Meet my #WCW for this week, Dr. Fatima Bhabha.
Q. Hi Fatima, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
A. Hi, I’m Doctor Fatima Bhabha, a medical aesthetician, which means I am a medical doctor. I studied at Wits. I have numerous aesthetic qualifications from different institutes and a diploma in aesthetic medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, the field I specialise in. Aesthetic medicine is making people look beautiful the non surgical way!
In lay-mans terms I do Botox, fillers, laser skin resurfacing, laser skin rejuvenation, mesotherapy, skin peels, tattoo removal, body sculpting, cellulite reduction, skin analysis, skin care regimes, liquid face lifts, thread lifts and a whole lot more.
We pride ourselves in giving our patients the best from around the globe and giving them that celebrity glow.
Q. How did you choose your career?
A. Being one of 4 girls and 2 older sisters who were already in the medical field, I had some big shoes to fill. Watching them and the dedication and the satisfaction their work brought them, steered me not far from my path. I love my job.
If I had to go back in time and do it all again I’d come back and be a doctor and an aesthetician all over again. I get to help, bring joy, and save lives every single day, what more could I dream of?
Q. What is the most fulfilling part of your career?
A. For me its that smile of acknowledgement, that nod of appreciation, the outpouring of love knowing you’ve changed a life, empowered a human and rocketed a low self esteem because they no longer have acne, or scars. Their glowing skin and sculptured body have helped them achieve all this and more.
Q. What were the challenges you face or still face to this day in your career?
A. Being young and vibrant, open minded and thought provoking, most people doubt my experience, expertise, and knowledge. Being a woman makes it even harder. Nothing has changed even though we’re now in the 21st century.
Q. What is the most frustrating part of your career?
A. The frustrating part about my career is that patients don’t follow through with the treatment plans and skin regimes despite adequate counseling, appropriate information and scientific studies. They then do not get the results they expect and that frustrates me as I know what I offer works if you do it like I’m advising.
Q. You run a successful practice with your sisters, tell us about that?
A. I have two older sisters both passionate about their chosen paths.
They introduced me to their world of aesthetic medicine which they have been living since 2007 and I am always grateful to them for that.
We all compliment each other, we fill each other’s gaps, my weaknesses may be my sisters’ strengths and vice versa. Without the one the others are incomplete. Practicing with my sisters is an integral part of who I am.
Drs. Ba (Bibi Aysha) Z (Zaheda) & F (Fatima Bhabha) who have been around for more than a decade.
Q. You are a mom and wife, how do you juggle work and family?
A. A mom to 2 beautiful boys and a wife to an amazing husband makes it easier to cope and juggle but everyday brings with it new challenges.
Lots of help and support from family, friends and staff, working when the kids are at school or at swimming lessons or when hubby is asleep, days of total exhaustion, moments of complete despair and mayhem, times when you feel you cannot make it to tomorrow. But my purpose and drive steers and guides me and ultimately my motto: ” I do my best and worry about what is in my control, the rest I leave to Allah (GOD) ” worked so far.
Q. What is the biggest mistake women make when it comes to skincare?
A. In my experience and being in the business for almost a decade the biggest mistake woman make is that they start their skincare routines and regimes too late. When they do come for help, they need more to correct issues that could have been prevented if they had paid attention earlier in their lives. You are never too young to take care of your skin.
Q. What is the biggest misconception about skincare.
A. I feel the biggest misconception is that women believe that there is some miracle treatment to suddenly fix all their problems. But the secret to great skin is doing the right treatments at the right time. Prevention is better than cure and there’s great benefit in combination treatments that can give you super long lasting results.
Q. You had to teach women one important lesson about their skin, what would it be?
A. Follow a skin care routine, one that is correct for your skin type. Cleanse, moisturiser, apply eye cream, sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen daily. Know your skin, how it responds to products, treatments and active ingredients. What makes your skin better or worse? If u do nothing else that’s what you have to do.
Q. What is your daily skin care routine?
A. Every morning I cleanse, apply eye cream, youth serum, moisturiser and finally sunblock. Every evening I cleanse, apply eye cream, active serum and moisturiser.
I’m pedantic about my skin, I never forget to use my products. I don’t like makeup so my routine is very important to me. Skin without foundation always.
Q. What skin product can you not live without?
A. I cannot live without my active serum; it’s my miracle serum that fixes all my problems.
Q. What is your best piece of advice for healthy skin?
A. Your skin is the only skin you have, you’re not getting another one. Love it! Nurture it! Treat it well! Good skin routine, age appropriate treatments, anti ageing, prevention is better than cure. We are in an era of ageing gracefully, let us embrace it.
Dr. Fatima Bhabha
Dip Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM)
Dip PPD Sedation (UWC)
Tel: 011 028 7000