotlyte: How does skincare for men differ from skincare for women?

KP: Any skin regimen that is too involved, [men] typically are not going to follow. With women, they're more used to using many [different products] for different types of purposes. That's the main difference between men and women.

Spotlyte: Do you believe there’s a stigma around men getting injectables?

KP: There is a stigma about anyone getting too many treatments. If it's [that case], it is not right for anyone, whether it's a man or woman.

Spotlyte: How do you find time to care for yourself when you care for so many patients and your own family?

KP: For everybody, time management is key, and it's always a work in progress. One of the things that I love doing is waking up early in the morning and going to the gym. That makes a big difference for me. The rest of the day is going to be for patients, surgeries, and family, but that time at the gym was for me. That's my outlet.

Courtesy of Dr. Diamond

Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jason Diamond 

Dr. Jason Diamond is known for his artistry when it comes to plastic surgery, but that’s not his only expertise. He’s also a professional at on-camera appearances. In fact, you might recognize him from the television show Dr. 90210® and Netflix’s® Celebrity Plastic Surgeons. And while this is certainly impressive in itself, his life off-camera (and out of the operating room!) is just as incredible as his day job. The double board-certified doctor is a father of two boys — 11 and eight — and he’s a total professional at splitting his time between dad, doctor, and television duties. Ahead, Dr. Diamond shares inspiring insight on how he’s able to be a superstar in both his home and at work.

Spotlyte: At what point in your career did you become a father?

Dr. Diamond: I was 36 when I became a father, and I was busy actively building my practice.

Spotlyte: How did having kids affect your career?

JD: Having kids definitely shifted my priorities and kept me grounded. But it also motivated me to continue to strive to achieve success so that I could provide for my children and [give them] all of the tools needed to create a journey of their own.

Spotlyte: What’s one piece of skincare advice you’re constantly stressing to your kids?

JD: Sunscreen! And to limit time on electronics so they do not have to deal with tech-neck later.

Spotlyte: What is your personal skincare routine?

JD: My philosophy is that the skin should always be in its best condition so that non-surgical and surgical-treatment results are optimized. Results are two-fold, and the integrity of the skin is a huge component. I perform my signature Diamond InstaFacial™ on myself every four to six weeks which keeps my skin in a constant state of collagen production. I hate confusing regimens, and I believe in efficiency. Men are typically less compliant — I happen to be one of them — than women. I cleanse my skin every morning and night. I use a collagen and anti-aging serum, and I never, ever go outside without sunscreen.

Spotlyte: Do you get any injectables?

JD: Yes, I get injectable wrinkle reducers every three months.

Spotlyte: Do you get any other in-office treatments?

JD: Absolutely. I believe in a comprehensive approach to aesthetics. I practice what I preach. My wife, Dr. Jessica Combs, administers my laser treatments, like fractionated resurfacing of my neck, IPL treatments, etcetera, and these all help keep my skin health at an optimal level. I also get Diamond Facial Sculpting® to maintain the strength of my chin and jawline. My signature InstaFacial is also my go-to skin therapy and I try to do it every six weeks if my schedule permits.

Spotlyte: Are there any other in-office treatments you would recommend to busy dads?

JD: Injectable wrinkle reducers [if they’re a candidate], Diamond Facial Sculpting, laser therapies, and EmSculpt® for those who don't even have time to get to the gym!

Spotlyte: How does skincare for men differ from skincare for women?

JD: The regimen has to be less involved for men. Some women are happy to have twelve serums to apply before going to sleep, whereas men want more of a one-and-done ritual.

Spotlyte: Any big cosmetic trends you’re seeing for men?

JD: Chin and jawline contouring is at an all-time high. Men want a chiseled, defined neck and jawline that’s synonymous with masculinity. You can achieve this non-surgically or surgically.

Spotlyte: Do you believe there’s a stigma around men getting injectables?

JD: Not anymore, because so many men have been public about their procedures. I think it has become more mainstream and accepted than ever before.

Spotlyte: How do you find time to care for yourself when you care for so many patients and your own family?

JD: Everyone has as many hours in a day as Ryan Seacrest. My day starts before most wake up. I go to sleep early and wake up early so that I can workout before my day starts. I make sure my boys see me before their day starts and ends. I practice intermittent fasting daily and adhere to a very healthy diet. I go to physical therapy and the chiropractor after long surgeries and get massages as often as I can. It is very difficult, but you have to prioritize. Because when you look your best, you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you do your best!

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