Botox and fillers are becoming more commonplace these days
Time Out Bahrain staff
How long have you been practising in Bahrain? For the past three years. I graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and I gained a fellowship in cosmetic and dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2008. However, my father, Dr Khalil Al Arayedh, introduced dermatology to Bahrain in 1969, and has been directly responsible for advancements here in the industry over the past 40 years.
How do you stay ahead of your game?
By attending seminars and courses depicting new treatments and procedures, and generally being aware of any changes and developments within the industry. Being informed and knowledgeable ensures that you are able to offer patients procedures that are both suitable and safe.
Do people come to you with unrealistic requests?
Yes, and I will always be totally honest with my patients. Sometimes they come to me with an idea of what they think they want, or even pictures of celebrities they want to emulate. After I talk to them about what really is troubling them facially, we come to a happy medium and often the solution is something entirely different and simpler.
So would you say that a full consultation is essential? Definitely. When I have a new patient, I like to spend as much time as possible discussing treatment options and getting to the bottom of exactly what their expectations are and what the end result will be. This is crucial, and if a doctor will perform a treatment without a consultation, you should be very cautious.
Have you ever refused to treat someone? No, because if they are that determined they will only go to a less reputable practitioner, who will do it regardless and I would rather they were in my hands. So I spend time explaining why I think something is not necessary or suitable and suggest alternatives to try first. We then compromise, meet half-way, and once they see the results they realise that the rest wasn’t really necessary.
So less is more, then? Without a doubt. It is a simple age old rule – you can always add, but you cannot take away. When it comes to Botox, this is why we do what is know in the trade as a ‘top up’ around two weeks after the initial treatment. It allows the Botox to take full effect, and gives people a chance to see if they actually need any more in the area treated. Also, the beauty of Botox is that it wears off after around three-six months, so if it’s not for you it isn’t permanent.
What about the risks involved in these procedures? Of course, as with any procedure that is intrusive, there is an extremely small risk, but being confident in your ability to manage and correct them if they do happen is what makes a good doctor. However, with Botox and fillers the risks are minute and easily corrected.
What advice would you give to someone considering an aesthetic procedure for the first time? If something about your appearance bothers you on a daily basis, then do some basic research into what is potentially available to rectify it. Choose not only a qualified doctor, but one that has a good reputation. At the consultation, don’t be afraid to ask about his/her credentials and experience, and always ask for further explanation if something is not clear. Do not commit to anything unless you are 100 per cent sure and comfortable with what is being recommended.
To book a consultation with Dr Wesam at the Al Arrayed Centre, call 17 272 323
Treatments available at the Centre include:
• Botox and fillers • Laser peels • Laser skin resurfacing • Mesotherapy • Removal of skin lesions • Skin lightening • Tattoo and vein removal