Dr. Ariel Ostad Reveals The Biggest Misconception About Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. Ariel Ostad is a board-certified Dermatologist with specialties in laser, cosmetic and skin cancer surgery. With over 20 years of experience in practice, Dr. Ostad's meticulous attention to detail and extensive set of credentials set him apart from others in the industry as a highly-renowned doctor who is annually recognized as a Super Doctor, Castle Connelly Top Doctor and Real Self Top Doctor. Haute Beauty caught up with Dr. Ostad to discuss where he sees the future of cosmetic dermatology heading, his career-defining procedure and more.

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The future of my field is...

"Nonsurgical skin tightening and lifting, more effective nonsurgical fat reduction, more powerful lasers, and longer lasting fillers and botox."

The biggest misconception about my field is...

"Any provider can create the same results with fillers, Botox and lasers. However, there is great skill, technique and knowledge of anatomy, along with compassion and empathy that determines the highest aesthetic outcome."

My most requested procedures are...

"Tumescent liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure to date and is known as the gold standard of care in fat removal.  The tumescent technique involves local anesthesia to be injected into the fat beneath your skin. This will eliminate your risk of general anesthesia and any associated surgical complications. Recovery time is reduced, bruising is reduced, and your risk of bleeding is also significantly reduced. Making this the safest form of liposuction available. I perform this procedure in my own AAAASF certified surgical facility.

The next most commonly requested cosmetic procedures in my office include nonsurgical correction of facial volume loss, sagging and wrinkles using Botox and fillers. Lastly, I would say lasers to repair sun damage, correct facial redness and rosacea.

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What surgical advancements are you most excited about?

  • Newly developing fillers and Botox with longer lasting results.
  • Devices to permanently get rid of cellulite.
  • Harvesting patient’s blood growth factors to rejuvenate the face and skin, as well as stimulate hair growth.
  • Advanced techniques involving threads to lift facial and body skin.

What are you best known for?

"Liquid Face Lifts, Correct facial volume loss and jowling, Nonsurgical chin & jawline augmentation using facial fillers, Nonsurgical nose job using fillers, Tumescent liposuction, Lasers for sun damage, Mohs micrographic surgery for treatment of skin cancers, Facial reconstruction post skin cancer."

What is your most memorable patient reaction?

"The “wow factor” in patient’s reactions immediately post fillers to lift cheeks and getting rid of wrinkles."

What sets my practice apart is…

"Empathy, compassion, attention to detail and treating my patients like family. Our vision of aesthetic beauty is also how we differentiate ourselves from other practices. We don’t want our patients to have an “overly done” appearance. In my practice, we believe “less is more” and natural results."

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What I love most about my profession is...

"Giving outpatients the ability to walk out of our office feeling beautiful, capable and fearless – with little downtime. With lasers, we can help with acne and make brown spots (age spots) disappear. With injectable fillers, we can correct facial asymmetry (unevenness) and restore volume loss and correct nose deformities non-surgically. With Botox we can correct wrinkles, TMJ pain, slim the face and help with migraines. Tumescent liposuction to permanently reduce fat in areas that can be resistant to diet and exercise. The possibilities are limitless.

But ultimately, I love saving patient’s lives through early detection of skin cancer and facial cosmetic reconstruction to restore patient’s natural appearance following skin cancer surgery and hence, restore their confidence."

Career defining procedure?

"Nonsurgical facelift using a combination of Botox, fillers, lasers and ultrasound to rejuvenate the face. Skin cancer surgery (Mohs Surgery) with proper reconstruction to save someone’s life."

What new services are you excited to offer?

"Nonsurgical buttock enhancement. Juliet laser for vaginal rejuvenation and correcting urinary incontinence. MiraDry to permanently treat underarm sweat, odor and hair growth."