L ike most women, whenever I move to somewhere new, I have a handful of experts I need to quickly reach on speed dial. A hairdresser is on top of the list, closely followed by a doctor, dentist, beauty therapist and handyman. Now we can all add a new name to that list – Vasilica Baltateanu, the knife coach.
As the UAE becomes one of the top cosmetic surgery destinations in the world, the choice of surgeons, procedures and hospitals along with expectations become almost overwhelming. Step forward Vasilica to advise on every aspect of surgery. Want Angelina Jolie’s nose? She knows the best rhinoplasty surgeon for that. Need a five-star hospital to recuperate and relax in after a tummy tuck? Consider it done. Vasilica sees to everyone’s needs, even matching their skin type to the surgeon to make sure they get the best results and heal quickly.
In some cases she will even try to persuade clients to not have surgery or put their plans on hold. “I do give them my honest opinion about whether they might benefit from a surgery or not,” Vasilica says. “I try to steer them towards non-invasive surgery first.” She even suggests changes to their diet and exercise regime and always urges potential patients “not to rush into anything”. It’s a refreshing stance, especially in an industry that specialises in quick fixes. You wouldn’t go ahead and have bangs if your hairdresser said they wouldn’t suit you, or insist on pulling out a tooth just because it was crooked, so the same, of course, goes for cosmetic surgery. Turn to page 16 to read more about the knife coach. Enjoy that story and the rest of the issue.
Until next week,