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How a Model From The Price Is Right Made This Plastic Surgeon a Go-To For Reality Stars

Demetri Arnaoutakis, MD, is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with offices in Tampa, Florida, and Beverly Hills, California — however, if medicine hadn’t caught his attention, he might have been a soccer star instead.  

“I was recruited to Columbia University® to play soccer, which was a Division 1 program,” said Dr. Arnaoutakis. “It was a dream of mine to become a professional soccer player.”

Although Dr. Arnaoutakis still exercises daily (and regularly plays soccer with friends), he left his athletic aspirations behind to pursue medicine. After attending The University of Florida College of Medicine℠, he completed a head and neck cancer reconstruction fellowship at Johns Hopkins® in Baltimore that changed the direction of his career. A head and neck surgery training at UT Southwestern Medical Center® in Dallas came next, followed by a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the Lasky Clinic Surgery Center℠ in Beverly Hills.

These days, Dr. Arnaoutakis spends one week a month in Beverly Hills, where he often treats reality TV stars — many whom have appeared on ABC’s® The Bachelor®. When he isn’t in Southern California, the 33-year-old Tampa native works in his Florida hometown, spending as much time as possible with his two brothers (who are also surgeons), as well as his nieces and nephews.

Read on to find out how this plastic surgeon got “in” with some of TV’s most entertaining personalities, the difference between aesthetic requests in Los Angeles and Tampa, and what famous face many of his patients admire. 

Spotlyte: Did you always want to be a plastic surgeon throughout medical school?

Dr. Demetri Arnaoutakis: My interest developed during the year I was at Johns Hopkins. I was working with both a cancer surgeon and a reconstructive surgeon. During that year, one of the patients had cancer in her upper ear. They had to remove her entire ear. Then, they harvested rib cartilage and molded it into the shape of an ear, planted it into her forearm, and then they transplanted it from her forearm to her ear to give her a new ear. It was such a fascinating process. It was covered by local and national news. It gave me goosebumps. 

Spotlyte: How did your interest in aesthetics come into play?

DA: In Dallas, I got more into aesthetics. I trickled to Beverly Hills, and that's where — now, especially — the Mecca is for plastic surgery.

Spotlyte: How do aesthetic requests differ between your California and Florida patients? 

DA: With the bigger markets, like New York City and LA, they're always a step ahead of the curve. There is kind of a trickle-down effect in the world where what's popular in Hollywood becomes what's popular everywhere else.

Spotlyte: What are some of your most popular medical aesthetics treatments?

DA: In the last four or five years, fillers have become very popular. Even now, with millennials, and the rise of social media, a lot of models and influencers post their treatments online because it's not really as taboo anymore. [Editor’s note: 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, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you. Have more questions? Chat with our team of trained aesthetic specialists now.]

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Spotlyte: What are the most frequently asked questions in the office?

DA: They see supermodels like Bella Hadid, who has this beautiful S-curve to her face and high cheekbones, so I have a lot of patients, especially in LA, who come in asking for cheeks like Bella’s. They always ask, "How can I get rid of my chubby cheeks?" 

Spotlyte: You work with a lot of TV personalities, including Justin Bobby from The Hills™.

DA: He's a client. I’ve treated several contestants and winners from The Bachelor as well.

Spotlyte: How did you get involved with reality stars, specifically?

DA: I have one patient who's a model for The Price Is Right®, but also very influential with her Instagram® page. After her treatment, she said, “I'm going to have to [share your name with] my friend Lauren.” When Lauren came in, I seriously didn't even know who she was at the time, but it turned out it was Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor. The next time she came in with the Ferguson twins, Emily and Haley, also from the show, and I took care of a couple of other girls who filmed The Bachelor.

Spotlyte: How do you approach the work you do for reality stars who are specifically requesting injectables?

DA: My settings are more of a [subtle] appearance. I don't want someone to come up to them and be like, "Well, who's your plastic surgeon?" Maybe their closest friend will be like, "Oh my God. Who did this?" But other than that, I don't want things to be too drastic.

Spotlyte: What does a day in your shoes entail? 

DA: Every day's a little different. I always start my day by working out. It wakes me up and gets me going. If it's a surgical day, I usually start surgeries around 7 a.m. or 7:30 a.m., and, depending on the case, it could be from an hour to five or six hours long. I also perform hair transplants, and those usually go from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Those are a little bit longer. When they're done, there will be time for injections and consults as well. Usually, I like to do surgeries Mondays through Thursdays. Friday is more of an office space day, just to kind of rest up before the weekend.

Spotlyte: What about your job excites you the most?

DA: There's so much technology now, especially on the non-surgical side of things. The trend is towards non-invasive and non-surgical [treatments], and having great outcomes with no downtime. That's not realistic for all parts of the body, but there are a couple of new devices out there that I'm about to purchase, and I think they give good results with little downtime and high patient satisfaction.

Spotlyte: Do you get facials or other treatments? 

DA: The only treatment I have ever had done was a facial two weeks ago, because I'm looking to buy the machine. It’s called Dermalinfusion®. It really made my skin look vibrant afterwards, and refreshed. I looked like I had a great night's sleep.

Spotlyte: What skincare products do you use, personally?

DA: I use SkinMedica® products. The brand has a nice [HA⁵®] Rejuvenating Hydrator, which I actually keep in my desk at work. It's great for all skin types. It's got a blend of hyaluronic acid in it, and it enhances your [skin’s moisture]. It's a nice little moisturizer and hydrator.

Spotlyte: What do you do for fun, outside of the office?

DA: I'm a proud uncle of three kids: two girls and a boy. I'm very close to my family. In fact, my oldest brother is a cardiac surgeon, and my other brother is a vascular surgeon. We try to spend as much time as possible together. I'm big on traveling, and coffee, and, of course, spending time with friends for dinners.

SkinMedica® is an Allergan®-owned skincare line.

Dermalinfusion® is an Allergan®-owned treatment.

 

Dermalinfusion Important Safety Information

Uses

The Dermalinfusion® device is a microdermabrasion device that gently removes the top layer of skin and delivers topical cosmetic serums onto the skin.

Important Safety Information

The Dermalinfusion® treatment is not for everyone. You should not have a Dermalinfusion® treatment if you have compromised skin quality. Tell your provider if you are pregnant, lactating, or have any medical conditions, including allergies, and if you are using topical medications on the area to be treated.

Typical side effects include a scratchy, stinging sensation during the treatment and temporary tightness, redness or slight swelling after the treatment. Rare serious side effects may also occur and include severe skin irritation and allergic reactions.

Pro‐Infusion Serums Disclaimer

The Pro‐Infusion Serums are intended to meet the FDA’s definition of a cosmetic product, an article applied to the human body to cleanse, beautify, promote attractiveness, and alter appearances. These products are not intended to be drugs that diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. These products have not been approved by the FDA and the statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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