Cut­ting edge

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

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,

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