Meet Dr. Deepak Dugar - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
A “RAJ KANODIA TRAINED” SCARLESS RHINOPLASTY EXPERT
“He’s friendly, gregarious, and makes me feel confortable right away, which is important, considering I’m about to confide in him my deepest, darkest skin secrets and silliest insecurities.” – The Huffington Post
Dr. Deepak Dugar is a Board Certified Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon who has been hand-selected and trained by Dr. Raj Kanodia to continue the lost art of Scarless Closed Rhinoplasty for decades to come. After mastering the science of plastic surgery, Dr. Dugar traveled the world learning the art of plastic surgery from masters of the craft in Paris, London, Monaco, Miami, NYC and Los Angeles. Like Dr. Kanodia, Dr. Dugar has dedicated his entire surgical practice to scarless nose surgery only to provide the world’s greatest nose practice to his clients. As Bruce Lee says, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Dr. Dugar’s super-specialization for closed scarless rhinoplasty allows him to provide the world’s greatest Rhinoplasty services to all of his patients. With natural looking noses always being his goal, Dr. Dugar’s biggest pet peeve are noses that look “done.”
Dr. Dugar also oversees the Raj Kanodia Med Spa and performs non-surgical facial enhancements (Botox, Facial Fillers, and Lasers).
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One on One Interview with Dr. Dugar
Before we start this interview I want to say that my biggest goal is to give confidence to people who have an insecurity about their nose. I look at myself as a medical Tony Robbins. My purpose is to make you forget about and move past any insecurity you may have about your nose. We all have insecurities. Sometimes we can conquer it on our own. Sometimes we need a little help. I am here to help you conquer any insecurities so you can continue to live a fulfilled life and conquer the world! Often, I will even tell you, “your nose looks great and is in perfect balance with your face. Don’t touch it! You don’t need surgery.” This might sound shocking from a nose surgeon, but I believe in integrity and honor over everything. I am not in this for the money. I’m in this for the passion of helping people reclaim the confidence being overshadowed by an insecurity. I look forward to helping you restore your inner faith in your own beauty.
1. What inspired you to become a surgeon. Did you always want to become a doctor? If so, what made you choose plastic surgery?
I have always seen myself as both a craftsman and an artist. I love working with my hands. As an Eagle Ranked Boy Scout, I began working with my hands at a young age through the art of wood working. Whether building a box, a shelf, a name plaque or picnic tables – I truly enjoyed the art of creation. Meticulous craftsmanship balanced with artistic design became a source of fulfillment for me. As I got older, I realized I found immense pleasure in helping people with problems and this desire to help people led me to medicine. Once in medicine, I found a balance in helping people with craftsmanship through Plastic Surgery.
2. Can you tell your patients about your up bringing? What influenced you the most in life? Was it an event or a person?
I was born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada but my family then moved to Beaumont, Texas by age 4. I was brought up and raised in Beaumont, Texas where I graduated from West Brook High School as the Valedictorian of my class. Growing up in a small town in Texas allowed me to learn about people on a deeper level. I understood that TRUST is the most important aspect that forges relationships. And I learned that solving problems is what brings people closer. One of the biggest influences in my life are my parents and my older siblings. My Dad taught me the importance of fundamentals and mastering a craft. My Mother taught me the importance of honesty and integrity at all times, especially with clients. My older brother and sister taught me patience and respect. These concepts led me to super-specialize in Closed Scarless Rhinoplasty as my only surgical practice. My Dad always quoted Bruce Lee, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” I believe my super-specialization for closed scarless rhinoplasty allows me to provide the world’s greatest Rhinoplasty services to all of my patients.
3. The concept of beauty is different in many cultures. Would you approach the procedure differently when it comes to performing the surgery on a Caucasian vs an African American? Or an Asian vs someone of Middle Eastern decent?
I believe each person has an individual beauty. My job is NOT to change anyone. I look at every face like a painting. Like a Conservator at The Louvre for fine paintings, my job is only to enhance or maintain. I do not believe in changing. This is the philosophy I take with both noses and injections (botox and fillers). Rhinoplasty should be performed with such subtle enhancement that it could potentially fool the mother’s eye. I believe too much is “done” to noses to make them look fake or “plastic.” My biggest fear is creating a nose that looks “done” so I am always constantly engaging myself in this thought process during a nose surgery. This is also why I only perform CLOSED or SCARLESS Rhinoplasty. I believe inflicting a scar in the middle of the face (as most surgeons do with Open Rhinoplasty) is blasphemy. While it is necessary in some noses, most primary rhinoplasty can be performed through a closed, scarless technique. This is why I trained under Dr. Raj Kanodia, the international Closed Rhinoplasty Master, to perfect and master his closed rhinoplasty technique.
4. Symmetry certainly plays a role in beauty. How about asymmetry? Can a imperfection be considered beautiful? And why is an imperfection beautiful? Is it because it looks natural?
I do not believe in symmetry. In medical school I performed a study, where I took the worlds most beautiful faces (from Brad Pitt to Angelina Jolie) and did split mirror images of their faces based on only one half. In essence, I was creating completely symmetric faces. Then we compared the Left sided based symmetric face, the Right sided based symmetric face, and the original face. 100% of the time the original face (aka the asymmetric) face looked the best.
What I do believe in is contours. Contours is what the camera picks up. Loss of contour or volume leaves shadows that the camera doesn’t like and throws off the painting. When it comes to noses, imperfections are the most artistic part of the rhinoplasty. Too many surgeons have the “ideal nose” image and try to create an “ideal nose” for every patient. This is completely against my philosophy as a Closed Scarless Rhinoplasty surgeon. I believe in only subtle enhancements to a patient’s nose. The key is PRESERVING the beautiful characteristics and not changing those. Sometimes a girl will have a beautiful tip but has a small bump on her nose – the key is to PRESERVE that beautiful tip, and simply refine the bump. At times, I work with the patient directly and ask for artistic freedom to occasionally leave a tiny bump or a high spot on the profile so we can preserve the natural character of the nose. This also prevents a “done” or “fake” looking nose at times.
The key is creating the most NATURAL appearing nose possible without altering the patient’s natural form. Its about contours, not symmetry.
5. What are your thoughts on natural beauty? Certainly the word plastic surgery conjures up some negatives thoughts. Does having a Rhinoplasty automatically mean it will look plastic? Can a Rhinoplasty be natural?
Rhinoplasty can absolutely be natural and should ALWAYS be natural. The key to this is ironically doing LESS to noses. The vast majority of Rhinoplasty surgeons in the world perform OPEN Rhinoplasty where they inflict a scar at the bottom of the nose and then perform reconstructive changes to the nose. This is against my philosophy for primary noses (people who have never had surgery before) where only subtle refinements and minimalistic changes are needed to achieve the desired goals. This is why I ONLY perform CLOSED SCARLESS Rhinoplasty as my only surgical procedure. This allows me to give 100% dedication to this craft and focus on the most natural results possible.
6. Many patients complain of breathing through there nose. Although the visuals outside are important, can a Rhinoplasty address the breathing issue of patients who have suffered life long breathing issues?
“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb. With this concept in mind, my goal is for EVERY Rhinoplasty patient to have Scarless Breathing improvement as well. My training in Ear, Nose and Throat surgery allows me to address any nasal obstruction concerns at the highest surgical level. The most common cause for nasal obstruction still remains allergies, for which I rountinely treat patients for medically. But when patients have a deviated septum (anatomical deviation of the nasal septum causing nasal obstruction), this can be addressed surgically as well (via a scarless approach of course).
7. Can a Rhinoplasty help self esteem issues? Especially for a young patient, how young of a age do you recommend before someone has a Rhinoplasty.
I truly look at myself as a medical Toby Robbins. My job is to empower and restore confidence. I understand insecurities. I used to have so many myself growing up. But I realized having insecurities is ok, as long as you learn to conquer them. So if your nose is an insecurity, then come in for a consultation so we can chat honestly. Sometimes all that will happen is that I will tell you how beautiful you are, and how you do NOT need a surgery and should live a fulfilled life and go conquer the world! Sometimes hearing it from a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Rhinoplasty Master is all it takes. But sometimes if I feel the nose doesn’t balance the rest of the face, I will give my honest opinion. One thing I promise you is 100% sincere honestly. Undergoing a rhinoplasty is a big decision. A lot of trust and honesty is required to make everyone comfortable. I understand that so I take the time to understand the motivation for my patients before proceeding.
I believe age 15+ is appropriate for nasal consultations with Parental Guidance of course. The nose reaches maturity around age 14-15 usually but sometimes it is later, and we will evaluate that in person together.
I’ve seen too many of my own patients whose personal careers flourish after a rhinoplasty. But I give no credit to myself. I give credit to the young individual who finally was able to look past their insecurity and conquer the world on their own.
8. Creating a balance in the face seems to be key. Can a chin implants help in this regard?
Absolutely. This is something we always assess. If necessary, in my opinion, I will suggest a chin augmentation at the same time as the rhinoplasty. My goal is create harmony and balance throughout your entire face. This means studying the face in total and see the balance between the nose, cheeks, chin and eyes.
9. What are some key qualities a potential Rhinoplasty patient should look in his or her surgeon?
Trust. 100%. Trust is what forges relationships. You should be able to look your surgeon in the eye and feel the confidence he/she has with your nose. I personally turn down any nose that I do not feel 100% confident about performing. Any nose I accept is accepted after severe deliberation and thought knowing I can achieve the perfect projected result. For every 100 nose consults I see, I reject 50 or so noses. That patient selection is what creates the greatest results for me. If I accept your nose, it is because I believe in the product I can achieve. That is what differentiates me from other Plastic Surgeons.
10. Any final or closing thoughts?
I tell every patient that no one NEEDS a rhinoplasty. I jokingly say, at the same time, no one NEEDS a Hermes bag or a Rolls Royce. But I promise to be honest to your needs as I am in this for the passion of restoring confidence. I am not in this business for money or to do surgery. Surgery is just a tool I use to restore your confidence in your inner beauty.
Deepak Dugar, MD
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