Dr. Sheila Nazarian is unapologetically an influencer. With legs long enough to be a runway model; smooth, glowing skin; and glossy brunette waves, it’s easy to see why 183k people (and counting!) follow the glamorous board-certified plastic surgeon on Instagram. But it’s not just her own beauty that makes Dr. Nazarian a social media star — it’s by far, her brains. She offers authentic advice, a front-row seat into her thriving Beverly Hills private practice, and a peek into her family life (she’s married to neurosurgeon, Dr. Fardad Mobin, and has three children!).
After asking her opinion about what I should be doing to my face, her recommendations were thoughtful, direct, and authoritative. You’d want to trust your face in her well-manicured hands. In fact, she even has her own hashtag.
Here, we got a closer look at which products she actually uses, how to grow a successful brand, and which treatments she receives herself. Keep reading!
Spotlyte: What made you want to become a plastic surgeon?
Dr. Sheila Nazarian: I knew that I wanted to do something technical, artistic, and use my hands. I fell in love with woodshop in elementary school and originally wanted to become an architect or an orthopedic surgeon. Pretty quickly, I realized that I didn't want to be in an office just drawing. I wanted to build with my hands. So architecture was out. I then started shadowing an orthopedic joint surgeon for six months and wanted a more artistic career. A friend recommended I meet with a plastic surgeon friend of his and when I did, I was done. I never looked back.
Spotlyte: What’s your advice to anyone who wants to get into this business?
SN: The best piece of advice I have for people starting any business is to start with the bare minimum and scale as needed. Overhead kills.
Spotlyte: What about growing a social media presence? You’re so active on Instagram!
SN: The number one piece of advice that I have with social media is to just get the content out there! People become paralyzed as to what they should post and never start.
Spotlyte: Weirdest part of your job?
SN: I have out-of-body moments sometimes when I am operating — who am I and why is this person paying me to cut them while they sleep? It's all weird.
Spotlyte: Most rewarding part of your job?
SN: Giving people their confidence back is the best.
Spotlyte: Your skin is gorgeous. What products do you put on your face every day?
SN: I like to switch up the brands that I use. It's like switching out your shampoo every once in a while, and getting that soft hair back. Same with skincare products. I find that when I change it up every few weeks, I have a glow all the time.
I also use the following:
- Sunscreen: Alastin© Hydratint (more moisturizing) and Nazarian Skincare© Protect (more matte and sheer)
- Growth Factors: SkinMedica® TNS Essential Serum®, Biopelle® Tensage 40 Ampoules (a Sunday treat), and Senté® Dermal Repair Cream
- Face Wash: Epionce® Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Nazarian Skincare© Cleanse Pads, and Alastin Skincare ® Gentle Cleanser
- Body: Nazarian Skincare© Smooth Body (has retinol in it to keep my body skin soft and smooth) and Nazarian Skincare© Polish (exfoliating beads and salicylic acid to prevent body acne)
- Fun Accessory: Bluestone Sun Shield (anytime I am in the sun for prolonged periods of time and makes for a fun Instagram selfie)
Spotlyte: What about injectable wrinkle reducers? We know you administer this treatment — that temporarily smooths the appearance of moderate to severe lines on the forehead and crow’s feet — but do you get them yourself?
SN: I started getting injectable wrinkle reducers when I was 28 years old. I get my crow’s feet, elevens, and forehead done now. I wanted to see what it was like as a patient, so I could better explain what they could expect.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers are a temporary medical treatment for moderate to severe wrinkles on certain parts of the face with risks and potential side effects. Please speak with your doctor before consultation.]
Spotlyte: Do you get injectable filler? [Editor’s note: Filler is a treatment that adds volume to place on the face such as cheeks and lips. As with any treatment, talk to your doctor about the side effects.]
SN: I also started getting filler at the age of 28. I started with it in my cheeks.
Spotlyte: What are common misconceptions about injectables? What is the truth?
SN: The most common misconception is that it is going to make you look fake. My patients trust me to make them look like themselves.
Spotlyte: What other treatments do you get done (laser, facials, etc)?
SN: For my skin type, I like the Dermalinfusion® and Vivace® [microneedling] treatment monthly and Picofocus laser quarterly. Dermalinfusion cleans out my pores and gives me exfoliation. Vivace tightens, builds collagen, and shrinks my pores. Picosure® safely keeps my sun spots at a minimum. All of these treatments have no downtime, so I don't scare my patients.
Spotlyte: If you weren’t a surgeon, what would you do?
SN: If I weren't a surgeon, I would either be in marketing or a furniture designer. I love being creative and focused on design!
SkinMedica® is an Allergan owned product.
Dr. Sheila Nazarian is a paid Allergan consultant.