The Future Of Beauty: “Radiofrequency assisted lipolysis that can melt fat and tighten skin at the same time”, With Dr. Demetri Arnaoutakis
I am one of the few physicians in the country who offer an exciting new technology called FaceTite and Morpheus8. In fact, I was recently asked by the company to teach other physicians on how to use the devices. FaceTite uses radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to “melt fat” and tighten skin at the same time. I use it frequently for patients who do not want surgery and are looking for a “quick fix” to improve their neckline. Morpheus8 is radiofrequency microneedling which improves skin texture, tightening, acne scars and even pigment. I do around 12–15 treatments per week!
As a part of our series about how technology will be changing the beauty industry over the next five years, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Demetri Arnaoutakis, a Board Certified surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, hair transplant procedures and injectables.
Dr. Demetri was raised in Tampa, Florida before he was recruited to Columbia University as a Division-I athlete. He was a member of the Varsity soccer team for four years. In addition, he majored in Biological Sciences and volunteered at local New York City hospitals and homeless shelters.
Following his Ivy League education from which he graduated Cum Laude, Dr. Demetri then returned home for medical school attending the University of Florida College of Medicine. As a third year medical student, he was awarded a highly competitive Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship. This allowed him to dedicate a year to research in head and neck cancer reconstruction at the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital. Prior to graduating from medical school with Honors in Research, he was also awarded the George T. Singleton Prize for excellence in Head & Neck Surgery.
He then completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. There, he served as Chief Resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital, one of the best and busiest facial trauma centers in the country. Dr. Demetri then moved to Los Angeles for a highly coveted fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. Andrew Frankel at the famous Lasky Clinic in Beverly Hills, CA.
Dr. Demetri is a board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and is an active member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He frequently travels to attend national conferences to perpetually advance his education and present his research. To date he has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
In addition, Dr. Demetri treats a wide variety of celebrity patients including ABC’s The Bachelor’s Lauren Bushnell, Emily and Haley Ferguson, Emelina Adams Miss Nevada USA, Sarah Rose Summers Miss USA 2018, Dessie Mitcheson Maxim USA Covergirl, Jane Slater NFL Network Reporter and many more. Known for his exceptional work in Beverly Hills, he’s been featured on Extra TV and regularly contributes to Haute Living Magazine. For more information on Dr. Demetri, click here.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I am happy to share my story! I am the youngest of 3 brothers and in fact have for the most part have followed their footsteps. All 3 of us were recruited to Columbia University where we played Division I soccer. Afterwards, we all went onto medical school. My oldest brother, George, is a heart surgeon and my other brother Dean is a vascular surgeon. During my time working at Johns Hopkins Hospital, I developed a sincere passion for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. My career took off from there as I completed my training in Dallas, Texas at one of the premiere hospitals in the country. From there, I moved to Beverly Hills where I further specialized in facial plastic surgery and aesthetics. I love meeting patients from all over the country and now have offices in both Beverly Hills, CA and Tampa, FL.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
During my time as a research medical student at Johns Hopkins, I encountered so many interesting cases. However, one story in particular I will never forget. An unfortunate woman lost her left ear from an aggressive form of skin cancer. Yet, the surgeons there were able to create her a new ear by using her own rib cartilage, shaped it to match the other ear, implanted it under forearm skin for about 4 months to grow new skin and then transplanted it using microvascular surgery. It was an incredible story and felt very grateful to be there to witness it all at the time.
Are you able to identify a “tipping point” in your career when you started to see success? Did you start doing anything different? Are there takeaways or lessons that others can learn from that?
My mother was a school teacher and always stressed the importance of education to me and my brothers. Success is of course a relative term. I would argue I became successful long before my medical practice flourished. To me, it was during college when I learned to balance my grades, Division I soccer and a job. Hard work always pays off. If you want something, work at it until you achieve it.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person to whom you are grateful who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
As I mentioned before, my mother played a huge role in encouraging education to me. As a physician, education is the foundation to my career. It is essential I have an advanced understanding of anatomy, physiology and technique when performing surgeries and procedures.
Ok super. Let’s now shift to the main part of our discussion. The beauty industry today has access to technology that was inconceivable only a short time ago. Can you tell us about the “cutting edge” (pardon the pun) technologies that you are working with or introducing? How do you think that will help people?
Totally agree! I am one of the few physicians in the country who offer an exciting new technology called FaceTite and Morpheus8. In fact, I was recently asked by the company to teach other physicians on how to use the devices. FaceTite uses radiofrequency assisted lipolysis to “melt fat” and tighten skin at the same time. I use it frequently for patients who do not want surgery and are looking for a “quick fix” to improve their neckline. Morpheus8 is radiofrequency microneedling which improves skin texture, tightening, acne scars and even pigment. I do around 12–15 treatments per week!
It is essential potential patients do their homework about any provider they visit and the procedure they are considering. There are always risks to any procedure we do so it is extremely important to seek out specialists. It was an honor for me to have been nominated by InMode, the creator of FaceTite and Morpheus8, to be a trainer to other physicians.
Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the “beauty-tech” industry?
There is so much that excites me about our industry. I think innovation, collaboration and experience are the 3 things I am most excited about. There are always novel inventions and technologies coming out. When industry and physicians collaborate, it creates for a tremendous and peaceful patient experience.
You are an expert about beauty. Can you share 5 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”?
Smile! This lightens up your face and will even trigger happiness in your brain.
Exercise! This will help take your mind away from other stresses in your life and allow your body to rejuvenate.
Hug! Sharing intimate physical touch with family and friends will soften your soul.
Sleep! A good night sleep can help refresh your facial appearance without the need for botox or filler.
Stop smoking! Tobacco ages your skin, smells bad and overall not good for your health.
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I think we need to devote more attention to mental health in our society! So many people suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses which inhibit people from succeeding in their personal and professional lives. If we can help identify these issues earlier on, then we can help them get treatment!
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
My step father was a very successful hospital CEO for over 30 years. His life lesson to me I will never forget and always use: 5 P’s to Life
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
Prepare yourself for success!
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